Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! If you are a first time visitor to the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, you are in for some fun creativity! The challenge is to create a recipe with two truly unique ingredients that are not traditionally cooked together.I just love this challenge! Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, this is one group of talented chef’s who come up with these recipes each month. Want to know what January’s challenge is? Lemongrass & Quinoa!
Lemongrass Quinoa and Carrot Stir Fry
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||20 minutes|
|Meal type||Side Dish|
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 Medium carrots (grated)
- 2 Large cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1 Large shallot (finely chopped)
- 1 - 2 tablespoon lemongrass paste
- 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach (chopped)
- salt and pepper to taste
Add diced chicken to make it a main dish. Use tofu to keep it vegetarian.
I told hubby the ingredients and all he really heard was lemon. He likes a HINT of lemon, but any more then that and he’s totally turned off. I only recently convinced him to eat quinoa so my other challenge here was getting him to try this side dish. But, he loved the quinoa and carrot idea so he was on board. I did have some leftover rice in case he didn’t like it. But no worries… this one was quite delicious and he really liked it. Even with lemongrass. This was a winner!
To see past challenges and the creative recipes our chefs have come up with, click on over to my Crazy Ingredient Challenge Pinboard and look around. These ladies are amazing!!!
Do you want to up your kitchen adventure and be a part of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge? Ready to challenge your culinary mind? Shake it up a bit and have a new adventure in your kitchen in 2015. If you want to be a part of this group, you can request to join our Facebook page or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.