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


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)

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

  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. :)

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

  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!

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  5. I love quinoa, this sounds wonderful :)

  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!

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

  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!

  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.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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

  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,


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