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Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowl

February 20, 2017
Southwest Chicken quinoa bowl recipe food blogger North Dallas Blog Blogger Love You More Too

Lately, I have become a huge fan of quinoa bowls.  They are filling, packed with protein, and make enough for many meals.  Since I love the southwest salad from Trader Joe’s so much, I decided to try the toppings in a quinoa bowl. The great thing about quinoa bowls is that you can layer them with whatever toppings you like.  You may not think Brussels sprouts scream southwest, but they added great flavor and texture.  After a few different tries, I ended on this southwest chicken quinoa bowl combination.

Servings- 4 (We made 2 bowls for dinner and packed 2 for lunch)

Ingredients

6 C cooked quinoa
1 Tbl. oil (olive or coconut)
1 lb. chicken breast
Salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste
1 can black beans
2 diced bell peppers (I used red and green)
1  diced onion
16 oz. Brussels sprouts
1 avocado
1/2 diced tomato
Salsa, as desired

Steps

1. Heat 1/2 Tbl oil in medium skillet (on medium-medium high heat) and season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and chili powder and cook until brown. 2. Heat other 1/2 Tbl oil large skillet (on medium-medium high heat) and add Brussels sprouts, cook for 5 minutes. 3. Add diced bell peppers and onions to large skillet. 4. Heat black beans (in skillet or microwave) 5. When chicken is finished cooking, cut in to slices.  6.  Separate cooked quinoa into 4 bowls, layer black beans, vegetable mixture, Brussels sprouts and chicken in to each bowl. 7. Add 1/4 sliced avocado to each bowl 8. Drizzle with salsa and diced tomatoes and enjoy.

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What’s your favorite kind of quinoa bowl?  Leave me a comment below!

  • Harmony, Momma To Go February 20, 2017 at 6:18 am

    So a quinoa bowl is just cooked quino layered w whatever.? We do a lot of burrito bowls at home I’ll have to try this substitution!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

      That’s exactly right! It’s just like a burrito bowl but with quinoa instead of rice! Hope you enjoy. 🙂

  • Tonya February 20, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I typically don’t eat quinoa, but this looks absolutely delicious! I’m bookmarking this for later, definitely gonna try, thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thank you Tonya. I am not a quinoa by itself fan either, but in this it is so good! 🙂 Adds a fun texture. I hope you enjoy.

  • Belle February 20, 2017 at 7:51 am

    That looks good and sounds healthy too! Bookmarking this for later!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thanks, Belle. I hope you enjoy it. I am a big fun of delicious and healthy dinners.

  • Hannah February 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    This looks so good! I honestly can’t wait to try it soon, bookmarking this for later! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thank you, Hannah! I hope you love it!

  • LAUREN JOHNSON February 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Omg, yum! I’ve been looking into eating more iron rich foods, and of course recipes that encompass those foods as well. Your post definitely helped me out! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.onceortwiceblog.com

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Thanks girl! I hope you like it.

  • Katie February 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Yum! Also, can I just say, that avocado is PERFECTION!?!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Yes! I could eat avocado with almost everything.

  • Jamie Fray February 20, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never thought to make a quinoa bowl, but I definitely want to try this one 🙂 Pinned for later!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Thanks, Jamie! I hope you love it. They are simple and delicious.

  • Charlotte February 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I never use Brussel sprouts in my cooking. No real reason–I love the taste/texture–I just never think to use them! Thanks for this recipe; would love to sub chicken with tofu. It sounds delicious!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Girl! You are missing out! I love them so much!

  • suzanne February 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    This looks so delicious and healthy! A win win. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Of course! I hope you love it!

  • Camille Marsh February 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    This looks so good!! I like Quinoa but I don’t love it. This is a perfect way to spice it up!! I love Quinoa mixed with other things, in salad, etc cause it’s just so good for you, I have to find a way to eat it! Thanks for this recipe

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:47 am

      I am exactly like you. It’s just meh, but it is great mixed with stuff!

  • Danielle February 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    This looks so yummy! And I love all how different the ingredients are.

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Thank you!! I hope you like it!

  • Amanda February 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    We eat a lot of quinoa, as well as rice in my home. The texture of quinoa is wonderful. This is a recipe I can really see myself making and enjoying.

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I like the texture too! So yummy!

  • Krysten February 20, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    This looks super simple to make and super yummy to eat! I have only made a few quinoa bowls, but I find that I like them very much!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

      It’s super easy! The healthy part is the cherry on top! 🙂

  • Sharon February 21, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Yessss. Another yummy way to enjoy brussel sprouts. This bowl sounds amazing!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Thank you! I love Brussels so I try to put them in a ton of different recipes.

  • Sharon February 21, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Another great menu plan. I’m adding those tacos to the weekly menu now!

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health February 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

    i love the idea of meals in a bowl – so easy, balanced, and effortless!!!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Yes! And they make great lunches the next day too.

  • Jenniffer | Life is Messy and Brilliant February 21, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I can totally replace the chicken for vegan chicken and this recipe will be awesome for my college lunch.

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Yes!! It makes the perfect lunch meal.

  • Kristin February 21, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I am trying to eat more Quinoa and have been looking for recipes to help me do just that. This one looks yummy and I will definitely be trying this out!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Awesome! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Bailey February 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Thank you! I hope you love it!

  • Poonam February 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    This sounds so good! I love quinoa bowls. I usually add tomato, onions. jalapeño, pecans, dried cranberries, fat free feta, and some lemon vinaigrette. It’s my go-to for lunch.

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Thanks, girl! That sounds fantastic. I will have to try.

  • Sophia February 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    This looks awesome, what a healthy options for lunch and dinner.

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Thank you, Sophia! It’s perfect for packing up for lunches.

  • Divya February 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Feels like I haven’t cooked with quinoa in forever! Maybe I’ll make some with food prep today 🙂

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 10:58 am

      It’s a fun carb replacement for sure!

  • Laina Turner February 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    This looks so tasty. Have to try this!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Thank you girl!

  • Maggie Unzueta February 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Yes to everything in this bowl. YUM!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

      There isn’t a bad ingredient- you are so right!

  • My-Van Dang February 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Thanks ! I hope you love it.

  • MK February 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I love the use of large fresh pieces of ingredients in this dish. It makes the quinoa bowls feel a lot more versatile than the “dice everything and sauté” mentality

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Thank you!! I am a big fan of textures, so that’s how I compensate. haha

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen February 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    This would be a perfect dinner for someone who is trying to cut/reduce gluten while still eating healthy. Sounds really delicious. Can’t wait to make it for my family. 🙂

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Thank you! It’s a great way to feed several people. 🙂

  • Ashley February 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Yum!! This looks delicious! I can’t wait to give this a try!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thanks, Ashley! I hope you enjoy!

  • Ali B February 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I love quinoa and always try to find new ways to entice my family to eat is as well. I think this would be perfect. They could take as little or much as they wanted and still have the toppings too. Thank you for a new meal idea!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:09 am

      It’s nice and hidden, so it’s perfect. 🙂

  • Lauren February 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Wow, this looks so healthy and delicious! I might even make it for dinner tonight!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 11:09 am

      I hope you love it!!

  • Bobbi | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen February 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Mmmmm now this is a meal that is right up my alley!!

    • Jessica February 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      It’s awesome!

  • Mama Munchkin February 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    This looks like a delicious, quick, and healthy lunch or dinner option. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Jessica February 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      It’s perfect for both! I hope you like it!