Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sweet & Sour Chicken over Quinoa

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Scripture to Live By:
Luke 10:38-42

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Mary made a choice to do the good thing. She chose to sit at the feet of Jesus.  Jesus said that wouldn't be taken away. Martha didn't need to be cumbered about with much serving especially when Jesus was in the midst of them.  He had fed the 5000 surely he could have spoken a meal for them into existence.  He could have laid out an unbelievable  spread.  Martha needed to have her focus upon her guest instead of fixing a meal.  Jesus said to her, Martha, Martha you are worried and troubled about many things,  but one thing is needed.  You need to spend time in fellowship with me.  

Oh how many times I identify with Martha.  I am anxious and troubled about many things  and serving others can become a burden.

Is there a time to serve?  Yes there is, but it is after sitting at the feet of Jesus.  Fellow-shipping with Jesus empowers us to serve. 

Psalm 100 says to serve the Lord with gladness.  We can serve with gladness when our souls are at rest.  Our souls cannot be at rest apart from spending time at the feet of Jesus.  

Jesus bids us to, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

Recipe Post:
(I doubled this recipe but I am giving you the ingredients for a single recipe)

Sweet and Sour Chicken is a favorite and serving it over Quinoa just adds to it.
 Here is how you make it:

Printable Recipe

Cut up 1 1/2 lbs. of  chicken breast into bite size pieces
Cut up 1 cup of carrots, 1 peppers, and 1 medium onion

Fry the chicken in 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil. Then set aside.  

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add:
1 cup of carrots sliced thinly 
1 green, red or yellow pepper cut in 1 inch squares
1 medium onion chopped

Cover and boil for approximately 3-5 minutes until crispy tender Remove from stove and drain the liquid off into a sauce pan. 

Add liquid from one 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks or tidbits into the saucepan with the liquid from the vegetables.  

Bring the liquid to a boil and add:
1/4 cup of sugar 
1/4 cup of cider vinegar

In a small bowl add:
2 Tablespoons of cornstarch
1/4 cup of soy sauce or tamari
Blend well.

Stir the cornstarch-soy sauce mixture into the liquid mixture on the stove.  Stir until liquid has begun to thicken.

 Add your carrots, onions and peppers then the  pineapple and chicken to the sauce.  

Heat until ready to serve.  

You can make your Quinoa ahead of time or you can make it after you get your sweet and Sour Chicken made.  I usually make mine ahead of time.

To Cook Whole Grain Quinoa:  
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a 2 qt. sauce pan.  Add 1 cup Quinoa, bring to boil again and cook covered over medium heat for approximately 12-15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.  

 Remove from heat and fluff with a fork, return lid and let stand for approximately 15 minutes more. This amount of Quinoa yields about 4 cups. (Serves 4)

For each serving put about a cup of Quinoa on your plate and top with Sweet and Sour Chicken as desired.

This is a very healthy dinner and it is delicious.

I am always looking for healthy meals that are tasty, as well.  This fits the bill for both.  If you are  looking for ways to use Quinoa in your cooking why not try this recipe.  


Parties I Link Up To:
Southern Lovely - Wednesday
Mandatory Mooch - Thursday
Think Tank - Thursday
Or So Shoe Says - Monday 


  1. Oh my goodness - my kids love this dish. I have never made it for them...but now I can! Thanks!

  2. Holly I am glad I could share a dish that your children would like. We really enjoy it. Hope you have a great weekend. Thank you for hosting your link party.

  3. Hi Jo Ann,
    This is a delicious dish that we will just love. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Yum, this looks like my kind of meal! I'll have to pin it for future reference. Stopping over from the Frugal Friday party!

    1. Thank you for stopping by from Frugal Friday party. You are always welcome. Hope you like it. Have a great weekend.

  5. This looks so good and easy! I bet my kids will love it, thanks!

  6. I too am like Martha .... great reminder! Your sweet and sour chicken looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing at last week's week's All My Bloggy Friends :)

  7. It sounds like a Yummy recipe!

  8. Found you linked up at Chef in Training. Mmm looks great and definitely caught my attention since I have a gluten allergy!
    I would love for you to stop by my blog!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog



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