Italian Quinoa Fried Rice

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This quick and easy to prepare Italian Quinoa Fried Rice tastes amazing. A great way to add a flavor punch to leftover cooked quinoa. Broccoli, bell pepper, onion, garlic, vegan sausage all cooked in one pot. 

Italian Quinoa Fried Rice

This flavorful Italian Quinoa Fried Rice is a simple alternative to traditional fried rice. Since this quinoa fried rice can be prepared in just 15 minutes, it is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. This recipe is definitely a household favorite!

If this is your first time preparing quinoa then you are in the right place. To make this quinoa fried rice recipe, you are going to need to first learn How To Cook Quinoa. I also have lots of other great quinoa recipes like 25 Best Vegan Quinoa Recipes and Cajun Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Fried Rice Ingredients

  • Quinoa – I used white quinoa but red quinoa would work fine. Cook the quinoa the day before and chill in the refrigerator. You can substitute with rice.
  • Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil. 
  • Vegan Sausage –  there are many vegan sausages on the market, or you can make yours from scratch Gluten-Free Vegan Sausage
  • Onion – white onion is fine, it is used to add flavor. 
  • Garlic – minced to add flavor. 
  • Bell Pepper – adds color and flavor, I used red but multi-colored bell peppers are beautiful as well.
  • Broccoli Florets – added for extra, fiber, calcium, iron, and protein. The smaller the florets, the quicker they cook. 
  • Paprika – added for flavor and color.
  • Italian Seasoning – great Italian flavor blend. You can make your own Italian Seasoning or use store-bought.
  • Garlic Powder – extra flavor boost. 
  • Salt – I used sea salt for boosting flavor, and extra minerals.
  • Green Onion – added at the end for extra flavor. 
  • Cayenne Pepper – for an extra pop of flavor, it is optional.

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How To Prepare Italian Quinoa Fried Rice?

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegan sausage slices and cook until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add onion, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. 
  3. Stir in garlic, bell pepper, and broccoli, and cook while stirring regularly for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add paprika, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. 
  5. Add the cooked quinoa and stir to coat.
  6. Season with salt and cayenne pepper to taste, add green onions and sausage and do a quick stir. 
  7. Remove from the heat and serve. 

Pro Chef Tips

  • Substitute cooked rice, millet, or cauliflower rice for the quinoa.
  • Substitute the vegan sausage for vegan burger crumbled, marinated tofu cubes, chickpeas, or baked soy curls.
  • Add some leafy greens to boost the nutritional value, kale or spinach.

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This quick and easy to prepare Italian Quinoa Fried Rice tastes amazing. A great way to add a flavor punch to leftover cooked quinoa. Broccoli, bell pepper, onion, garlic, vegan sausage all cooked in one pot.

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Nutrition

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Per serving

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Energy: 340 kcal / 1421 kJ
Fat: 8 g
Protein: 18 g
Carbs: 0 g

Cooking Time

Preparation: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
For: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegan sausage slices and cook until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add onion, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. 
  3. Stir in garlic, bell pepper, and broccoli, and cook while stirring regularly for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add paprika, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. 
  5. Add the cooked quinoa and stir to coat.
  6. Season with salt and cayenne pepper to taste, add green onions and sausage and do a quick stir. 
  7. Remove from the heat and serve. 
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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