This quick and easy dish uses “stir fry” frozen vegetables, along with fresh ginger and garlic. Frozen veggies have come a long way, and can be a healthy and delicious meal addition. Look for 100% vegetables without any added salt or oil.
- 1½ cups water
- ¾ cup quinoa (dry)
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 1 bag (16 ounces) of frozen "stir fry" blend vegetables
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (4 to 5 medium cloves)
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 2 tablespoons tahini (ground sesame paste)
- ½ avocado (optional)
- sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
- Stir the water, quinoa, granulated onion, and ½ teaspoon curry powder together in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook covered with a tight-fitting lid for 15 minutes.
- While the quinoa is cooking, place the frozen vegetables into a skillet or soup pot on medium-low heat covered so the vegetables can thaw and soften. Stir occasionally, adding a little water if needed. While the vegetables are warming, mince the garlic and ginger.
- When the vegetables have thawed and softened (5 to 10 minutes), increase the heat to medium-high and stir in the garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon curry powder; l cook stirring for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tahini, adding a little water as needed to mix thoroughly. Stir the quinoa into the vegetables. Serve as is or with diced avocado and/or sesame seeds on top.
Fresh vegetables: Feel free to toss in any favorite fresh vegetables, too, such as zucchini, cabbage, greens (kale, chard, spinach), or green onions along with the frozen veggies.
Quinoa: Quinoa is sold as a dry grain, and comes in white/yellow, red, and black (see photo below). Use any color you like or a mix. (Two-and-a half cups of cooked rice may also be used in place of the cooked quinoa.)
Above: Quinoa is usually grouped with the grains, but it’s really a seed; and when cooked, pops open and becomes soft and a little spongy. Yum!
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