Truly a meal for the picky eater, this recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa is not only delicious but healthy.
When I first came across the recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa, Kiersten had her doubts. She had absolutely HATED every encounter she’s ever had with quinoa. I had been looking to find healthy, nutrient rich meals and quinoa, broccoli, and chicken seemed to fit that bill. I asked her to give it a try. I may have had a backup dinner option if it didn’t work out, but I didn’t need it. Kiersten had not one, but two bowls of the “casserole”. And now it’s one of her favorite dishes.
Meanwhile, Maddox only wants to eat starches, such as pasta or rice. I thought, hey, maybe he’ll like quinoa. It’s kind of like rice. Boy, did I knock this one out of the park. This recipe is the first I’ve been able to get him to eat in its entirety. I’m sure blanketing it with a cheesy sauce has a lot to do with it, but at least he’s getting good nutrition out of it. He eats the chicken, broccoli, and quinoa. He eats everything. It’s a fantastic feeling to make something your picky child will eat.
You really don’t have to feel bad about serving this dish to your family. You have the protein and health benefits from the chicken, quinoa, and broccoli. But the cheese sauce isn’t terrible for you, due to some smart substitutions. To lighten it up, you use 2% milk as the base of the sauce. Then, there’s only 1 cup of cheese is the sauce. That may seem like a lot, but it’s much less than say, a macaroni and cheese. Then, to give it that extra creaminess, add plain Greek yogurt. This helps make the dish that much creamier and adds a little boost of protein in exchange relatively little calories. It’s a win-win. The dish is delicious and healthful.
This recipe is sure to please even the most skeptical eater. And the best part is you don’t have to feel guilty about serving it. Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa will be a hit with your entire family, no matter what the age.
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