Quinoa in the Rice Cooker

Recently, I posted about getting a jump on meal planning by sharing how I oven roast chicken breasts. That recipe is a life saver for me and so is this one! I have discovered that I can prepare a whole weeks worth of quinoa in my rice cooker. I was a little skeptical when I first heard of this idea but it works, and it works beautifully.quinoa in rice cooker spoonI’ve been on a quest over the past couple of months not only to eat healthier food but to also eat food that makes me feel good. You know what I mean? Being the foodie that I am, I want to eat dishes that taste really good and also have benefit to my over health. For me, quinoa is one of those foods. It’s pack with crazy, good nutritional value (see the links below for details), is easy to prepare, keeps well in the fridge and here’s the most important thing…you can turn it into almost anything! I love to use it with green salads, added to roasted veggies and as a delicious base to grilled chicken or fish. It can also be used in baking muffins and snack bars.quinoa in box rice cookerQuinoa has become so popular that you can find it in almost every grocery store. When making your purchase, look for a brand that states the quinoa has been washed and rinsed – it will just make your life easier. Then, all you do is grab some chicken or vegetable stock, a little olive oil and fill your rice cooker. quinoa in broth rice cookerIn about 20 to 30 minutes, you’ll have light, flavorful quinoa. For the final steps, remove the lid from your cooker to let the grain cool slightly, then using a fork, gently fluff the quinoa, incorporating a little air. At this point, I pack individual portions in glass contains and store them in the fridge until I’m ready to use. This whole process comes together in no time and really does make my week run smoothly since I don’t have to second guess what I’m having for lunch or more importantly, reach for things that are not so good for me. I eat better, feel better which is a big part of a happy life!quinoa in rice cooker

Links to detailed health benefits of quinoa : Health benefits of Quinoa – Medical News Today and Quinoa at a glance – The Whole Grain Council

Quinoa in the Rice Cooker

1 cup quinoa

2 cups chicken stock – vegetable stock or water can be used.

1 tablespoon olive oil

pinch of salt

  • Drizzle olive oil around bowl and bottom of rice cooker
  • Add quinoa, stock and salt to cooker. Turn to “cooking” or “on” setting.
  • When done, remove lid from cooker, cool slightly and fluffy with a fork. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve.

quinoa salad with greens




Meal Plan Monday #50

Meal Plan Monday

WOOHOO! We’ve made it to the big 5-0 this week in Meal Plan Monday. Thanks to all of the wonderful food bloggers who offer up deliciousness to inspire us! Bloggers, make sure you link back to the Meal Plan Monday post on any host’s blog in order to be considered for a feature. We often have to forego featuring our most clicked posts because of this.


Thai Peanut Pork Chops from $5 Dinners

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Cotton Candy Fluff from Served up with Love

And our Host’s featured recipe is:

Homemade Banana Pudding from SouthernPlate


Easy Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts

Today’s post is all about being smart with your recipes. What I mean is, we all need a handful of tried and true recipes that we can use to build wonderful meals around. My list includes a great vinaigrette, a couple of great side dishes, main courses from the oven and grill along with a few special but easy desserts. One of the hardest working recipes on that list is oven roasted chicken breasts.easy oven roasted chickenWhile this dish may not be glamorous, it is a workhorse in my kitchen. Roasting chicken breasts in the oven with a little seasoning and olive oil brings out their yummy flavor. The trick to making the juicy chicken is a hot, hot oven. Once you get the hang of using this easy method, your chicken will turn out delicious EVERY TIME!

My kitchen trick is this – I roast 6-8 chicken breasts at the first of the week, then I have what I need for salads, tacos, nachos, pastas or whatever…the possibilities are endless, well, almost.  oven roasted chicken on plate

Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts

6 – 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

olive oil

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking pan with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
  • Mix together salt, pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken on prepared pan. Drizzle with olive oil then rub olive oil on both sides of chicken. Sprinkle both sides with seasoning mix.
  • Roast chicken in oven for 15 to 20 minutes until done. To check that chicken is done, use a meat thermometer that registers 160-170 degrees.
  • Remover pan from oven, cover with foil and let chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Can be stored in refrigerator for 3 days in an airtight container.

easy to make oven roasted chicken


Meal Plan Monday #49

Meal Plan Monday

Hey Friends! Welcome to another great edition of Meal Plan Monday! This week we have a healthy version of a family favorite, a great DIY mix (that we can’t wait to try), and our host feature is just in time for Valentine’s Day! Let’s dive right in!lasagna-jenniferChaos 2 Peace shares this great take on Lasagna, which she says is simpler and healthier!

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DRIED-ONION-SOUP-MIXA Mind Full Mom shares a recipe for homemade Dried Onion Soup Mix. I don’t know about y’all but I use this stuff all the time and can’t wait to make my own!

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Our host feature this week is: Chocolate-Dipped-Chocolate-Chip-MM-Cookies-1-683x1024Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies – say that three times real fast, preferably while eating one of these :).

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