Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fried 'Rice'

I loooooove Chinese food, but it does not love me so much. Pretty much enter food coma mode immediately after eating it and have indigestion for about a day after. Good times (and possibly a TMI). So, when I saw this recipe for fried 'rice' quinoa I knew I had to give it a whirl. It is pretty darn delicious, and an actual close match in taste too. I never go into a 'healtified' version of something delicious thinking it will taste the same, I just hope that it will satisfy the craving in some way. This recipe did both! Try it and let me know if you agree.

Fried 'Rice' Quinoa (original recipe from Cooking for Keeps)

1c quinoa
2c low sodium chicken stock
1/4c sweet onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 t ginger
1T olive oil
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/2c frozen peas, thawed
1 1/2T Teriaki sauce
2 1/2T soy sauce
3/4t sesame oil

Thoroughly rinse quinoa. Place quinoa in a large sauce pan with the chicken stock. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium and cover. Cook for 10 minutes or until all stock is gone. Remove from heat, fluff quinoa with a fork, and cool.

In a small bowl, combine the Teriaki sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Set aside.

Heat 1/2T olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Add onion and carrot. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger to the pan. Cook another 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1 1/2T olive oil and the quinoa. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Add sauce and stir-fry until incorporated. Make a well in the center of the pan. Add eggs and scramble. Throw in the peas and stir-fry until everything is incorporated and warm. Enjoy!

*I think next time I may add pork since my favorite fried rice is pork fried rice.

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