It's about that time, folks. Time to volunteer to bring a delicious dish to the next summer get together! Always looking for yummy and light summer options!
Got to visit one of my FAVORITES this weekend. Not only is she fabulous, she's one fantastic chef. Needless to say we ate well this weekend :) Between the two of us we came up with a BBQ Chicken salad of some sort. Neither one of us are big lettuce eaters. Spinach? Yes. Iceberg? Don't waste our time. Got home and got to Google-ing recipes. THIS ONE came up. A lot of inspiration came from that dish!
This is one fantastic dish. Trust me. I've tried a LOT. I've even portioned some out and put it in the freezer for later. They make fantastic frozen lunches :) Put them in the fridge the night before. Best part - they can be served COLD so they would make a great lunch box item for those who don't always have microwave access... like news reporters.
You Will Need:
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn, thawed
- 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup shredded chicken, cooked
- 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce of your choice
- 1/2 large avocado, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cilantro, as garnish (if you want)
Cook quinoa according to package directions. I like to make mine with chicken broth and garlic to make it extra tasty!
When it comes to the chicken - I recommend a slower cooker. Made mine: 1 lb chicken breast, 1/3 cup BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion. This makes almost double what you will need for the recipe. You will need to prep some time for this part - it takes a little while.
In a large bowl, mix together quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken, spinach and barbecue sauce. Fold in avocado, green onions and season with salt and pepper. Top with a bit of cilantro and enjoy! You can eat this over any other green veggie of your choosing!
By my calculations with the ingredients I used, this dish rings in 261 calories, 37 carbs, 6 g fat, 19 g protein, 6 g sugar per serving! Not too shabby.
BBQ is quickly becoming one of my most craved ingredients this spring. It's wonderful because you don't need to do much more in the way of seasoning your dishes. Look for low sugar sauces to be more friendly to your waste line.
Question For You:
What flavors do you crave this spring?