Chicken Quinoa Bowls – A Shortcut Supper

October 20, 2016

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Ya’ll- this isn’t really even a recipe.  HOWEVER, dinner tonight was SO easy and SO good, that I couldn’t let it pass by without sharing it.  Sometimes our days are hectic, and I just don’t have the energy to put forth much effort into dinner.  Tonight was one of those nights.  I spent my afternoon at a training session on the other side of the county, and knew I’d be sitting in traffic while driving home.  I could have gone to grab fast food or take out, but I really still wanted a family meal that was nutritious and worthwhile for our family to be eating together.

ENTER THE SUPERMARKET SHORTCUT SUPPER.

These Chicken Quinoa Bowls are super satisfying, and super easy…and best of all, on the table in about 20 minutes.  It involves one quick stop to the supermarket (express lane style!), and a few moments to pull it all together.

Your Express Lane List:
1 rotisserie chicken
1 can/ jar of red enchilada sauce
1 avocado
Quinoa
Birds Eye Steamfresh “Protein Blends Southwest Blend”
Lime Juice (optional)

Once home, combine 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water (or 1 cup water, 1 cup chicken stock if you have that around- it just helps enhance flavor) in a sauce pan.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.  Kids, that is the hardest part of this meal.

While that’s going on, cut off the chicken breasts from the rotisserie chicken, and slice.  You could also just pull off some meat and do it pulled chicken style. We aren’t fancy here. I won’t tell.  Slice your avocado.  Open that jar of enchilada sauce.   Pour yourself a nice drink, or crack open a Corona.

Pop the Southwest Blend veggie steam pouch into the microwave.  It takes about 5 minutes, if you are like me and like to time things accordingly.

And then… Build your bowl.

I started with a base layer of quinoa, and then add the southwest mix.  Then I topped it with the chicken and generously drizzle enchilada sauce all over that sucker. Lastly, I added my avocado slices and a squeeze of lime juice, just for fun.

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It was SO GOOD.  Seriously, you would never ever imagine that there were so many shortcuts in this meal.

BONUS : We have leftovers to take for lunch.

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