QUINOASALAD WITH SPICY CHICKEN AND GRILLED VEGETABLES

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Just look at this colourful and protein-rich dish! It’s tasty, nutritious and easy to make too! I serve this with all of the different ingredients nicely arranged in a big saladbowl, but when I i put it on my plate, I mix everything up because the flavour combination is heavenly guys! When you’re looking for a filling salad, you really have to try this!

Enjoy this recipe everyone!

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 grams (vegan) chicken
  • 300 grams quinoa
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • Sambal
  • Fresh mint
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • Garlic powder
  •  Ground cumin 
  •  Smoked paprika
  • Pepper and salt

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degress Celcius.
  2. Place red bell peppers zucchini on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
  3. Roast the vegetables in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  4. When the vegetables are in the oven, you can start cooking the quinoa. Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water (+/- 15 minutes).
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat, cover, and let the quinoa rest for 10 minutes.
  6. When the vegetables are ready, turn off the oven and put the vegetables in a big serving bowl.
  7. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and add chicken with sambal, pepper and salt. Cook until golden brown an cooked through. Remove from heat chicken from pan and cover.
  8. In a large serving bowl, combine the roasted vegetables, quinoa, chicken, tomato and cucumber.
  9. Add olive oil, lemon juice and chopped fresh mint. I added more sambal, but this is totally optional. For best flavour, let the salad rest for 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

TIP: you can leave chicken for a completely vegan option, and you can replace the quinoa for couscous.


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xx Lenna

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ABOUT ME

Hi there! My name is Lenna. I’m a dutch Nutrition & Dietetics student, recipe developer and a lover of real, simple and balanced food.

Currently, I’m in recovery from an eating disorder and I have this blog to show the world there’s always a way out. My goal is to inspire others with my story and recipes and to give support to create a healthy relationship with food. Thanks for stopping by, I hope inspire you in one way or another! LET’S SPREAD THE LOVE FOR FOOD!

xx Lenna

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