Colourful Stir Fried Quinoa
I always remind myself that foods that are bright are also usually nourishing too and that is definitely the case with this colourful stir fried quinoa. Here is another non boring way to enjoy quinoa. Feel free to add any veggies you like. The more colourful the better.
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fibre, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. I eat a lot of quinoa and usually use it as a base for other meals. Some more info re the benefits can be found here.
Moving on from Colourful Stir Fried Quinoa talk..I am really struggling with keeping my mind still today. Even though I took part in my usual morning meditation, I can’t seem to stay focussed on just one thing. My mind is buzzing with ideas around where I want to take this business. If i strip back this entire blog and go back to the notes from the very beginning, as well as recipe sharing they also revolve around women’s empowerment/making women believe in themselves and love themselves. I wanted to make women love themselves sooo much that nothing could shake that. I wanted to give women confidence to step out of their homes and own their futures. I wanted women to never have to go looking for love and approval in the wrong places.
I have wanted to help people my entire life and one of the things i distinctly remember about high school is telling my friends over and over again that they had in them everything they needed to be able to do anything. That is a message that I want to scream out loudly over and over again. Until it penetrates into the hearts of every woman who has ever doubted herself. Until they understand that they have the power to achieve everything that they want.
Yet many many times over the years I have doubted myself. I have told myself that I am an intruder/I don’t belong/I am not enough. Even now.. Knowing that I am in my final year of a course around Traditional Medicine and Healing, I doubt my self. I am reluctant to put out articles around everything I have learned. Even today, I doubt that I can make nourishing and healing recipes for the people I love and the community around me. Even as I type this I feel like an imposter who shouldn’t have a blog or a voice AND that is exactly why this message is so important.
There are so many voices out there and some are naturally more trusted then others for whatever reason. NHS Doctors have joined in the conversations around lifestyle medicine and that made me feel like..well who am I?? Yet these conversations have been going on in the Traditional Medicine world for thousands of years. BTW I think it is a fantastic thing that these convos are happening because it will benefit so many people.
Anyway because of that I started to ask, why would anyone care about what I am saying? There are so many people out there who are better then me. There are so many people who know this already. There are so many people who know more then I do. I have been transparent about the fact that I myself am still on a journey and that only added to the feeling of not belonging in these conversations. Despite feeling a million times better then I did 3 years ago, I still doubt that I have something of value to say. Yet every single thing I did to make myself feel happier came from my studies.
So that is why I want to tell any woman anywhere that you have got this (whatever that may be) and you are capable of reaching for and beyond the stars to achieve your every dream. You don’t need to stay in the background, You are enough and you most definitely are worthy.
As for me..I am going to stop doubting myself and I am going to start sharing everything that I have learnt, read and heard about traditional medicine. Things that I believe will be of benefit to you guys.
Colourful stir fried quinoa
I always thing that foods that are bright are also usually nourishing too and that is definitely the case with this colourful stir fried quinoa. Here is another non boring way to enjoy quinoa.
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic sliced finely
- 1/2 inch Ginger crushed or grated finely
- 1 small Carrot Peeled with a peeler
- 6 - 7 Broccoli Tops
- 3 Spring Onions Chopped finely
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce or Tamari
- 370 g Cooked Quinoa 2 Cups (I use a mix of red and white)
- 1 Egg whisked lightly in a small bowl
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce or Tamari
- 1 tsp Honey or Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
- 2 tbsp Lime Juice
- 1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce
- 1 Red Chilli sliced into rounds
- White Pepper
- 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds Toasted lightly
- Small Handful Nuts
Heat a large pan over low/medium heat. Pour in the oil and add the garlic and ginger. Stir for a minute before adding the carrots and half of the soy sauce.
Cover and cook for 2 - 3 minutes before adding the broccoli, spring onions and the remaining soy sauce. Cover again and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Stir in the quinoa and egg scramble and cook for 2 minutes.
In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the sauce, add to the pan and cook for 4 minutes over medium low heat.
Remove the quinoa from the heat and garnish with peanuts and sesame seeds.