I have been on a mission for the last year to get my husband to like quinoa. He is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of guy and this has been a rough road. I have tried a ton of recipes- from soups, to veggie burgers, to "lasagna" coated in cheese, I even cooked it with beer and sausage! Then one day we found ourselves downtown and needed to grab a quick lunch. We were by a Protein Bar, so I convinced him to give it a try instead of our usual sandwich shop. We walked in, and he wrinkled his nose immediately- he is very leery of health food type stores :) Luckily, he indulges me and usually lets me have my way (he learned well, he has three sisters). He started reviewing the menu, and suddenly his eyes lit up- some words he recognized! Buffalo Chicken. But instead of the usual fat loaded fried, coated in dressing wings and fries, this was a quinoa bowl with grilled chicken, veggies, blue cheese crumbles and hot sauce. He ordered it and gulped it down, raving about it. We set out on a mission to create it at home (even though I loved the Protein Bar version, I could tell it still had quite a bit of sodium). Mission accomplished- here you go:
Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl
I c. quinoa
2 c. low sodium chicken broth (or you can use water, the broth gives it more flavor)
2 Grilled Chicken Breasts, cut in to bite sized pieces
1 c. shredded carrots
1 c. finely chopped celery
1 T. blue cheese crumbles per serving
hot sauce to taste (be sure to read the label and make sure it doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup)
Cook the quinoa in the chicken broth- follow the directions on the package.
Toss everything together and top with 1 T. of cheese and hot sauce to taste.
That's it! Easy peasy and so delish. This makes 4 servings, we both had it for dinner and then lunch the next day. Yummy!
p.s. This photo doesn't do it justice- I am not a professional food photographer