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Healthy Chicken Quinoa & Parmesan Bowl

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This delicious Chicken Quinoa & Parmesan Bowl is made in just one pot is a healthy & wholesome meal for the entire family.

one pot healthy chicken quinoa & parmesan bowl - This delicious Chicken Quinoa & Parmesan Bowl is made in just one pot is a healthy & wholesome meal for the entire family.

 

Don’t you just love it when you can make an entire meal in just one pot? Makes the prep work + the clean up after mealtime sooo much easier.

I have always been a huge fan of easy recipes that can save my time & energy and now that I’m a mom of a toddler who has a knack for getting into all sorts of trouble, recipes like this One Pot Healthy Chicken Quinoa & Parmesan Bowl are a lifesaver for me. Just put all the ingredients in one pot and you are basically done. This hearty dish has chicken as well as veggies like red peppers & zucchini and to make it even healthier, it also has quinoa in it which gives it this dish texture and an earthy flavor.

I finished this dish off with some freshly grated parmesan, as well as toasted pine nuts that give it an added rich flavor and you have a warm and comforting meal for the entire family.

One Pot Healthy Chicken Quinoa & Paremsan

The best part about this recipe is that you can customize it as per your liking. If you want to add different veggies, you are welcome to do it. If you want to skip the pine nuts, by all means, go ahead.

Or if you want to make it a tad bit spicier, you can definitely adjust it as per your taste. There is no hard and fast rule and that is what makes this dish so wonderful.

Now coming to the main part – I have used Olitalia’s European Extra Virgin Olive Oil in this recipe which gives this dish a rich and smooth flavor. 

The European Extra virgin Oil comes in different varieties that you can use for your meat, pasta, vegetables as well as seafood. Like I mentioned above, I found that that it definitely gave this dish a much richer and flavorful taste. I wouldn’t use any other oil in this dish.

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When it comes to choosing olive oil, many of us (including me) get confused – which brand is the best? What to do I look for when choosing olive oil? I am sure I am not the only one when I get overwhelmed when making this decision at the grocery store, especially when there are so many brands to choose from.

So before we jump onto the recipe, I’d like to share a few facts about European Extra Virgin Olive Oil

First of all, what is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

  • Olive oil comes from the fruit (known as adrupe) of the plant Olea europaea, or European olive. Extra virgin olive oil is made by pressing without heat or chemicals. It represents the freshest and purest olive oil available.

  • Extra virgin olive oil is virtually free of acidity—below 0.8%. This is to assure its quality rather than its taste because overly processed and rancid oils contain higher levels of oleic acid.

  • Helpful Tip: Between use, store your oil someplace dark and cool (around 57° F, if possible), not on the counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight, and use your oil within six months of opening, and within 18 months of purchasing.

Why choose European Extra Virgin Oil?

  • The olive tree has been revered in Europe since antiquity. Over thousands of years, farmers have evolved hundreds of varieties of olive trees and optimized them for different environment conditions and terrains to produce the most delicious yields.

  • The result of this centuries-old bond between the people and the land is the finest extra virgin olive in the world. • The greatest impact on taste is the type of olive tree, region (which affects climate and soil) and time of harvest.

  • Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles, so keep a variety of oils in your pantry for different occasions.

Some more Facts about European Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor.

  • Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor.

  • Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green.

  • French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor.

And Now let’s get started with this easy recipe, shall we?

one pot healthy chicken quinoa & paremsan

One Pot Healthy Chicken Quinoa & Parmesan Bowl

Ingredients

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 4 Tbsp
  • Boneless skinless Chicken breast - 1 lb
  • Large diced onion - 1
  • Zucchini, cut ?into 1 cm /1?2 inch slices - 1
  • Red pepper, cut into 1 cm/1?2 inch cubes - 1
  • Finely chopped garlic CLOVES - 3
  • Tomato paste - 3 tbsp
  • Crushed red pepper flakes - 1 tsp
  • 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • Chicken broth - 4 C
  • 6 oz cooked quinoa
  • 11?2 C grated Parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1 large handful of baby ?spinach leaves
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper ?to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the extra virgin olive oil, then add the chicken breast, and cook on ?low heat.
  2. Add the onion and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes. Add the zuchhini and red pepper and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and stir for an additional minute.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste and crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  6. Leave to cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Add the quinoa and let it cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Just before serving, mix in the Parmesan to melt slightly.
  8. Evenly ladle into bowls and scatter baby spinach leaves, chopped fresh basil and toasted pine nuts.
  9. Swirl with more extra virgin olive oil.
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I hope you give this recipe a try. And if you liked reading this post, I would love it if you shared it with others!!

You can purchase European Extra Virgin Oil at Eataly locations or you can even find them at your grocery stores in the Northeast starting next Spring.

*Recipe Courtesy of European Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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