One easy swap we made in our diet was replacing white rice with ancient grains. There is such a variety out there of all different textures, shapes, and flavors that are all packed with protein and fiber, which not only keeps you full longer, but lowers the glycemic index of the carbohydrates so that your blood sugar doesn’t bounce around. We’ve found that it’s easiest and cheapest to stock up on these grains from online wholesalers (we like Vitacost.) We order a box once or twice a month and get free shipping!
This recipe is a take on Thai fried rice that’s packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats, and ancient grains. We used quinoa, but any other grain would work as well. Just keep in mind that some of the larger grains may take 45 minutes or more to cook. Not only is this recipe delicious and colorful, it also comes together in about 15 minutes! Not bad for a busy week night!
Aren’t those colors just gorgeous?
Thai Fried Quinoa
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame
- 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or canned pineapple
- 1 small bag fresh or frozen sugar snap peas
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Tbs pineapple juice
- 2 Tbs fish sauce
- 2 Tbs hoisin sauce
- 2 Tbs soy sauce
- 1 Tbs chili-garlic sauce
- Coconut oil, for sautéing
- Salt, to taste
- Garnishes: cilantro, basil, lime wedges, Sriracha
- Prepare quinoa according to package directions (usually boiled in 2 cups of water for 12-15 minutes) and set aside
- Mix together pineapple juice, fish sauce, hoisin, soy sauce, and chili-garlic sauce; set aside
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add edamame, carrots, and sugar snap peas. Cook for about five minutes, or until tender but still brightly colored
- Add pineapple and coconut flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes
- Add cooked quinoa and sauce. Stir to combine and heat through.
- Garnish with herbs and lime wedges and serve!
This recipe makes 2-4 servings, depending on how hungry you are. 😉 Divided four ways, each serving provides about 9 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein as well as being a great source of iron, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.