This recipe takes quinoa to new heights. Sautéeing those tiny grains until they are golden brown and crispy completely changed my kids’ willingness to welcome this ancient grain at our family dinner table. Try it as a topping for your Street Tacos, or as an easy (and healthy) addition to soups and salads.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Makes 1/2 cup
Ingredients for Crispy Quinoa
½ cup cooked quinoa
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt to taste
Directions for Crispy Quinoa
1. Prepare a batch of quinoa according to the package directions.
2. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat, then add 3 tablespoons olive oil and ½ cup of cooked quinoa. Sautée gently for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the grains are golden brown and crispy. Set aside on a paper-towel-lined plate.
Heralded by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution as “A mom and genius game creator helping kids eat fresh food!”, Jennifer Tyler Lee is an award-winning author, game creator, self-trained home cook, and healthy eating advocate who earned her certificate in Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell University. In her new book, Half the Sugar, All the Love, she shows that quitting sugar doesn’t mean giving up the foods you love—the trick is to sweeten them naturally with fruits and vegetables instead of added sugar. Jennifer’s first book, The 52 New Foods Challenge, was nominated for an IACP Cookbook Award. Her nutrition game, Crunch a Color®: The Healthy Eating Game, was named one of Dr. Toy’s “10 Best” Children’s Products and received the Parent Tested Parent Approved seal of approval. Jennifer’s easy, healthy recipes have been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan, Oprah, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn Kids, Whole Foods, Parents Magazine, and US Weekly, among many others. She’s a featured contributor on ABC7 and at Red Tricycle. She shares her recipes each week at 52newfoods.com, on Instagram and Facebook at @jennifertylerlee, and on Twitter at @jtylerlee.