Hi Everyone!!!! My name is Crystal!!!! I'm your just your basic stay at home mom, you know, but with a twist. I love to cook for my family and friends, but my cooking is not just what you would call Basic.... I elevate it a little bit to give it my own little spin. Along with cooking, I also homeschool my children which I love to share on here, and I have an amazing supportive husband. I love sharing my life with all of you and I hope you all enjoy!!!! From our home to yours....
Korean Style Quinoa
The first time I made Korean style meat was with ground beef and it was delicious. I wanted to try a vegetarian version of this and I liked it even better.
I decided to make this for lunch one day and both kids and I loved this creation. The perfect balance of spice and sweet.
This is a very simple, fast meal to cook. You can even cook the night before and you'll have something for lunch the next few days.
1 cup quinoa
1 8oz pkg firm tofu, cubed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, minced.
5 mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons sesame oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (depending on how spicy you like it) salt and pepper 1 bunch green onions, diced
Cook quinoa in a pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions.
While quinoa is cooking, add heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown tofu with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. when tofu has browned, remove from pan. Sauté peppers, onions, mushrooms and garlic with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors.
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