Quinoa Vegetable Stir Fry is a delicious and flavorful dish with an Asian flair. The combination of vegetables, egg, and quinoa not only tastes delectable, but also provides a huge source of protein and fiber. By substituting the rice usually found in stir-fry with quinoa, we turn a popular side dish into a nutritional powerhouse with an even better taste. Learn more about the health benefits of quinoa here. For a little variation in your Quinoa and Vegetable Stir Fry, try one of these tasty quinoa add-ins, or swap out the egg for cubed tofu to make Quinoa Vegetable Stir Fry a perfect vegetarian main dish meal.
Yields: 5 | Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 250 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fats: 2 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 182 mg | Carbohydrates: 28 g| Dietary fiber:5 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 9 g | SmartPoints: 7 |
- 1 cup pre-rinsed quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable broth, optional chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
- 1 cup finely diced carrots
- 1/2 cup minced green onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup frozen peas (thawed)
- 2 eggs, beaten (omit for vegetarian)
- Kosher or sea salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce, Optional Gluten-Free soy sauce, Tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos, more or less to taste
In a medium saucepan, add quinoa and broth, turn to medium-high heat, cover, bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until all liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate quinoa until cold, approximately two hours. Save time by cooking ahead and make the stir-fry the next day.
In a large skillet, heat oils to medium-low heat, add carrots and green onions, cover and cook until tender, approximately 8 minutes. Add garlic, cook one additional minute. Add quinoa and peas, cook until heated through, 5 to 6 minutes.
If using eggs, push quinoa to the sides of the skillet, add eggs and scramble. Stir to combine scrambled eggs with quinoa mixture. Add soy sauce and cook just until heated, about 1 minute.
NOTE Brown rice can be substituted for quinoa.