Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chicken Quinoa Stirfry

While I always say that I'm a trainer not a nutritionist and rarely comment on specifc things related to an individuals eating habits, I do give suggestions on making healthier food choices and I'm known to do my thing in the kitchen from time to time!

Here is a simple, wholesome meal that is ready in 30 minutes – perfect for busy weekday dinners. There's no reason to hit the take out line when you have this quick and delicious recipe on hand. Eating simple, wholesome meals like this and exercising regularly will get you to your goal weight.
Servings: 4

Here's what you need:

•1 cups cooked quinoa
•1 tsp olive oil
•1/2 onion, chopped
•1 clove garlic, minced
•1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
•1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
•1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
•1 ear of corn, kernels cut from cob
•Handful of asparagus stalks, cut into 1 inch pieces
•2 cups baked chicken breast, cut into small cubes
•1 can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed
•splash of lemon juice
•splash of lime juice
•dash of salt and pepper
•splash of soy sauce
•1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

1.Cook the quinoa and set aside. Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil, onion and garlic. Sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the bell peppers, corn and asparagus, cook until the vegetables are tender. Add the chicken and beans, cook for another 10 minutes, adding the rest of the ingredients.
2.Place a serving of quinoa on each plate and top it with the vegetable mix.
3. Most importantly, HAVE FUN WITH IT. The beauty of cooking is it's like Jazz, it's full of improvisation. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients as you choose and let me know how it comes out!
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 293 calories, 5g fat, 32g carbohydrate, 4.6g fiber, and 29.4g protein.

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