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Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Veggie-"fried" Quinoa

Do you love the taste and texture of fried rice, but shy away from the useless starch of the rice and excess oil? I do. Enter my creative side and some delicious quinoa, where you can get all the good stuff - vegetables, eggs, and the added protein of quinoa. Yum!

This makes a great main portion for a bento box. I accompanied it with a side of steamed cabbage mixed with soy sauce and bonito flakes and a little pouch of raw almonds, dried edamame, and dried cherries.

Veggie-"fried" Quinoa
(~8 servings)

2 cups quinoa, cooked (I used a mix of red and white quinoa for color)
2 inches ginger, grated
5 handfuls baby spinach
2 handfuls mixed cabbage, shredded
16 oz shiitake mushrooms, diced
1/3 lb ground lean turkey meat (or ground chicken or Quorn ground "meat" substitute)
whites of 4 eggs
3 whole scallions, finely chopped (white and green separated)
1 red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic
vegetable broth
2 tsp sunflower oil, separated
2 tsp sesame oil, separated
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
splash soy sauce

Cook 2 servings quinoa (replacing water in the recipe with vegetable broth). If you start this process first, the quinoa will just be finishing up by the time you finish with the rest.

Steam spinach and cabbage. Soak in cold water. Squeeze excess water out and chop finely.
Mince garlic. Grate ginger.

Heat a skillet. When it's warm, add the diced onions and season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Add the ground meat. Cook until the onions become translucent and the meat is browned. Remove contents from skillet to a large mixing bowl.
Return skillet to heat. Add 1 tsp sunflower oil and 1 tsp sesame oil to the now empty skillet. Add garlic, ginger, and scallion whites, and cook for about 30 seconds. Add spinach, cabbage, and diced mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and warm. Remove contents to the large mixing bowl.
Return skillet to heat one more time. Add 1 tsp sunflower oil and 1 tsp sesame oil to the now empty skillet. Add egg whites, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the eggs, scrambling them, until they are almost set. Add the scallion greens. Cook and stir until fragrant. Remove contents to the large mixing bowl.

Stir all contents of the mixing bowl until well combined. Add the cooked quinoa. Stir well to fully combine all elements. Add a splash of soy sauce. Serve warm. Go on, have a peace! Enjoy!

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