I allowed this mixture to simmer just long enough for the chicken to cook through, for the vegetables to soften and for the quinoa to become tender. I then removed the chicken, shredded it, and added it back to the stew.
My next challenge was to create a rich thickness without having to use butter, flour, or cream. My trick is to puree a can of cannellini beans into a paste and stir it into the hot stew. It really does create a nice creaminess without added fat or calories!
At this point, I seasoned the stew with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Finally, I added fresh spinach in at the very end for some greens.
For some added creaminess and tang, I topped the stew with fat free Greek yogurt. It was seriously delicious, so healthy, and very satisfying.
I hope some of you can use these tips toward living a healthier lifestyle!