Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Between work and evening workouts, I really don't have time to cook during the week. So recently, I've been into prepping as much food as I can on Sundays. It's such a relief to finish a workout and head home knowing a delicious meal is just a quick reheat away. 

Moroccan Chicken Stew is a recipe I recently made on a Sunday afternoon. It's a perfect meal prep recipe as the stew tastes even better the days after making it. Also, it's a nice blend of protein and carbs, making it a great post-workout meal!


Moroccan Chicken Stew

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 zucchini, sliced and halved
2 summer squash, sliced and halved
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, cooked and shredded*
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1/2 cup green olives
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste

For serving:
Cooked farro
Slivered almonds

In a large pot, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, zucchini and summer squash. Once softened, add the shredded chicken, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes and green olives. Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the ginger, cinnamon and cumin. Allow stew to simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour over low heat. Salt and pepper to taste. 

For serving, place 3/4 cup cooked farro on a plate. Top with 1 cup chicken stew. Sprinkle with slivered almonds.

Tell me: Do you meal prep? If yes, what is your favorite recipe to meal prep?

- ST

*My favorite method for cooking chicken: Remove any tendons or bits of fat from chicken. Add to a baking dish with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from oven and shred.

15 comments:

  1. Mmm that dish sound so flavorful! :) I've been doing overnight oats for some of my breakfasts before work lately. It's nice to have just a few more extra minutes so I'm not in such a rush and I agree, it's so nice to have a meal ready to go after a long work day and workout!

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    1. I have actually never tried overnight oats but I love oatmeal. Seems like something I should try one of these days :)

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  2. Your favorite method works for me! I love the addition of the balsamic vinegar. This recipe sounds so delicious. I would just have to leave out the olives. :)

    I have always been terrible with meal prep but am learning to get better. I actually have most of this week planned! And then will be breaking out the crock pot this weekend so that will feed us for a few days.

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    1. I think leaving out the olives would be fine - you just might need to add a bit extra salt. A crock pot meal sounds great! Future recipe post on your blog? ;)

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  3. I love making large batches of delicious recipes that easily reheat. It definitely makes it easier to eat healthy throughout the week.

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    1. For sure - knowing there's something to eat makes a stop at Chipotle less tempting :)

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  4. Ooh, this looks like something I would love! I prep my daytime food during the work week but my husband does all the cooking at night and on the weekends. My go tos are easy to make and reheat dishes so a ton of veggie stir frys!

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    1. Sara, you're so lucky having your husband to do all the evening meals! And I love veggie stir frys - I haven't had one in awhile so great idea for something to make in the next week or so :)

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  5. This looks FABULOUS!
    I love stews! This would be awesome to make later this summer when my garden starts giving me all the yummy fresh veggies, I will have to save this:)

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    1. Garden-fresh veggies are the best! I can't wait til summer so we can enjoy all the produce :)

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  6. This looks great. Sometimes I throw in chicken breast and broth into the crockpot. A few hours later I have shredded chicken to use on salads, sandwiches, other for the week.

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    1. I really need to learn how to use my crockpot. I have one but have never tried using it. Love the idea of tossing ingredients in and coming home to a delicious meal!

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  7. This looks awesome. I love meals like this that are super easy!!

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  8. This looks awesome. I love meals like this that are super easy!!

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    1. Thanks Sue - simple is usually better :)

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