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Quinoa Side Dish Recipe
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Quinoa Side Dish
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Quinoa Side Dish

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"Quinoa is a great alternative to rice - it's lighter, and cooks in about half the time."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the quinoa, and toast, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender.
  2. In a bowl, toss quinoa together with garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and onion. Sprinkle with lemon juice, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 04, 2007

WOW, this recipe is great! In case you didn't know, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) contains more protein than any other grain. Since it also contains a good amount of lysine, it is a complete protein. I made a few changes to the recipe - only had organic beef stock (in the box) and dried herbs. Used a couple of green onions and two cloves of garlic. Also added a little ground pepper. Great and easy way to serve up quinoa. Note about rinsing or soaking: normally, quinoa has a bitter saponins coating that is removed by soaking it or rinsing it. Most of the quinoa sold in the USA has already had the coating removed so rinsing is not required. But best check your source!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 16, 2011

My first experience with quinoa and I wanted to try it because it is suppose to be a "power" food. I was not impressed. It is fairly expensive and is so tiny it's hard to keep track of--measuring, cooking and eating. This recipe did not have much flavor. There are better things out there.

Nov 10, 2009

I loved this. I used organic quinoa, so it had to be thoroughly rinsed so that it wouldn't be bitter.I sauteed the onions and garlic before toasting the quinoa, then threw it into a rice cooker with the broth and seasoning to finish. Amazingly good.

Aug 02, 2007

I had never heard of quinoa before yesterday. I heard mention of it on TV, so I thought I would learn more about it from the Internet. Everything that I learned pointed toward quinoa as the most nutritious grain out there, so I had to try it. I followed the direction of others and really enjoyed this dish. I began by melting the butter and sautéing the onion and garlic for two minutes. Then I added the quinoa and returned to the recipe. I chose to use chicken broth instead of vegetable and decided to add some shrimp seven minutes into the simmer. Once I got past the strange texture of this grain, I really enjoyed it. I will make this recipe again. Trust me, you don’t have to be a health nut to enjoy this recipe. (By the way, it took about 25 minutes or more for the grain to incorporate all of the liquid.)

Jan 16, 2006

Very good. Made a few changes. Cooked the onions when i was toasting the quinoa. Also added in diced red pepper. Before simmering I added in all the spices except the parsely. After simmering I added in parsely and lemon juice. But VERY good!

Dec 20, 2007

3 out of 6 of us are gluten intolerant. I happened upon this recipe and it has forever changed our life! My husband (who is not a celiac) LOVES this recipe and has requested I find as many recipes as I can about quinoa because it's so healthy. I do sautee the onion and garlic with the quinoa and I use water and GF ckn. bouillon instead of the vegetable broth. Love, love, love this recipe! Thanks for the great rice alternative for my whole family.

Nov 06, 2003

Nice alternative to rice. Used low sodium low fat chicken broth - there was no need to add additional butter or salt to make it tasty. The texture is similiar to wild rice, which my son doesn't like so he wasn't a fan, but the rest of the family and the neighbors loved it. Will definately make again.

May 09, 2005

This recipe is excellent! I watch the glycemic index of foods I eat, and quinoa is a low GI food (35.) I've been looking for recipes for quinoa to include in my diet, and this was a great addition!


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  • Calories
  • 207 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 400 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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