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Thai Fried Quinoa

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I spent all weekend up in Appleton cooking and baking what felt like a million dishes. In reality, I only made a batch of cookies, five entrees and a couple of sides. I dutifully took pictures of most of these dishes and on Sunday afternoon, I set off to Madison for the work week. I arrived in Madison, unpacked, watched the Packer game (sob) and then sat down at my computer to blog. I reached into my camera bag and… no cord. So, no way to upload all the pictures. Bummer.

Instead, I’m giving you a dish that I made a while ago and never got around to blogging – Thai fried quinoa. It’s a tasty twist on fried rice and it’s just as easy to throw together. Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Thai Fried Quinoa |

Thai Fried Quinoa

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 cup light coconut milk
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
extra virgin olive oil spray
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon minced ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup drained pineapple tidbits
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 eggs, gently whisked
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
half a lime, juiced
optional toppings: chopped peanuts, lime wedges, cilantro

  1. Place quinoa in a medium pot over high heat. Stir in coconut milk and chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until all the liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with olive oil and add in green onions, ginger, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly for one minute. Add in peas, pineapple, and cilantro and cook for one more minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Push ingredients to the side of the wok to clear a space in the middle of the wok. Add in eggs and stir with a spatula until eggs are scrambled. Once eggs are cooked through, combine it with the rest of the ingredients in the wok.
  4. Add in cooked quinoa, soy sauce, and lime juice and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another two minutes to slightly crisp quinoa up. Serve garnished with chopped peanuts, lime wedges, and cilantro, if desired.

recipe slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats


Author: Jenni

Dietitian by day and Midwest food blogger by night. Lover of whiskey, running, and all things food.

One thought on “Thai Fried Quinoa

  1. I love the idea of changing fried rice to quinoa! Will be trying this soon!

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