Chicken and Broccoli Bowl (Phase 1)
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tbsp parsley or cilantro
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup brown rice
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped into 2-in pieces
4 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 tsp minced parsley
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Mix the broth, vegetables, 1 tablespoon parsley and garlic in a large pot. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the rice and bring back to a boil. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for 5 more minutes. Set aside.
While the rice cooks, put the chicken and broccoli in a mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well until the chicken and broccoli are coated with the flavorings. Transfer the chicken and broccoli mixture to a larger baking pan, spreading it evenly in the bottom with a spatula. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to cool. Divide the rice into four 1/2-cup servings. Divide the chicken and broccoli mixture into four equal portions and place on top of the rice. Serve and enjoy. (Don’t hesitate to double this recipe and freeze more portions.)