Thai Quinoa Stir Fry With Beets & Carrots (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan)
An easy dinner recipe for busy nights (like this zoodle pasta). This Thai quinoa stir fry uses minimal ingredients but has lots of flavor. Made with spiralized beets and carrots and sprinkled with green onions, this Thai stir fry recipe is the perfect Meatless Monday idea.
Why I Live Off Easy Meals
I'm a busy mama just like you. Thus, cooking fancy meals tends to hit pretty low on the to-do list. However, I do however prioritize NOURISHING food.
It’s not like I despise cooking. In fact, I just dislike the time I need to do it. I run three businesses from home, so a recipe that takes me 40 minutes of prep just makes my eye twitch.
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Quinoa Stir Fry Is The Busy Dinner Solution
Truth be told, I could eat variations of rice or noodle bowls every day. Just cycle through 4-6 veggies, alternate plant and meat protein, chose two to three sauces, and voila!
Stir fry recipes are:
- Can be made with random ingredients
- Will never be the same twice
However, my hubby feels the need to have something new and “labeled” each night. Sigh.
Thus, this gluten-free, vegan quinoa stir fry is one of my favorite healthy dinner recipes to rotate through. And part of the reason is the color!
I love the color of beets (which is why I love this curried beet soup) because they’re just so freaking vibrant! Similarly, they kick a lot of butt in the liver department (read how to love your liver here).
I also love the look of the vegetables. If you haven’t used a spiralizer before… um get on that!
Spiralizer are awesome to help make noodles out of vegetables (like in this zoodle pasta). However, I also love using them ins stir fry dishes because they make me feel fancy. Yup, there’s no other reason 😛
What About The Protein?
This that quinoa stir fry is vegan and filled with veggies. Plus, it's flavor and helps keep you sane because it’s so simple!
It’s a plant-based dinner option perfect for Meatless Monday. Likewise, thanks to the quinoa, there’s a decent amount of protein in the vegan stir fry.
However, adding in extra protein tastes amazing too. Here's a great resource if you're looking for some great vegan protein sources! While chicken tastes great in this stir fry, quinoa pairs especially well with eggs (like in this savory breakfast bowl). Both would be tasty additions.
The dressing on this Thai quinoa stir fry recipe fits the theme: it’s easy. Four ingredients, throw it on and let it cook.
Thus, this easy dinner makes the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s healthy, fueling, and full of flavor.
Plus, thanks to the color most kids like it too! Parenting win.
Hack: boost the protein content by adding some hemp hearts to your dish!
Making Dinnertime Simple
Seriously, dinner time doesn't have to be complicated. Likewise, keep it simple and focus on nutrients- this is the base thought I use for my Busy Mom's E-Cookbook.
If you’re looking for even easier, healthy dinner recipes, check out The Busy Moms E-Cookbook, where I’ve gathered 30 healthy dinner recipes that can be made in thirty minutes or less. From easy vegan tacos to beef and quinoa chili, simple chicken pasta to a bok choy and mushroom bowl. These dinner recipes share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All of the recipes are dairy-free or could easily be made dairy-free
- The majority of the recipes are gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients not fillers
- They’re all tasty!
To make dinner-time even LESS stressful, I’ve also included several bonus tips on food prep, pantry staples and how to make healthy eating simple. Grab your copy of The Busy Mom’s E-Cookbook
Ingredients In The Thai Quinoa Stir Fry
- ¾ cup dry quinoa
- 2 large beets
- 3 large carrots
- 10 mushrooms or 1 cup of snap peas
- 1.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ⅛ cup avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons sweet Thai curry sauce
- 1 tablespoon oil for frying
- 2 green onions (for topping)
- 1 lime sliced (optional)
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be purchased through my favorite retailer Well.ca- and the best part is that they offer free shipping!
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Thai Quinoa Stir Fry (gluten-free, vegan)
Healthy, homemade dinners don’t need to be super complex or strand you in the kitchen forever. In fact, it’s definitely possible to keep it simple and still enjoy your meal.
This Thai quinoa stir fry is allergy friendly (gluten-free, vegan) but it’s also full of flavor, loaded with veggies, and colorful enough that kids love it too.
Whip it up in no time on a lazy weekend for dinner or on a weeknight when you’re too chaotic to think.