Sun-dried tomato protein power bowl

Feb 25, 2014 at 7:18 p.m. ET

Quinoa, lean chicken breast, spinach and cannellini beans round out this bowl for a dish your body will thank you for.

Full disclosure: I discovered this recipe by pure happenstance. It was born from a massive rummage through ingredients I had lying around my kitchen. I was craving something hearty but healthy and this protein-packed powerhouse happened.

Quinoa is an excellent grain if you're tired of the same old rice and pasta casseroles this winter. It's light, fresh and offers a punch of fiber and protein that will make you feel great after you nosh on it. Speaking of healthy ingredients, lean chicken breast, spinach, cannellini beans and sun-dried tomatoes round out this bowl, for a dish your body will thank you for.

Sun-dried tomato protein power bowl


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 4 cups fresh spinach and arugula mixed greens
  • 1 cup jarred sun dried tomato halves
  • 1 cup drained, washed cannellini beans
  • 1 diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large frying pan, add the olive oil and let it heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Dice the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces and add it with the diced onions, garlic and spices to the hot oil.
  3. In a separate pot cook the 1/2 cup of rinsed quinoa with 3/4 cup of water until tender.
  4. When the chicken is white and fully cooked, add the sun-dried tomatoes to the mix and heat over low heat.
  5. In the frying pan, add the cannellini beans, the spinach and arugula greens and stir into the dish until the leaves soften and wilt.
  6. Now toss in the cooked quinoa. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and absorb some of the excess olive oil.
  7. Toss one final time and serve.