Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chinese Fried Quinoa


I've gotten into a habit of making a big batch of quinoa every week and I was beginning to run out of ideas of what to do with it.  Until my friend Nicole had the girls over last week for dinner.  She made this awesome Bourbon Chicken that she found on Pinterest.  That was an A-ha moment for me.  Chinese fried quinoa.  Duh.  I'm sure someone has thought of this before but instead of searching for a recipe I just decided I would wing it and go for it.  And so I did.  And I thought it was delicious.  And thanks Nicole for the inspiration!  

I've been quite the slacker with blogging lately and I apologize.  Things have been crazy in Lexington.  All this basketball we've been playing has taken up a majority of the time that I would spend cooking and experimenting with the recipes that I should be posting.  Instead, I've been gorging myself on junk food like queso, chips and dip and lil smokey's and enjoying this big blue wave right into the Final Four.  

In addition to all this March Madness, I've started some of the seeds for my vegetable garden.  I'm super excited about sharing some of these details with you all later on--providing there are details to share.  I'm waiting on the seeds to germinate and with this being the first time I've ever started anything from seed, the stakes feel high.  I'm hoping within another day or so I'll be seeing some results.  Fingers crossed!!  I ordered my seeds from Territorial Seed company and they claim to have a pretty high germination rate.  We're about to find out.  

Back to the point of this post, Chinese Fried Quinoa.  Just like with rice, this works best with precooked quinoa.  I always cook mine in vegetable broth so this recipe is vegetarian.  I also use a wheat free soy sauce as I sometimes struggle with wheat issues.  I do use a little bit of brown sugar in it though just to sweeten up a little bit.  I've explained my family's issues with sweet stuff.  This makes a great side dish with any asian inspired meal or if you're like me it may just end up your main dish.  Nothing wrong with that!  

Chinese Fried Quinoa

Ingredients

3 cups quinoa, cooked
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
2 eggs, beaten
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
Canola oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan)

In a large skillet or wok, heat the canola oil over medium heat.  Add onion and cook for about 2 minutes.  Add peas and carrots.  Cook for 2 more minutes.  Add egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and brown sugar.  When eggs are cooked and no longer runny, stir in quinoa and heat through.  

Serve and enjoy!!

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