Week 47 – Chicken Pesto Quinoa Bowl

Life is crazy and the days just fly by!  Work is busier than I’d like, but part of that is due to me taking Fridays off to study and get things done.  So same amount of work, just less days to fit it into.  The studying is coming along, slowly but surely.

We had a good weekend.  A bunch of studying for me, but also a good amount of time was spent hanging out with friends.  We went to Annapolis yesterday for lunch with our friends Joe, Elizabeth, and Naomi, to celebrate Elizabeth’s birthday with fresh sea food!  The food was delicious and the company was pretty great too 🙂

This week’s recipe is inspired by one of my favorite orders from Protein Bar.  Protein Bar was one of my go-to spots for busy season dinners in Chicago when I wanted to be healthy, rather than eating my feelings about working 80+ hours a week for weeks on end.  They also exist in DC (but unfortunately I work in Tyson’s Corner, not DC) and we went there for the first time since I lived in Chicago a couple weeks ago when Matt’s parents were in town.  So when eating there and being bummed about the lack of suburban locations of Protein Bar, I realized I could totally re-create this for myself!  This recipe is DELICIOUS.  Matt is pretty opposed to quinoa/will eat it but wouldn’t ever make it for himself, and he devoured this.  He liked it so much, he suggested re-creating the buffalo one, which is similar to what he had that day for lunch.  Stay tuned for that in the future!

Chicken Pesto Quinoa Bowl

Serves: 2


  • 1 small, or 1/2 large, chicken breast, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (we used tri-colored quinoa)
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4-5 Tbsp Pesto
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach, fresh


  1. Mix the cooked quinoa and pesto together
  2. Add  spinach, cooked chicken, and freshly grated parmesan and stir.
  3. Spoon into two bowls and enjoy!

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