October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
I did some good pinning this week and was excited to try the recipes from Eatingwell.com after a few weeks of overindulgence. First up was their Grilled Chicken with Chipotle-Orange Glaze which seemed really flavorful but super lean. I wanted to pair it with quinoa and found a recipe with black beans and corn that completed the southwestern meal.
Chipotle-Orange Chicken (adapted from EatingWell.com) 2 tablespoon orange marmalade 3 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
1/4 teaspoon salt Quinoa and Black Bean Salad (from AllRecipes.com) 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil 1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Step 2. Add quinoa to pan and top with vegetable broth, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 3. While the quinoa is simmering, start on the chicken. Preheat the grill or broiler. Whisk together orange marmalade, chiles, vinegar, brown sugar and mustard.
Step 4. Season chicken with salt and grill or broil for 2 minutes. Turn the chicken and brush with glaze. Cook for 4 minutes occasionally brushing with more glaze. Turn the chicken again, brush with glaze and cook until no longer pink in the middle.
September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
What to do with spinach and quinoa that you are bored with and don’t want to eat? You add blue cheese, bacon and sweet dates of course! Now, you and I both know that blue cheese and bacon do not a healthy meal make so I really wasn’t even planning on sharing this. So I’m telling you this as a warning: don’t do what I did kiddos. I remember this day exactly, I had already had pancakes for breakfast so I guess it was really a curse-you-diet kind of day…
First, get a big pot of water going for the quinoa and cook per instructions. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes once done.
Then sautee the spinach. Harmless so far.
Oh, but then here comes the bacon.
And it’s all over with the blue cheese…
I kept the dressing very simple: tbsp balsamic vinegar, tbsp olive oil, tsp honey, tsp dijon mustard
And then mix it all together and toss in some sugary, sweet diced dates, just for the heck of it.
Now don’t say you got it from me–can’t have my name associated with so decadently transforming what could be a healthy lunch.