Try this veggie-loaded 30-minute easy quinoa fried rice for a quick and delicious dinner that the whole family will love! You can serve it hot or cold, by itself or in lettuce wraps! Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free.
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As I write this post, I’m sitting outside by the pool enjoying the glorious weather!
It’s rare in Florida to get a cold front so when they come thru you stop what you’re doing, go outside, and enjoy it! Although it’s only in the 70’s, it feels like heaven outside! This weather makes me want to make stuffed pepper soup, drink mugs filled with hot cocoa, sit by the fire pit in our backyard, pull out my boots, and wear cozy hoodies!
Today the weather is cool but tomorrow it’s going to be cold so tonight is a good night for easy quinoa fried rice lettuce cups! Actually, it’s always a good night for easy quinoa fried rice lettuce wraps but tomorrow will be a (dairy-free) broccoli cheese soup kind-of-night.
What’s in the Filling?
The filling is so delicious that you could skip the lettuce wraps and serve it all by itself. Buttt why would you want to skip them? The lettuce wraps make a really pretty presentation and finger food is fun!
Easy quinoa fried rice is also really tasty served hot or cold. We don’t use a microwave so meals that taste good cold too are always a winner in my books!
The filling is loaded with healthy goodies:
- Red bell pepper
- Garlic cloves
- Cremini mushrooms
- Riced cauliflower
- Green peas
- Green onions
What I love most about this easy quinoa fried rice is that it’s mainly veggies!
There are 10 cups of vegetables in this dish!!!
Any recipe that I can hide that many veggies in it will be a regular in our house.
If you need one more reason for you to try this easy quinoa fried rice recipe, it takes less than 30 minutes to make!!
Do You Have to Use Riced Cauliflower?
For this recipe, yes.
The reason why using riced cauliflower is important for this easy quinoa fried rice recipe is because it blends with the quinoa. Visually, it basically tricks you into thinking that you’re eating double the grains when it’s really a blend of quinoa and riced cauliflower.
Once they get stirred together and you add the sauce, it’s hard to separate which is which. This is especially great for kids because they won’t even know they’re eating cauliflower!
Quinoa is always my grain of choice because it’s loaded with fiber, protein, and antioxidants. If quinoa isn’t your favorite then brown rice, amaranth, freekah, or bulger would be great options too.
You can rice a head of cauliflower yourself or take a shortcut and use packaged frozen plain riced cauliflower. It’s not that more expensive than a head of cauliflower, and it’s such a time saver! It’s totally worth it in my books. Tastewise, you can’t tell the difference.
In case you don’t know what cauliflower is, this is what it looks like…
What’s in the Sauce?
The sauce is so so so easy to make yet it has so much flavor!
If you can stir liquid in a bowl then you can make this sauce. Plus, it takes about .5 seconds to assemble. Score!
The easy quinoa fried rice sauce consists of only three ingredients: coconut aminos, hot sauce, and rice vinegar.
Most fried rice dishes call for soy sauce. I don’t have a problem with soy but what I do have an issue with is the high amount of sodium in soy sauce. I highly recommend you give coconut aminos a try because it’s drastically lower in sodium. It’s tastes very similar, maybe a tiny bit sweeter, but I use it in any recipe that calls for soy sauce.
Note – 1 tsp of soy sauce has 879mg of sodium when 1 tsp of coconut aminos has only 113mg of sodium. That’s a huge difference!
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- 12-14 large butter lettuce leaves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 carrots, diced (about 2 cups)
- 10 oz bag of frozen green peas
- 1 medium red pepper, seeded and diced
- 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups frozen cauliflower rice
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked
- 2 inch piece of peeled ginger, grated
- Sea salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- Green onions for garnish
- Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat.
- Add the diced onions and saute for 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt.
- Add diced carrots and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, the water will help steam the carrots and be dissolved before you add the mushrooms.
- Add mushrooms, red pepper, and garlic to the pan. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove cooked veggies from the pan and put into a separate bowl, set aside.
- Add frozen cauliflower and peas to the pan, season with a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until fully defrosted and hot.
- While the veggies are cooking, add the coconut aminos, hot sauce, and rice vinegar to a small bowl and whisk together.
- Add cooked veggies, quinoa, and sauce to the pan with the cauliflower and peas. Grate the fresh ginger over the top and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Drizzle the sesame oil over the fried rice RIGHT BEFORE serving.
- Spoon the filling into the lettuce wraps and garnish with green onions.
Easy Quinoa Fried Rice Lettuce Wraps Recipe Notes
- If you want to add extra protein to this dish, crumbled tofu would be a great choice!
- If quinoa isn’t your favorite then brown rice, amaranth, freekah, or bulger would be great options too.
- If you can’t find coconut aminos (buy a bottle here –> coconut aminos) than low sodium organic tamari would be my next choice.
- Make sure you rinse the quinoa before you cook it or it will taste bitter.
- Use my list of veggies as a guideline but you can add any! Finish all the leftover odds and ends from the fridge too.
- Add the sesame oil carefully, the flavor is very intense. Also, it’s not a cooking oil, it’s a finishing oil, so make sure to add it right at the end.
- If you can’t find butter leaves, romaine or bibb leaves would be great substitutes.
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We had sauteed bok choy, what side dish would you serve with these easy quinoa fried rice lettuce wraps? Let me know in the comments!
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