Organic Fried Quinoa with Veggies and Egg (Like Fried Rice, but Better!)

Like a lot of people, I’m trying to incorporate healthier options into my diet. I was really craving fried rice last week, so, instead, I decided to give fried quinoa a whirl. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s now one of my new favorite not-so-guilty pleasures. It was a cinch to make, and it tastes way naughtier than it actually is!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups organic quinoa (you choose the color), cooked (about one cup uncooked prepared with a 1:1 ratio of water should give you this quantity)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 egg (skip this if you choose)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Canola Oil

Method:

In a large, nonstick skillet, heat one tablespoon canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, and sauté for one to two minutes until they start browning and give off some of their liquid.

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Add the onions and a pinch of sea salt, stir, and cook for two minutes.

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Now add the garlic.

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Scootch the sautéed veggies over to one side of your skillet to allow room for the cooked quinoa. Also add the thawed peas.

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Now is a good time to add a bit more canola (or peanut, if you prefer) oil to the pan to really get a good fry. You could go without it, though, if you’d like. Also add the tamari (you can sub soy sauce if you’re not keeping this wheat-free). Turn the heat up to high, and cook the quinoa and veggies for two to three minutes. Keep it moving to prevent burning. Now make a well in the middle for the egg. You’ll want to have a bare spot in the bottom of the skillet for this.

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Scramble with something that won’t ruin your nice, non-stick pan. Don’t be lazy and grab the first utensil you see!

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Once the egg is good and scrambled, incorporate it into the rest of the quinoa.

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See how easy that was? And you’ve only dirtied one pan! I served this quinoa with ginger tamari shrimp. It was delectable and cured my craving. Happy eating, everyone!

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