Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables

Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables - Chew Nibble Nosh

THIS WAS SO GOOD.

Ok, I got that out there.  I was trying to think about what I could say about this dish to draw you guys in, and that’s what I came up with.  (It’s one of those days…)

This simple, healthy mash-up of chicken, veggies, and quinoa was the perfect weeknight dinner for us the other night.  We all enjoyed it, and it will definitely be thrown into the regular dinner rotation around here.  I couldn’t ask for more from a dinner, really.  It’s simple, fresh, healthy, filling, and my kids gobbled it up.  Mom – 1, Picky People – 0.

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the reasons I started this blog was because friends and family often turned to me when they needed an idea for a recipe, or help with one they already had.  It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a cookbook hoarder, and that I love to spend time in the kitchen.  I’ve always loved trying out new recipes. I’m never afraid of being the recipe guinea pig, and Chew Nibble Nosh started out as a place where I could share my findings with my friends and family.  It has since blossomed into much more than I ever imagined, which I am extremely humbled by, but at its heart, it is still a place where I share my guinea pig moments.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh - Chew Nibble Nosh.I think I found my new favorite salad for spring and summer.  I’ve always been a fan of classic, light, Middle-Eastern flavors like lemon, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  So, keeping that in mind, I’ve always loved Tabbouleh.  The salad is traditionally made with bulger, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon, mint, and lots of parsley.  I’ve even had it with couscous before, but I loved the idea of mixing it with protein packed quinoa and crisp, cool, cucumbers.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey, Quinoa, Cranberries and Feta

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey, Quinoa, Cranberries and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

Alrighty then.  Thanksgiving’s over, so what do we have?  Leftover turkey!!  I think many would argue that Thanksgiving leftovers may be the best part about the Thanksgiving feast.  So, when you’re finally hungry again after the gorge-fest that was Thursday, here’s a deliciously different, and healthy way to take care of some of those leftovers.

I love acorn squash, and stuffing it like this with a savory mixture of healthy quinoa, leftover turkey, cranberries, and some feta cheese (along with some other goodies) makes for a deliciously simple dinner.  Pair it with a salad, and you’re good to go.

Cheesy Greek-Style Baked Quinoa

Cheesy Greek-Style Baked Quinoa - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those recipes that I’d pinned to my Pinterest feed ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it.  Now, I’m bugged that it took me so long!  This easy, healthy, baked quinoa dish makes for an absolutely delicious side, or in heftier portions, a super satisfying meatless main dish.  It’s chock full of fresh summer flavor, and takes just minutes to throw together.

I started by cooking some quinoa.  One cup of dry quinoa yields about three cups of cooked grain. You need about two and a half cups of cooked quinoa for this dish.  So, while that was cooking on the stovetop, I prepped my other ingredients.

Slow Cooker Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Quinoa and Vegetable Stew - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ah, the “After Holiday” season is now upon us.  We are all bloated, and overfed, over-wined, over-cheesed, over-cookied, and sporting a couple of extra pounds.  We’re ready to banish rich food from our lives for at least a little while, right?  This simple, slow cooker stew is not only hearty enough to get you through a “polar vortex” (assuming you can get to the store), but also healthy enough to make you feel good, and refreshed, as you start the new year.

I started by prepping my potatoes, onions and garlic.  I diced up a pound of red potatoes, skin kept on, chopped up an onion and minced up some garlic.

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa Fruit Salad - Chew Nibble NoshQuinoa (pronounced “keeh-wah”) is everywhere.  It seems to be the “in” grain, if there can be such a thing.  I’ve hopped on the bandwagon, but honestly, I hope it’s not a fad.  This stuff is good, and good for you.  (For the nitty gritty on that, click here.)  I’m always looking for ways to get more of this into my family.

Recipe Double Whammy! Cream of Anything Soup Substitute & Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

We are a casserole lovin’ country, aren’t we?  I don’t make casseroles often, but every once in a while, I really just want something warm and comforting for dinner, even in the summer.  If I’m being completely honest, one of the main reasons I don’t make a lot of casseroles is because canned condensed “Cream of ___” soups give me the heebie jeebies, and it seems like they always pop up in a casserole recipe.  I know, that’s not normal, but it’s the truth.  There’s something about dumping out a cold can of gelatinous, slimy goo, with little chunks of “meat” in it that just creeps me out.

Mediterranean Quinoa Pilaf

Never one to shy away from a food trend, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally jumped on the quinoa bandwagon.  Have you heard of quinoa?  If you haven’t, no offense, but I think you may be living under some sort of culinary rock.  If you regularly browse the food blogs, play around with the recipe boards on Pinterest, watch cooking shows, or frequently read any cooking or health magazines, you’ll have bumped into quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah).  It’s taking the recipe world by storm…so I figured I’d join in.