Friday, August 10, 2012

Fried Quinoa

We love ourselves some fried rice, but often times it can be on the unhealthy side, so this is a clean eating version that still packs in all the flavor. This is a great quick meal that can be cooked in under 20 minutes and includes a variety of nutrients-- protein, fats, vegetables. Fried quinoa can be served by itself or as a side dish to some teryaki or orange chicken, yum! And you can of course just use rice in replace of quinoa, but I suggest brown rice as it's a whole grain. Enjoy!

Fried Quinoa: (serves 2)
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 egg
1 small carrot, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 onion slices, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs sesame seeds

In a small sauce pan combine quinoa and water, bring to a boil, cover and lower heat to simmer for about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Whisk egg and cook in a large pan like a scrambled egg, remove and set aside. Pour oil in pan, add onions and let simmer for a minute or two. Add in garlic, carrots, peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Toss cooked quinoa into the pan, mix, and add soy sauce. Let cook for another few minutes, stirring often. Add cooked egg, combine. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with sesame seeds and optional green onions.

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