Monday, April 7, 2014

Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Quinoa (Secret Recipe Club)

In case you can't tell from my posts, I'm a big fan of the one pot meal. Meaning, a dish that has all the proper components of a decently well rounded meal: starch, veggie, meat = done. Occasionally, I will make something that takes a couple of sides to make it a meal but they definitely cramp my style. Especially when I'm exhausted from a long day and just need something quick and easy to make.

Perhaps that's why I was immediately drawn to this recipe on Lesa's blog, Edesia's Notebook. Lesa's blog was assigned to me this month for Secret Recipe Club and I loved that we both have a similar cooking style! We are both fans of easy, healthy, tasty meals that are perfect for weeknights and the recipe I chose to make fit the bill on all fronts! Lesa is a stay at home mom of two and her blog is full of family friendly weeknight meals so be sure and add her to your blog reader if those are your kind of meal to make, too. I know I did! :)

I made a few slight changes to Lesa's version. For one, I swapped out the turkey for chicken since it's cheaper and more readily available this time of year. I also upped the spinach a bit since we're big fans. This was a HUGE hit in our house. One pot, easy, flavorful, and healthy.

Thanks, Lesa, for the tasty dish!

Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Quinoa
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup quinoa
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups chicken stock
1.5 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped OR 2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook just until it begins to soften. Add the garlic, bacon, and quinoa. Fry until the bacon has crisped, onions are soft, and quinoa is well toasted. Add the thyme and stir to release flavors.

Pour in the stock, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover to simmer.

Simmer for 10 minutes then add the chopped chicken and spinach. Place the lid back on and allow to simmer until the liquid is absorbed.

Makes 4 servings. 

Source: slightly adapted from Edesia's Notebook


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  1. Glad you liked it. Great choice!

  2. I'd forgotten that you're in the 7th round of SRC. And I'm in the 24th group, so I guess that means I'll never be assigned your blog. Boo! But possibly just as well; since I know you IRL, I'd be tempted to blab...

    This looks great! But I've never tried quinoa, for some reason I feel a great resistance to it. I should probably correct this though, right?.

  3. I too chose this recipe when I was assigned to Edesia's Notebook. It's so good!

  4. This recipe sounds and looks wonderful - I love one pot dishes as well and anything with bacon in it...hello!


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