shrimp fried quinoa

so i am a sucker for chinese food. especially fried rice. recently, i had a major craving for some fried rice… j had been cooking quinoa a lot, and i thought why not make my fried rice a little healthier? so here it is!

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin
  • soy sauce
  • shredded carrots
  • frozen peas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp
  • green onions

so first, cook the quinoa as directed. which is usually 1/2 cup quinoa to 1 cup of water. bring to boil, then cover for 15 on low. if you love garlic as much as i do, add in two peeled cloves to the quinoa before cooking.

~prep tip: cut your green onions, I use three stalks. and chop your four cloves of garlic. now is also a good time to rinse the shrimp. i usually cut them in half, so that there seems to be more shrimp, but it’s up to you! depending on the shrimp, you may need to peel and clean it. once they are rinsed and cleaned, place in a bowl and set aside.

now, in a large pan, drizzle generously some olive oil. chop your 4 cloves of garlic and add to your warmed oil. grate the fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons, straight into the pan, try not to get the skin.

~trick, you can put your ginger in a bag in the freezer, and it will keep great! you can then use it again, and it still grates easily.

after you’ve sauteed the garlic and ginger for a few minutes, add in your hoisin sauce… this can be added at anytime, but added now it will be much easier to stir in. i note this because you may find you would like to add more of it later. you can also add in soy sauce, i typically put about 4 tablespoons, but this part is up to taste and preference. it also depends on how salty your soy sauce is. so add a little now, and then add more at the end once it all comes together and you can taste it.

now add in 2 cups of shredded carrots, let those cook down- you want them to soften up a little. after about 5 minutes, add in your 2 cups of frozen peas.

while everything is cooking and blending its yummy flavors, whisk your three eggs. get a small pan nice and hot, add in another generous drizzle of olive oil, and scramble the eggs. even if you like your eggs well done, don’t cook them quite as long as you normally would because they are going to get added to a pan full of hot yummy goodness soon, so they will continue to cook then too. set them aside once done.

now add your shrimp to the pan with the peas and carrots. once the shrimp is done, (you’ll know when it is pink and white, and no longer that translucent gray color) add in your quinoa. also, add in the scrambled eggs and your chopped green onions. mix it all together. this is where you taste test! favorite part if you ask me!

i usually add in another heavy drizzle of soy sauce.

and bam! done and done.

enjoy!

~S

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