Sunday, March 16, 2014

Golden Meal

Sometimes I notice we go through stretches where we eat a lot of what I like to call "golden meals". These types of foods include:

French fries
Chicken wings/tenders/nuggets
Hot Dogs
Grilled cheese
Onion rings
Mozzarella sticks
Basically anything "golden" and usually fried

These meals are nice going down but ALWAYS leave us sluggish, bloated and unhappy.  I've been scared to try "healthy" golden meals but made one tonight without realizing and it hits the spot without leaving us feeling yuck: Breaded Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa

To feed a toddler and 2 adults:
2 large boneless chicken breasts sliced thin
1 head cauliflower chopped in 1" pieces
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
Shake n bake (or breading of choice)
Olive oil
Powdered garlic, paprika, salt
Vegetable bouillon

Preheat oven to 400.  Rinse and coat chicken with breading (I don't use milk or egg) lay on a foil lined baking sheet. In a gallon bag add cauliflower pieces, drizzle with 1tbs olive oil, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic and a pinch of salt. Shake bag and put with the chicken on the foil lined pan. Pop in the oven.

In a small pot put rinsed quinoa, 1 cup water, 1/2 vegetable bouillon cube and a pinch paprika. Stir and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Set the timer for 8 minutes.

After 8 minutes, flip the chicken and toss cauliflower. Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Remove quinoa from heat and stir. Set oven to broil and watch closely. You just want a nice light crisp (about 6 minutes). Remove from oven and serve.

It's crispy, crunchy, healthy, filling and the cauliflower gives the illusion of French fries. Nom!!


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