The never-ending debate: what to eat for dinner? I’d like to tell you all that I cook a healthy and balanced dinner every night for TheBetterHalf and myself……but I don’t. It is just so hard to find the time!! That is why I just love recipes like this Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake!! I can make it on a lazy Sunday, and then we have a healthy and delicious dinner ready on Monday! It has all the components of a balanced meal in one, and it tastes AMAZING.
This dish is basically like a mac and cheese – only a little spicier and a lot healthier. I love a good mac and cheese, but most Monday nights I am looking for something a little healthier to undo all the damage that I did over the weekend.
So what makes this dish healthier than a traditional mac and cheese? Quinoa has a ton of protein and fiber, unlike its friend macaroni. There’s a full serving of veggies in here courtesy of the broccoli and kale. And the chicken breast adds in more lean protein. Plus, isn’t spicy food supposed to boost your metabolism??? Bring on the buffalo sauce!
Ok yes, there is a decent amount of butter in here. And there is cheese too. But we want it to taste good, right?! And it is still freezing cold out, so we need comfort food! But healthier comfort food, so that we aren’t scared of ourselves when the bulky sweaters come off.
I learned a great trick for cooking quinoa and veggies from this recipe. You can add the chopped veggies right on top of the quinoa, and cook it all together in one pot rather than cooking the veggies separately. Isn’t that great? Have people been doing this all along and I am reallllly late to the party? Probably. But I thought it was pretty neat. I definitely plan on using this method of cooking quinoa and veggies for quick and easy dinners in the future!
This recipe calls for cooked chicken. A rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken works great for this. If you don’t have any, just sauté up 2 chicken breasts and then cut or shred the meat.
So what is everyone else eating for dinner tonight? If you aren’t sure, make this quinoa bake! It is delicious, satisfying, and healthy. Everyone will love it!
Want more dinner ideas? How about soup?!