Also known as, "Quinoa That Actually Tastes Good."
Like any (former) city girl hitting her mid-to-late twenties, I've started eating healthier. I've cut out all soda & fast food, reduced my gluten intake, and have been (very, very slowly) learning portion control. In an effort to continue my healthy lifestyle, I have been introduced to quinoa (keen-wah -- or, if you're stubborn like me: kin-oh-wah). It's low fat, but absurdly high in protein, dietary fiber, magnesium, and iron. It's a miracle pseudo-grain.
It also tastes exactly like how it looks.
I'm all about finding better ways to eat, but I'm not ready to give up taste. Thanks to pure trial and error (and my obsessive love for Valentino's hot sauce), I came up with this little recipe:
For this, you need:
1/2 cup of quinoa
1/3 of a chicken breast
fat-free Mexican cheese
hot sauce (don't go fancy and get the specialty-flavored hot sauce. They're unnecessary calories and add nothing to the meal. I fully recommend Valentina's hot sauce, but Frank's Red Hot will do in a pinch.)
Shredding itself is easy to do: simply go at it with a fork. Going perpendicular to the grain will speed things up, but, really, any way works. Even just shredding with your hands (provided that you washed your hands first).