Healthy and Hearty Chicken Quinoa Stew

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Good Monday Morning friends!

If I haven’t talked you into cooking with quinoa yet, this recipe should do the trick. It is hearty and probably my favorite yet with quinoa. It is so comforting and best of all, it’s pretty darn good for you! I’m sad that my big bag of quinoa from Costco is almost gone, I have used it in a zillion different soups and salads. I’m sure there will be more quinoa recipes to come ๐Ÿ™‚

Do yourself a favor this week and whip up a big pot of this feel good soup, your belly will thank you!! If this wasn’t good enough, I’ve added a not so bad for you dessert below too!

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Healthy and Hearty Chicken Quinoa Stew

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

5 stalks celery, chopped

4 large carrots, peeled and sliced

2 Cups sweet pepper, chopped (I get the big bag from Costco, love them!)

1 large zucchini, quartered and sliced

64 oz chicken broth

15 oz can diced tomatoes

5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cubed into 1 inch pieces

3 Cups cooked quinoa

4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, shredded and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper

2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce, I used Cholula

Kosher Salt, fresh cracked black pepper and Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley to taste

1 1/2 Cups fresh parsley, chopped

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, carrots, peppers and zucchini until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and tomatoes and potatoes. Increase heat to high just until broth starts to boil. Reduce to medium high and cook potatoes for 10 minutes or until fork tender. Reduce heat to low and stir in quinoa, chicken, dijon mustard, hot sauce and season to taste w/ salt, pepper and Lawry’s. Stir in fresh parsley and simmer until ready to serve.

8-10 servings

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“Healthier” Banana Berry Brownies

1 Brownie Mix of choice, ( I used Naturally Nora’s All Natural Brownie Mix)

1 Banana, very ripe

6 oz fresh blueberries

Powdered Sugar for Dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions except substitute 1 ripe mashed banana in place of the oil. Stir in fresh blueberries and pour into a lightly greased baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center. Let cool completely, cut into squares, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

12 brownies

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Happy Eating ๐Ÿ™‚  See ya’ll soon!

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24 Responses
  1. Your stew looks so comforting! Quinoa would be great in a soup/stew. Those brownies look so good – I love how you’ve added fruit ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That soup looks delicious! I have yet to make quinoa but this might have done the trick. I always get a little intimidated cooking with stuff I am not familiar with.

  3. I think I’ve bookmarked all your quinoa recipes! I especially enjoy having a delicious but not so bad for you dessert to cap off a healthy meal. Well done!

  4. Quinoa ROCKS! We love that stuff over here. It is so nice to have healthy options for picky eaters, even though mine aren’t I cook for plenty who are ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Mikalisa

    Let’s just say that I went out and bought a box of quinoa. Lol. Going 2 have 2 make that stew soon! YUM-O.

  6. Courtney

    Made this for dinner tonight…Marvelous!!! I also made the Sesame Orange Quinoa…not bad but like the soup a whole lot better! Keep the healthy recipes coming please!

  7. Cassandra Killingsworth

    The soup was so great! Thank you for taking your time to provide the recipes, I have used several and they are always wonderful!!!!

  8. Alli Elggren

    Jenny, I made this Quinoa Stew last night and you really knocked it out of the park with this one. I bought a big bag of quinoa a few weeks ago and was excited to make something with it, then I found this recipe. YUM! Ashlyn took it with her in a Thermos for lunch today because she loved it too. Thanks for the amazing, healthy recipe. It’s a keeper!!! Miss you and hope you & your family are doing wellโ™ฅ

  9. Michelle

    Made this stew today. It’s great! Thanks for sharing. I’m hoping that eating lots of this will cure my cold!

  10. Amber

    Jenny,
    I was just wondering if you think this meal will freeze OK? And how to thaw it if I did freeze it. My hubs stayed home sick from work today, and so I found and made your recipe. I’ve been needing a reason to make real chicken soup. I’m not sure of the rules on freezing, but it’s just my husband and I so I’d like to save some of it for another day when one of us may be sick again. Let me know. It’s delish! Thanks!

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