Crispy Quinoa

//Crispy Quinoa

A healthy topping for tacos.

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.

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3. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.

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4. Use as a topping on your Street Tacos.

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Tip: To make a big batch of Crispy Quinoa, spread the quinoa on a large baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes, turning occasionally, or until golden brown and crispy.

By | 2018-02-01T14:36:33+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Sides|0 Comments

About the Author:

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 cookbook author, game creator, and healthy eating advocate. Jennifer has garnered national TV, radio, and print coverage for her family cookbook, The 52 New Foods Challenge, and her nutrition game, Crunch a Color®: The Healthy Eating Game. Jennifer’s work has been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Laurie David, Rachael Ray, US Weekly, The 700 Club, and—among many others. Her fresh approach to cooking together as a family inspired a nationwide series of kids cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, The 52 New Foods Junior Chef Series, along with an exclusive edition of her book. A former strategy consultant, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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