Last week I needed a very small amount of quinoa for my watermelon salad. But being me, I saw that there was a little less than half a bag plus a new, unopened bag. in my infinite wisdom; Why not make half the bag and find something to make with the leftovers. I do this kind of thinking a lot. Happy to report that it generally serves me well. I don’t know if it was my upbringing or the NH Yankee in me that hated wasting food. If there is something in the fridge that has been there for a few days or so I will try to find something to make with it so I don’t have to throw it away.

In the end I had about 2 cups of quinoa left and I tried to come up with something, I thought salad? extension? A veggie burger even crossed my mind, even though I’ve never made or had one before. Not even sure I’d want that. Who knows maybe one day…

I landed on some kind of pop-up. I call it because my daughter said it was more like fried rice, my husband felt it could be hashish. I don’t really care what you call it, it was so good I’m going to do it again very soon. I had it for dinner that first night and then was lucky enough to have it for lunch twice during the week. My husband took one of the leftovers; It made four; And he fried an egg and put it on top. He said he was right it made excellent hash. If you decide to do it, and you should enjoy it however you choose.

Quinoa stir-fried rice


A great way to use up garden vegetables and amazing leftovers

  • 2 cups Cooked quinoa
  • 3 big eggs
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 3 Links Sweet Italian sausage
  • Olive oil for the pan
  • 1 Little yellow onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 2 carrots Peeled and diced
  • 1 Little Squash cut into cubes
  • 1 Little Summer squash cut into cubes
  • handful tight pea
  • 1 A small can corn squeezed
  • ½ Goblet Green onions cut into cubes


  • 1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chicken base
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon White or black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Roasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin Optional
  • In a small vessel or bowl, whisk all the sauce ingredients (minus the sesame oil) together and set aside. Prepare all the vegetables you use and set aside

  • In a small bowl, add the eggs and beat, set aside. In a large pan, add the butter over medium-low heat. After melting, add the beaten eggs. We are looking for a boiled egg, not necessarily a brown one. You are going to fold them over and over again until they are cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  • Remove the casing from the sausage and brown and crumble all the sausages into the pan after cooking, add the onion and carrot and cook for 2-3 minutes, add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the rest of the vegetables minus the green onion and cook for a few minutes. Add the already cooked quinoa and the sauce and mix until everything is mixed.

  • Add in the reserved egg and the green onion, drizzle the sesame oil over everything, mix and serve.