A Cooking Post

I don't do this often but wanted to share a recipe I created yesterday. It includes the ever elusive and questionable quinoa. (Pronounced Keen-wah). I call it elusive and questionable because it is a strange food item. Not many people have heard of it or cook with it on a regular basis and it doesn't look very appetizing. But it is oh so good for you! I'm trying to adjust my eating habits and am happy to have found that quinoa tastes really good when made a certain way. The one trick I found was to cook it with chicken broth. Otherwise, it's pretty gross cooked with plain old water.

So here is my recipe for what I have dubbed as Garlic-Peppercorn Chicken with Quinoa

You will need:
1/2 cup quinoa
1 can of chicken broth
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 Zucchini
1 medium shallot
2 - 3 cloves garlic (yep...)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Prep all the veggies and chicken. To prepare the garlic seasoning mix, drop in a bowl some EVOO. Probably about two tablespoons. Press three garlic cloves and grind in some peppercorn. Mash and stir it up in the bowl.

2. To cook the quinoa, I brought to a boil 1 cup of chicken broth and 1/2 of the quinoa. (Save the rest of the chicken broth for the chicken.) Once it comes to a boil, bring temp down to a simmer and cover. Leave covered to cook.

3. While the quinoa is cooking, add the remainder of the chicken broth in a saute pan, bring to boil and add chicken and garlic/peppercorn/olive oil mix.

Cover for a couple of minutes.

4. Add zucchini and shallots to the mixture. Stir it up so everything gets coated well. Cover and simmer until the quinoa is finished. I think it took about 5 minutes. Unfortunately, I didn't really time it but it was perfect timing.

5. This is what the quinoa should look like when it is finished. The little "seeds" are broke open and everything should separate nicely. No glumps! :)

6. Put a nice, heaping spoonful (or two) of the quinoa on a plate and top with the chicken mixture.

Using this recipe, there should be enough for two servings. You can always add or take away. I love zucchini and used a large one for this. So GOOD!

I love eating this recipes that are packed with flavor (thanks to the chicken broth, garlic and peppercorn) and are so healthy! Loved feeling GOOD after eating this for lunch today. And I've got another serving of it to heat up for the next day.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try this out.