Thursday, December 1, 2011

Asian Quinoa

I love fried rice.  I also love the healthy benefits of quinoa. So why not combine the two? 

I got the idea from What's Cooking at the Genua's but decided to kick it up a notch and add veggies, pineapple and some ham. I wanted it to be a main dish rather than a side dish.   

It turned out perfectly and I know I'll be making it again.

Asian Quinoa
Adapted from What's Cooking at the Genua's

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup pineapple juice (i just drained it from the can, you might get more or less, just make sure you have 2 cups of liquid)

9 oz. turkey ham
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 scallions, sliced
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
2 tsp. ginger (I used from a jar)
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 cup pineapple chunks (I cut them in half)

Place the chicken broth, pineapple juice and quinoa in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil, then lower to simmer, covered. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. 

While quinoa is cooking, dice ham and cook in pan until it gets a nice sear.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Scramble eggs until almost done.  Turn off heat and leave in pan.  Add ham, peas, garlic, ginger and scallions.  When quinoa is done, stir it into the other stuff.  Add pineapple chunks, stir and serve.  Add additional soy sauce if it needs more liquid.

Total calories = 1490 calories
6 cups = 248 per cup

Here is what I got from the spark people recipe calculator.  The quinoa in their data base was higher calorie for some reason so it came out with higher calories. Low sodium chicken broth and soy sauce would help the sodium levels.

Calories 261.3

Total Fat 6.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 102.6 mg
Sodium 1,158.1 mg
Potassium 297.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 38.0 g
Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
Sugars 14.1 g
Protein 15.7 g

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Calories calculated from Some numbers are approximate and rounded.


  1. Haha awesome idea! I don't ever order fried rice though I love it, because of how many calories it is. Use quinoa and it's both delicious and nutritious!

  2. If I can sub sausage for the ham, which I don't eat, I have a new meal which just become my favorite meal.

  3. Sounds like a beautiful way to enjoy quinoa!

  4. I love quinoa, but I love fried rice even more. This is the perfect compromise!

  5. What a great take on quinoa! I love quinoa and asian food - and this looks like a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing it with the Gallery!

  6. My friend Deb loves quinoa- although she makes it horribly- I will send her this recipe right now! Thanks for sharing!!!
    have a pretty day!

  7. Hi Debbi,
    Your Quinoa looks delicious, we will really enjoy this dish. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Wow, this looks great. I thought it was tuna tartar at first... that would be good too! Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday! xo Not Your Ordinary Agent
    Not Your Ordinary Recipes
    Clean Gal

  9. Great variation on my recipe Debbi! Thanks for the link too! I will have to try your version now! Looks delicious!!!

  10. I need to try making quinoa one of these days! This looks great!

  11. Quinoa is a favorite over here, but I have never put an Asian twist on it. LOVE that. Great recipe!

  12. I've got to give quinoa another try. This looks like a winner.