Serves 2

I developed this fast, easy, flexible recipe out of a frustration with traditional fried rice – a meal no one ever walks away feeling good from!  The white rice and high sodium content crash your body out fast, leaving you more likely to snooze on the couch than lead an active life.  For me, my version made with leftover quinoa is simple comfort food at its best – it’s salty, it’s spicy, it’s savory, and it packs an amazing protein punch that fuels you through your day.  I sometimes add in a diced maple chicken sausage patty for even more protein and a little touch of sweetness.  You can make this dish your own, too, with leftover cooked veggies or chicken, whatever you might have in your fridge that appeals to you.  And don’t worry about what time of day it is – this “fried rice” is amazing for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

I hope you enjoy this delicious addition to your healthy ISO lifestyle!

Kelly Pipich, Isolator Fitness’s Executive Chef


  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ¾ c cooked quinoa
  • 1 defrosted and small-diced maple chicken sausage patty, if desired (I like the Applegate Naturals brand)
  • Sriracha to taste (I usually do 1 tsp)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ tsp salt* or low-sodium Tamari
  • 1 scallion, sliced thinly


  1. Heat the sesame oil in a small pan on medium.  Swirl the oil around to coat the whole pan.
  2. Put in the quinoa (and sausage if using) and heat it up, mixing it around in the sesame oil.  Sprinkle the quinoa with a little salt and mix in as much Sriracha as you can personally handle, remembering this is a meal and not some kind of hot sauce challenge.   
  3. Raise the heat to medium-high, crack your egg and whites on top of the quinoa, and quickly mix them in, stirring and folding it until the egg is completely incorporated, scrambled, and cooked.
  4. Scrape it all onto a plate, sprinkle with scallion and more salt or tamari to taste, and enjoy!
  5. * Pink Himalayan salt is standard in my salt grinder for the intense flavor without needing too much, as well as the high mineral content.  The health benefits are tremendous over regular table salt, and you can get it at a very reasonable price in Whole Foods’ bulk bins.  Google it!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 109g
Calories 202
Calories from Fat 91
Total Fat 10.1g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 94mg
Sodium 793mg
Potassium 224mg
Carbohydrates 15.6g
Dietary Fiber 1.7g
Sugars 1.6g
Protein 12.0g