It looks like fried rice, but it’s not. I call this Faux Fried Rice because it’s made with quinoa, not rice.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is 100% whole grain and is an excellent source of protein, about 12 to 18 percent! Technically it’s not a grain but the seed of a leafy plant related to spinach. According to The National Academy of Sciences, quinoa is “one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable kingdom”. Quinoa contains the amino acid lysine which helps the body produce protein. It also helps the body process the protein in the quinoa and in other foods. The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa to be equivalent or superior to that found in milk products.
Amazing, right? So it’s guilt-free, gluten-free and delicious! And you know what else, it tastes JUST LIKE FRIED RICE! I’m not kidding. Rice by itself doesn’t even have any flavor. The secret is all in how you spice up the proteins and veggies you’re going to mix with the quinoa. This is perfect for lunch or dinner, or even as a side dish – although I must warn you, this can be pretty filling.
Look at the photo again. I swear, every time I look at it, I think it’s real fried rice. 🙂
1 cup of quinoa (cook as directed– I cook mine in my rice cooker. Set aside.)
- 8 oz. or so of any protein you want (chicken, shrimp, pork, tofu)
- 1 cup of diced vegetables you like (fresh or frozen: zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, etc.)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- garlic, minced
- cooking oil (any oil you want: olive, canola, vegetable)
- salt & pepper to taste
- soy sauce (optional)
- In a skillet, sauté garlic and onion in oil.
- Add in your protein until cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Toss in veggies.
- When protein & veggies are cooked, then push it to the side of the skillet so you have enough room to scramble the 2 eggs in the same pan.
- When eggs are cooked, mix it all up (protein/meat, veggies, eggs.)
- Throw in the quinoa. Season as needed. You can use soy sauce if you want.
- Mix it all up in the skillet…. then BAM, fried rice! I mean, FAUX fried rice.
Eat with chop sticks and enjoy!