The Dish: BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn,{} thawed

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup shredded chicken, cooked

2 Tbsp BBQ sauce of your choice

1/2 large avocado, chopped

2 green onions, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cilantro, as garnish (if you want)

Cook quinoa according to package directions. I like to make mine with chicken broth and garlic to make it extra tasty!

When it comes to the chicken - I recommend a slower cooker. Made mine: 1 lb chicken breast, 1/3 cup BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion. This makes almost double what you will need for the recipe. You will need to prep some time for this part - it takes a little while.

In a large bowl, mix together quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken, spinach and barbecue sauce. Fold in avocado, green onions and season with salt and pepper. Top with a bit of cilantro and enjoy! You can eat this over any other green veggie of your choosing!

By my calculations with the ingredients I used, this dish rings in 261 calories, 37 carbs, 6 g fat, 19 g protein, 6 g sugar per serving! Not too shabby.

BBQ is quickly becoming one of my most craved ingredients this spring. It's wonderful because you don't need to do much more in the way of seasoning your dishes. Look for low sugar sauces to be more friendly to your waste line.