Chicken, Rice, Veggie Dish

The title of this recipe is not very original because all it does is describe what is in the dish.  But I believe it is yummy and simple and very flexible.  I first was inspired to make this because my beautiful daughter-in-law, Jana, made a very similar dish to eat when I was out visiting in August.  I go to Baltimore to play with my adorable granddaughter and her awesome parents.  I believe they think I am only  there to play with Zoe, they may be right.

On Sunday, Jana cooked up this simple dish, using quinoa instead of rice and horseshoe sausage(I don’t know what that is called but it is the sausage that is purchased in a package and looks horseshoe shaped) instead of chicken.  Her vegetables may have been different too; that is the flexibility of this dish, use the grain, meat, and vegetables you have on hand.  I will admit though I believe it has to have yellow summer squash, it is so delish in this dish.

The amount of ingredients I used served 4 plates.


Ingredients:

5 to 6 chicken tenderloins (grilled with only salt and pepper seasoning) or sausage or shrimp or you could go meatless

2 cups of brown rice (uncooked) or quinoa

4 to 5 cups of chicken broth (follow the amounts according to your rice cooker directions)

1 yellow squash (sliced and quartered)

3 peppers (red, orange, and yellow)(diced)

1/4 of a yellow onion (diced)

2 garlic gloves (minced)

2 large carrots (peeled and diced)

lite soy sauce to taste

Directions:

1. Cook your rice (or quinoa) according to your rice cooker directions using chicken broth as your liquid.  If you are using quinoa, follow directions on the package and cook on your stove top.  The rice is what takes the longest to cook between 30 to 45 minutes.

2. While your rice is cooking; prepare your vegetables.  Feel free to substitute your vegetables or add other vegetables; such as peas, mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus, and or green beans.

3. During the last 10 minutes of your rice cooking, grill your chicken tenderloins.  Cut into bite size pieces. If using sausage, cook according to directions.  You could also use shrimp.  Season and grill for a couple of minutes.

4. Add a little olive oil to your frying pan or wok and heat.

5. Add your garlic and onions and brown slightly.

6. Add the rest of your vegetables and cook to al dente.

7. Once everything is finished cooking, serve with lite soy sauce to taste on the table.  You can choose to mix it all together before serving or let the those eating choose how much of everything they want and mix it together themselves.

Pretty simple right, but so good and healthy too.

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