Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Quinoa Chinese Style



quinoa made like chou mein
  
                                                                                   
Vegetable Chou Mein is one of my favorites. I like the simplicity of the sauteed onions and simple vegetables. Although this recipe does not contain all of the traditional Chinese veggies, it still reminds me of chou mein: soothing, mild, and filling.

Low in Calories and Weight Watchers Friendly

Originally I wanted a low calorie lunch, so I assembled whatever veggies I had in the fridge. The entire bowl is 2 Points Plus on Weight Watches. Instead of noodles, I added cooked quinoa that I had left over from dinner the night before.

 It was tasty and nutrient dense.. just how I like it. I ate it with a veggie burger for protein. Making it a total of 5 Points Plus..

Could This Work For Thanksgiving? 

This was so tasty, I'm thinking of making it for a Thanksgiving side dish because it is vegan, gluten free, and nut free- We get together with family on all sides for a total of 40 at my son and daughter in law's house-Since they serve buffet style, this side should be safe for almost everyone! ( we have to be concerned about guests who are gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free, and raw apple free)

quinoa Chinese style
Add Bragg's liquid amino acids for a soy sauce like flavor if desired
bag of quinoa from Trader Joe's
Cook according to package directions

Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

2 cups of onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 cups of peeled eggplant, diced large
2 cups of zucchini, diced large
2 cups white mushrooms, diced
Pure olive oil spray
21 Salute ( a no salt 21 herb seasoning from Trader Joe's)
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
optional: Braggs liquid amino acids ( tastes like soy sauce but isn't-  I didn't use any extra flavoring)

Directions
Spray olive oil in a large skillet. Sautee onions and garlic slowly for 5 minutes. Add chopped eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms and sautee stirring frequently on a low heat allowing vegetables to become tender. Add cherry tomato slices and a few shakes of 21 Salute and cooked quinoa towards the end .Toss and cook about 5 more minutes till tomatoes wilt just a little.

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11 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great lunch option. Yummy!

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  2. This looks delicious! We are trying a lot of plant-based recipes, and I want to try this one. I have quinoa in the pantry, but I haven't made anything with it yet. Thanks for posting this recipe. :)

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  3. It seems very delicious. I will try to cook it. Thx

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  4. Judee, sounds really good. I wouldn't have thought of mixing it with quinoa - great idea! Thank you for sharing on the BBQ Block Party. Have a great holiday weekend!

    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

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  5. I love quinoa, this sounds wonderful :)

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  6. This seems perfect for lunch. I love veggies and quinoa so this is definitely the meal for me. Thanks for such a great recipe!

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  7. Quinoa is an all time favorite. I wonder why I haven't tried it with chinese dishes? Looks yummy!

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  8. Dishes that help me use all of the miscellaneous things in my fridge are always appreciated. I'm not too imaginative when it comes to turning them into something. I have to rely on others!

    Thank you for linking, Judee!

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
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    Miz Helen

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  10. I love recipe that are versatile like this one. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  11. Yum, love quinoa - just had some at our community picnic - this recipe sounds fabulous! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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