Fried Rice Replacement

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Kimchi Fried Quinoa

I absolutely love rice! Blame it on my Asian heritage, but I could be perfectly content with having a bowl of white steamed rice as a part of my meals everyday for the rest of my life.. if I didn’t mind being haunted by the “carb voices” in my head saying “Resist that white starchy delicious fluff!”  So when I recently found myself in a predicament of having leftover kimchi I picked up from the Super H-Mart, I tried to steer away from the ever-popular kimchi fried rice.  But wait, quinoa to the rescue again! Sure, it’s still a grain, but packed with all that nutrients, I couldn’t dare turn away from the idea of Kimchi Fried Rice Quinoa.. topped with a sunny side-up egg…that is just foodie heaven!

 

Kimchi Fried Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup Kimchi, sliced
  • 1/4 White onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Cracked pepper, to taste
  • Furikake seaweed rice seasoning (optional)

Recipe:

  • Using cooking spray, coat a pan and heat until hot
  • Add onions and kimchi, cooking for 3-5 minutes on medium-high
  • Add quinoa, soy sauce, and cracked pepper.  Combine until well mixed
  • In a separate pan, cook an egg sunny side-up
  • Top kimchi fried quinoa with sunny side-up egg; sprinkle furikake seasoning if desired.
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Southern Comfort Food

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Shrimp & Cheesy Quinoa

 

On a recent business trip to New Orleans, I discovered a new food that I truly love! A stick to your ribs, type of Southern comfort food.. GRITS! However, with this new discovery, I found myself longing for this delectable treat while back in my own kitchen.  How can I make something so delicious without feeling guilty as guilty for indulging on such a carb-loaded dish?  Quinoa to the rescue! Just as I mentioned previously, quinoa is such a versatile grain that is packed with protein, and has a similar texture to grits that it could just work.  I put my brainstorming hat on, and went to work; Shrimp & Cheesy Grits Quinoa

 

Shrimp & Cheesy Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 6 Large Shrimp, deveined 
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced or finely sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup Milk (any type- I used soy)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil (enough to coat a pan)
  • S&P to taste

Recipe:

  • Combine quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil; reduce to medium/low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, coat a pan with olive oil; add garlic
  • Add shrimp, red pepper flakes, lemon thyme, and a dash of salt and pepper
  • When the shrimp is just about cooked, add lime juice to deglaze pan
  • When quinoa has absorbed the liquid, add milk, butter, and a dash of salt and pepper at medium for 3 minutes
  • Mix in cheddar cheese to quinoa
  • Plate cheesy quinoa and top with shrimp

Qu… what? Quinoa!

Quinoa

Quinoa.. an interesting ingredient that has recently surfaced as a new superfood.  But what is it really?  While it looks similar to rice, it’s actually a seed from a plant found in South America.  Although it’s known for being a perfect protein with a carb-like texture, most importantly it’s delicious!  You can cook Quinoa similar to rice, and add to any salads (as I did above) or serve as a side dish!

Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Dash of salt
  • cooking spray

Recipe:

  • Rinse and draining quinoa
  • Coat pan with cooking spray, and add quinoa
  • Toast quinoa for 3 mins, stirring so it doesn’t burn
  • Add chicken stock and salt, bring to a boil
  • Reduce to low, and cover for for 20 mins
  • Fluff with fork and toss onions, parsley and lemon juice