Saturday, 29 August 2015

Egg Fried Quinoa Recipe

Egg Fried Quinoa Recipe Title Image

Recently, I was contacted by British Lion Eggs to see if I fancied doing a recipe post using some of their eggs, and as eggs are something I regularly buy and use, I didn't hesitate to say yes. Eggs are so versatile, and healthy, the calories in an egg range from 55 to 80 depending on the size, so they're a great way to get a lot of protein without increasing your calories too much.

If you follow me on Instagram (@inelegantwench btw) you'll see that I've become obsessed with quinoa and "clean eating" lately, and when faced with some leftover quinoa, I wondered if you could egg fry it, like rice, but much better for you. After some recipe tweaking, I've finally cracked it, so I thought I'd share it with you today.

Eggs in an Egg Box

Ingredients 

(Serves two, but can be multiplied up easily)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked.
  • 1 onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 1tsp chinese five spice
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Black pepper - to taste

Method

Dicing an onion

1. Dice the onion as fine as you can. (It is Rich dicing the onion in that picture by the way, my hands are not that hairy!)

Frying onion

2. Gently fry the onion in the sesame oil until just beginning to turn golden.

Frying Onion and Quinoa

3. Add in the quinoa and fry about a bit until the quinoa is well combined. You can use freshly cooked quinoa in this recipe or cold from the day before, making it much better than egg fried rice, which only works with day old rice.

Egg Fried Quinoa

4. Make a well in the middle of your quinoa and onion mixture and crack in your eggs. The trick to making good egg fried anything is to wait for your eggs to cook quite a bit before stirring them through, as that way you get distinct bits of egg rather than an eggy flavoured lump of quinoa.

5. Once you've stirred your egg through, add in the soy sauce, five spice and pepper and give it a good mix.

Egg fried quinoa

6. Serve! This makes a great side dish, but if you wanted to turn it into a main meal, you could add more veggies to it, and maybe even some chicken or prawns if you're feeling fancy. It also tastes pretty good cold the next day as well, so makes a good packed lunch.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and do let me know if you make it yourself, we have it quite regularly now, as we seem incapable of cooking the perfect amount of quinoa for one meal.

Rachel x
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