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Is Fried Quinoa Better Than Fried Rice?

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Is Fried Quinoa Better Than Fried Rice?

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Fried Quinoa Is Easy and Delicious!

I have never even heard of fried quinoa before, but it makes perfect sense…just replace rice with quinoa, a far healthier choice of grain with more flavor too!  Andres Velarde joins us again on #LunchBreakLIVE and shows us how it’s done.



Fried Quinoa Is Only One Of The Many Things He Loves!

Andres is a vegan influencer based in Perú. He is 25 years young and has found his purpose and passion for animal rights and plant-based content marketing. Andres has been a big fan of cooking since he was 5 years old and switching to plant options was really easy, it was almost automatic for him – there are over 500,000 plant-based ingredients out there, which makes creative cooking easy. Many of the things he enjoys most in life are free for everyone, like TED talks, YouTube videos, and free e-books. So he says he just wants to give back to the world and share his wisdom on LunchBreakLIVE when it comes to new vegan recipes.


Andres and his fried quinoa
Andres showing off his fried quinoa.


fried quinoa
The finished fried quinoa.


I have The Recipe For You For This Fried Quinoa!

The recipe is below for this delicious and filling fried quinoa meal.  It beats your standard fried rice by far with all its flavor and added veggies.  It is pretty simple to cook up and makes a great side dish for any meal.  Quinoa is a high protein food, so this little dish gives you a protein punch with every bite.

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ChauFa de Quinoa (Fried Quinoa)

Course Side Dishes


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of Soy Meat seasoned and marinated with soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 knob of finely chopped ginger
  • 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp of ground peanuts
  • 1 wonton sheet fried, for garnish
  • 2 tbsp of chives chopped, for garnish


  • Start by shallow frying your soy meat until crispy and brown, then add your ginger and garlic and let cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Then, add your carrots, tomatoes, and soy sauce.
  • Add your cooked quinoa and mix it in. Then add your garnish. Enjoy!
Keyword vegan
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Time To Get Frying With Some Quinoa!

Will you be cooking this side dish?  I think I will because I love quinoa.  It has a fabulous light nutty flavor and a texture that I just love.  I have never thought to fry it before, so I look forward to giving it a try.  There are many more recipes from Andres to choose from, and other great chefs, from previous episodes of #LunchBreakLIVE, so I hope you will give them a try too.  Thanks for stopping by, hope you had as much fun as I did with this fun meal.  Until next time…


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