Moroccan Chicken Quinoa Recipe – Suitable for Baby From 8 Months

moroccan chicken quinoa recipe

By the time Aiden was 8 months I wanted to start bulking up his meals. Up until that point he had been having veggies from the get go with added proteins such as chicken, fish and meat from 6 months. It was time to add in things like pasta, rice etc. But I wanted to try something different to the norm which is where Quinoa came in!

What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a seed packed with fibre, calcium, iron and folate to name just a few and can be introduced to baby from 8 months, although with every baby being different, some may tolerate it earlier.
I remember at this point, Aiden was going through his ‘lets wake up and have a party in the cot’ phase and I found I had been so tired that my diet was suffering. Usually a pretty health eater, I was living on quick, convenience junk and not much of it. My health soon started to reflect how I was struggling to look after myself.
So I searched through my healthy recipe pile (an old, ripped ring binder with magazine recipe cut-outs, scribbled notes on bits of scrap paper and print outs from when I was a fitness instructor!) and thought one recipe I had for Moroccan Chicken Quinoa which I’d tweaked to my taste and ate a lot of when I was a healthy fitness instructor was worth a try – and he loved it!! Yey!
Almost 2 years on (2 YEARS how the HELL did that happen!?) it’s still a regular favourite of ours. Here’s the how:
moroccan chicken quinoa recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 x diced chicken breast
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots and raisins finely chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby spinach
  • Cumin – to taste
  • Ginger – to taste
  • Cinnamon – to taste
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Optional: orange slices, cucumber, spinach or salad veg of choice to serve with

Method:

  1. Toast quinoa in a pan (about 5 mins).
  2. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat, add garlic and cook (about 1 min).
  3. Add apricots, raisins and quinoa, continue cooking stirring often until dried out and light golden (about 3-4 mins).
  4. Add water, cumin, ginger, cinnamon and lemon juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer uncovered (about 15-18 mins).
  5. Meanwhile, gently fry chicken in a little olive oil in a pan (can be grilled or steamed instead).
  6. Once quinoa is cooked, add the cooked chicken, chopped tomatoes and spinach and combine well.
  7. Serve with optional orange slices, cucumber and spinach
  8. **For mummy only (baby from 1 year on) I add a dash of honey
**This meal can be frozen so I usually fill 3 or so baby storage pots, let cool and freeze for up to one month.

moroccan chicken quinoa recipe

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Moroccan Chicken Quinoa

Recipe Type: Lunch or Dinner

Author: my single mummy self

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A delicious, healthy dish for the whole family to enjoy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 x diced chicken breast
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots and raisins finely chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby spinach
  • Cumin – 1 tsp cumin
  • Ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Optional: orange slices, cucumber, spinach or salad veg of choice to serve with

Instructions

  1. Toast quinoa in a pan (about 5 mins).
  2. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat, add garlic and cook (about 1 min).
  3. Add apricots, raisins and quinoa, continue cooking stirring often until dried out and light golden (about 3-4 mins).
  4. Add water, cumin, ginger, cinnamon and lemon juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer uncovered (about 15-18 mins).
  5. Meanwhile, gently fry chicken in a little olive oil in a pan (can be grilled or steamed instead).
  6. Once quinoa is cooked, add the cooked chicken, chopped tomatoes and spinach and combine well.
  7. Serve with optional orange slices, cucumber and spinach
  8. **For mummy only (baby from 1 year on) I add a dash of honey

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