Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Egg and Veggie fried Quinoa

I love Quinoa!  (pronounced Keen-Wa)  Alhtough it is referred to as a grain, it is actually a vegetable seed - coming from spinach, swiss chard, and beets!  It is very good for you and is filled with health benefits including:

  • High quality protein with 9 essential amino acids.  This is required by the body as building blocks for muscles.  
  • A "good carb" - a complex carbohydrate with low glycemic index - so it won't spike your blood sugar
  • Alkaline forming.  Alkaline forming foods improve your energy levels, reduce pain and inflammation, slow down aging, and improve your immune function.
  • Rich in manganese and copper.  These act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease causing substances.
  • High in fiber - great for your digestion!
Quinoa is considered a complete natural food - because it contains amino acids, enzymes, fiver, antioxidants, vitamins and mineral, and phytonutrients.  

Now you see why I love it so much?

I put this meal together last minute - since my fridge was almost empty and I had no time for shopping!

You can double up the ingredients and store it in the fridge as a healthy snack over the next few days!

Egg and Veggie fried Quinoa
1 cup prewashed Quinoa
2 cups water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 small onion - chopped
2 eggs - beaten
2 cups broccoli (you can add any veggies you like!)
1 Tbs Olive oil 

1).  Boil 2 cups of water with bouillon cube.  Add quinoa and let simmer for 15 minutes or until you see white spiral-like threads appear around each grain.

2).  Boil the broccoli for about 5 minutes - or until it is crisp tender.  Remove from water and chop it up.

3).  In a large frying pan, over medium heat - add olive oil.  Saute onions for 5 minutes.  Add chopped broccoli - sauté another minute of so.

4).  Add the cooked quinoa, salt, and pepper and mix it in with the veggies.  

5).  Push the mixture to the sides of the pan - creating a well in the middle.  Pour the beaten eggs in the middle of the pan.  Scramble the eggs into the quinoa mixture.  Keep mixing until the eggs cook through.

And you're done!  Enjoy it as it is or with hot sauce if you like it spicier!

Read your quinoa package and make sure it is pre washed.  If not - you need to prewash it before cooking it.
You can add whatever veggies you want to this (as many or as little as you like).  I was out of everything except for onions and broccoli!

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