Quinoa Fried Rice

For those of you who are not already aware, this is the beginning of Sadie’s season, Sadie’s as in Sadie Hawkins Dance as in ‘girl asks boy’ dance. And as you may or may not be able to tell, I’m not happy.

Usually, when these dances come around, I can most easily avoid them with the simple fact that no boy is going to ask me. Because the fact of the matter is that I’d much rather stay home by myself or go out with friends than have to pay a hundred dollars for an outfit I’m going to wear once, waste two hours doing hair and make-up that will most likely end up smeared and flat by the end of the night, go back to school on a weekend, and do it all with a boy I may not even like. (Pity dates. I’ve seen it happen more than once.) And let’s not even get started on the awkward post-dance syndrome where you and your date won’t be able to make eye contact with each other for a least a couple days.

I’m sure some people have had amazing experiences with school dances. The whole “Prince Charming will sweep you off your feet and take you to senior prom” cliche had to have originated from some truth, I suppose. Maybe I’m just biased because I’ve heard way too many “worst night of my life” stories, but dances just don’t seem that great to me. Personally, I’d rather just have a night in with a couple of friends, movies, and food.

So for the next time you’re feeling like you just need a night in, but fear the food baby and MSG-induced bloating that comes with good Chinese take-out, whip up some of this Quinoa Fried Rice instead! It’ll leave your tummy happy and your body thanking you for not forcing it to process all the bad stuff.

Quinoa Fried Rice:

{approx. 4 servings}

1 cup uncooked quinoa

3 chicken tenderloins, cooked and chopped

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 white onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

3  scallions, chopped and divided

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 eggs, lightly scrambled

1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1. Rinse quinoa a few times in cold water

2. Bring quinoa and water to a boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes, until fluffy and fully cooked. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Fluff with a fork.

3. Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil on a frying pan over high heat. Add garlic to the pan. Add carrots, onions, and scallions and cook thoroughly, about two minutes.

4. Add rest of the olive oil and quinoa to the pan. Stir fry until mixed thoroughly, about two minutes.

5. Then add eggs and finish scrambling. Stir-fry until thoroughly incorporated, and then add the chicken.

6. Add the oyster sauce and stir-fry until evenly mixed. Feel free to add more or less oyster sauce to your taste.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.cookingforkeeps.com/2013/03/27/quinoa-fried-rice/

NOTE:

– You may need more olive oil to keep it from burning. Or maybe that’s just because I need a new frying pan.

– If you like spicy, make sure to add Sriracha hot sauce on top when you eat it. It’s a match made in heaven and no other hot sauce complements fried rice in the same way.

– Chicken can easily be omitted be make a vegetarian dish

Kick back, relax, and enjoy!

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