Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Special - Quinoa with stir fried veggies

Wishing all our dear readers a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

New resolutions are always talked about during New years. One of ours is to include more healthy choices in the diet. Quinoa is a high protein low gluten grain that is very popular these days. So here's our first recipe with this power packed grain.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Ingredients:
Quinoa: 1 cup
Water: 2 cups
Vinegar (optional): 1/2 teaspoon
Chilli garlic sauce: 1 teaspoon
Ginger (chopped): 1 teaspoon
Garlic: 1 teaspoon
Green chillies: 2
Onion: 1/4 cup
Mixed veggies of your choice: 1/2 cup
Salt and pepper  to taste

* We have used some chopped cabbage, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, corn, edamame beans and  peas.

Boil the quinoa in water with a pinch of salt. Boil for about 15 mins until you can almost start to see little threads that looks like a sprout to the seed. You can do a taste check and see if  it  has become soft. If you have extra water, drain it off. Keep the cooked quinoa aside.

Heat oil in a deep wide-mouth pan or even a wok. On medium to high flame saute the onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Add the chopped veggies and stir fry continuously on high flame. This is done to retain its crispness. But make sure you dont get it all burnt. Add the vinegar, chilli garlic sauce and pepper. Toss in the drained quinoa and saute for another minute. Turn off the heat. 

Serve it hot. 

We have given a vegetarian low calorie version, however you could add some cooked chicken or scrambled egg to make it more interesting.

Once again we wish all our readers happy new year.

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