Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Quick and Lazy Write-Up of a Quick and Lazy Recipe: Chinese BBQ Pork in Orange Quinoa With Peas

A while back, after purchasing packaged Chinese BBQ pork at CostCo, the idea for this recipe came to me. It's easy and takes about 20 minutes. The last time I made it, I thought about adding toasted sliced almonds for flavor and texture, but the market where I was shopping didn't have any in the bulk section, but they did have spicy pepitas. The pepitas added an extra spicy seasoning and texture, but I would are completely optional.

1 cup quinoa, washed
1 cup chicken stock (low sodium)
1 cup orange juice
¼ tsp salt
1 medium onion, sliced
1 Tbsp oil
¾ to a 1 pound of Chinese BBQ pork (char siu), sliced into ¼" wide sticks
1 cup frozen peas
spicy pepitas (optional)
  1. Heat the oil in a pot on medium-high, then add the onion. Cook until onion browns (5 to 6 minutes).
  2. Add the quinoa. Stir while toasting it for 1 minute.
  3. Add orange juice, chicken stock and salt, turn heat to high until boiling, then turn down to low and cover pot. Set timer to 6 minutes.
  4. After timer goes off, uncover, add the frozen peas and turn up heat to high. When boiling again, cover pot and turn down heat to low. Set timer to 6 minutes.
  5. After timer goes off, check to see if the quinoa is done with the liquid absorbed. If not cook it covered until liquid is absorbed.
  6. Stir in sticks of BBQ pork and leave on heat for 1 minute.
  7. Serve in bowls and sprinkle spiced pepitas on top (or maybe stir them in before serving).

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