Milwaukee TV (take one!)

by Holly on April 9, 2012

in recipes,TV appearances,vegetarian

Television has been an unexpected surprise.

I never thought that starting this blog nearly three years ago would lead me and my big ol’ Texas hair on a televised journey cooking through the local morning show circuit…but it has! And I’ve loved doing every single appearance. So…when the lovely folks over at Milwaukee’s Fox 6 Wake-Up morning show came calling, I jumped at the chance to move up TV markets.

To the #1 rated morning show in all of Wisconsin, no less. I mean, talk about pressure!

In homage to my first Madison TV appearance, I cooked with quinoa.

You know…that ancient Aztec grain packing all nine essential amino acids (a complete protein!), whole grains (gluten-free at that!) and a seriously addictive nutty flavor. And with my new Milwaukee kitchen set and working stovetop burner, I showed Kim the wonder that is Healthy Quinoa Fried Rice. It’s quick…it’s delicious…and it fulfills that greasy Chinese craving without making your stomach look eight months preggo or sending you to the toilet afterwards.

I also happen to think it’s a recipe that’s indicative of my blog and general attitude towards food. Add diced chicken, and the carnivorous meateaters shall be satisfied. Keep the recipe as is for a vegetarian delight. Or swap the eggs for a block of tofu…vegans need not go hungry! Use whatever veggies you happen to have on hand, and make it work for YOUR life!

Thank you Milwaukee (and Jenna!) for helping us spread the good Everythingtarian word.

My big ol’ Texas hair and I thank you.

For behind-the-scenes photos from my Milwaukee TV appearance, follow me on Instagram!

Healthy Quinoa Fried Rice

Healthy Quinoa Fried Rice
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 to 20 minutes

2 T sesame oil
1 t minced garlic
1 t minced ginger
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 cup shredded carrot
3 to 4 cups cooked quinoa
juice 1/2 lime
2 T mirin (rice wine vinegar)
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
3 eggs
salt + pepper, to taste
lime wedges, extra soy sauce + Sriracha, to taste

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute garlic and ginger in sesame oil for 1 minute. Add vegetables and cook until thawed, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add quinoa, soy sauce and mirin. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quinoa has absorbed the liquid.

In the middle of your saucepan, push fried quinoa to the side to create a hole. Crack eggs inside the hole and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Gently mix the quinoa and eggs. Let cook for an additional minute. Mix again. Repeat until egg is completely cooked. Season with salt + pepper.

To serve, portion quinoa fried rice into two bowls and top with Sriracha, if desired.

Makes 4 servings


mindy - clueless nut April 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Ah, I love this. I have, ironically, been looking for a fried rice recipe all day to use up left-over ham from Easter. I then thought about quinoa and whatdayaknow- the healthy everythingtarian has done it again ;-) Thanks for this! I hope the carrots don’t mind but I’m using pineapple and adding ham!

Hillary April 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

You’re a superstar, girl. Loving these clips and your general success. Get it!

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Too cool!!!!! You. are. awesome.
And the quinoa looks awesome.

Laura @ Backstage Balance April 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Congrats again on your Milwaukee TV debut!

BroccoliHut April 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Pinned it!!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Haha, oh Holly, why don’t you just get a freaking cooking show yourself!! You’d totally rock it and I’d totally watch it.

Seriously though, I still feel like you owe all use flat haired white girls a fro. Just go for it. you could totally pull it off.

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner April 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

What a great idea for Quinoa! I just bought some for the first time last week and wasn’t sure what to do with it first…I started with Homemade Quinoa Granola, which I’m loving. Quinoa Fried Rice sounds like a delicious second.

P.S. If you or your fellow Everythingtarians like free stuff, I’m having my One Month Blogiversary Giveaway this week. :)

Stepheny @ GUSD April 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Great job on the Fox 6 Wake Up show! If you were nervous, it didn’t come through at all! What a neat opportunity!

lo April 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

wahoo congrats!!! i cant wait to visit Milwaukee this summer! maybe we could meet there?

Kathy April 10, 2012 at 1:26 am

Looks as if you are going to be way to busy and famous to stay with us in Ecuador. I just knew you were headed for fame and fortune, you have that all important “it” factor!

Emily April 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

Holly, I was actually eating egg fried quinoa as I read this! I cooked quinoa for the first time last week and I love it – I had it today with courgette, mushroom, chickpeas and a liberal dousing of soy sauce.

Also, you are adorable. Congrats on getting more tv time!


Katie April 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

How awesome! I just sat here and watched this and thought how lucky I am to know such a damn awesome rockstar! So proud of you and that girl was LOVING the quinoa, haha! Loved how she ate it with a measuring spoon! You looked too cute, love the outfit and the nails to match it ;)

Congrats Holly! Keep doing big things! <3

Jodi April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

Wow! You are great on camera. Bravo!

Megan (Braise the Roof) April 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Awesome job, yet again! I like how the male host kind of…snuck up on you. Creeper. ;)

Andrea@WellnessNotes April 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

GREAT job!!! You are so comfortable!!!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

You need to go national and make your want to Washington… Then I will come watch you on set! It’s so exciting hearing about each and every tv appearance you make.

Christine @ Savoury Traveller April 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Superstar (with Mary Catherine Gallagher hands very much required)!!!!!! And to quote myself, because really why not be that obnoxious from time to time, I say “anything rice can do, quinoa can do better. Except sushi. Just don’t.”

Mallory April 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

“can I just taste this?” as Kim makes a grab for the quinoa… love it :)
rocked it again, lady – delicious food, bangin’ outfit (want it, really), and charismatic on top of it? someone needs a regular segment.

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

Yay!!! Congrats, you are adorable and a natural in front of the camera :)

Jessica April 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Go you!! Oh my word lady, you are going places. They just loooved you :)
I am so excited for you and cannot wait to see what’s next!

Jessica April 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

My TV star friend! Congrats!! Next thing you know, you’ll be on the Today show!! :)

natalie@thesweetslife April 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

you are awesome!…and this remains one of my favorite meals of all time!!!

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