“Mompower” Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Chicken and Dried Cranberries

MomPower_Quinoa_Salad

It is a Momstown Meals Thursday, and moms this recipe is just for you! We are well into January and we need to keep the momentum going for clean healthy eating. As moms we need to stay fuelled for our families (and fight off those winter colds that everyone is bringing home!) and this protein packed salad is an excellent make-ahead meal that you can grab out of the fridge for lunch, or whenever hunger hits!

Link below for the recipe posted over at momstown.ca!

http://momstown.ca/recipe/mompower-quinoa-salad-spinach-and-chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 generous cups of baby spinach
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken (either from a store-bought rotisserie chicken or 2 cooked chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper for seasoning

Directions:

  1. Heat quinoa and broth (or water) in a saucepan on medium high heat until it comes to a boil.
  2. Stir, cover and reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.  Once 5 minutes has past, remove lid and fluff with a fork.
  3. Move quinoa to a large bowl and toss the hot quinoa with the spinach to wilt slightly.
  4. Add in chicken, red onion, cucumber and cranberries and toss together.
  5. Pour olive oil and lemon juice over salad and toss to incorporate.  Season with some freshly ground black pepper if desired.
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