Chinese Fried Quinoa

I don’t consider myself a food blogger by any means. Although, when I find or come up with a recipe that I just love, I feel some sort of womanly duty to share it with others, because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a little help in the kitchen sometimes?

Chinese fried rice is a classic. It’s one of my favorites. Although, with all of it’s greasy goodness and empty carbs, we don’t eat it often. Forgetting to leave the chicken out to defrost yesterday, I had to improvise with what little we had in the fridge to get a delicious meal going. Surprisingly, we had all of the ingredients on hand needed for fried rice.  I say surprisingly, because normally we only have the necessary ingredients for the meals I have planned out for the week. An annoying quirk about small living spaces and life in the city.

I’m always searching for new ways to use quinoa. Loaded with protein, this gluten-free little gem has become a staple in our household as of late. With that said, I decided to give one of my favorite dishes a slight twist, and try it out with quinoa instead of rice. So ladies and gents, I present to you, Chinese fried rice quinoa.

All you have to do for this delicious meal, is to use your favorite fried rice recipe, and substitute the rice for quinoa. Although, if you don’t have a favorite, you can start here.

Since I had no idea how this dish would turn out, I was not keeping track of measurements. With that said, be aware that the following is just a rough estimate to the actual amounts used.

Step 1:  Get your quinoa cooking! One cup quinoa, two cups water.

Step 2: Saute about a teaspoon (less or more depending on how spicy you like things) of crushed red pepper and one tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan.

Step 3: Add half of an onion (chopped), one chopped carrot, one tablespoon of minced garlic, 1/2 cup of peas, and 1/2 a teaspoon of ginger to the pepper and oil. Let this cook for a few minutes until the onions and carrots begin to soften.

Step 4: Add an egg and scramble it together with your veggies.

Step 5: Add cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, and mix it all together.

That’s it. It’s that simple! Loaded with veggies and lots of protein, this is a rendition of fried rice that I can feel good about eating. Now get to cooking!

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