This Fried Quinoa recipe is the perfect late-night pick-me-up, which tastes even better the next day. Salty, fatty, and lip smacking delicious, this recipe is not only addictive, but good for both your body and soul. —Tasty Plan
vegetable broth or water
sea or kosher salt
eggplant, cubed small
neutral vegetable oil
cloves garlic, peeled and minced
small onion, diced small
soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free)
Place quinoa in a large bowl with enough water to cover it by an inch. Using your hand stir quinoa a couple times, then drain through a sieve.
In a pot, place 2 cups of vegetable broth or water with 1 cup of quinoa and a pinch of salt. Bring water to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium high. Simmer until most of the water has been absorbed.
Turn heat to low, cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Quinoa is cooked when translucent, a small white ring will emerge around the grain when ready. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
To make Fried Quinoa, place a cast iron pan over high heat. When cast iron is hot, add a tablespoon of oil and cubed eggplant. Cook stirring minimally for about ten minutes. Eggplant should be soft throughout and crispy on the edges
While eggplant cooks place another large sauté pan over high heat. Add another tablespoon of oil, diced onions and garlic.
Reduce heat to medium and sweat vegetables until translucent and soft (about 5-8 minutes).
In a separate cup whisk together soy sauce, miso paste, and ginger. Add soy-miso paste into the pan and stir. Reduce heat to low.
Add cooked quinoa and eggplant. Stir until well incorporated.
Moving quickly, add thinly sliced cabbage into the pan, cover for a couple of minutes, until cabbage starts to wilt.
Whisk two eggs together then pour over quinoa. Stirring constantly for two minutes until softly scrambled and well incorporated into the quinoa. Remove from heat.
Add Chopped cilantro, green onions and peanuts over quinoa. Serve immediately with a side of soy sauce.