Those of you who read my blog regularly, or follow my recipes on Facebook, know that I’m a big fan of San-J sauces. When the whole line went gluten-free, I rejoiced! I had been making many of my own sauces and marinades, but having everything from delicious Orange Sauce to gluten-free Tamari on hand — ready-made — sure makes dinner quicker!
My favorite sauce by far though, is their Thai Peanut Sauce. Absolutely everything I’ve used it in or on tastes better. I’ve used it as a dipping sauce, a marinade, and now, as that something extra that makes my Thai Peanut Quinoa dish so special.
Now back to this yummy meal … let me whet your appetite with this out-of-this-world delicious, healthy and truly easy recipe for your next dinner!
Use what veggies you like and have on hand, and any protein you prefer: chicken, shrimp, tofu, or just veggies … you get the idea. My recipe below calls for seafood, but feel free to substitute. Choose any color Quinoa, Sprouted Quinoa (may be rehydrated and eaten raw), or Kañiwa (looks like mini-me Quinoa and cooks faster, but still has that nutty taste and incredible protein boost of Quinoa). Follow these basic directions and you’ll have a scrumptious, nutritious meal for your family in about 30 minutes!
Thai Peanut Quinoa
The finished dish may be served on a plate, or pressed into small ramekins for shape, then drizzled with extra Thai Peanut Sauce (fancy!).
- 2 Bell Peppers, diced and seeded
- 2 Zucchini, cubed
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 cup mushrooms (I used Baby Bellas), halved
- 1 pt. grape tomatoes
- 2 ears of corn, cooked and cut from the cob
- 2/3 – 3/4 cup San-J Thai Peanut Sauce
- 1 cup Quinoa, Sprouted Quinoa or Kañiwa
- 1/4 cup San-J Thai Peanut Sauce
- 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 water (follow Quinoa package directions, using San-J sauce in place of 1/4 cup water for boil)
- 1/2 lb. shrimp, deveined and peeled (optional)
- 1/2 lb. scallops (optional)
- 2 Tbs. vegetable oil (high heat preferred)
- 2 Tbs. San-J Thai Peanut Sauce
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Prepare vegetables and spread evenly in a baking dish or roasting pan, drizzling with enough San-J Thai Peanut Sauce to lightly coat all veggies (do not roast the corn unless it is uncooked at this point). Toss to coat. Place in preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring once at 15 minutes so as not to overbrown.
Quinoa is cooked when the white spiral-like germ pops from the seeds.
Meanwhile, boil water in a lidded saucepan per Quinoa package directions, reducing total water called for by 1/4 cup. Add rinsed Quinoa and 1/4 cup San -J Thai Peanut Sauce, stir and cover, reducing heat to simmer. Follow package directions regarding how long to simmer — most recommend between 15-20 minutes. The seeds are cooked when the white spiral-like germ has popped out of each seed and the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork once fully cooked.
Prepare a large wok or skillet by adding oil and 2 Tablespoons San-J Thai Peanut Sauce and heating to high. When the pan is very hot, add the scallops and shrimp, being careful not to get burned from splatter. Pan sauté on both sides for a total of 2-3 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp and scallops. The scallops should be slightly caramelized on the edges and very soft inside, but not translucent; the shrimp should no longer be pink, but not cooked so much that they are rubbery.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add roasted vegetables and cooked Quinoa. Toss to bring to consistent heat and serve.