Protein Packed Dinner

by Lauren on November 26, 2012

Today was…..

confusing to say the least.  But it ended well.  I honestly feel that ever since leaving my marketing job back in August, each day has been incredibly different.  Some days are full of promise and unbelievable opportunity, where others are full of question and anxiety.  On a whole, the good days far supersede the bad ones, and the overall outcome of my life has been more rewarding than I could ever explain.

There isn’t a day where I ever look back and feel regret for making the career move I did, and today once again proved that my decision was entirely justified.

I’ll have more on that soon…..

For now, let’s just unwind with a nice comforting meal.  That is exactly what I did tonight after the day I had.

I was aiming for something hearty but particularly heavy on the protein since I felt my intake was lacking a bit over the past few days.  It’s safe to say my protein quota was reached with this one.

Grilled chicken, quinoa, avocado, goat cheese and edamame.  Each of these elements packs in a good amount of protein, among many other beneficial nutrients.

Let’s also talk about how a single bite of chicken, goat cheese and avocado can be one of the most amazing tastes your mouth will ever experience.

This meal was a stick-to-your-bones type of meal but also didn’t leave me feeling excessively bloated.  Quinoa is a fantastic option for a highly nutritious grain that is also easily digestible.

Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa Bowl For One
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa (I used Shiloh Farms Sprouted Golden Quinoa)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 oz grilled chicken breast, diced into 1 in strips
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • ¼ cup cooked edamame beans
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese
  • ¼ of an avocado, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prepare quinoa as directed. Once the quinoa is cooked, remove lid and add the spinach to the sauce pan. Replace cover and let the spinach steam until slightly wilted (about 3-4 minutes). Set aside.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare your broccoli. On a large baking sheet coated with non-stick spray, add chopped broccoli, drizzle with 1 tsp oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare your quinoa bowl by placing the spinach/quinoa mixture in the bowl first. Add the edamame, roasted broccoli, cooked chicken, goat cheese and avocado. Drizzle with remaining teaspoon of olive oil.

I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring, but I do know I’ll be ready for it, especially after all of the energy I’m absorbing from this dinner.


Don’t Forget:

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For Your Reading Pleasure:

My two latest financial literacy articles are featured on Stage of Life this week:

5 Tips For a Successful Interview 

 Top 8 Tips for a Practical Holiday Budget

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Looks delicious! I precooked a quinoa/chickpea/butternut squash meal to heat up tomorrow after I get home from class. I’m thinking I should probably stop at the store sometime tomorrow to get some avocado. Melty avocado in quinoa dishes is the best!!

Lauren November 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Oh yum, if you have any leftovers, save them for next week. :)

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I think avocado and goat cheese are two of my top favorite foods, so I can imagine how amazing each of those bites were! I’m sorry you had a confusing day… I’m glad it ended well though! xoxo

Lauren November 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Me too! I don’t think I could live without these two things in my meals every single day.

kim@hungryhealthygirl November 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Yum! Chicken, quinoa and avocado…can’t go wrong with that combo!

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm

YUM GET IT GIRL. I am so about the goat cheese. Haven’t had it in forrrrrever. Been living off of cheapo pepper jack. Still yummy though! :)

Lauren November 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Oh my gosh, I used to live off of pepper jack in college. Love it!

Olivia Hill @ life as liv November 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Lordy that looks delicious. It also looks SUPER easy which a serious plus because for me, if it’s not easy, it’s not happening.

Lauren November 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

It IS super easy!! And probably took me all of 15 minutes to prepare.

Erica November 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Perfect way to end the day!!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

The timing of BOTH of those articles are VERY helpful this week…thanks! ;)

Danielle @ clean food creative fitness November 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

Love how protein packed this bowl is! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe out soon!

Katie November 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Sending you a big hug! I know what you mean about switching careers… some days are really rough! But deep down, you know you made the right decision, and everything WILL fit itself into place. Much love :-)

Lauren November 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thanks so much Katie! Hugs right back at you! :) xoxo

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