Monday, March 8, 2010

Chicken Quinoa Primavera

I don't eat a lot of fat anymore so I don't know how much I truly need to modify my diet due to my bum gallbladder but I figure it can't hurt to be careful.

Tonight I made a feast of veggies.

First - I took 1 container of grape tomatoes, drizzled a bit of olive oil, added 2 crushed garlic cloves and roasted in a small casserole dish at 375 for about an hour.

Then I used to following:

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup of fat free chicken broth
a big splash of white wine
a dash of crushed red pepper and Italian Seasoning, ground black pepper

I had roasted a chicken breast the other night so I chopped that up.

I also chopped up:

1/2 a small zucchini - diced
1/2 a small yellow squash - chopped in larger pieces
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 a medium red bell pepper chopped

and some green stuff:

a handful of baby spinach, fresh basil and parsley - chiffonaded (is that a word?)

I cooked the quinoa per package directions using the broth and wine as the liquid.

My stove is a MESS. Pardon. I just didn't want to clean it before I started cooking.

In a skillet I cooked the onion and garlic till the onion was translucent on low/medium heat about 5-8 minutes. I used just a bit of olive oil and a spray of canola. I added the other veggies (including tomatoes) and chicken and another splash of chicken broth for another 5-8 minutes until cooked through. A little more black pepper and crushed red flakes.

I added both together - sprinkled a tiny bit of parmesan cheese and 1 boccaccini sliced up small.

I have some of the veggie/chicken mixture and veggies left over to use in other dishes throughout the week.

Alrighty. I've slept horribly the last 2 days. My internal alarm goes off at 6 and I haven't gone to bed until very late both nights. I'm gonna remedy that soon.

I can't eat until after my appointment tomorrow. Good thing the sonogram place is literally next door to my building!!

Sleep well and be healthy all of you.


  1. Oh no! Good luck tomorrow!!

  2. Thanks Patty!! I really appreciate it.

  3. That recipe looks awesome! Good luck with your sonogram tomorrow! :)

  4. Thanks Jenn!! It really was yummy - and one that I'll be making again I'm sure.

  5. I'm sure that your surgery will be quick and easy:) I know a few people who've had to have it removed. Way back when I was doing my med lab training in my histology rotation I saw quite a few. It's actually quite amazing how full of stones they can get! And they really just look like little pebbles.
    Thanks for sharing the quinoa recipe...looks good. I bought a big bag at Costco a while back and haven't made any yet.

  6. Thanks Dione!! That's what I hear so I'm hopeful I'll have an easy time of it.

    Just remember when making the quinoa - rinse it first. It can be really bitter otherwise. It's great for anything you'd usually eat with rice or pasta.