Quinoa Caprese Salad

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you all had a great, refreshing weekend!  I’ve been utilizing the chalk wall in our kitchen to write out our weekly meal plan and I love it!  I think I resisted because it’s hard to know on a certain day what you’re going to want to eat, but I figure, get it all planned out and grocery shopped so you have something to eat and you can just switch the days around if you want.

Preparing weekend lunches is a favorite of mine.  It’s really nice to enjoy a home-made meal if you’re at the house to eat it:)  With all the weekend running around, sometimes eating while out is more convenient.  This Saturday, having completed the morning errands and getting home in time for lunch, I made a quinoa caprese salad with grilled chicken.  This is one of those easy-to-assemble meals that is packed with protein and flavor.

I start by grilling boneless, skinless chicken breasts in olive oil for a few minutes at the same time I boil the quinoa.  Quinoa cooks quickly, about 8 minutes.  I used 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of organic chicken broth to give it more flavor. 

Then, because the caprese ingredients are a favorite combo (tomato, basil, and mozzarella) I assembled them all together. 
Quinoa is a good source of fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium and fiber.  It has a slightly nutty flavor, but mainly takes on the flavors you cook it with.  It cooks quickly, in about 8 minutes.   Then I chopped the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls in half and tossed in the basil. 
I seasoned my salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt-free seasoning. 
A bright, refreshing (and filling) salad!

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After lunch, I portioned the rest out into plastic containers for quick meals later on during the week.  
Have you tried quinoa- do you like it? 
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I finally completed all 12 weeks of the Live Fit challenge (yay!)  and will be bringing you the low down with my progress later this week- I need to get my body fat measured first:) 

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  1. February 18, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    Looks yummy! I love quinoa. I also plan out our meals for a week and do just what you said…shuffle them around if I feel like eating something different than what I'd planned.

  2. Traci
    February 18, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    I recently tried quinoa & I really like it. So far I've just had it plain & with veggies mixed in. This looks really good.

  3. Colleen
    February 18, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    I made this for the first time a few weeks ago and I loved it! It was very filling and I did it for lunch for a few days that week. I will have to try it with chicken in it.

  4. Leanne
    February 19, 2013 / 3:34 am

    I will have to try this, it looks great! And I love quinoa!

  5. February 19, 2013 / 7:58 am

    A very nutritious meal for everyone. This is the same kind of salad that our breast cancer alternative treatment center offers every time we have dinners. Thanks for sharing this lovely, healthy snack!

  6. Misses Bee
    February 20, 2013 / 12:24 am

    I love quinoa! We try to go meatless at least twice a week. Caprese is my favorite salad…YUM!

  7. February 20, 2013 / 4:52 am

    I too love quinoa and chia!
    On a seoarate nite, You have inspired me to do the live fit challenge, my first workout was tonight! Took a lot as I didn't get time to work out until 830 pm after my kids were in bed and the couch looked soooo much more inviting! But I already feel great and would have never found this plan if it weren't for your blog. My QUESTION is, do you know where in the website I can find all of the workout PDFs in one spot? Downloading and printing each one day by day is going to take too long! Thanks 🙂

    • February 20, 2013 / 5:16 am

      Amber, I am so happy to hear that! Good for you- yes, the couch does look more tempting at times but the way you feel after a workout is so much better! I have seen the workouts in a dropbox somewhere but I can't recall where- try googling it. I printed a week at a time.

  8. February 25, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    I've been making this all week and it is so good! I love how filling this is, despite the small portion. I found that a little squeeze of lime really helps to brighten it up and bring out the flavors. Thinking about trying a little drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette next time I make this.

  9. September 1, 2013 / 12:09 am

    This looks delicious! I think I might try this out tomorrow afternoon!

  10. September 7, 2013 / 2:22 am

    I just stumbled across your blog, and ohmyword I can't wait to make this! It looks so good, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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