Lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a food rut. Enter bacon fried quinoa to save the day.
Since getting into batch cooking in the fall I’ve gotten a good routine going with my weekly meal prep. I’m often making a batch of soup, and some roasted chicken and vegetables so I can make meals like this one. For the most part it’s great, but some days and weeks I get bored with the typical meals and ingredients in my rotation.
Last week I decided to switch things up after grabbing some uncured and sugar-free bacon that was on sale at Whole Foods. I put that bacon to good use and whipped up some bacon fried quinoa, a spin on fried rice. To make things even easier, I added a variety of frozen vegetables- broccoli, bell peppers, and green beans. Any fresh or frozen vegetables that you enjoy in a stir fry will work and make this dish delicious.
I’m especially fond of how versatile fried quinoa can be. If you’re not into bacon, skip it. Only have some frozen green beans, use those. Have some leftover quinoa from another meal, that will work great. a little bit of sesame oil and coconut aminos, and you have have a delicious meal in less than 10 minutes. Seriously, what else could you need if not an easy and delicious meal?
- 1 c cooked quinoa, any variety
- 2 c fresh or frozen vegetables of choice (I used green beans, broccoli, and bell peppers)
- 4 slices of bacon, sliced in ½" pieces (sugar-free if available)
- ¼" fresh ginger root, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 t toasted sesame oil
- 3 T coconut aminos (sub soy sauce or tamari as preferred)
- Parsley, chives, and/or cilantro to garnish.
- Add the bacon pieces to a large skillet. Head to medium, and cook the bacon until it is crispy. Remove the pieces of bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the garlic and ginger to the bacon grease, and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the vegetables to the pan, and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the quinoa to the vegetables and stir well. Stir in the sesame oil and coconut aminos. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to set the flavors come together.
- Serve immediately with fresh herbs to garnish if desired.