Chinese-Style Fried Quinoa

22 Mar

Today, I was craving some fried rice but wanted to eat something healthful.  Thus, I decided to make Chinese-style fried quinoa – that way, I get the delicious goodness of fried rice but the benefits of whole grain quinoa.  I reduced the cholesterol by cutting out the egg yolks and amping up the vegetables.  Plus, this was fast and easy.  It comes together in about twenty minutes with about ten minutes of cooking time.  I loved the variation in texture and nutty flavor provided by the quinoa and thought this was a great spin on a classic.

Chinese-Style Fried Quinoa

1 tbs. corn oil, divided

3 eggs, whites and yolks separated, whites lightly beaten, yolks reserved for another purpose

2 tbs. soy sauce, divided

Dash sesame oil

1/2 cup button mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted

1 cup corn kernels, defrosted

1 stalk celery, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

4 cups quinoa, cooked

4 green onions, ends trimmed, thinly sliced

Mix egg whites with a dash of soy sauce and sesame oil.  Set aside

Heat 1/2 tbs. corn oil in a large wok over medium-high heat.  Swirl to coat and let wok heat through.  Add egg whites to wok and scramble lightly.  Remove from wok and set aside.

Heat remaining 1/2 tbs. corn oil in wok.  Add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently.  Add carrots and cook another 2 minutes, tossing frequently.  Add peas, corn, and celery and cook 1 minute, tossing frequently.  Add quinoa and green onions and cook 3 minutes, tossing frequently.  Add remaining soy sauce and chopped egg to quinoa mixture and fold in.  Stir fry for another 1 minute.  Serve immediately.

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2 Responses to “Chinese-Style Fried Quinoa”

  1. Bree April 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Just made this with brown rice instead of quinoa. Still really good I can’t wait to try it again with the quinoa. Awesome recipe and soo easy!

    • kelseyincleveland April 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

      I’ll have to try it with brown rice soon, that sounds really good. Glad you liked it!

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