Where did quinoa come from? I mean, seriously, all of a sudden it’s everywhere. Well, I’m not complaining because it’s packed with protein AND it’s gluten free. I kept hearing and seeing the word everywhere, and it eventually started driving me nuts because every person pronounced it differently. So, I finally just had to look up this quinoa business. By the way, it’s pronounced “Keen-wah”. I found an article on line from whfoods.org that explains it’s history, health benefits, etc, etc. Check out the link. Quinoa – The World’s Healthiest Food.
Quinoa is like the new rice in my household, and the new salad topper, and the new salad base. OK, I eat it a lot of different ways with a lot of different things.
I wonder if Asian restaurants will start carrying quinoa as an option instead of rice. OOHH!…Quinoa sushi!!
Here’s an easy peasy chicken stir-fry recipe…made with, of course, quinoa instead of rice!
recipe serves 2, ready in 20 minutes!
What you need:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 broccoli crowns
- Stubb’s chicken marinade (onion and citrus flavored, all natural, and gluten free!)
- Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce (all natural, and gluten free!)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- coconut spray
In the AM…place 2 chicken breasts in a sealed large ziplock bag with Stubb’s chicken marinade (about 2 cups). Place in fridge. (I used 2 frozen chicken breasts).
What you do:
- -Cut 2 broccoli crowns into florets. Put broccoli crowns in a large ziplock bag. Add 1/2 cup worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Seal bag, mush around to stir all together, and place in fridge.
- Take chicken out of bag and cut into medium sized chunks. (If you used frozen chicken breasts, chicken will still be a little bit frozen which helps with cutting)
- Spray a medium sized skillet with coconut spray and add chicken over medium heat. Pour the chicken marinade sauce from the bag over the chicken. Stir occasionally.
- While chicken is cooking in the skillet, prepare quinoa. Rinse 1 cup of quinoa, and add to saucepan. Add 2 cups of water, heat on high, bring to boil.
- Chicken should be almost brown after prepping the quinoa. Once chicken is brown, drain some of the marinade juice just leaving a little bit in the pan. Add the broccoli to the pan. Cook covered and stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until broccoli is soft and cooked down.
- While the quinoa is boiling, it will start to absorb the water in the pan. Once the quinoa becomes translucent (about 10 – 15 min after it came to a boil) it is ready to eat!
- Add a scoop of quinoa and a scoop of the chicken and broccoli to your bowl, mix together, eat, and enjoy!