Recipe: Quinoa Fried Rice

Being of Asian descent, there is no way I can miss out on my fried rice.  But now I have the option of creating a spin on a personal favorite to a healthier version one of my favorite Chinese dishes.  Enter the Quinoa Fried Rice …

There are a variety of these recipes out there on the internet, but here is one that I personally like and will make when I want to just sit in front of the TV with a bowl of fried rice/now fried quinoa and chill out for the night.

Ingredients:
  • 3 ½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ of a medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger or ginger powder (fresh tumeric is also nice)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen peas & carrots
  • 4 large eggs, beaten with a fork
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 5 cups cooked quinoa, cold
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari (or to taste)
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or roasted sesame seeds for garnish

NOTE:  If you have access to some ham-bit flavored TVP, that would make a nice addition to the recipe to add some smokey flavor.

Directions:

  1. Set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. When hot, add in the onion and cook for about 2 minutes, until transparent. Add in the garlic and ginger, then cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add in the pineapple and cook for 2 minutes. Add the peas and carrots to the skillet. Continue to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the mixture with a slotted spoon to a medium bowl.
  2. Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and cook the eggs and green onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the eggs are scrambled. Remove and add to the bowl with the veggies.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet, then add the cold quinoa. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently and breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, until heated and lightly toasted. Reduce heat to medium low, then add in the veggies & egg mixture, cashews and soy sauce (add a little at a time, you can always add more as you go). Mix to combine and continue to cook for about 1 minute, until everything is hot. Remove from the heat. Taste and season with more soy sauce, salt or pepper, as needed.  Sprinkle on some cilantro and serve hot.  ENJOY, YUM!

Time to watch some Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movie.