Quinoa is one of my favorite ingredients and I eat it daily. It works so well in this fried rice recipe. While this Quinoa Fried Rice has no rice and is not fried, it’s sure to satisfy your craving!
Quinoa has so many healthy benefits including it’s high in protein, unsaturated fats and essential vitamins and minerals. I find any way to include quinoa in my food. An added bonus, I really love how it tastes. I have made this Quinoa Fried Rice every week for the past month and it’s time I finally share with you. This recipe is perfect for making a big batch on Sunday as part of your meal prep and enjoy it all week-long.
Make Quinoa Ahead and Save on Time:
Quinoa is a great food to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator, it lasts all week and is a great filler in so many recipes. Try topping a salad for lunch to pack in extra protein to stay full longer. If you still have extra quinoa left over at the end of the week throw it in with soup or even better make this Fried Rice!! For all the Mom’s, quinoa is easy to sneak in your kids food. My sister includes cooked quinoa in her daughter’s quesadillas and with all the cheesy goodness, she doesn’t even notice these little bits of nutritious quinoa.
I 💗 Fried Rice!!!
I have a love for Fried Rice and it’s one of those bad for you foods that I have a hard time resisting. Growing up our local Chinese restaurant knew our order by our phone number. My love for Fried Rice is still that strong, but unfortunately I know it’s not the healthiest food to eat on a weekly basis. Well, now I can with this Quinoa Fried Rice recipe and I do!! Let me tell you, this recipe will change your life!! Ok, this could be a bit of an exaggeration, but it will absolutely ramp up your weeknight meals!
This recipe is truly so quick and easy:
You can do so many things with it. If you aren’t a fan of quinoa, substitute brown or white rice. Add edamame for protein or more veggies and greens such as broccoli or mushrooms. Turn it into a meal by adding chicken, shrimp, or any meat you prefer. My personal favorite is my Skillet Shrimp. Learn How to Prepare and Clean Raw Shrimp.
Quinoa Brand I recommend:
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ small yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (you can substitute jarred minced garlic)
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger root, minced (you can substitute ginger paste)
- 1 cup peas and carrots, from frozen bag
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 green onion, diced
- Place quinoa and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add diced onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes and then add garlic and ginger. Saute for another minute or until fragrant. Add pea and carrot mixture. Sauté for 2 minutes or until vegetables are warm.
- Add cooked quinoa and soy sauce to veggie mix, stirring to combine.
- Push all ingredients to side of skillet. Lower heat and add egg and scramble. Stir all ingredients until combined and top with green onion. Toss until well combined.
Other Delicious Quinoa Recipes:
Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette Dressing
Cranberry, Nut and Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bars