For the last three weeks, the majority of our meals have come from either the hospital vending machine, a Chick-fil-A drive-thru, or Disney World.
Talk about extremes. (And my favorites were obviously from Disney World!)
After getting back from our trip this week, I spent most of yesterday limping around the kitchen for some make-ahead meal prep. I whipped up a big batch of quinoa to be used in stew and for a winterized version of our favorite salad, shredded a massive amount of chicken portioned in half-pound baggies for the freezer, and popped open the jar of Cookwell & Company Two-Step Green Chile Stew that came with this month’s HEB Primo Picks.
Because a girl can only feed her family Funyuns and waffle fries so many times before feeling a little like a terrible person. And a girl only needs to hear her 3.87 year-old say, “Momma, I can have broccoli for a treat today?” once before really feeling like a terrible person.
But I actually had a plan for the post-vacation and post-vending machine detox. A quick-fix green chile stew beefed up into a healthful, hearty one-bowl meal with shredded chicken, navy beans, quinoa, pico de gallo, and a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt on top.
It’s healthy, delicious, and just a hint of some low-grade heat from the green chiles. Minimal prep time – admittedly not as fast as swiping a card and punching D12 – but maximum nutrition. And that’s just something you can’t get out of a vending machine or from a drive-thru window.
Green Chile Chicken & Quinoa Stew
- 32 oz jar Cookwell & Company Two-Step Green Chile Stew
- 8 oz "leftover" chicken, shredded*
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
- For serving:
- 3 plum tomatoes, diced
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded (or not) and diced
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- Handful of cilantro
- Sour cream or plain yogurt
- * I make "leftover" chicken in the oven in a foil pouch - 2 breasts per pouch at 425 for 20 minutes.
- In a medium/large pot, heat the green chile stew over medium heat.
- Add the shredded chicken, cooked quinoa, and navy beans, simmering until heated through.
- Stir together the tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and set aside.
- Ladle the soup into bowls, top with a generous scoop of pico de gallo and a dollop of plain yogurt or light sour cream.
Yields: ~6 servings
Estimated time: 30 minutes
This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and baby-Elmo-clogged-toilets are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 4 locations within a 5 mile radius.
Ok, well now you have to tell us about the hospital and about your marathon. Hope everything is well with you!
Oh man, the day I crave broccoli as a snack…you know something has gone very wrong!! And yes, I want to know what ended up happening with the race!
Shawnda, Do you add anything else to the foil pouch when you cook the chicken that way? Any seasonings, liquid, etc?
Just a quick mist of olive oil just to keep it from sticking to the foil – the amount of liquid that comes out is pretty impressive!
Very good recipe! My little secret is to just use rotisserie chicken for stews. I also adapted the recipe by adding corn and I couldn’t find a two-step green chili and instead used two 14 oz cans diced tomatoes & chilis! http://itrickedmyselfsillysugaredition.blogspot.com/2014/03/green-chile-chicken-quinoa-stew.html