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Food Time: Quinoa Broccoli With a Kick

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I’ve been trying to make better food choices – doing away with dairy products has done wonders for me, so what about giving up white rice or flour? It seemed like a good idea. I’ve loved quinoa for a long time, strange I know – but I also love a good fried rice recipe for when there’s nothing to eat and I need a quick fix. This one takes 15 minutes total (minus the quinoa cooking time). Works great warm or cold, but the best thing? This is so yummy and versatile.
Try to make it your own with different veggies or protein – let me know so I can try some new options too!

Quinoa Base

Making quinoa is super easy!  You can make this a head of time or just keep it in the fridge for whenever, use it to beef up salads and so on.

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Wash the quinoa in a sieve, heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add the quinoa to the pan and ‘fry’ the quinoa a little bit until the sizzling stops. Add in the water, set on high heat until the water boils. Once boiling reduce heat and cover, cook until all the water is gone. Fluff up with a fork, and you’re all set!

Broccoli & Chicken in Spicy Peanut Sauce

For the sauce:

  • Srircha to taste ( I like it hot!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4 tbsp soy (sodium reduced)
  • 1 heaping tsp peanut butter (unsweetened)

For veggies + protein:

  • 1 chicken breast, shredded (could use tofu too)
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp coconut oil

In a wok or a big frying pan, heat up the oil. Add in the onion, fry until clear then add in the carrots give it a stir. Then add in the broccoli give everything a nice toss so it’s all evenly incorporated. Get a pan cover ready, pour a bit of water into the pan and quickly cover it. This will steam to broccoli, wait about a minute – broccoli should become super vibrant green. Add in the chicken and stir it around. Make a little well in the centre of the wok, add in your garlic and let it heat up until fragrant. Then add the peanut butter & srircha stir them together with garlic and a bit of the surrounding veg. Pour in soy sauce, stir everything until the sauce is distributed evenly. Then add in your cooked quinoa. Toss everything together and serve.

This makes about 2-3 main servings, and keeps in the fridge/ heats up in the microwave nicely.

 

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