Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kimchee and Faux Beef with Quinoa from the Rice Cooker



One of the most exciting culinary realizations I've had in the last few weeks is how ridiculously easy it is to make quinoa in our rice cooker.  If you don't have a rice cooker, you should probably get one.  Simple ones like the ones we have start at about $30 and all you have do is pour in some rice and water click a button and you have PERFECTLY cooked rice every time.  Recently I've also been using ours to make quinoa as a healthier alternative to rice and it's just as easy!

My favorite way to eat quinoa is in a dish with a really yummy sauce or broth since it doesn't soak it all up or dry it out like rice can.  I made some to go with my kimchee broth and fake beef and it was delicious. This is officialy one of our new favorite dinners. If fake beef sounds terrible to you then you can easily replace it with chicken, real beef, tofu or ground meat.

Faux Beef with Kimchee broth, Quinoa and Green Beans
Makes plentiful dinner for 2
Ingredients:
-1 bag (9 oz) Frozen "fake" vegan beef tips (can also use any kind of real meat!)
-1 1/2 cup chicken or veggie broth
-2 tablespoons soy sauce
-2/3 cup spicy kimchee cabbage or rice with juice (available in whole foods or asian markets)
-1 tablespoon honey
-Quinoa
-1 cup string beans (fresh or frozen)
-1/2 cup chopped scallions (optional)

-Cook quinoa in your rice cooker or per package directions (rice cooker ratio with water is 1 to 2.)
-Mix the soy sauce, kimchee, broth and honey in a bowl.
-Steam or blanche the green beens -- or you can just heat up frozen ones in a microwave
-Saute the fake beef tips or real meat until warm or cooked through in a big pan over medium heat
-Add the broth/kimchee mixture and the green beans to the pan and scrape up any burny bits.
-Let cook and reduce for a minute or two and serve over about 1/2  cup of the cooked quinoa.
Yum!








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