I like to prepare this dish in the morning or during my breaks, stick them in the fridge, and then when I get home I can just pop it in the oven. This is one of my favorite meals to make. Its easy, fast and has basically everything you need for the whole meal in this cute little packet.
*Note this picture has ingredients that are not in the first three weeks of being on the diet but the recipe below does not have those ingredients listed*
1-1 1/2 cups semi cooked quinoa
1-1 1/2 cups hot water
1 TBSP Taco Seasoning Mix (recipe below)
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
1 each green and red pepper, cut into strips
1.Heat oven to 400ºF.
2.Fold up all sides of each of 4 large sheets of heavy-duty foil to form 1-inch rim; spray with cooking spray. Combine quinoa, water and taco seasoning; spoon onto foil. Top with remaining ingredients.
3.Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place in 15x10x1-inch pan.
4.Bake 30 to 35 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF). Let stand 5 min. Cut slits in foil to release steam before opening packets.
*You could also make this dish in one big glass dish. Just place all ingredients in the dish and cover with foil for one big family meal.
**Randi's Side Notes**
~ To make the quinoa, I start off by cooking 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water, and then add some of the taco seasoning. I only let the quinoa cook about half way and let it finish cooking in the oven. I do add a litte bit of water into the packet to help finish the quinoa off and steam the food.
~I also love using all colors of peppers, especially orange ones.
~To help season the chicken I add leftover taco seasoning on top along with salt and pepper.
~I have also tried making this dish up to a day before baking it and it has tasted just the same.
~ For the taco seasoning make sure you check the ingredients. I know the McCormick kind has a couple of iffy ingredients. If you don't have one that can be used, or don't have any period try using this recipe for Taco Seasoning...it is fantastic
1 TBSP chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper