Sometimes all I want to eat for dinner is a big ol' bowl of vegetables. Have you ever had those nights? Maybe I'm crazy, but I actually just really love vegetables and don't mind heating them up, throwing some parmesan cheese on top, and calling it dinner. Of course, that wouldn't exactly be practicing what I preach, since I always tell clients to get at least 20 grams of protein in their meals, if they can. So this Clean Eating recipe is perfect. Fresh crispy veggies, filled with lean protein and even some higher protein grain, the humble quinoa grain (or seed?).
This was the perfect meal one night after work. Of course, Nick wasn't about to even consider eating one, which made it even better because there were plenty leftovers for the following nights. You know, before I made this I don't know if I had ever actually used radishes in anything other than maybe a relish tray. I like them. They are crispy and a bit bitter. Quite delicious actually, but I think the next time I might use jicama for more fiber!
Clean Eating's Spring Romaine Boats
Modified slightly from a clean eating magazine recipe
8 romaine leaves
1 pound chicken breast, grilled or baked with some garlic-infused olive oil (if you want)
1 cup cooked quinoa (I used the multicolor variety)
1/4 cup feta or goat cheese
4 radishes, sliced
Balsamic reduction drizzle
Salt and pepper to taste
** NOTE: If you are following a low FODMAPs diet you'll be pleased to know this is a lof FODMAPs recipe! .
1. Wash and dry romaine well. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, after grilling or baking.
2. Open up leaves and top with quinoa, chicken, cheese, radishes, a drizzle of a good balsamic dressing (or reduction) and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Eat like a taco!
Estimated Calories Per Serving: ~ 250 calories
Have you ever had a balsamic reduction? You can either make it yourself with a good balsamic vinegar, or you can buy it at the store, already reduced. Either way, get a hold of some to drizzle on top of your "Boats". As you can see, I took my photos before my drizzle :) Oops!
Does it get any more "Springy" than this?! I don't think so.
I'm so glad Spring has finally graced us with her presence (and yes, Spring is a women, trust me on that one). More Spring recipes coming soon. And tomorrow, get excited, I'm posting a day of my eats. Haven't you always wondered what I eat?! Come on, you know you have. haha, maybe not. It's really not that interesting, but I do get questions about it often, so in case you're interested, come back tomorrow!
Thanks for reading!
The Candid Rd