Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Vegetarian Chicken Fried Quinoa



One of my all time favorite things to eat is Chicken Fried Rice. I love to keep it in the fridge for a snack. In an effort to eat more healthy, I decided to give it a try with Quinoa instead of rice. My husband calls me the queen of quinoa because I have been making it for years, long before all the hype started. 
Since Quinoa is full of protein and has less calories and carbs than rice, I had to give it a shot. Oh. My. Goodness. I have found a new favorite thing. Vegetarian Chicken Fried Quinoa. You can easily add chicken if you wish. I prefer it without it. Much healthier, this packed with protein side dish could easily be the main dish in my mind. You absolutely must make this. You won't be sorry! Make a double batch and keep it in the fridge for an easy protein snack. It reheats wonderfully! Great for packing a lunch too!


Vegetarian Chicken Fried Quinoa
4 tsp canola oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp chopped green onion (optional more for garnish)
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 tbsp minced garlic
4 cups cooked quinoa
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup braggs amino acids or gluten free soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook your Quinoa according to package directions. I like to cook mine in vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor. So I cook 2 parts broth to one part quinoa simmering until all broth is absorbed. Set aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp oil and 1 tbsp butter,
1 TB Garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add the remaining 2 tbsp oil to the pan, and raise the heat to medium-high. Sauté the onion, green onion, and carrots until tender - about 2-3 minutes. 
Move to the side of the pan.
Add the beaten eggs to the skillet and scramble the eggs until firm.
Mix together the quinoa, scrambled eggs, Salt, and pepper, and veggies stirring well.
 Add the  braggs amino acids or gluten free soy sauce to the mixture. Let cook for a few minutes, then flip over. Cook for another few minutes til a little crispy. 
Stir together. Top with optional green onions for garnish and serve!


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