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Beet Greens and Quinoa Vegetable Stir Fry

Beet Greens and Quinoa Stir Fry

I went shopping for produce the other day and came across some beautiful  organic golden beets. I immediately picked up  the most full bunch I could find. The leaves that were attached were massive and were such a dark deep green color, and looked soooo beautiful. Just looking at them made you feel healthier. I bought everything else I was shopping for and was going to buy some spinach or lettuce when I suddenly realized I didn’t need any because of the large amount of greens attached to the beets.
When I got home I thought about what I could make with these greens, and it hit me to make a Stir Fry with a bunch of different vegetables. The good thing about stir frying is you can really add any ingredients to it and it is a great way to clean out your produce crisper.
I chose to use quinoa instead of rice which is generally more traditional for stir fry’s because it is such a super food and is very healthy and very tasty!
 Ingredients:
5-7 Big Beet Greens – Chopped

Veggies!

1 Small Yellow Onion – Diced
1 Cup Sugar Peas – Whole (remove the pointed ends)
1 Yellow Pepper – Diced
1 Fennel – Cut into Strips
3 Small Tomatoes – Cut into quarters
1 Shallot – Diced
3 Cloves of Garlic – Minced
The juice from 1 Lemon
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Ginger
1 Teaspoon Dill
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1/2 Cup Quinoa
Beet GreensDirection:
In a large frying pan or wok, heat up the olive oil on a medium heat. Once heated, add the beet greens and cook until they begin to wilt. Once wilted add the yellow pepper, fennel, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and shallots. Cook down for a bit. Once the veggies are all cooked, add the lemon juice and dill, garlic, ginger, and salt and pepper. Fry them all together and on a high temperature  for about 5 minuets to cook away some of the liquid and then turn down the heat to low.

In a medium sauce pan add one cup of water and 1/2 a cup of quinoa and cook for 15 minutes on a medium heat. Once cooked add the quinoa right into the frying pan or wok. Serves 3-5 people.
Quinoa has become such a popular food in the last few years. It is served at most restaurants now, usually in the form of a salad. It is such a healthy food. One of the ‘Super Foods’ we hear so much about. It is loaded with protein and has a lot of dietary fiber in it. It is especially great for vegan people as it is also high in calcium. It is also gluten free. It can really be eaten by anyone, which now a days is extremely rare that there is a food out there that everyone can eat. It is a better alternative to rice which was something that made me want to make this.

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The beet greens were such a flavorful green to use and they are a very dark leafy green which is so healthy and they contain a lot of fiber as well.
This was a very healthy recipe and it can be made with a lot of variations and flavors to it. Open up your spice cupboard  and try mixing different flavors in with your stir fry. EXPERIMENT! It is so much fun to try and see what you can come up with.
   xx
– Matthew {Season to Taste}
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