March 1, 2013

Quinoa "Fried Rice"

I purchased a bag of quinoa because it seemed like the thing to do. I read about it everywhere and wanted to try it. I just didn't know how I wanted to try it until I came across this recipe from the Healthy Everythingtarian.

Our entire family thought this was delicious and made quinoa a hit in our household. The flavors mimic that of fried rice that's so familiar with Chinese food, but this recipe comes up on the healthy side of things.

Quinoa "Fried Rice"
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
1 cup shredded carrot
3 to 4 cups cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar (I subbed sherry since I had that on hand)
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
3 eggs

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat sesame oil. Saute garlic in sesame oil for 1 minute. Add vegetables and ground ginger and cook until vegetables are thawed or slightly soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add quinoa, mirin and soy sauce. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quinoa has absorbed the liquid.

In the middle of your saucepan, push fried quinoa to the side to create a hole. Crack eggs inside the hole, and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Gently mix the quinoa and eggs. Let cook for an additional minute. Mix again. Repeat until egg is completely cooked.

Makes 4 servings of deliciousness.

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