Quinoa Fried "Nice"

This healthy, fat-free Asian recipe uses quinoa in place of rice or noodles for a nutritious gluten-free vegan dinner.  Add in edamame, tofu, tempeh, or any of your favorite vegetables.  This is an easy meal-for-one or stretch to feed a family.  Kid approved.

MEDIUM          Servings: 4       Ready In: 20 minutes


3/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1 bunch scallions
2 baby bok choy
1 cup carrot (shredded or diced from 1 medium carrot)
2 inches (or 2 tbsp) fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1 tsp red chili flake
1 tbsp tamari
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving

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Gather ingredients. Use gluten-free oats and tamari to keep this gluten-free 

To toast grains: Place quinoa and oats in a wide pan. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring often, just to toast, about 7 minutes. 

To prep veggies: Separate whites from greens in scallions and thinly slice both.
Do the same with the bok choy. Thinly slice the white part. Roughly chop green leaves.
Rinse sliced bok choy stalk under cold water to remove any grit
Dice carrots, mince ginger and garlic. Add red chili flake to the mix. 
Combine bok choy with carrot mix. 
To finish "rice": When quinoa is toasted, add bok choy vegetable mix to the pan. Stir well and cook just for a minute or two, to get a little color on the veggies. 

Add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 10-12 minutes, until quinoa is done. 

Remove lid, cook off any excess liquid. 
Stir in tamari, edamame, and green bok choy leaves. 
Garnish with green scallion tops

Tips: Use any of your favorite veggies in this stir-fry.  Bell peppers, spinach, onion, and pea pods are all great mix-in.  This is a perfect end-of-week meal to clean out your fridge


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/4 recipe)

Calories 202.89
Calories From Fat (16%) 32.83
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.77g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.49g 2%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g 
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g 
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 428.86mg 18%
Potassium 475.04mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 34.51g 12%
Fiber 5.81g 23%
Sugar 2.36g 
Protein 9.41g 19%
Calcium 14.6mg 1%
Iron 65.03mg 361%
Vitamin A IU 
Vitamin C 0.28mg <1%

Watch how easy it is to cook quinoa! Toasting brings out a natural, nutty flavor. Plus it's a fun "Pop" maker :)