Monday, March 31, 2008

Mexcellent

You may have noticed I changed my template!

It's still the same old blog here, just with a darker color palette - what can I say, I thrive on change.

This post isn't a true Fearless post, but it's a quick, healthy dinner that I decided to randomly take photos of, so here it is: Mexican-spiced Quinoa with Black Beans and Chicken.

My inspiration for the dish was this recipe, which I turned into a full meal by adding chicken simmered in salsa.

INGREDIENTS

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 c. chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. olive oil
1 jar salsa, any kind you like
1 c. uncooked quinoa
1 c. frozen corn kernels
1 can Cuban style (seasoned) black beans
1 T. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
ground cayenne pepper to taste
salt and pepper to taste
2 avocados
2 roma tomatoes, diced
a couple dollops of light sour cream
chopped fresh cilantro

STEP ONE:

Boil the quinoa according to the directions on package. When it has absorbed about 90 % of the water, add the can of beans (without draining them), and let the quinoa continue to cook while the beans heat up. In a colander, run the corn under hot water to defrost, and stir it into the quinoa and beans and cook until it's hot. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.






STEP TWO:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the entire jar of salsa and the chicken broth. Place the chicken breasts, raw, into the mixture, stirring it around to combine. Cover and simmer on medium-low until chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.




STEP THREE:

Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan, and cook the garlic for about a minute, then add it to the quinoa. Meanwhile, dice the tomatoes and halve the limes. Squeeze the juice of 2 limes into the quinoa mixture.





STEP FOUR:

Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Squeeze a little lime juice on top to prevent oxidation (keeping them green). Scoop some of the quinoa mixture onto a plate. Top with an avocado half. Take a chicken breast and cut it into strips. Pour some of the salsa-cooking liquid on top, and top with a dollop of sour cream, diced tomatoes, and chopped fresh cilantro.




Muy facil! Ole!

2 comments:

Ross Cauvel said...

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an awesome substitute for potatoes or rice. Plus it's good for your brain and it kind of looks like brains. So, you are what you eat, smarty.

slow your roll said...

true story:
t-totally tried to buy some quinoa at whole foods the other night. bastards were plum out of it! i made a joke to the stockist that oprah must have mentioned it on her show or something... he rolled his eyes in a 'lady you have no idea' kind of way.

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