Meal Monday: Quinoa Fried Rice

Jul 1, 2013 by


The start of a broccoli head…can you see it?




As promised, here is the recipe for Quinoa Fried Rice for Meal Monday! I absolutely loved this recipe. It is quick, easy, healthy, and delicious! It is also an excellent opportunity to use treasures from my garden. The best part is that you should be able to make the meal in about 30 minutes…awesome for a busy summer evening!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We are finally getting amazing summer weather in Minnesota and it is about time! My garden is growing by leaps and bounds…even in the last few days since my last Garden Update. I predict with the amazing weather we are expected to have that I might need to do another update sooner rather than later. One little sneak peak…I have a small broccoli head started; I am so excited!



Well, enough garden talk…on to a Meal Monday recipe, right?

I found this recipe last week on the blog Peas & Crayons. This one is new for me and I just love it. I am so appreciative of the great photography and clever dialogue of many of the blogs I follow. I wish I had the knack for either of those things. Oh well, I make up for it in passion!

I have used quinoa in the last six months, but never really got what all the excitement was for this food. After reading the blog post on Peas & Crayons on how to properly cook quinoa, I found it is much tastier when I don’t make the same as rice (which is how I had been making it.) So, not only will you learn to cook quinoa properly, you will have a recipe for a quick, nutritious dinner your family is sure to love.

peas and carrots

The first pea pods and carrots from my garden were my inspiration for this meal.


quinoa fried rice

Starting with the onions and garlic, then adding some veggies.


quinoa fried rice

Next, I added the pea pods and some left over chicken.


quinoa fried rice

Finally, the hot quinoa, eggs, and soy sauce and dinner is looking good!


Recipe and quinoa cooking instructions adapted from Peas & Crayons.

Her directions and accompanying photos are so good, just look at them!


Quinoa Fried Rice

Rating: 51

Yield: 2-3

Serving Size: hearty dinner portion servings

Quinoa Fried Rice


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water or organic broth (I used water)
  • 2-4 tsp gluten-free sauce (I use San-J Organic)
  • 1-2 cloves organic garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of organic fresh or frozen veggies such as peas, carrots, and onion
  • 1/2-1 cup diced meat (leftover chicken, pork or steak work great)
  • 1-2 organic eggs
  • olive or coconut oil for stir frying
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. The great thing about this dish is that you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. You can add in or eliminate what works for you. Enjoy!
  2. Rinse quinoa in water, drain and allow to dry a bit.
  3. Toss the quinoa straight into pan and allow to toast on medium heat for a minute or two; make sure to stir to prevent burning. Your goal is to remove as much moisture as possible.
  4. Add water, boil, then reduce heat and cook for 12 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and fluff with fork.
  6. While quinoa is cooking, prep the veggies and meat (if using.)
  7. **If you are using meat and it needs to cook, stir fry it first before veggies. This is a perfect recipe to use up leftover chicken, pork or steak. A little will go a long way**
  8. Soft scramble your eggs in the stir fry pan and remove or in cook in another small pan ahead of time.
  9. Stir fry goes quick, so make sure to have all your ingredients ready to go!
  10. In stir fry pan or heavy skillet, add oil and get hot.
  11. Add onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  12. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  13. Add remaining veggies and stir fry until tender.
  14. **Use judgment on which veggies to add when. Pea pods don’t take much time, so they can be added later so they don’t get soggy**
  15. Add quinoa and meat (if using)
  16. While mixing, start adding soy sauce to taste.
  17. When everything is warm, you are ready to enjoy!
  18. Makes 2+ hearty dinner portions, 3 medium portions. Make extra, it warms up wonderfully the next day!





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