Quinoa Primavera with Chicken, Spring Peas and Asparagus

Quinoa Primavera with Chicken, Spring Peas and Asparagus

Serves 4

Secret Ingredient: Quinoa

Roasted or rotisserie chicken works perfectly in this recipe. Any leftover quinoa primavera can be chilled and tossed with vinaigrette to make a lively salad. To learn how to make this recipe, watch the Secret Ingredient cooking show.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 pound (about 1/2 bunch) asparagus, woody ends snapped off and discarded, spears cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh peas or frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup thinly sliced baby spinach leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
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Method: 

Rinse quinoa under cold running water and drain. Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until quinoa is tender and all the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and asparagus. Cook, stirring often, until asparagus is tender and bright green, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and peas and continue cooking for another minute. Stir in chicken and cooked quinoa. Add the spinach and stir until it wilts, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:310 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 370mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 20g protein
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