Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir-fry (vegan)

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There was some contention in the foodie household this evening about this recipe. I loved this dish, it was a lovely, light, tropical meal (perfect for summer!), but the bare-chested chef felt it was a little too sweet. I do generally have quite a sweet tooth so I guess that is why I liked it so much, but I think even if you don’t have too much of a sweet tooth it is still a really great dish, there is such great contrast between the sweetness of the fruit and the spicyness of the chili and the crunch of nuts.. I have to say that I am really loving quinoa at the moment, and the great thing about cheffy not liking it is that I get it for lunch tomorrow!!!

Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir-fry

1 cup quinoa, well rinsed and drained
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce

4 ounces cashews, raw and unsalted
3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 scallions, sliced thinly
1 hot red chile, sliced into very thin rounds
1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, rolled and sliced in thin shreds
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
10 ounces fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized chunks
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable stock
1 tablespoon mirin
Lime wedges for garnish






For the quinoa: Combine the quinoa, juice, water and soy sauce in a medium sized pot. Cover, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Stir a few times, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 12 – 14 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa appears plumped and slightly translucent. Uncover, fluff and let cool.

For the stir-fry: Use a large frypan or wok. Have all your ingredients pre-chopped and in reach. Place the cashews in the dry pan and heat over low heat, stirring them, until lightly toasted (4 to 5 minutes).


Remove the cashews from the pan, raise the heat to medium and add the peanut oil, scallions and garlic, when the garlic starts to sizzle, add the sliced chili and ginger.


Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add the bell pepper and peas. Stir-fry for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the bell pepper is softened and the peas are bright green.


Add the basil and mint, and stir for another minute before adding the pineapple and quinoa.


Combine the soy sauce, vegetable stock and miri. Pour over the quinoa mixture. Stir until the mixture is coated. Continue to stir-fry for 10 minutes (it helps to use two spoons/spatulas to scoop the quinoa around). Serve with lime wedges.



7 Responses so far »

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    […] food for lunches/dinners and hubby can eat the leftovers.  I really really want to make the pineapple cashew quinoa stirfry but it calls for soy & mirin.  Anybody have suggestions for subs for soy sauce?  i […]

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    theauspicioussquirrel said,

    Hi, I just blogged about this great dish. I didn’t have a chance take pictures so I googled to see if I could link to someone who had posted pictures. Your pictures are AMAZING, by the way.

    Quick question, what’s the proper way to give out a recipe online that is not your own? Did you contact the author? Or is just making sure you ‘give credit where credit is due’ ok? New to blogging and don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. So I’ve been playing it safe by just listing the source, and then showing pictures of my version.

    Thanks for your help 🙂

    nic (aka. the auspicious squirrel)

    • 7

      womandom said,

      Hi Nic,

      Sorry, I just saw this message now!! How terrible of me! I guess you have probably figured out the answer to this question now 😀 I love your blog by the way!!


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