Have you tried quinoa and vegetable stir-fry yet? Have you ever eaten quinoa? If not, you should definitely catch up with this quinoa pan. It is healthy, delicious, vegan and very quick to prepare. First, quinoa is cooked in vegetable broth and then fried in a pan with all sorts of crunchy vegetables.
What makes this quinoa vegetable pan so special are the oriental spices that give the dish that certain something.
What actually is quinoa? Even if the small grains, which are available in three colors (white, red and dark brown), look like grain, botanically they belong to the foxtail family and are therefore part of the so-called “pseudo grain”, such as amaranth or buckwheat.
Recipes with quinoa are a healthier alternative to rice – depending on how they are prepared, of course – as the pseudo-grain has a high fiber, folic acid, iron and magnesium content. Then what are you waiting for? Go for the quinoa!
How do you cook quinoa?
- The basic recipe for cooking quinoa always remains the same:
- Wash quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve (this rinses off bitter substances that can be caused by the saponins in the peel)
- Boil quinoa with water in a ratio of 1:2 (always one part quinoa and two parts water) and some salt in a saucepan, reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. To get the quinoa more flavorful, you can also cook it directly in broth.
- Now all the liquid should be absorbed and the grains should be cooked al dente. If not, add a little more water and let it swell at a low temperature until it has the desired consistency.
- Remove the pot from the stove, cover and leave to swell for another 5 minutes. Fluff up with a fork and process as desired or serve as a side dish.
How can I modify this quinoa pan?
There are countless possibilities here. You can use different spices (paprika powder, curry, chili, …), fresh herbs or different vegetables and legumes (eggplant, white cabbage, corn, beans, …). You can also replace the quinoa with any other grain/pseudo grain (rice, spelled, couscous, amaranth, buckwheat, …). Let your imagination run wild.
Can you prepare and heat up the quinoa vegetable pan?
The pan is very suitable as a meal prep and keeps fresh for 3-4 days if you store it in a cool and covered place. This quinoa dish can be eaten hot or cold.