Friday, April 1, 2016

Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner


Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner | Cooking on the Front Burner
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Apparently it is Mexican week on the blog!  Today's Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner was inspired by the leftovers I had from Tuesday's Mexican Quinoa Salad.  I enjoy meals like this where I can buy some ingredients and then reuse them in the week for another meal - less waste and I guess a bit less creativity on my end - but hey, it works for me and I ended up with two fantastic dishes!  Fresh and flavorful is the name of the game with these veggies and healthy ingredients.  And you know what else is great?  Inviting a good friend to come over for lunch and not having them mind that we must first do a photo shoot!  Now that is friend indeed!

When my friend Steph called and asked if I wanted to do lunch, I knew I wanted to get together but I also knew I needed to make this dish before some of my ingredients went south.  So when I asked if she wanted to come over here, she happily agreed.  When she first arrived, I had just started the prep work so she pitched right in so we could get this going (Oh and I also had promised The DIY Guy this for lunch as well).  From start to finish, it took about 35 minutes and I was able to remove about a bowl's worth for John before we started the shoot.

My "studio" is in my daughter's old bedroom that is on the second floor.  So we trooped upstairs and I did a set-up that I thought would work and got started on some pictures.  I shoot tethered so we were able to see right away if the pictures looked good.  It was really great having a second set of eyes to see if things worked or need to be tweaked.  We ended up taking pictures for about 30 minutes (which is short for me since I typically spend 45-60 minutes).  We both were pretty satisfied and headed back to the kitchen to eat.  We were both starved and had second helpings - so I'm thinking I don't need to make dinner today!  Now I'm wondering if I should start inviting other friends over on Fridays and turn it into a series...  Any local takers out there???  Will you work for food???  Thanks Steph for being my sous chef and lunch date!

Oh and did I mention this is all made (and served) from ONE skillet.

Mexican Quinoa Skillet


by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced (or half orange pepper)
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 pound diced chicken
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 11 oz can corn, drained
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz diced green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Queso Cheese crumbled
  • S & P to taste
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions
  • Avocado
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat then add the peppers and onions; saute for 5 minutes then push to one side of skillet
  2. Add the diced chicken and cook/stir until just browned
  3. Add in the salsa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chilies, quinoa, taco seasoning and chili powder. Mix and then add the broth and bring to a boil
  4. Cover the skillet and cook about 20 minutes until quinoa is done.
  5. Serve in bowls and top with queso, diced avocado, sliced green onions and cilantro
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Mexican Quinoa Skillet | Cooking on the Front Burner

Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner


Mexican Quinoa Skillet | Cooking on the Front Burner

20 comments:

  1. Deb, it was so fun to see you in action! Lunch was delicious...loved this dish! And the pictures turned out very well. I volunteer to come any Friday when I'm not working! Thanks for the fun afternoon...

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself - fun afternoon!

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  2. Hi Deb, this dish would be great for a quick weeknight dinner. Pinned! Oh, and awesome photography. Joan-My Cookie Clinic

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  3. I adore how customizable quinoa is! Plus I'm all about the one pot meals :)

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  4. This looks like the perfect easy lunch...

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  5. I love quinoa! I've never had it in a Mexican dish before, I have to try this!

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  6. Seriously, this looks AH-MAZING! What a gorgeous dish!

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  7. I am a huge lover of Mexican dinner! This looks amazingly delicious! Can't wait to try.

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  8. This looks delicious, I love skillet dinners like this!

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  9. This is my family's FAVORITE way to eat quinoa...in taco form! Yum!

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  10. Yum! I think everyone in my family would adore this!

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  11. I love the ingredients and have ingredients on hand, they are all favorites and your recipe looks delicious. I have printed to try and Pinned to share!!

    I also followed you on FB, Instagram, Pinterest and BL.
    I came by your recipe on TOtally TErrific Tuesday!!

    Would love to have you stop by and share on my #OMHGWW

    I hope you have a beautiful day!
    Karren

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  12. Looks healthy and delicious! What a great dish for a lunch date :) You should come share this at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Party opens 7a CST Wed. www.suburbansimplicity.com

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  13. Oh yummy! We love Mexican and who doesn't love a one skillet dinner!? Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party Pinned & shared.

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  14. This looks so good, I've pinned it twice - on my Weeknight Suppers board, and my Skillet Recipes board. Can't wait to try it!

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  15. This is my kind of meal! I love one-pot-wonders! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope you'll share even more awesome recipes this week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  16. one pan, simple ingredients that can be adjusted for food allergies, PRICELESS

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  17. Lovely! I’d eat that in a heartbeat and have seconds, too!

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  18. This looks so delicious! We're always looking for new ways to use quinoa because it's a favorite.

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  19. Looks yum so I saved it to try - meat free.

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