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Quinoa With Caramelized Onions

This superfood is prepared in a super-simple way, with caramelized onions and plenty of garlic.


Quinoa has been called a superfood. After looking at its nutritional make-up, it’s easy to understand why.

Quinoa is a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus and calcium. It’s also high in magnesium and iron. That, and it has a ton of protein.

Here’s to good food and good health!

Quinoa With Caramelized Onions


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Cook onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of the oil until tender and lightly caramelized (20 minutes).
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil with quinoa and saute until lightly golden and fragrant. Add 2 1/2 cups water and 3/4 teaspoon salt and cook covered for 12 to 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Fluff quinoa and add onions, lemon zest and thyme. Season to taste and serve with roasts, grilled meats and fish.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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