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Curried Quinoa with Chicken and Peas

So here we have it.  The curried chicken quinoa with peas recipe…that I will be making 3 times a week, just for Tyler.

Well, maybe not that often…but it’s certainly one I will be adding to our regular rotation!

Tyler, Tyler, Tyler.

As I’ve mentioned here before, we have been struggling with Tyler’s weight gain since he was about 9 months old.  There are a number of factors involved, including food sensitivities, GERD and low muscle tone in his mouth. So it can be tough to find something that he will eat and enjoy!

He is not at all a picky eater. He just doesn’t eat much in terms of quantity.

I normally give him small portions, about 1-2 tablespoons in size, at a time. And if I were to give him more, he’d end up dumping it in his chair, spreading it all over the table, dropping it on the floor. Ya know, typical 16 month old table behavior.

So I gave him a bit. He ate it. I gave him another little portion. He ate that.

I checked the floor. None there.

I checked in his chair. None there.

And this continued. He was eating it!

And I’d see him doing this…

…so I’d give him another scoop.

…and then he’d get desperate!!!

I don’t know if it was the spice level that he enjoyed, or the fact that it didn’t really fall off his spoon as he fed himself.  Doesn’t matter to me…I was just thrilled that he ate so much of it! (Yeah, calories!)

Are you ready for this “Tyler couldn’t get enough of it” recipe?!?

I hope you enjoy it as much as Tyler did!!!

Saute the chicken pieces, chopped onion and crushed garlic in a Dutch Oven.

Spicify.

Stir in the canned tomatoes.

Add water.

Quinoa.

 

Voila. (Minus the peas.)

(Those get mixed in at the end.)

 

Curried Quinoa with Chicken and Peas

Adapted from:

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 12 oz. bag frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Salad; as side

Directions

  • Add the oil, chicken pieces, chopped onion and garlic to a Dutch oven. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until chicken pieces are mostly cooked.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, undrained, curry powder, chili powder and nutmeg. Stir until combined and let cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the water and bring to a bubble.
  • Stir in the quinoa, bring to rolling boil and then reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. With about 5 minutes left to cook, stir in the frozen peas.
  • Turn heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Prepare  salad.
  • Serve Curried Quinoa with Chicken and Peas with side salad.