Quinoa with Chicken & Roasted Vegetable Medley
November 11, 2016
When I discovered quinoa in 2009 I became hooked on this healthy, ancient grain. Shortly after that I created this recipe which became one of my favorite meals & Signature Recipes!
1 Move an oven rack to the lower middle position & preheat oven to 400°. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil & lightly grease with EVOO.
2 Put Brussels sprouts, cauliflower & carrots in a 2.5 quart bowl. Add 1 Tblsp EVOO & toss till well coated. Spread out on baking sheet, then sprinkle evenly with salt & pepper.
3 Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, turning them over 1/2 way through, till they're caramelized & are cooked fork tender. Remove from oven & let cool.
4 While waiting for the veggies; cook the quinoa according to pkg directions (or see Quinoa recipe in Rice & Grains category). Set aside till ready to serve.
5 For the medley; put pinto beans in a 4 quart bowl, sprinkle liberally with salt & a little pepper. Stir gently. Add roasted vegetables, chicken, scallions, garlic, rosemary, mint, 2 Tblsp EVOO & 1 Tblsp balsamic.
6 Toss gently till well combined.
7 Create 1 cup beds of cooked quinoa on each serving plate & make a well in the center. Spoon on desired amount of medley. Garnish with almonds. Add goat cheese & chia seeds, if using & serve. Best if served barely warm or at room temperature.
Tips & Suggestions
1 In place of any of the 3 vegetables, you can roast an equal amount of any vegetable you choose. Just keep in mind that they may cook at different lengths of time.
2 For the cooked chicken meat; pull the meat off a 1/4 of a rotisserie cooked grocery store chicken...this will yield the 1 cup needed. You can also use leftover chicken or turkey meat or cook up a boneless, skinless chicken breast.
3 Want to turn this into a vegetarian meal? Replace the chicken with a 4th roasted vegetable at step# 2 or just increase the amount of any of the 3 vegetables in the recipe.
4 A mortar & pestle works great to break up the almonds to a coarsely chopped consistency. You can replace the almonds with an equal amount of any nut (or combo of nuts) you choose.