Quinoa Stir-Fry Recipe
I have been a fan of quinoa for a long time now but mostly in salads so we decided to see if we could find a recipe that incorporated it more as a main dish. Quinoa has a nice nutty flavor and is packed with protein, fiber, iron, amongst other nutrients. It's also gluten-free which makes it an ideal source of nutrients for vegetarians and anyone who needs to keep to a gluten-free diet. But, mostly, it's just good for all of us and tasty, too! We found a recipe for Quinoa Stir-Fry with chicken and vegetables, that has the addition of an egg fried in with the quinoa at the end so it reminded me a little of fried rice, only MUCH healthier.
We ended up leaving out the chile since neither of us are big fans of spicy food. I also don't like cilantro so much so we left that out. Totally forgot to buy scallions, so we went without those, too! We added a little more soy sauce once we had served it up.
Overall, I would say it was a success but might benefit from a little more sauce. Or I think it would be ideal as a side dish for, perhaps, teriyaki chicken or a protein with more asian flavors.
3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/2 t salt, divided
1 T vegetable oil
1 small carrot, thinly sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 t grated ginger
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 small red chile, choped (optional)
2 cups snow peas, trimmed
1/4 t black pepper
1 egg, beaten
4 oz grilled chicken breast, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
1 T soy sauce
Add 3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup quinoa and 1/4 t salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and let the quinoa cook on low for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Once absorbed, take quinoa off the heat and fluff with a fork and set aside for later.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrot and cook for about 1 minute or until it softens. Next add the bell pepper, ginger, garlic and chile (optional). Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add the snow peas and the remaining 1/4 t salt and 1/4 t pepper. Cook for about another minute more and then remove the vegetables and set aside. Return the skillet to the heat and add quinoa along with the egg. Cook, stirring constantly, until the egg is cooked and incorporated in the quinoa mixture. Add back the veggies, chicken, scallions, cilantro and soy sauce. Stir-fry for about a minute more and serve!