Eat A Rainbow Chix + Kale Quinoa Bowls

Very refreshing, hydrating, and deliciously sweet bowl of healthy fresh fruits and veggies. Perfect for lunch, this was so tasty I was practically shoveling it into my mouth.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Cooked Quinoa (I used leftover quinoa from my Pineapple Chix + Ginger-Infused Quinoa Bowls)
  • 2 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cucumber, halved + sliced
  • Handful Grapes, halved (8-10)
  • Mandarin Slices (1 mandarin or 1/2 cup of canned or 1 fruit cup)
  • Handful Cherry/Grape Tomatoes, halved (6+)
  • 2-3 Large Red Kale Leaves or 1 cup+ Fresh (I used red/purple but Reg is OK too)
  • 1/2 cup+ Cooked Chix, chopped (Optional)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Orange-Apricot Marmalade
  • 1/2-1 cup Orange Mango Juice*

Instructions:

  1. Heat quinoa if it’s a block and not easy to work with or skip that and arrange in bottom of bowl.
  2. Arrange cucumbers, grapes, strawberries, and oranges around the edges of the bowl – leaving the center open for kale + chix.
  3. In a pan or saucepan, bring orange juice, marmalade, and 1/4 cup water or Hint Water to a simmering boil.
  4. Add cooked chix and heat long enough for meat to heat thoroughly and absorb the orange flavor.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, remove chix and set aside.
  6. Add whole red kale leaves and cook a few seconds until slightly wilted. Remove with  tongs, set aside.
  7. Keep simmering sauce for 1-2 min to cook it down to about 1/2 of the original volume.
  8. Chop kale and lay in the center of the bowl.
  9. Add chix on topic the kale.
  10. Drizzle dressing over top.

Enjoy!

Serves 1

 

Tips:

  • You can substitute or add any other fruit you want. I think blueberries would be an excellent addition. Also avocado would add a fresh creamy texture.
  • You can leave out the chix if you want it vegetarian or vegan but consider adding a different protein (maybe crispy baked tofu) to keep you energized throughout the day.
  • If you need to lower the sugar on this, I recommend squeezing fresh orange juice and using only 1 Tbsp Jam/Marmalade. For more healthy, less sugar variations:
    • The Simply Orange Mango juice tasted great but is high in sugar, you could replace this with the juice from mandarins, if using canned/jar oranges.
    • Hint Water – Pineapple, Peach, or  Blackberry.
    • Or if you have a juicer, you could make fresh juice from any of the fruits you are using in this to compliment the flavors in this dish.

MyFitnessPal logged this recipe at 486 Calories, with only 4g Fat and 17g Protein. High in Sugar yes but most of it is naturally from the fruit. This is also very high in Vitamins A + C and very high in Potassium.

 MyFitnessPal Nutrition Facts - Rainbow Chix + Kale Quinoa Bowls


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