Quinoa Fried ‘Rice’ with Bacon
and green smoothie
Move over fried rice - quinoa fried 'rice' is a nutritious, delicious alternative to the classic. Cooked just the same way as fried rice, this dish includes crispy bacon, easy frozen vegetables (you can use any type), and scrambled egg.
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Bacon - 6 strips, chopped
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
- Vinegar, rice - 2 tsp
- Peas and carrots, frozen - 10 oz
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp, chopped
- Eggs - 4, whisked
- Salt - 1/4 tsp
- Cooked quinoa (leftover from Monday) - ~2 cups
- Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
- Pineapple, frozen cubes - 16 oz (sub frozen mango)
- Bananas - 1
- Baby spinach - 5 oz
- Water - 1 cup
Garlic / Bacon - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make seasoning - Whisk together garlic, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and vinegar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Peas and carrots - Defrost
Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
Make smoothie - Combine pineapple, banana, baby spinach, and water in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding water as needed. If you’d like your smoothie a bit sweeter, add some honey or your favorite sweetener (not in ingredients list).
Eggs - Whisk eggs with salt.
Drain off all but about 1 Tbsp / 15 mL (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of bacon grease. Add quinoa, vegetables, and seasoning. Let quinoa cook without stirring until it starts to sizzle and toast on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently stir everything together until warmed through.
Move all of the ingredients to the sides of the pan and pour whisked eggs in the middle. Gently scramble the eggs until nearly cooked through and then fold into the other ingredients.
Move pan off heat. Stir in cilantro and squeeze some lime juice over top.
Serve quinoa with bacon on top, extra lime wedges on the side, and some hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy smoothie on the side.
Wish I’d taken the bacon out then added back in so it would have been crispier. Used rice instead of quinoa. But good and everyone liked it.0 Helpful
Used rice!0 Helpful
Even though I generally prefer brown rice to quinoa, this was good! It actually surprised me how good it was. I had cooked the bacon before, so this came together quickly. I did not make the smoothie but would probably add green yogurt if I do. Next time!0 Helpful
Pretty good. Everyone liked it.0 Helpful
I feel like I can’t give this a fair review because I took it for lunch and thus couldn’t make the smoothie. But the quinoa fried rice was a bit bland for me and texturally similar. We also omitted the egg because I can’t eat it. So maybe this is a 5 star with all the of the components so I recommend trying the recipe as is. Editing my review: since we had so much of this, we put it in a tortilla with sriracha aioli and lettuce and it was much better (more flavor, more textural variety)0 Helpful