My friend Arielle is a ridiculous cook. She takes recipes that everyone knows and makes them healthy. Normally when people do this, it comes out tasting nothing like the original but she has a certain somethin’ somethin’ that makes her dishes incredibly good without tasting overly healthy. But you feel great after you eat them!
She made this un-fried vegetable quinoa recipe at a dinner party I went to at her house a few months ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. If you ever have a craving for Chinese take-out, I urge you to make this instead. It has the same deep, salty flavors but without the MSG and heavy oil. The only changes I made below from her original recipe are that I replaced the red peppers with corn and changed up the amounts. I’m not a fan of cooked red pepper for whatever reason.
This made about 4 servings.
– 1 cup of uncooked quinoa (regular or red, whatever you prefer)
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup frozen peas (thaw by rinsing under water)
– 2 large carrots (chopped)
– 2 scallions (chopped)
– 1 yellow onion (chopped)
– 1 tblspn sesame oil (or olive oil to cook eggs)
– 3 tblspns toasted sesame oil
– 4 tblspns tamari
– 2 tblspns sesame seeds (optional)
– Sea salt and pepper to taste
– Rinse quinoa and cook according to directions.
– While the quinoa cooks, chop the vegetables and sautee all in sesame oil for 4-5 minutes (keep some of the scallions for garnish later)
– In a separate pan, scramble the egg with a dash of salt and pepper
– Once quinoa is cooked, egg is scrambled and vegetables are sauteed, mix all ingredients into a large bowl
– Sprinkle tamari, toasted sesame oil, a few leftover scallions and sesame seeds on top.
– Lightly mix together
YUM! That looks AMAZING
Making Life’s Lemons
Well now I know what I’m making for dinner tonight! Thanks ladies!
Officially added to the list of recipes I want to try! Also a goal for my week off! 🙂 I have been wanting to find more ways to make quinoa! Thanks!
This sounds delish! On a sidenote I’m curious to know what you think of the Paleo diet (or lifestyle really). Have you posted about Paleo before and if not, would you consider it? Thanks!
Good question. My husband eats a Paleo diet and it’s very difficult for me to support it. I think it has it’s positives but I don’t believe that eating so much meat is good for you. That’s just my personal opinion though. Cutting down on grains in general has been great and I highly recommend that to anyone!
Yum! This sounds delicious. Ive been getting really into quinoa lately, i should try this!
You definitely should. It’s a fantastic recipe!