Julia Restoin Roitfeld's Roast Chicken And Quinoa
By Renee Hernandez
When I think of fashion and models, food doesn’t even register. Think a model’s diet consists of coffee, cigarettes, and air? Wrong. After reading Cesar Casier’s interview I discovered one model who is passionate about food. His cookbook titled Model Kitchen features recipes from Casier and his top-model friends, including Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson, Lily Donaldson, Milla Jovovich, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. In Model Kitchen you’ll find 75 healthy recipes that are easy and affordable to make. No self-imposed deprivation here. Just a sensible, thoughtful approach to eating. I especially loved Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s Roast Chicken and Quinoa Salad recipe. Her recipe is on the low-calorie side yet tastes like an indulgence and is super easy to make! In this video I show just how easy JRR’s recipe is. Overall time, prepping and cooking, is a little over 30 minutes and happily feeds four.
For the roast chicken you will need:
- 2 lbs. (900 g) chicken (whatever you prefer; breast, legs, or wings)
- 3 tomatoes, halved
- 2 tablespoons of thyme
- 3 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- coarse sea salt
Preheat oven to 200˚C/400˚F. Place in ovenproof dish, together with tomatoes, garlic, and thyme. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper and salt. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
For the quinoa salad you will need:
- 11 oz. (300 g) quinoa
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 4 oz. (110 g) cubed feta cheese
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
- 3 spring onions, cut into thin rings
- handful of basil, minced
- handful of mint, minced
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
- paprika powder
- salt and pepper
Cook quinoa and allow to cool in a large bowl. For one cup of quinoa, you’ll need 2 cups of water. Then reduce the temperature of the oven to 150˚C/325˚F. Cook the chicken for 10 more minutes. Add all the vegetables and herbs to the quinoa and pour the olive oil and lemon juice over the mixture. Also add the cubed feta. Carefully fold the ingredients together and season with paprika powder, salt, and pepper. The paprika powder is the finishing touch and gives the dish a pretty color and spicy taste!
Now you can cook like a Roitfeld... Bon appétit!
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