Friday, October 26, 2012

Butternut Squash, Quinoa, & Black Bean Chicken Stew - RECIPE!

This stew is yummy, healthy, and pretty easy! I ran across THIS recipe on Pinterest and felt a little intimidated at first... but I decided to switch up a few ingredients, and had a butternut squash I wanted to use. I loved how it turned out! 

So don't feel overwhelmed with all those healthy ingredients. Give it a try! I am sure the original recipe would be excellent too, but here is my version:

1 1/2 lb Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded, & chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
4 Cups Chicken Broth
1 lb Chicken Tenderloins
1 Tbls Olive Oil
1 Medium yellow Onion, finely chopped (OR 1 Tbls Onion Flakes)
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
1 Can (14 oz) Petite Diced Tomatoes 
2/3 Cup Quinoa
8 oz Black Beans
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
1 tsp Dried Parsley 

1. Steam Butternut Squash until tender. Remove half the Squash and set aside. Continue to steam the remainder of the Butternut Squash until very tender (another 5 minutes). Mash this squash with the back of a fork and set aside.
2. In a large pot bring the Chicken Broth and Chicken Tenders to a boil over medium-high heat until chicken is fully cooked. 
3. Transfer Chicken to a plate to cool and pour remaining broth into a bowl and set aside.
4. Return your pot to the stove, add in olive oil, onion. Saute until translucent. Add in Garlic and Oregano. Cook an additional minute, stirring constantly. {If using Onion Flakes, saute onion flakes, garlic, and oregano all together for a minute or two only.}
5. Add in Tomatoes, Butternut Squash pieces, and smashed Butternut Squash. Stir to combine. 
6. Stir in the reserved Chicken Broth and Quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until Quinoa is translucent {About 15 minutes}. 
7. Shred the cooked, and cooled Chicken. 
8. Stir in Chicken, Black Beans, Pepper, and Parsley. Simmer, uncovered for several minutes until ready to serve. 


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  1. Looks yummy! I haven't tried quinoa yet.

    I can't believe you have a post with no Caroline pictures! :<)

    1. Haha Courtney, I can hardly believe I managed to post something without a picture of Caroline. Give Quinoa a try! We have loved it!

  2. Yum.....this sounds good and good for me! Thks for sharing. Look forward to trying it! What we fuel ourselves is so important for our future and self. Before u know it Caroline will be helping you prepare dinner...which will be a great adventure. love u