It has been a while since I posted a recipe on here. Winter in Minneapolis was just not very good for taking food photos and I kind of lost the desire to do it. But this past weekend was 80 and sunny so it was the perfect time to take some yummy food photos!
I have been enjoying this recipe for a while now. It’s easy to make a big batch and take it to work during the week. I got the inspiration for this recipe from Cooking Classy.
This Quinoa Bowl with Grilled Chicken, Veggies, and Goat Cheese is the perfect meal because it has carbohydrates, protein, fat, and veggies! A complete well-balanced meal.
I prepped the chicken breasts by coating each side with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I baked them for 20 minutes at 450 degrees. While the chicken breasts were baking, I prepared the quinoa and chopped and sautéed the veggies in a little bit of oil.
Did you know that quinoa is like a higher protein brown rice?
You can use whatever veggies you like. This time around I used green and red bell peppers, onion, zucchini, and broccoli. If you need a little more carbs, you can add in corn or beans; I’ve also used shredded carrots before, which adds another color to the mix!
Have I mentioned that I love goat cheese?! The goat cheese really makes this recipe delicious! It is very flavorful so a little bit goes a long way. In addition to the flavor, the cheese also adds some moisture. If the recipe is still too dry for your liking, try adding a little olive oil or lemon juice.
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 3/4 cup quinoa, dry
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 white onion
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 3 zucchini
- 1/4 cup goat cheese
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- Prepare the chicken breasts using whatever seasoning you prefer. I used salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees.
- Cook the quinoa according to package instructions (about 15-20 minutes).
- Dice the bell peppers, onion, broccoli, and zucchini and sauté in olive oil until heated through.
- Once the chicken is cooked, cut into small piece.
- Combine chicken, quinoa, veggies, and top with goat cheese.
- Drizzle with olive oil or lemon juice, as desired.
The great thing about this recipe is you can easily modify the ingredients to make as much or as little as you want. Get creative with the veggies you use and add more or less of any ingredient to fit your needs!
What is your favorite kind of cheese?
Have you ever tried quinoa?