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.
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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
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