Arielle Haspel transforms a familiar Asian takeout recipe using quinoa and vegetables for her Quinoa “Fried Rice”.
In this video on clean eating, Ariella Haspel shows us how to make a healthier take on your favorite take out dish – fried rice!
Not only is it not fried, it’s not even made with rice. Arielle swaps out the white rice for quinoa in her Quinoa “Fried Rice”. She gets started by putting all the vegetables into the pan.
First, she adds a little bit of sesame oil. You can also use organic butter or olive oil, but she likes to use sesame oil when it’s an Asian dish because it gives a little bit of flavor. She then adds in onion, carrots, peppers, peas and water chestnuts. Make sure you rinse them because sometimes they have some additives in them. Next she adds some baby corn. Both water chestnuts and baby corn can be found in the Asian section of your supermarket.
While this is cooking, she chops off a little bit of kale. She notes that kale is amazing for you; it’s good for your blood and immune system, while also containing protein and iron. You can cut up the stem and put it into the fried rice, make it into a salad for later, add them to tomato sauce or to omelets.
Once the vegetables are all cooked, Arielle adds the already cooked quinoa into the pan. Next she creates a little hole in the quinoa mixture and scrambles in the eggs within the mixture. Once it cooks a little bit, she adds a little bit of good quality sea salt. Good quality sea salt is a little bit grey or you can look for Himalayan Salt which is a little pink. Next she adds tamari, which can also be found in the Asian section of your supermarket or online. You can then add toasted sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds on top of the dish.
- 1 box white quinoa (approx 2 cups)
- 1 box frozen peas
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 2 orange carrots, chopped
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 1 can sliced water chestnuts
- 1 can baby corn
- 1 tbsp. regular sesame oil (or olive oil)
- 3 eggs, certified humane or pasture raised
- 4 tbsp. reduced sodium tamari
- 3 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 tbsp. white sesame seeds
- Dash sea salt
InstructionsRinse quinoa and cook according to package directions. Thaw peas by running them under cold water in a colander. In a large sauté pan, saute peas and chopped veggies in a pan with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Once veggies are cooked, add cooked quinoa and stir. Make a little hole in the center of the veggie-quinoa mixture and crack eggs. Scramble the egg with sea salt in the center of the pan. Let cook, and then stir it around with the quinoa mixture so everything is mixed together. Sprinkle tamari, toasted sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds on top. Serve with chopsticks and enjoy. Serves 6-8
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Arielle Haspel is a certified health coach and creator of Be Well with Arielle, a lifestyle brand that emphasizes “healthified” eating and cooking, incorporating indulgence with a focus on feeling great.
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[SOUND] Clean eating is all about finding
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a healthier alternative to your favorite
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It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.
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It's never about depriving yourself, it's
all about adding in.
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What more nutritious foods can we add in
rather than processed foods?
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I'm Arielle Haspel with HealthiNation, and
today we're making fried rice.
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The healthier take on your favorite take
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Today we are making a healthier version of
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Not only is it going to be unfried, it's
actually not even gonna be made with rice.
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We're gonna be swapping the white rice for
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So here we've got some quinoa already
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But now we're gonna get started and put
all of the ingredients into the pan.
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And first, we're gonna use a little bit of
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You can use some organic butter if you
like, you can even use some olive oil,
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I like sesame oil especially when it's an
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cuz it gives a little bit of flavor.
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Then we're gonna add some onions.
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And then we're gonna add some carrots.
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And here we're gonna add these peppers in
too, for a dose of color.
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Here we've also got some peas and we're
gonna add these in.
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And, for a little Asian flare we're gonna
be using water chestnuts as well.
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You can find this in the Asian section of
your supermarket, and
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usually it comes in a little can.
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But, make sure that you rinse them because
sometimes they do have some
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additives in them.
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And then we're going to add some baby
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that also can be found in the Asian
section of your supermarket.
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So while this is cooking,
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I am actually going to chop off a little
bit of kale as well.
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Now kale is amazing for you.
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Good for your blood, good for you immune
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It actually has some protein in it and
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And no one ever cooks with the stem, but
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the stem is actually one of the most
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Rip it off.
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You can actually cut this up and put it
into the fried rice, or
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you could make it into a salad for later.
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So, for the sake of today, we are going to
cut the kale stems.
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And I'm just gonna throw them into the
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[SOUND] Kale stems are great also,
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you know, you can also add them to tomato
sauce when you are making pasta,
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you can add them to omelettes, I do that
all the time.
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This is looking good, smelling good,
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So, the vegetables are all cooked and
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I'm going to be adding the already cooked
quinoa to it.
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This is great to serve at a dinner party,
or it's also perfect to make on a Sunday
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night, and then you could just pack it up
and eat for the rest of the week.
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So, once the quinoa is really cooking in
with the vegetables it's time
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to add the egg.
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When you're making this fried rice quinoa,
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you're gonna create a little hole in the
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And we're just going to scramble the eggs
actually within the mixture.
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[SOUND] There's one.
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[SOUND] There's two.
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And here's three.
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[SOUND] And we're gonna let it cook a
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I'm gonna add a little bit of good quality
sea salt, good quality sea salt is
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a little bit grey or you can look for
Himalayan Salt which is a little pink.
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You always want it to look a little wet in
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And that means it is less processed, the
less processed the foods,
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the better you're gonna feel.
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So these eggs are looking just about
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All right, so let's add some tamari over
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And tamari usually, you could find in the
Asian section of your supermarket as well.
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They're selling them online as well.
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So if your conventional grocery store
doesn't have it,
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you can always find it at your natural
health food store or online.
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And here we're gonna add toasted sesame
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Toasted sesame oil, you actually don't
wanna really cook with, so
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this is really good just as the topping
for the food.
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[SOUND] It's not a high heat oil, so you
don't wanna cook with it.
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And then we're gonna add some toasted
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[SOUND] You can also use some black sesame
seeds as well.
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And sesame seeds actually have a lot of
calcium in it.
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When someone told me that I was like,
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I love sesame seeds, and they're good for
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Asian cuisine, but the healthy, clean way.
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My body is definitely gonna love me for
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Mm, hot, salty and sesame.
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always put foods into your body that your
body's gonna love you back for eating.
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