November 19, 2012

Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry

My husband and I love this easy stir-fry! We opt to use quinoa instead of rice, giving a little boost to the nutritional value. We really enjoy this particular combination of vegetables, especially the mushrooms and asparagus. Adding a quick and easy Asian-style garlic sauce gives it tons of flavor. If you want to shorten the cook time even further, prep all your veggies beforehand and store in an airtight container in the fridge. (You could even cook the quinoa beforehand too!) Easy weeknight meal complete! It comes together in a FLASH 😊

Vegan, gluten-free (with tamari)

1 cup dry quinoa
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
6 oz. snow peas
1 small red onion, sliced
10 oz. mushrooms, sliced
10 oz. asparagus, cut into 1-2" pieces
1-2 Tbsp. sesame oil

{For the sauce}
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Make the sauce: sauté garlic with sesame oil in a small pan over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add tamari/soy sauce and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 3 Tbsp. water. Add to pan, stir, and wait for sauce to thicken. Turn off heat.
Rinse and cook quinoa according to package directions.
While quinoa cooks, cut and prepare vegetables.
Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high with 1-2 Tbsp. sesame oil. When hot, add onions.
Cook onions for a couple minutes, then add remaining veggies. Heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often.
Reduce heat. Add cooked quinoa and stir.
Add the sauce and mix to thoroughly combine.

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  1. This looks great! I have never had the courage to swap quinoa for rice, but you have motivated me!

    1. Yay! Try it with this dish and I guarantee you won't be sorry! :)

  2. I'm excited to try the sauce! Always looking for a simple asian sauce and I LOVE sesame oil!

    1. It's so easy and so good! You could definitely up the sesame oil and tweak it to find what you like. I'm a garlic fiend, so I like to add a little more of that too ;)

    2. Me too Sara. I really love to try the sauce of the stir fry, because I don't even try yet a stir fry sauce. I would love to create this recipe!

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  3. i love stirfry! using quinoa is a genius idea!