Fat-free salsa is a one-stop shop for a ton of flavor. It’s the key ingredient in this meal, which offers a double dose of protein from quinoa (which, unlike most seeds, is a complete source) and chicken, plus plenty of wholesome carbs to refuel you after training. This dish is simple to prepare, and is just as good cold as it is hot, so should there be any leftovers, you can toss them on salad greens for a muscle-building, money-saving lunch the next day.


  • 1½ cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ large red onion
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 ½ cups salsa


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook over medium high heat for 6 minutes, flipping once.
  5. Allow chicken to rest.
  6. Dice vegetables, then cut chicken into cubes.
  7. When quinoa is cooked, combine all ingredients.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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