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Thursday, December 9, 2010

VSG surgery Quinoa and Veggies


Yesterday I don't know what got into me, but for dinner I wanted to cook quinoa. I've never eaten it before, never cooked it before, but because it is protein packed grain ( win-win ) I figured it was worth going to my local Sprouts to see if I could find some. And I did :) Since it is cooked pretty much like rice, I decided to make a variation of a rice based dish for my first go at it.

 Fried Quinoa with Ginger Soy Chicken Tenders for Two

Here's a rough recipe
1 cup of quinoa
2 cups of water
1 carrot- sliced
1 zucchini-diced
1 small onion- sliced
1 clove of garlic
small bunch of broccoli
cooking oil of your choice

This is where I didn't measure out quantities
about a lb and a half of chicken tenders
a few splashes of Soy Sauce
dash of fish sauce (optional)
pepper to taste
1/8 to 1/4 tsp ginger-I used dried
packet of sweetener

Mix together all ingredients for chicken and set aside.

Add quinoa and water to a pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and cover with a lid.
Wait about 8 minutes and add a small quantity of oil to skillet and cook carrots first
Wait another 2 minutes and then add other veggies.
Cook for about another 5-8 minutes until desired color and consistency.
Remove quinoa from pot and put it into the skillet with the vegetables on high heat.
The quinoa will be dancing in the skillet! 
Cook for another 2-3 minutes, remove from heat and then place quinoa mixture into serving bowl

Use the same skillet on medium heat to cook the chicken. Don't flip until there is a good ring of white around the edges so that it gets good color. Cook until done and voila!!!




  1. Sounds delish - did you rinse your quinoa? Rinsing removes some of the bitterness that is associated with quinoa - I have a ton in my freezer - I'm feeling inspired to break some out!! Thanks!

  2. Mine was prerinsed and there wasn't a hint of bitterness at all. I'm gonna try to make a risotto soon. I found Parmigiano-Reggiano on sale for 40% off!

  3. Quinoa is one of my favorites. I'll def. be trying this recipe out! Yum!

  4. You guys make my hot dogs look uninspired................ok Im kidding, I don't eat hot dogs..........I use them for window insulation


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