Saturday, February 27, 2016

a P3 for dinner that will leave you stuffed...

I'm sure that many of you have seen the little "P3"s, in the packaged meat section, at the grocery store. My family LOVES them - me included. They are great for a quick snack or the "protein" part of a packed lunch. However, they are not in and of themselves filling. They are pacifying and WAY better than reaching for a candy bar, though. We keep them in the fridge. My husband is starting a High Protein diet looking for meals that are different than the same ole' grilled chicken or steak. I branched out on a new side dish, that could've really been the main dish itself. It was Protein on Protein and then we add the grilled chicken which made it "cubed". LOL!

Let me introduce you to Quinoa and Black Beans with Grilled Green Tea Peppercorn Chicken:

Yes, this is my P3 that left me FULL and not wanting to snack, before bedtime. Quinoa is a high protein grain. Add a can of Black Beans and this is a FABULOUS Vegetarian Meal.

I grilled 3 lbs of chicken, not only for this meal, but to have during the week. It's great to slice and top a Spinach Salad. I truthfully only ate half a breast. I didn't eat all on my plate. Now, I did the next day for lunch. YUMMO! I reheated a few scoops of the Quinoa & Black Beans with cubed chicken mixed in it. Again, my own P3 that actually FILLS my tummy. YAY!

Quinoa and Black Beans
Add a drizzle or so of Avocado Oil on the bottom of a small sauce pan. Turn heat to medium-high, adding 1 TBSP of Onion Onion and  1 TBSP Garlic Garlic. {SIDE NOTE: if you don't have these, then you can use a small diced onion and 3 cloves of garlic. Using these products are quicker, easier and doesn't make a mess to clean. That's why I LOVE using Tastefully Simple Products} When the Onion and the Garlic start to turn brown, add 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth (I like low sodium, no MSG brands). Stir in 3/4 cup Quinoa. Add 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Seasoned Salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. When all the liquid is absorbed, stir in a can of DRAINED Black Beans. 

Green Tea Peppercorn Chicken
I used an indoor grill, but you can do it outside as well. I filleted the breast, as they were really thick, so the cook time would be reduced. Place chicken on a hot grill for 2 minutes, then flip. 2 minutes later flip again and now it's seared white on both sides. Sprinkle Green Tea Peppercorn Seasoning over all the chicken. Now sprinkle Seasoned Salt over all the chicken. Grill for a few minutes and flip. Repeat the seasoning on this side. Continue to flip and cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees. 


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