Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fit for a...'Quinoa!' OMNI Medical Center 's Quinoa con Pollo Recipe

If you’re looking for a highly nutritious low-carb dish to eat that’s not only going to help you stay lean, but will also boost your energy levels, look no further… quinoa really does have it all!

Here's OMNI Medical Center 's latest recipe: quinoa con pollo (quinoa with chicken, that is!).

What you need:
-4 large garlic cloves (or more)
-1 medium onion, chopped
-1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
-1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
-1 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
-1 tbsp white vinegar
-1 1/4 tbsp dried oregano, crumbled
-1 tsp white pepper
-1/2 tsp salt (add to taste; I just don't use a lot)
-2 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp ground turmeric
-1 tsp paprika
-1 bay leaf
-1 tomato, diced (optional)
-1/2 bag of frozen peas and carrots (or just peas, but carrots add sweetness)
-2 to 3 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless, and cut into cubes or chopped)
-2 tsp olive oil
-1 cup quinoa

What you do:  
-Toast quinoa in 2 tsp. olive oil in either paella pan or sauteeing pan--about 8 minutes over medium heat.

-While toasting, combine liquids and seasonings in measuring cup or bowl...stir and set aside.

-Increase heat to medium high. Add onions, peppers, bay leaf, and garlic to quinoa. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

-Add broth, vegetables, and cubed/chopped chicken and stir. Make sure quinoa is covered (may add broth by tablespoons if more is needed). Bring to a boil.

-Reduce heat to medium low (depending on stove), cover, and simmer until broth is absorbed--about 20-25 minutes.

-You may want to vent the lid in last 5-10 minutes so the peas don't overcook, or you can add the peas and carrots later.

-Adjust the seasonings to taste.Serve when cooked and enjoy!

For more nutritious diet recipes or for information about OMNI Medical Center 's hCG weight loss program go to:
--The OMNI Medical Center Team

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