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Quinoa Primavera with Chicken, Spring Peas and Asparagus

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Adapted from Whole Foods Market recipes

Roasted or rotisserie chicken works perfectly in this recipe. Any leftover quinoa primavera can be chilled and tossed with vinaigrette to make a lively salad.

Cook’s Review:  “I used chicken broth instead of water for more flavor. The blend of red onion, sweet peas, and asparagus was awesome. This dish was easy to make and very good!”  ~ Shari L.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
1 cup NOW Certified Organic Quinoa Grain*
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon NOW Certified Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil*
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 pound (about 1/2 bunch) asparagus, woody ends snapped off and discarded, spears cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup fresh peas or frozen petite peas, thawed
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 cup thinly sliced baby spinach leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

*NOW items available at your local health food store

  1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water and drain.
  2. Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until quinoa is tender and all the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add onion and asparagus.
  6. Cook, stirring often, until asparagus is tender and bright green, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Add garlic and peas and continue cooking for another minute.
  8. Stir in chicken and cooked quinoa.
  9. Add the spinach and stir until it wilts, 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Calories: 310
Total Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 30mg
Sodium: 370mg
Carbohydrates: 39g
Dietary Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 20g

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