During the week, the Pelerins have little trouble cooking up something delicious to eat. But on Friday nights, that dinner is the toughest to cook. Why is that?
After five days working hard, the last thing we want to do is cook a healthy & fulfilling dinner. It’s no wonder that many people in our age bracket always eat out – it’s so convenient! But when we eat out often, our budget goes out the window and so does our knowledge about what ingredients went into our meal.
Since the New Year, we’ve made it a goal to eat out (take out or dining out) for only 1 meal a week. That’s tough to do because if we have dinner out on Wednesday night, we still need a lunch for Thursday.
We made the decision that cooking on a Friday night has to be simple, short and easy to make. If we wanted to keep to our New Year’s resolution, this would have to be the case. Because we don’t like cooking on a Friday night, we’ve simplified our dinner options for that night:
- Use as few pots & pans as needed.
- Easy to follow recipe, or no recipe at all.
- Quick on prep time and clean up time.
Carly has come up with some meals that fit the above mentioned requirements and the dinner below fits it perfectly. It’s an easy recipe that we find for those hard-to-motivate cooking nights. Not to mention, it’s pretty delicious too!
Let us know what you think!
Quinoa Fried Rice
1 cup quinoa
1.5 cups vegetable broth
1 tbs sesame oil
1 shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, chopped
1 small broccoli, chopped
3 tbs soy sauce
1/2 tsp ginger
salt, to taste
2 eggs beaten
- In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and broth and bring to a boil. Cover, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and remove from the heat.
- Meanwhile, heat sesame oil in a large skillet. Sauté the carrots, shallot, and brocolli over medium- high heat until soft and beginning to brown, about 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and salt to stir fry until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Fold in the quinoa and stir fry until mixed well with vegetables. Stir in the soy sauce.
- Push the quinoa to the side of the pan to create a well. Pour the eggs into the well and cook, stirring gently, until cooked through. Toss the fried quinoa with the eggs.
- Enjoy your healthy Friday night meal!
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