March 6, 2014

Crab Fried Quinoa

My husband and I decided to go meatless for the entire month of March and we have been enjoying it so far.  We are adding seafood to the mix which I think makes going meatless for an entire month so much easier.  Last night, after being inspired by Lekeitha on Instagram, I whipped up this dish and it was perfection.  This was our first time trying quinoa and we are now major fans! This was a super fast weeknight dinner, from start to finish only taking about 20 minutes.  It was fresh, flavorful and delicious! 

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Diced Carrot {1 medium}
1/2 Cup Diced Green Onion {about 6}
1 Cup Crab Meat
3 Eggs, Beaten
2 Cups Cooked Quinoa
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil


{Start by cooking your quinoa.  You could use any variety/brand/flavor you want, I went with this roasted garlic version and it was so good.  I followed the package directions, using 1 1/2 cups of water and cooking for about 15 minutes.}

{While the quinoa is cooking, in a hot pan over medium heat, sauté your green onions and carrots in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft.  If you are using plain quinoa, add some crushed garlic here for additional flavor.}

{I used our favorite claw crab meat but you could add in any protein here.  Shrimp would be an obviously delicious choice – I can't wait to try that next.

{After a few minutes of sauteing your veggies, add in your crab meat, stirring everything to warm it through.

{Lightly beat your eggs and season with black pepper, if so desired.}

{Reduce the heat to medium low.  Move your crab meat mixture to one side of the pan and add in a tablespoon of olive oil.}


{Add in your eggs and stir constantly to lightly scramble.}

{Once your quinoa is done, fluff it with a fork to loosen up a bit.}


{Turn off the heat and add your cooked quinoa to the egg/crab meat mixture.}


{Add in your soy sauce and sesame oil, stirring to combine everything.}

{Serve immediately and enjoy!}
 
I have to admit, I wasn't expecting to love quinoa as much as I do.  The texture seemed like it would be slimy and weird but it was so satisfying and is pretty fun to eat. This dish actually really surprised me. ...in a good way.  I love when that happens!  We will be having it in the place of rice often in the future.
 
BUT.  I'm sorry quinoa, some dishes absolutely call for white jasmine rice – like this one here. aaaaand this one. LOL!
 
Do you like quinoa?
 
xoxo, thanks for reading! ♥
 
 
 
 

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