Hello, friends! It’s hump day, and its also new recipe day on Hey, Haley! I shared on Instagram yesterday a little about how my last few weeks have gone, so I’ll recap here today. For the past 6-8 weeks, I’ve had some food problems. I’m not sure what the exact causes are or how to fix it quite yet, but I’ve had a lot of stomach pain and discomfort with almost everything I’ve eaten. I was very specific about this week’s recipe because this has always been a safe food for me, giving me energy without causing any specific problems. All that to say, I’d appreciate prayers as I get things figured out soon!

It is week 5 of #hhtries52 and I’m sharing one of my most used recipes. The general idea for this recipe came from a friend a few years ago, but it has grown and developed over the years into this (pretty much) perfect meal. I love to make a huge batch of this quinoa salad and eat it cold for lunch and dinner for several days. I may have even eaten it for breakfast! This salad (if I can even call it that, it really does seem more like a pasta salad) is refreshing, healthy, and filling. It is packed with protein, veggies, and is overall just what I need more of in my diet. I hope you’ll feel the same!

Cucumber, bell peppers, feta
Add in the Spinach and quinoa
Combine vegetables and quinoa
Top with chopped chicken and greek vinaigrette dressing
Voila, perfect meal!

Greek Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 3 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 cucumbers, skinned and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered (or smaller if desired)
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, grilled and chopped
  • Greek vinaigrette dressing (I used Kraft dressing)

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to box (usually 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water)
  2. While quinoa is simmering, chop bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes
  3. Grill or bake 2 chicken breasts and chop into bite sized pieces
  4. Combine quinoa, spinach, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, and chicken in large bowl
  5. Stir to combine
  6. Serve immediately or cool in fridge to serve later
  7. (Add vinagriette dressing as desired)
https://haleyellen.com/2018/01/31/greek-chicken-and-quinoa-salad/


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