Make This Quinoa Stir-Fry With Garlic And Pineapple

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Stir-fried rice is one of my favorite Asian dishes. However, it's not always the healthiest, so I swapped in quinoa for added protein and nutritional value. I borrowed the cashew and pineapple idea from my college roommate, who made some of the best fried rice. The five-ingredient sauce melds everything together to create a flavorful, hearty entrée or side dish.

Reprinted with permission from Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking

Make This Quinoa Stir-Fry With Garlic And Pineapple
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  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil or coconut oil
  • 1 cup green onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 2/3 cup roasted salted cashews
  • 2/3 cup pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 4-5 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub in organic brown sugar)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 tablespoons salted natural peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter
  1. Add quinoa and water to a saucepan. Cook over high heat until boiling, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed — about 15 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Whisk all sauce ingredients together in mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add sesame oil, green onion, garlic, and 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) sauce. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add peas. Cook for another 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium. Add cooked quinoa and 2⁄3 of the sauce (reserving the rest for serving). Stir to thoroughly coat. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add cashews and pineapple. Stir to coat. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Serve with remaining sauce on side. Chopped green onion or cilantro makes a colorful garnish. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
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