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 http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice). 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!