This bowl is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients. The grapefruit gives a sweet, citrusy tang that’s mellowed by honey, chili and sage and pairs wonderfully with quinoa, dates, celery and hazelnuts. It’s a combination that packs a punch in the best of ways. You can sub chickpeas or chicken in this dish and both are delicious!
Serves 4 | Vegetarian option, Vegan option, gluten free | Less than 45 minutes
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable broth (or sub water)
- 1 grapefruit, juiced (about 1 cup) and 1 tbsp zest
- 2 tbsp honey (sub agave if vegan)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Black pepper
- 1/3 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tbsp minced fresh sage (about 5 leaves)
- 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed or 3 lbs chicken breast, sliced into strips
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
- 3 stalks celery, sliced thin, leaves reserved
- 8 dried dates
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup baby spinach, sliced thin
Preheat your oven to 420 degrees F. Start by making the quinoa. Bring 2 cups of broth to a boil, add the quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes until nearly all the liquid has absorbed.
Next, make the dressing. Mix the grapefruit juice, zest, honey, olive oil, salt, a few cracks of black pepper, red pepper flakes and sage together in a small bowl. Add the chickpeas or chicken to a medium bowl and pour in about 1/3 the dressing (just enough to fully coat everything) and let marinate for about 10-15 minutes. While marinating, place the dates in 2 cups of water to soften a bit. Place the hazelnuts on a small sheet pan and toast for 8-10 minutes until slightly browned and fragrant, turning once half way through cooking.
When hazelnuts are done, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the chickpeas or chicken. Cook the chickpeas for about 5-6 minutes until warmed and browned and the chicken for about 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
Drain the dates and dice. Add the cooked quinoa, dates, celery and remaining dressing to a large bowl and toss to combine. Serve about 3/4 cup quinoa mixture with 1/4 chickpeas or chicken, spinach, celery leaves and roasted hazelnuts.
You can do other nuts and seed as well! Pepitas and walnuts also work great.