*Full disclosure: I am a proud partner of Unilever's Agents of Change program. Unilever® provided me with sample packets of Knorr® One Skillet Meals Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa Meal starter packets, but the views and opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.
Recently, I was talking with my cousin about my job as a nutrition counselor. I mentioned the challenges my clients face when it comes to changing their eating habits to improve their health. Despite my medical nutrition knowledge and good intentions, I know that my diet recommendations will simply serve as “good advice” if I don’t take into consideration their life stressors, budget constraints, food preferences and motivation to make changes. “You have such a difficult job,” she said, which made me pause for moment. I thought, yes I do, but…I love it!
Preparing nutritious meals is as important for my clients as it is for me and my own family. Like them, I find it difficult to make it to the grocery store, find time to cook and feel inspired in the kitchen. This is why I’m so impressed with the latest line of Knorr® One Skillet Meals. Their variety of one skillet meal starters feature organic grains and tasty blends of dried herbs and seasonings that combine perfectly with lean protein and vegetables. They only take about 30 minutes to prepare, make a balanced meal so easy to put together and they are true to their name – everything is combined in a single pan! Knorr® One Skillet Meals are simple, budget friendly, and can help you prepare a nutrient-rich, high-fiber meal that can be customized by adding any plant or animal-based protein and vegetables.
I prepared Knorr® One Skillet Meals Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa and it was a hit at home! The recipe on the packet suggested chicken breast, which was on sale at my local grocery store (yes!). Pan cooking the vegetables was suggested, but I roasted a combo of corn, peppers, onions and delicious tomatillos. I love how roasting brings out the natural sweetness in the vegetables! So, the chicken and grains were all cooked in one pot, then I tossed everything together and dinner was ready and on the table in approximately 30 minutes.
With so much going on in our lives, slowing down to eat a home-cooked meal is one way to help us feel good and improve our health. Though cooking may sometimes seem daunting, products like Knorr® One Skillet Meals can help get a nutritious and budget-friendly meal on the table quickly!
Try out this recipe and let me know what you think! Feel free to switch out the vegetables and protein choice to your liking! You can find a variety of Knorr® One Skillet Meals at all major grocery stores.
Roasted Vegetable Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa Knorr® One Skillet Meal
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
For roasted vegetables:
1 pound tomatillos, hulled, cleaned and quartered
1 cup frozen corn, defrosted
2 red peppers, sliced
1/3 cup yellow onion, sliced
Spray vegetable oil
For Knorr® One Skillet Meals:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1 inch strips
2 cups water
1 Knorr® One Skillet Meals Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa meal starter packet
Juice from 1 or 2 key limes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add all vegetables to a parchment (or foil) lined sheet pan. Quickly spray vegetables with oil and roast for 25 minutes.
While vegetables are roasting, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large skillet. Toss chicken with flour and cook for about two minutes on each side, until browned. Add water and contents of Knorr® One Skillet Meals to the skillet and bring to a boil. Cover pan then lower heat to medium low and simmer for about 22 minutes.
Once roasted vegetables are done roasting, fold them into the chicken and quinoa combo. Remove skillet from heat and let stand covered for about 5 minutes. Squeeze fresh lime juice over entire dish and serve immediately.