Sesame Quinoa


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil (plus more, to taste)
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, sliced very thin
  • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced into thin pieces
  • Sesame seeds, for serving

Check quinoa package to see if it is pre-rinsed. If not, rinse under cold water for five minutes. Bring water to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa and cook for 12-15 minutes or until done.

Meanwhile, combine sesame oil, vegetable oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and rice vinegar in a small bowl. Taste and add more sesame oil if needed. Set aside.

Once quinoa is done, put in a bowl and top with water chestnuts, mushrooms, carrots and scallions. Stir to combine. Top with oil mixture and gently stir. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve hot, room temperature or cold.
by The Savvy Kitchen