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January 7, 2014

Quinoa Fried "Rice". A delicious and easy-to-make alternative to fried rice. #healthy

I finally convinced my dad to buy quinoa. (The downside of only being 17 and living at home is that I don’t entirely choose what I want to eat). I’m so happy. I had never had quinoa before last night. I was not disappointed. That stuff is amazing!

I really love fried rice. I clearly remember the first time I had it. It was at a restaurant in Bangkok back in 2008. I wanted it for dinner the entire holiday afterwards.

Quinoa Fried "Rice". A delicious and easy-to-make alternative to fried rice. #healthy

I think subbing quinoa for rice made the dish even better. I like the texture of quinoa and the fact that it is quite high in proteins. Quinoa has 14 grams of proteins per 100 gram (uncooked), whereas rice only has 7,8. I love finding new high protein vegetarian foods.

 Quinoa Fried "Rice". A delicious and easy-to-make alternative to fried rice. #healthyQuinoa Fried "Rice". A delicious and easy-to-make alternative to fried rice. #healthy

Have you all had a great start on the new semester? Gosh, I think it is hard getting back to school after the holidays. Today for instance I participated in the second round of a big (I think international) match competition. Very hard questions, but is was quite funny actually (yep, I guess you all know by now that I am a little of a nerd sometimes).

Anyways – enjoy the quinoa!

Qunioa Fried "Rice"
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Serves: 4
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2½ cup water
  • 1 buillon cube
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cubs shredded vegetables (I used carots, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers and water chestnuts)
  • 2 cubs lightly packed spinach
  • 1 to 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  1. Start by cooking the quinoa: Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse with cold water. Bring the water to the boil and add in the bouillon cube and quinoa. Cook until all of the water is absorbed. Set aside.
  2. On a big frying pan or on a wok heat up the oil. Add on the vegetables and spinach and cook on high until the vegetables are tender and the spinach "collapses". Approximately 8 minutes.
  3. Add on the quinoa and cook on high for 1 minutes.
  4. Make a hole in the middle of the quinoa and vegetables. Pour the eggs into the hole and stir immediately to make sure the eggs scramble and don't turn into fried eggs. Stir everything together.
  5. Add in the soy and oyster sauce.
  6. Serve right away.
This dish is great cold for lunch the next day.


13 responses to “Qunioa Fried “Rice””

  1. tohercore says:

    I love quinoa in risotto, its so tasty and it packs more of a nutritional punch than rice does as well, so win-win :) Also I cant believe you’re back in school already! Hre is Australia school doesnt go back after Christmas until February, although I guess it is summer here so it makes a bit of sense ;) Good luck with your studies!

    • I love risotto – I definitely have to try and make quinoa-risotto. Damn, I want to make it right now ;)
      You are lucky you are still on holiday. Wish it was me. But I guess you are right – t has something to do with summer. We have longer summer vacation as well. Enjoy your summer break! :D

  2. I’m not sure I’ve ever had quinoa, although I’ve read a lot about it! I know it’s really healthy and if it’s similar to rice in texture (which I assume it is???), I’d definitely be up for trying it! Great pictures!

  3. Sigh wordpress won’t stop deleting my comments :–(
    Anyway, it’s so great that you finally got to try quinoa. Isn’t it delicious?
    This fried “rice” looks amazing, and I love that it’s healthier than usual. I myself am on a fried rice kicj lately and I can’t wait to give your recipe a go!
    Have a nice week! :–)

  4. I love quinoa! This salad looks so fresh and just generally yum!

  5. caileejoy says:

    Josefine this looks so delicious!! Quinoa is great!! Sometimes I sprinkle brown quinoa on my salad at school!! YUM! Hope that you are having a great week!!

  6. Lovely recipe! I am happy you liked quinoa on the first try it took me a minute.. I am still trying to enroll into classes so I know your joy of excitement :)

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