Monday, July 11, 2011

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa

Working at a bakery is a really tiring job. As the co-op student, I want to experience the bakery life as much as I can. One way for me to do that is to show that I can work hard and that I’m willing to learn. I finish my jobs as quickly and precisely as I can and I volunteer to do other things.

By the time lunch time comes around, I’m pretty tired. It’s strange; I don’t feel sleepy, as I would at school, but it’s more of a physical exhaustion. Lunch is that one time during the day when I get to sit down and refuel. For the past week, I’ve been eating sandwiches, but today, I ate Chicken Vegetable Quinoa, which I had made the day before.

I like quinoa not only for its taste, but because it’s a healthier substitution for white rice and relatively easy to cook. And because all the vegetables I used were the already half-chopped toppings from when I made Whole Wheat Pizza, this Chicken Vegetable Quinoa was a breeze to throw together.

Click below for the recipe.

Vegetable Chicken Quinoa

Yield: about 4-6 portions 
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • ½ cup finely diced mushrooms (doesn’t really matter which kind you use)
  • ½ cup finely diced bell peppers
  • 2 cups diced chicken breast
  • ½ cup chopped green scallions
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped (fresh) rosemary leaves  
  • salt and pepper to taste


In a medium sauce pan, bring three cups of water and the sprig of rosemary to a boil. Add the quinoa and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let the quinoa simmer for about 15 minutes, until tender. 

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, soften the vegetables with the olive oil until the onions are almost translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken breast and heat through. Turn off the heat.

Remove the sprig of rosemary from the quinoa and stir in the chicken/vegetables. Add the scallions, chopped rosemary, and salt and pepper (I used about ½ teaspoon of each). Serve warm.


  1. Love the colors in this dish! And love your blog! Very talented. Thanks for sharing

  2. Your blog is lovely, the photographs are gorgeous! What camera do you use? xoxo

  3. Thank you both (: Alice, I use a Canon Rebel t2i. I just got it last month, so I'm still trying to figure out how to use it properly.

  4. this looks delicious! can't wait to try!


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