Five-Spice Quinoa with Toasted Almonds

Photo by Romulo Yanes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


2cups quinoa
1 1/2tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
3tablespoons minced scallions
1 1/2tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1/2teaspoon five-spice powder
vegetarian broth
1 1/2tablespoons soy sauce
1/2teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2cup toasted sliced almonds


  1. Rinse the quinoa, if necessary, in a bowl, using your hand as a rake, and drain in a sieve.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan with a lid over medium-high heat until very hot, about 20 seconds. Add the scallions, ginger, and five-spice powder and stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the quinoa and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed. The quinoa should be tender to the bite. Remove from the heat, uncover, and fluff with a fork.
  3. If the almonds aren’t toasted, cook them in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Let the quinoa cool slightly and then stir in the toasted almonds. Taste for seasoning, adding salt or soy sauce if necessary. Serve warm or at room temperature as a staple dish instead of rice or couscous.
  4. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients including magnesium, iron, copper, and phosphorus.
Reprinted from: Simple Asian Meals © 2012 by Nina Simonds. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc. Available wherever books are sold.