Take out Fake out // Skinny Quinoa “Fried Rice” with Veggies

Take out Fake out // Skinny Quinoa “Fried Rice” with Veggies

This is how grown-ups eat fried rice. All of the taste, none of the guilt.  It has legitimate nutritional value, and it’s not even fried. There are actual vegetables in there. I bet you could trick a kid or two with this delicious knock-off. I love fooling people into eating healthy food. “You’re eating a complete protein, with iron and fiber and you don’t even know!” *Queue evil laugh*  muah ha ha ha. I would be a really ridiculous super-villain. We can choose names and capes later. First, the quinoa. Important stuff first.

If you too are a well intentioned trickster with a fast food loving family, you’ve come to the right place. We can keep this secret just between us, and the world-wide-internet-computer-machine.

Let’s talk about take-out “Chinese” food for a minute. Not the pre-order and pick up business that you might get from some national chain *cough*PF Chang’s*cough*, or the sit down dining experience where they serve you reasonable portions. I’m talking about the random fast food joint in every shopping center. The one that you can smell from 2 blocks away. You walk in and see a variety of fried and sauce covered offerings in metal bins, point to the ones you intend to shovel in your face-hole, and an attendant crams as much food as possible into a Styrofoam take-out container. The place I visited as a teen literally gave you so much food, they needed rubber bands to keep the lids down, lest they explode all over your lap. It was intense.

Confession time: I crave this stuff like crazy. The mere thought those bins of fried rice, the tour de force of the shopping center fast food joint, will make my mouth water. I can’t eat this stuff anymore. It makes me feel terrible. I suspect it might have something to do with the oil left in the bottom of the container. The rest of that is in your insides. Yum.

Ingredients

  • If you too are a well intentioned trickster with a fast food loving family, you’ve come to the right place. We can keep this secret just between us, and the world-wide-internet-computer-machine.
  • For more detailed instructions, check out: How to make perfect, fluffy quinoa // The Kitchn
  • The cast in our cooking adventure is pretty wholesome. Veggies, eggs, grains.
  • Ingredients (in order of use):
  • 1 tablespoon high heat oil (vegetable, peanut)
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, fine mince or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (I grate it with a microplane)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa **
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Optional: Add in some chili garlic paste, sriracha, or some red pepper flakes if you like it spicy
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • Sliced green onion for garnish
  • ** This recipe, as all fried rice preparations, works best with day old or leftover quinoa. Hot or freshly prepared quinoa runs the risk of becoming mushy in the cooking process.
  • Cooking Instructions:
  • Choose your biggest nonstick skillet
  • Have prepared quinoa and steamed broccoli at the ready
Read the whole recipe on Happy Good Time