Curried Quinoa Bowl

Good Morning LOVElies!I hope you are all doing well!

This morning let’s sit down and have an honest conversation about quinoa… I love it for its protein packed qualities but in regards to its natural taste… it could use a little help. That is why I am bringing you a curried quinoa recipe that is packed full of flavor!

I am in love with this curried quinoa bowl.

No more pretending to like healthy foods that aren’t actually delicious. This quinoa will win over any skeptic!

This recipe contained one of my favorite ingredients, TURMERIC!

You can buy it as a root in the produce section or in powdered form in the spice section. Turmeric is so great for inflammation of joints and has high antioxidant properties. It is so good and so good for you. Super spice right here!

I like to throw in some chicken to add even more protein to your meal! Keep scrolling past the recipe for this curried chicken quinoa variation. I even added a chickpea option if you are looking for a vegetarian variation.

Think of quinoa like a healthy rice, you can add veggies and meats to it so nicely!

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe. These Indian spices are incredibly comforting on a nice cool winter evening. Grab that curry powder and let’s get started!

Curried Quinoa Bowl

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 1/4 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup of yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, also chopped
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

  1. In a medium sized sauce pan, melt the coconut oil over medium to high heat. Add the garlic cloves and cook until they start to golden (approx. 4 minutes).
  2. Drop the heat to medium and throw in your curry and turmeric. Stir in the spices for only about 60 seconds to bring out their flavor.
  3. Throw in the chopped onions. Stir and cook for about another 3 minutes. The onions will start to “sweat” and become slightly translucent.
  4. Add water, quinoa, bay leaf, honey, red pepper flakes and cinnamon.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  6. Cook covered for about 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed
  7. Fluff with a fork and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve with fresh cilantro.

Curried Quinoa with Chicken
If you have leftover chicken from a previous recipe, don’t hesitate to reheat and just throw it in your bowl.

If you are cooking your chicken from scratch, heat up some extra coconut oil in a saute pan and use the curry, salt, pepper, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon to season.

You can shred or cube your chicken and throw it into your bowl!  YUMMY

Curried Quinoa with Chickpeas
Throw in a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas to add a little extra texture and dimension to your bowl.

I would just add just a pinch more of your curry powder and salt and pepper since your chickpeas will want to absorb some of your quinoa’s seasonings.  ENJOY.

Eat the quinoa plan, add chicken, chickpeas, or both! I had so much fun cooking this one (and even more fun eating it!) Let me know how you like your bowl! Feel free to comment below, and share this recipe on twitter! TWEET TWEET. Happy Eating LOVElies!

Good Morning LOVElies!!!

I have an awesome chimichurri chicken recipe to share with you today that you are sure to love.

The chimichurri sauce alone is enough to change your world!

I included how to add in some roasted potatoes if you are looking for a nice side dish to serve with the chicken. It would be sinful to let any of that chimichurri sauce go to waste so I also added a few ideas for leftovers!

This reason enough to get excited about dinner tonight! YUM YUM YUM!

Get cooking and have fun LOVElies!

Baked Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce

What you need for the chicken:

  • 4-6 Chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

What you need for the chimichurri sauce:

  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 5 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Coat oven- safe roasting dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Season chicken thighs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat with a splash of olive oil, just enough coat the bottom of the pan and prevent sticking. Add seasoned chicken to the hot pan for 5 minutes. Turn the chicken thighs over and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Place chicken in your roasting dish. Pour the 1 teaspoon of honey on top. Bake for 10 minutes or until the chicken is done.
  5. Now for the chimichurri sauce: Add all of the above ingredients into a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add chimichurri sauce to roast chicken thighs
  7. Enjoy!

CHIMICHURRI CHICKEN SIDE DISH ALERT!!!- If you are wondering what to serve with chimichurri chicken thighs, try adding in some potatoes to your roasting dish!!!

I would suggest small yukon gold potatoes or small red potatoes. Cut the potatoes into wedges and place them in your roasting dish alone for about 10 minutes at the 500 degrees. Just add the chicken into the same oven-safe dish once you have cooked it on the skillet. The last 10 minutes in the oven they can cook together and the potatoes will become tender (and delicious!).

Throw it on the grill– If the weather is nice and you prefer to have chimichurri- glazed grilled chicken, go for it! This recipe totally adaptable for the grill, just add the honey once the chicken is off the grill to achieve a nice glaze without the flare ups.

This recipe totally adaptable for the grill, just add the honey once the chicken is off the grill to achieve a nice glaze without the flare ups.

Leftovers- This is one of those meals that just keeps giving. You will be thankful because it is just that good!

Lunch tomorrow calls for a chimichurri chicken sandwich. Add tomatoes, maybe some lettuce and don’t forget to add the chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri is delicious on so many things, it can be used as a dip for breads, even add a little extra olive oil and use it as a salad dressing.

See? This meal just keeps on giving!

Give this recipe a like or share it with your friends. It is too good not to share the love!!! Let me know what you think! See you guys next time!