Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fried "Rice" Quinoa

Fried “Rice” Quinoa
There’s nothing quite like the classic taste of fried rice! I pair that yummy flavor with a protein powerhouse, quinoa.  And what I got was a fast and healthy way to enjoy a Chinese take-out classic!
Makes 4-5 servings

3 cups cooked quinoa*
1 cup green onions, chopped
      (6-8 onions)
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons gluten free
      Tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil,
3 eggs
½ cup frozen peas

            In a small bowl, whisk together eggs.  Set aside. 
In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.  Add green onions and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Then, add quinoa, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.  Mix well.  Add tamari and stir until combined.  Using a spatula, move the quinoa mixture to one side of the pan.  One the other side, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add eggs and cook until firm (like scrambled eggs), 3-5 minutes.  Mix in cooked eggs with the quinoa mixture.  Add peas.  Cook 1-2 minutes until peas are heated through, stirring occasionally.  Serve with Lauren Marie’s  Sweet Orange Chicken.  Enjoy!

*To make 3 cups quinoa:
1 1/3 cups quinoa
2 2/3 cups water

Rinse quinoa through a strainer.  Then put water and quinoa into a large sauce pan and bring to a boil over high heat.  Then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until water is completely absorbed (10-15 minutes).  ***Sometimes some of the quinoa sticks to the side of the pan.  Simply use a spatula to scrape the grains into the water.

Lauren Marie’s Tip:
*Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds.  It’s easy to digest and is known for being a complete protein (containing all 9 of the essential amino acids).

*Quinoa will take on a variety of flavors.  Make sure to add spices and sauces while the quinoa is hot so it can absorb the most flavor.

 *Try Fried “Rice” Quinoa the next day in a lettuce wrap. Yum!

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