This quinoa and bell pepper dish can be whipped together in about half an hour and it’s healthy and delicious. Leftovers taste even better.
Quinoa and Bell Peppers Recipe
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced (you could leave this out if you want a vegetarian dish)
- Quinoa (follow directions on package for how to make the quantity you need for your meal)
- Olive oil (use regular, not extra virgin, since you are cooking with it)
- Yellow onion
- Bell peppers (I use one each of red, yellow, and orange)
- Tony’s Creole seasoning or salt and pepper
- Begin cooking your quinoa in a pot. I usually add some healthy chicken bouillon to the cooking liquid for additional flavor. You could also of course use chicken broth.
- Heat oil in a large pan.
- Add diced chicken and begin cooking.
- Slice onions and bell peppers. I use a food processor, which makes the process extra speedy.
- Add vegetables to the chicken and drizzle with additional olive oil. Don’t be shy with the olive oil; it picks up the flavor of all the ingredients and nicely coats your quinoa.
- Sprinkle with Tony’s Creole seasoning or salt and pepper.
- Cook until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are soft but not mushy.
- Spoon veggies and chicken, with sauce, onto quinoa and enjoy!
Health Benefits of Quinoa
- Quinoa is a native plant of South America and was once used as an energy food by warriors to sustain them in battle or on long journeys. The ancient Incas considered quinoa sacred.
- Quinoa provides insoluble fiber, which helps maintain bowel health.
- Quinoa is a complete protein. It’s a non-dairy, non-meat rich source of protein that contains all the essential amino acids. (I often think of it as a “protein-carb.”)
- Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate – that’s the kind we want.
- Quinoa provides minerals and essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, B-complex vitamins, potassium, and healthy fat.
- Quinoa contains antioxidants, which boost immunity, fight infection, and help ward off cancer.
- Quinoa has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammatory ailments include Alzheimer’s, allergies, eczema, asthma, heart disease, and obesity, to name a few.
For more information on quinoa, see:
Health Guidance: Health Benefits of Quinoa
World’s Healthiest Foods: Quinoa
LiveStrong: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Health Benefits of Quinoa