I have a secret – I don’t love cooking. The truth is there are a lot of other things that I would rather be doing like spending time with my husband and son, going to yoga class, hanging out with my friends, taking a hot bath or just plain doing nothing at all. You get the idea. But what I do love and care an awful lot about is feeding my family clean, nutritious food. So for me, it is a constant challenge to find ways to make simple, quick, and healthy meals that everyone likes so I can enjoy the maximum amount of time outside of the kitchen doing other things!
One of my favorite recipes that meets all of these criteria perfectly is quinoa fried “rice”. First of all, this dish comes out tasting every bit as delicious as fried rice from your favorite Chinese restaurant, but much healthier. Second, you can make the quinoa ahead which cuts down on the preparation time at the end of the day when you are tired and, if you are like me, probably have a lot of other things going on in addition to making a healthy dinner. Lastly, this meal is very versatile so depending on your mood you can make it with a variety of different vegetables or add your favorite lean protein such as grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, tofu or tempeh. I assure it will come out tasting great.
And now, for a few of the amazing health benefits of quinoa. Considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods, quinoa is very high in protein and is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is rich in antioxidants and high in fiber containing twice as much fiber as almost every other grain. And high fiber foods may help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, prevent diabetes, regulate blood sugar and help you lose weight by keeping you feeling fuller for longer. Quinoa is also rich in iron, a good source of calcium, manganese and magnesium and contains a significant amount of riboflavin (vitamin B2), which helps to stimulate your metabolism.
With all of these nutritional benefits, plus a very yummy and simple recipe, there is no reason not to make this fried “rice”. Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 free-range eggs, beaten
- 1 stalk of broccoli florets, cut into pieces
- ½ cup peas
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
- ⅓ cup water
- Heat oil in a skillet.
- Saute onion and garlic for about 2 minutes.
- Add the eggs and mix until cooked.
- Add the broccoli and peas and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add cooked quinoa.
- Add the toasted sesame oil, tamari and water.
- Cover and cook for about 3 minutes until the broccoli is tender.