Pineapple Quinoa

The other day Mike and I were talking about how much healthier the food we’ve been eating lately is compared a couple months ago. I mean, we have definitely had our fair share of ice cream and cake the past couple weeks, but it is SO much better than my first trimester bagel and ice cream sandwich diet. That coupled with the fact that EVERYTHING good is coming into season now makes me an extremely happy eater.

I am so happy to be back to normal eating, and super happy to still be running, although a couple days ago after a particularly atrocious run I was thinking I might be done. This weekend, though, was perfect, and I ran out to Fort Funston.

It was a beautiful day and even though it took me about 2 miles of warming up to feel normal, I had an awesome 4.5ish mile run. I’ve been trying to do something active every day, usually alternating yoga with running. I feel like I get slower every day, but just getting out there definitely helps me keep my sanity, especially since I spend my days with eighth graders who only have a few weeks of school left and are totally ready to be done!

This awesome meal comes from Veganomicon, and i think it was one of the first recipes I made when I bought the book three years ago. It’s pretty much like pineapple fried rice, but much more filling thanks to o the quinoa. You definitely want to have everything chopped and ready to go, because once you start, it comes together really fast. It’s superb while it’s still warm, and just as good cold for lunch the next day.

(adapted from Veganomicon)

1 cup qinoa
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup cold water
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/3 cup cashew pieces (raw and unsalted)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 serrano chili, sliced very thinly
1″ piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup cooked edamame
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil, cut chiffonade
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
1/2 a medium fresh pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp mirin
lime wedges for garnish

Combine the quinoa, juice, water and soy sauce in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and you can see the little curlicues on the quinoa. Remove from heat, let stand covered for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Toast the cashews in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until golden and fragrant. Remove from the pan and reserve for later use.

Raise the heat to medium. Heat the vegetable oil for about a minute, then add the garlic and green onions and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the chili and ginger and cook another minute or two, then stir in the bell pepper and edamame. Stir fry for about 3 minutes, or until the bell pepper is softened. Add the pineapple, quinoa, basil, and mint and mix well.

Pour the mirin and soy sauce over the quinoa and continue to stir fry for another four to five minutes, making sure everything gets mixed well and heated through. Serve garnished with lime wedges.


17 Responses to “Pineapple Quinoa”

  1. 1 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa May 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

    If I am every pregnant, I really hope I can continue on with my active and healthy lifestyle!

    This recipe looks awesome. What do you think of that cookbook overall? Love it? I want to start builing my collection of vegan cookbooks, but a lot of them call for the fake meat products. I know Veganomicon doesn’t, right?

  2. 2 Kate May 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I definitely think it’s easier to eat healthier in the summer, everything seems fresher.

  3. 3 Tessa May 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Your quinoa look so colorful! I’m saving this one!

  4. 4 Michelle May 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    This looks SO good! I love mixing pineapple with savory food. Such a good mix 🙂

    It’s MUCH easier to eat healthier when such good foods are in season. I hate spending $$$ on stuff that doesn’t even taste that great!

  5. 5 Kamaile May 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I made chickpea patties tonight from the same cookbook, should’ve made this too! I bet the leftovers are good hot or cold. Yum!

  6. 6 Cate May 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Kierstan – I love it! It really doesn’t call for much fake meat and I think it’s definitely a totally worthwhile investment!

  7. 7 Annie May 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

    This looks so good to me. I can’t wait to try it! I just tried quinoa for the first time a few weeks ago and it is great, so I’m happy to find more things to do with it.

  8. 8 Alli May 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    This looks so good to me! I always make my quinoa more on the savory side but, I am loving your addition of the sweet pineapple. You have my mind spinning.

  9. 9 Noya - gluttonandstudent May 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I love quinoa, but I’ve always made it traditionally – boiled, like rice. I’m interested to try it stir fried. Your recipe looks quite tasty!

  10. 10 Alicia June 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I don’t normally comment but I just made this for dinner and it was wonderful. My husband and I are not vegan or even vegetarian but I have been trying to cook more meatless meals lately and I am so glad I found your blog. Thank you for posting so many delicious looking recipes for me to chose from! Next up will be the creamy avocado pasta.

  11. 11 Belinda August 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I made this recipe for my husband and a friend last Friday night, and it was a total hit. I even forgot to put the cashews back in, and it was still good!

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