Lemon Chicken And Quinoa
The reasons I love this Lemon Chicken and Quinoa include, that it tastes lemony and I like lemons; It is healthy and It is filling.
My favourite season is almost upon us. I adore Autumn. It just screams comfort. The idea of wooly jumpers, golden leaves, hot cocoa, log fires (in my dreams), cosy indoor boots, reading old books and having conker fights with the kids fills me with deep deep joy. I also love the cool air. That is before it very suddenly gets bitterly cold. The thought of being stood at the school gate with chattering teeth and frozen fingers makes me a little less enthusiastic about October but I am happy to shove that thought to the back of my mind for now.
I have mentioned previously, that it took me a while to take to Quinoa. I was like, man this just tastes of nothing. Are people really trying to tell me that i need to include it in my diet?! I actually love Quinoa now. It also has many benefits.
‘Quinoa is naturally gluten free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.’ www.medicalnewstoday.com.
Here are some of my other favourite Quinoa recipes – Freekeh and Quinoa with lemon garlic yoghurt and pomegranate, Chickpea, sweet potato, feta and Quinoa salad, and Honey and Sriracha chicken with Quinoa.
We have dramatically cut down on our meat intake this year. We went from eating it every day, to every other day, to 1 day a week. Some weeks we aren’t having meat at all. I thought I would miss it more but I really don’t.. (Btw my insta feed may look like we eat a lot of meat, but these are posts scheduled over months at at time!). It may seem odd to talk about our dramatically reduced meat intake, in a post that contains meat but actually I think it is relevant.
Islamically, we consider the overall state of the person as a spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical being. Food plays a HUGE part in this!
Whenever the Quran mentions the word Halal (Permissible) it mentions Tayyib (Pure), immediately after it. Therefore it would be better to consider eating organic meat. Whilst it is expensive, it is also considered pure and the treatment/rearing of the animals is a very important factor to consider if meat is to be Tayyib. Also if less meat is consumed, the expense argument goes out of the window.
Meat was rarely eaten in the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).
Umar ( رضي الله عنه ), during his khilafah, prohibited the eating of meat everyday.
‘Beware of meat because it has an addiction like the addiction of wine.'(Malik)
I really need a brew this morning. Mainly because my insides need to warm up. Thing is, I can’t have a brew and oats because it’s too much milk. I suppose I could have the oats with coconut milk. I love coconut milk. I’m trying to cut down on dairy as I have been advised by my Hakim (Doctor in Unani Tibb). Also cutting down on gluten/wheat which I had already kinda started to do. OK..I think I simply must have this brew now. I’m having one of those creaky, slow mornings where I feel like i need to pour it directly into my brain.
I’m so glad i had it. Just returned from the school run..OMG. I don’t have a car so i rely on either public transport or private taxi firms. They both do my head in. They are mostly never on time. You know when the taxi arrives after school has started..GRRRRRR and then i call them and they are so blasé, like ‘ohhh..ok…right….’, it just doesn’t make sense to me. I get that they will always have business, because people will always need to go places but don’t they care about their reputation?! Clearly not from the google reviews. Trying Uber tomorrow.
As a family, we already have issues with lateness. My dad drilled it into our heads to be on time. Admittedly after marrying my super laid back husband, sometimes we are just on time. Believe me, it isn’t out of choice. I would rather be super early, then late. That’s just how I am and I feel like its actually a really good quality. Go dad! Anyhow, thats my rant for the day..Let’s get to that super comforting but healthy lemon chicken and quinoa.
- 6 on the bone, skinless chicken thighs (Approx 500g)
- 100g Quinoa
- 1 chicken stock cube
- 2 tbsp capers
- 4 cloves crushed Garlic
- 1 tsp Red chilli Powder
- Juice of half a lemon
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp Oil
- A few sprigs of Lemon Thyme or Thyme
- In a large bowl, mix the Capers, Garlic, Chilli Powder, Lemon, Salt and Pepper and add the chicken. Marinade for half an hour.
- Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6.
- Cook Quinoa according to pack instructions with a chicken stock cube and seasoning in a flat non stick pan. Keep the Quinoa in the pan when done.
- Pour the oil to the non stick pan and add the thighs (Keep the marinade separate). Cook for 3 minutes each side, over a medium/high heat.
- Put the thighs into an oven tray with the marinade and top with the thyme.
- Cook for 30 minutes or until juices run clear when a knife is inserted into thickest part of the thigh.
- Remove from the oven and add to the Quinoa pan.
- Cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 5 more minutes.
There are degrees of lemon chicken, I would say that this is medium in terms of lemon flavour!
•Based on 6 servings.