Quick and Easy Quinoa Stir Fry

Here is a recipe for a wonderful stir fry that can be prepared in less time than it takes to call in and wait for delivered food. Plus, it’s much healthier!

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Since the recipe calls for frozen veggies, there is no chopping – a major time saver. Simply open the bag and pour it into the skillet! The key to using frozen veggies is to be careful to avoid overcooking them. No one likes soggy veggies!

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I used Trader Joe’s stir fry veggie mix. It has a great variety of stir fry classics, including edamame and sprouts, which you won’t find in all brands.

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The light Pad Thai-style peanut sauce is also very simple to make, and tastes better than just using a pre-made bottle. The hoisin sauce gives it just the right amount of sweetness. You can adjust the spiciness by adding as much or as little Sriracha as you’d like.

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Quinoa gives this meal extra protein and fiber. It also cooks quicker than whole grain rice! Rather than serving the meal on top of the quinoa, I like to mix the quinoa in during the last few minutes of cooking so that it absorbs more of the flavor and sauce.

For a little fresh flavor, I added some Thai basil from my garden to each serving. You could also make it Pad Thai style by adding chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro. I hope you will enjoy this quick, easy, and healthy meal!

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Quick and Easy Quinoa Stir Fry
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 T stir fry oil
1 t garlic powder
1 bag frozen mixed stir fry vegetables
2 T reduced sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
1 T peanut butter
2 tsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp sriracha sauce (more if you like it spicy)
*Optional: chopped peanuts, cilantro, Thai basil

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the quinoa and water until boiling. Reduce to simmer and cover with a lid. Set timer for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat and add oil and garlic.

3. Add frozen vegetables to the pan and stir to coat in the oil and garlic.

4. Wisk together the remaining ingredients. At this point, the vegetables should be thawed. Cook another minute or two if still visibly frozen.

5. Stir in the sauce and allow to cook until the quinoa timer goes off. Add the quinoa to the stir fry pan and stir to mix.

6. Cook for an additional 2 minutes and serve. Garnish with fresh cilantro or Thai basil and chopped peanuts, if desired.


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