My Impromptu lunch…

This blog entry was written by a good friend and co-worker of mine, Christina Grob!  

What to do with a bunch of leftovers?  Last night I had chicken & quinoa for dinner and had lots left over, so decided I’ll try something new.  I’ve always been really suspicious of quinoa – I mean, what the heck is it?  It smells kinda funky in its raw state, but once it starts cooking, has a nice nutty smell and is surprisingly tasty.  I’m also really weird about textures, but this passed my texture test.  And, it’s super good for you (check out this article  I’m not a huge fan of reheated chicken (or reheated meat of any kind), so I’m forever trying to make cold chicken taste more interesting. This is what I came up with!

Lime and Cilantro Chicken Quinoa Salad (serves 1)

1 cooked chicken breast, cubed
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 – 3/4 C cold quinoa, already prepared (I cooked mine in chicken broth instead of water)
1/8 C cilantro, chopped
1 wedge of lime

I mixed the first 4 ingredients together, then squeezed the lime on top.  It was GREAT!  The cilantro and lime gave it such a fresh flavor that I actually enjoyed my leftovers more than the original dinner last night.  Next time, I’ll try with a red pepper just to make it a little more colorful!


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