Quinoa vegetable stir fry

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This quinoa vegetable stir fry is a super easy healthy plant-based meal that is quick to make and easy to batch cook so you can use it for lunches the next day.

You can have it plain or make a sauce to drizzle over for even more flavour, and our favourite is Melissa Hemsley’s five-spice sauce, which is where we first discovered this recipe.

It’s so versatile you can make it your own by adding any veg you like, so it’s perfect to help prevent food waste as you can pick any vegetables you see in the fridge that need to be used and cut them into bite-sized chunks.

If you’re using harder veg like carrots, make sure you pop them in before the softer veg (like peppers) to give them a bit longer to cook.


  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 4 spring onions (chopped) – separate the white and the green parts
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • A mix of vegetables (like carrots, celery, peppers, courgette, green beans, red cabbage) – chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2-3 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

For sauce:

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice


How to make it:

  • Heat up the oil in a pan then add in the garlic, spring onions (the white parts) and chilli flakes. Keep stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn
  • After a few minutes, add in the harder vegetables (like carrots, green beans etc)
  • Stir for 5 minutes then add in the rest of the vegetables and stir for a few minutes
  • Add in the cooked quinoa, the tamari and salt and pepper to taste
  • Let it cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Dish up the vegetable quinoa and then pop the pan back on the heat
  • Add in the oil and crushed garlic and heat for about 30 seconds (don’t let the garlic burn)
  • Then take off the heat and add in the rest of the sauce ingredients
  • Drizzle a little bit over the quinoa and mix


You can also add a poached, fried, or boiled egg and then top with the green parts of the spring onion.

**You can find Melissa Hemsley’s book Eat Happy here.


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