Happy New Year! I always say that the new year is like a super Monday: Mondays are a fresh start to the week, so they new year is a fresh start on your overall mentality.
Maybe you hope to make some healthier lifestyle choices. It could be as simple as taking 5 minutes every morning to be thankful or as complex as a 180° shift in your diet. Maybe it's adding 30 minutes of movement to your day or training for a marathon. Whatever it is, it all starts with small goals that are attainable and intentional.
With this mindset in mind, I wanted my first few recipes of 2022 to help you achieve those attainable and intentional health goals. I did a few polls over on my Instagram and so many of you said you wanted more 30 minute recipes! So, today's brand new recipe is probably one of the easiest dinners I've ever created (next to this sheet pan meal of course)...
I present: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls! A 30 minute meal full of flavor and made with only 4 simple ingredients. And those ingredients can be as simple as they come too!
If you can't tell, this entire recipe is S-I-M-P-L-E. Like, so simple we can break it down into three simple steps! You really can't go wrong. In 30 minutes, here's everything you'll need to do to make your Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls:
Make the quinoa: like rice, it's two parts water to one part grain. Simply add the water to a small pot on the stove, bring to a boil, and add the quinoa. Turn down the heat down to low, cover with a lid, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving. That's it! It practically makes itself.
Steam the veggies: one of the reasons I opted for frozen veggies was to avoid cutting and adding another dish on the stove. Don't worry, plain frozen veggies are just as healthy as fresh ones, so we're not sacrificing any nutrition!
Whatever blend of frozen vegetables you choose, make sure they can be steamed in the microwave. Once they're done, season them how you like. I always add fresh sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, and some extra parmesan!
Grill the chicken: once again, make sure your chicken is completely rid of any excess moisture because we want it to grill instead of boil. Then, dice into bite size pieces. This helps the chicken cook faster and prevents boiling because you don't have to leave the pieces on the pan as long.
Heat some olive oil in a large skillet or wok to medium-high heat. Add your diced chicken and seasonings, toss to combine, then let sit for 2-3 minutes in the oil. Toss again and let sit for another 1-2 minutes. If you notice the chicken boiling instead of grilling, toss more frequently. The chicken should be done after 5-8 minutes.
To serve: toss the grilled chicken, cooked quinoa, steamed veggies, and shaved parmesan together in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Divide into 6 portions and enjoy. Et voila!
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You will LOVE these Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls! They're super easy to make, kid-friendly, and perfect for quick weeknight dinners. I can't wait for you to try them!
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Ready in 30 minutes, these Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls are an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe! All you need is grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, quinoa, and parmesan cheese. Even the kids will love these parmesan chicken bowls!
*To save on dishes and extra hands-on work, I developed this recipe using frozen veggies that can be steamed in the microwave. My favorite blend (that is also pictured) is the "California Mix" of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Whatever vegetables you choose, make sure to choose ones that can be steamed in their bag!
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1/6 of the prepared food, including nutritional yeast.
Serving: 1 bowl / Calories: 357 / Fat: 9.7g / Saturated Fat: 2.5g / Carbohydrates: 28.3g / Fiber: 5g / Sugar: 7g / Protein: 40g
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