Grilled Swai & Fried Quinoa

So I have been eying quinoa recipes for awhile. I made some meatballs a a few weeks ago with quinoa in place of rice or oatmeal. They were pretty delicious. In fact, now that I think about it…I think I made those one of the last few weeks of school and I haven’t blogged about it yet… I cannot express how much fun I am having getting my blog on! I was missing it! I do start summer school tomorrow. I will be working four days a week and will be off by 12:30…so it’s not a terrible gig. As much as I would have loved to take the summer off, I am working on getting my lovely credit card paid off. I will be teaching first grade math, so that will be a little bit of a change for me!

Anyways back to what was for dinner tonight! I asked Alex this morning what he was wanting for supper. He didn’t really have much to say, but I needed to be the chef tonight, as he had made me breakfast the past 2 mornings in a row…Thanks baby!! As I shifted through our freezer, I decided we had not made fish in awhile. Last summer, we started buying Swai. It is very much like Tilapia, in fact I do not see much of a difference.

Ingredients:
Swai
cajun seasoning
soy sauce
2 minced garlic cloves
salt & pepper
olive oil
aluminum foil

Instructions:

Make sure to let the seasonings sit at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.

Make sure to let the seasonings sit at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.

Place the thawed fish in a pan season both sides with the Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Let marinate for 30 minutes. If using a Traeger Grill, turn the Traeger on to smoke with the lid open for 5 minutes. Take some aluminum foil and fold the sides up creating a makeshift pan. This will help the oil and soy sauce not drip off. Place this aluminum foil pan on the grill and turn the heat up to 325. Drizzle pan with soy sauce and olive oil. Place fish on pan. Drizzle the fish with soy sauce and olive oil as well. Close the lid and let cook 15 minutes before turning it over once. Cook another 10-15 minutes or until fish is flakey.

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Sooooo yummy!

Fried Quinoa

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
1 cup chopped carrots
1 medium white onion, diced
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1tablespoon butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper

Instructions:
Start a pot of quinoa with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is clear in the middle. While this is working, start cooking the onions and carrots with a little salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the veggies are cooked, add 2 eggs and scramble. Set the veggie and egg mixture to the side in a separate bowl. When the quinoa is cooked, use a handheld strainer (most noodle strainers are too small. You need one that has a small net-like screen). Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter to the pan on medium. After it is melted, add the quinoa to the pan and cook for 4 minutes. Add the carrot and egg mixture to the quinoa and cook over medium for 2-3 more minutes. Add cilantro and green onions right before serving.

Full of protein!

Full of protein!

Results:
This was a great meal! Alex liked it too! The fish was absolutely delicious and the fried quinoa was a great alternative to one of my all time favorites…fried rice. I would like to try a few more recipes to see if there is a better one out there on Pinterest that I need to be aware of! Overall I was pretty satisfied with the turnout! I am pretty excited for my leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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