BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls + Weekly Menu

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I know that most couples “fight” about important things like finances and romance and their in-laws. Not us. We “fight” about the stupid stuff – mainly, housework. It is not that I don’t love having a clean home, but does vacuuming top my to-do list after a work day and taking care of a 9-month-old? Obviously not. It also doesn’t top the to-do list on the weekends because 1. I’d rather be doing anything else and 2. there’s so many other to-do’s that absolutely must get done – laundry, grocery shopping, oil changes, errands…you know how it goes.

Ironically, my parent’s house is so clean that the floors are clean enough to eat off of…literally. My dad demands cleanliness and so I joke that I spent my youth being so clean and tidy that my adult-life is…less-than-ideal. Thank goodness for cleaning services.

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Anyway, the husband and I were “fighting” last week about housework and a more even divide and yada yada. The baby was put down for the night and we were eating dinner in separate rooms of the house, cooling off.

He walked into the kitchen, where I was eating dinner, to get a second helping. “I’d totally do this again!” he said. It took everything in me not to say, “Oh, you’d totally eat my home-cooked, fabulous dinner again? AWESOME. THANK YOU. YOU’RE WELCOME.” But I didn’t. Somehow.

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I know, it was a compliment. But seriously, guys…I married one of the few people on earth who’d be just as content if I threw in a frozen pizza or chicken pot pie every night. Or worse, threw a box of cereal on the table and said, “Come and get it!” Being the cook in my house is a thankless job 99.99% of the time.

So let this little tale of our marriage woes serve as testament to the awesomeness of this meal. Furthermore, I was able to make my co-workers seriously jealous with the leftovers the next day at lunch. My only regret was  not doubling the recipe!

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BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowls
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 cup dry)
  • 1 lb rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • ⅓ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1½ cups corn
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup 2% Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • 5-6 scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, quartered
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions; keep warm.
  2. Toss shredded chicken with BBQ sauce and top each serving of quinoa (about 1 cup) with 4 ounces of chicken. Top with ¼ avocado, ⅓ cup corn, red onion, 3 tablespoons cheese, scallions, and cilantro. Serve with a squeeze of lime juice over top.
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from What's Gaby Cooking
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup quinoa, 4 oz chicken, etc. Calories: 568 Fat: 19.0 Carbohydrates: 54.8 Sugar: 13.0 Sodium: 511 Fiber: 9.8 Protein: 46.0 Cholesterol: 88
Weekly Menu: July 12th – 16th

  • Sunday: Grilled Vegetable Pasta
  • Monday: BLT Tostadas
  • Tuesday: Cajun Tilapia w/ rice/quinoa and vegetables
  • Wednesday: Taco Pancakes
  • Thursday: Brinner (breakfast for dinner – whole grain waffles and scrambled eggs w/ fruit)

Be well,

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6 Comments

  1. July 12, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Yummm!! This looks amazing! Anything that is even slightly mexican flavored I am all about! I love Quinoa, too so I can’t wait to try this.

    Question, though, the last couple of times I’ve cooked quinoa I’ve followed the instructions and it’s turned out pretty good, but both times I’ve had a couple of undercooked pieces {talk about asking for a broken tooth!} so I’ve pretty much stopped making it. Any tips?

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

  2. July 13, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Yep, pretty much summed up my marriage – I was always trying to make new things and Tony would be like “can we just have meatloaf more than once a year?!”

  3. Cheryl
    July 20, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Loved, loved, loved this! Today, this has become our all-time favorite recipe from the blog. Who knows tomorrow as there are m ore recipes to try.

    We live in Central America and sometimes food blogger recipes have ingredients that are difficult or impossible to find. I appreciate your blog, because most of the time I can find your ingredients.

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      July 22, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Cheryl, thank you so much for your comment! That is absolutely my #1 goal – making healthy food simple and DELICIOUS! 🙂

  4. Monica
    July 22, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Delicious! My small children even loved it!!! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes – this was our first.

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      July 22, 2015 / 10:13 pm

      Monica, I’m so glad it was a hit…and that you find many more well-liked recipes on my site! 🙂

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