Quick Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice – A Quick, Nutritious, Meal

I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a collection of easy meals for busy nights. Sure, you can turn to take-out on hectic nights, but it’s cheaper and often healthier to make your own meal. This Quick Quinoa Fried Rice is healthy, inexpensive, and perfect for a quick weeknight meal. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian!

Quick Quinoa Fried Rice: A quick, nutritious weeknight meal. Easy | Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegetarian

Why Quinoa Instead of Rice?

Believe me, I love fried rice as much as the next person. And, yes, you can follow this recipe, subbing rice for the quinoa, and still end up with a delicious meal. However, when I have a choice between quinoa and brown rice, quinoa wins out. You can see a comparison of brown rice and quinoa here.

There’s also a fool-proof method of cooking perfect quinoa each and every time using an Instant Pot. Simply add 1 part quinoa, 1.5 parts water (or stock), and cook on high pressure for 1 minute. Then let pressure naturally release for at least 10 minutes. Perfect, fluffy quinoa has never been so easy.

A Note on Onions

Due to my wife’s food intolerances (onions, gluten and dairy – it keeps me on my toes), we often remove onions and use garlic instead – when it works. Below, I’m sharing our family recipe for Quinoa Fried “Rice”, onion-free. Though this dish is delicious without onion,  you can easily scale back on the garlic and add some minced onion (or green onions) instead.

Quick Quinoa Fried Rice: A quick, nutritious weeknight meal. Easy | Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegetarian

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Quick Quinoa Fried Rice: A quick, nutritious weeknight meal. Easy | Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegetarian

Quick Quinoa Fried Rice

An easy, protein packed, weeknight meal.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 315kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. grape seed oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce gluten free
  • 3 eggs beaten

Instructions

  • Heat wok or large nonstick pan over high heat. Once pan is hot, add grape seed oil and swirl to coat.
  • Add carrots and cook two minutes, stirring frequently. Then add peas and continue cooking one minute.
  • Add garlic, stir to incorporate, then immediately add rice, soy sauce and sesame oil. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Make a well in the center of the wok and add the eggs. Gently scramble until just set, then mix into the quinoa.
  • Adjust soy sauce to taste and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2865IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3.3mg

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