Adventures in Quinoa

I was introduced to quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) about a year ago and have been experimenting with recipes involving it ever since.  One of my favorite recipes was some quinoa bites that I made for Book Club last summer.  I thought they were very reminiscent of egg rolls.

I was browsing Pinterest recently and came across a recipe for Quinoa Fried Rice and I knew I had to try it.  I assembled all the ingredients and got to work.

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Basically you cook the quinoa.  While it’s cooking, you fry the eggs and brown the onions and garlic.  After the eggs are cooked, add the quinoa to the skillet with sesame oil, soy sauce, and cooked peas.  It was an easy recipe to follow and it came together in no time.

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It was delicious and I would recommend everyone to try it if they want to experiment with quinoa.

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EDITED TO ADD:  I am not clear on blog etiquette yet so in addition to linking the recipe I am also including it below.

Quinoa Fried “Rice”
 
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp olive oil
3 eggs
1 medium onion, thickly sliced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup cooked peas
1 tsp dark sesame oil
3-4 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs vegetable oil for frying
 
Place the quinoa, water and olive oil in a medium saucepan.  Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and cook until all the water is absorbed.  If you are using a rice cooker, add the quinoa, water and olive oil and set to COOK (it is done when the rice cooker switches to WARM).
 
Heat the 2 tbs of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok.  Break eggs into pan and with a spatula, scramble the eggs.  When eggs are almost set, add garlic and onion (and meat if you are adding).  Stir fry until onion is almost translucent.
 
Add cooked quinoa, sesame oil and soy sauce.  Stir.  At this point taste the quinoa–you may have to add more soy sauce depending on your personal tastes.  Stir in peas, and heat through.
 
Makes 3 hearty servings or 6 side dish servings.
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