JonPaul has been so patient with me this entire month. Like husband of the year kind of patient. Drinking green juices for breakfast, taking countless supplements, going to bed at 8pm, and eating whatever I put in from of him (he’s a good boy). This cleanse has been teamwork, and he’s held up his end of the deal. So I’m trying my hardest to reward my guy.
We aren’t totally done with “clean” eating, but we are so close, so this recipe is for him (I mean who wouldn’t want a quinoa bowl as a reward ;)!
This may sound silly, but I know one of his favorite places to eat at when he’s out and about with the kids is Chipotle (I mean come on, Chipotle is pretty darn delicious. I’m not gonna lie, I I’ve been known to crush a burrito or two). He always gets a bowl with brown rice and chicken. Not bad, right? But I thought maybe I could step it up a little…and make it a tad healthier. So I put together this southwest chicken and quinoa bowl.
The base of the bowl is quinoa. Nutty and nutritious, packed with fiber, protein and magnesium. Then I topped it off with roasted chicken that I marinated in honey, lime, garlic and cilantro. You could use any shredded chicken though…even a rotisserie chicken.
For a sweet crunch I added grilled corn. Since it’s waaaay too cold to head outside to the grill, I used a grill pan right on our stove instead. A cast iron skillet works great too. It made the whole house smell like summer too…perfect pick me up on this cold January day.
I also added black beans, avocado, tomatoes and jalapeños for a little heat. And of course no southwest bowl would be complete without a few tortilla strips. They’re super simple to make. Just a tortilla shell toasted in a cast iron pan and then thinly sliced. They’re a great addition to this bowl, but would be great for tomato soup or chili too.
For the dressing, I made the cilantro vinaigrette that I shared with all of you the other day. It was just too yummy I couldn’t resist. Be sure to drizzle a lot of it over these beautiful toppings and then sit back and dig in! This is one satisfying dish that you don’t have to feel an ounce of guilt enjoying!