How often do you intentionally get yourself into things about which you don’t know much? And how have they generally turned out? Do you seriously wish you would get yourself into things about which you didn’t know much more or less often? There isn’t a right or wrong answer to any of those questions. You are who you are, although if you seriously wished you would get yourself into more things about which you didn’t know much, you might want to plan on how you’ll make that happen as it won’t likely happen on its own.
Most people make stir fry with rice as a base. It’s great and it’s filling. However, I make mine with quinoa (KIN-wa) for a whole load of extra protein to make stir fries that are healthy and nutritious. It hardly tastes any different from stir fry with general white steamed rice that I normally used before I learned about quinoa. The texture is finer because quinoa is finer than rice in texture, and that makes it easier to stir fry mixed in with the rice as well.
The recipes below are just generic recipes on which you could make quite a few variation substituting certain ingredients, and customize for your own preferences. Just by using different stir fry pastes alone, I could get Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian and Malaysian stir fry from the Asian Home Gourmet series that has no artificial additives! I just then customize the rest of it as I like it to go with the flavour or whatever I want to have in my stir fry for that meal. You vary accordingly to your tastes.
About a month ago, I was introduced to quinoa (KIN-wa) by some organic farming friends at Whippletree farm. Since then, I have integrated quinoa into my diet and thought I’d share a few recipes here, with more to come.
Quinoa is a South American grain of which you primarily eat the seeds. If you’ve never heard of it, or not sure what to make of it, NASA has declared it virtually unrivaled in the plant or animal kingdom for its life-sustaining nutrients and with an exceptional balance of amino acids (NY Times, Mar 19 2011). That is by far the best endorsement I have ever heard about any food, and it also tastes far better than my other staples of pasta and rice! No hype here, folks! This is the real deal!