Basil Quinoa Chicken Salad

Refreshing side or lunch option with a range of different ingredients! Inspired by a dish I had at a local Mediterranean restaurant.

Ingredients

serves 3-4

2 Chicken Breasts

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (or rice alternative)

1 cup Chicken Broth

1/2 bundle of asparagus

Seeds from one pomegrante

8-9 leaves fresh basil

1 1/2 Tbs Lemongrass Mint Balsamic

2 Tbs olive oil

salt, pepper for seasoning

  1. Bake, stir fry or grill chicken.  Another option is to just buy rotisserie chicken breast and chop up into small pieces.
  2. Cook quinoa, typically one part quinoa to 2 parts water.  I use chicken broth instead of water to add flavor.
  3. Wash, cut and boil water and add the asparagus in a pot for 5-6 minutes until mildly tender.
  4. Cut pomegrante and remove seed, throughly picking off the white, peel around the seeds
  5. Add all ingredients into a bowl.  Chop up basil and mix with balsamic and olive oil.  Add the dressing to the mixture and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Salt pepper and ENJOY!

Mushroom and Sausage Risotto

Quick and easy side dish or bump it up with some eggs to make an ideal breakfast.  Easy ingredients and delicious flavor.

Ingredients

(2 servings)

2 servings of risotto (Cook basically like any other kind of rice)

1 carton of baby white mushrooms

2 Red Pepper Chicken Sausage (lots of other kinds to choose from)

1/8 cup white onion

1 tbs olive oil

Chicken Broth (depending on what the risotto box says for water)

salt, pepper, garlic salt

1. First get the risotto cooking.  I like to cook mine in chicken broth versus water to add more flavor.

2. While that is going chop up mushrooms, white onion and sausage.  The sausage is already precooked which is a huge time saver and makes things WAY easier.  Raw sausage with skin weirds me out.

3. Throw in the chopped veggies and sausage into the risotto after its fluffy and fully cooked.  Let simmer together with 1 tbs olive oil (I have my garlic infused kind) and stir fry together.  I topped mine with an egg and had it for breakfast but that’s just me!

Enjoy!