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Quinoa with Peas and Onion Recipe

Quinoa with Peas and Onion Recipe

“I make this a lot for my son, who’s a picky eater. He loves it!” Lori Panarella — Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir into cooked quinoa. Add the peas, salt and pepper; heat through. Sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 174 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Quinoa with Peas and Onion

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MY REVIEW 243382
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Made this with red quinoa. Would make a lovely Christmas dish. Very tasty!"

peacharmadillo 102086
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"I've tried several quinoa recipes lately and had almost given up on the grain. While this one tasted a lot like peas, it's mildness and versatility did renew my hope for quinoa."

elaineae 102085
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I didn't even add the nuts and it was very good. I will make again and try adding other things."

pastiepie 173380
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"I also added some shredded carrots."

michelletheprincess 186923
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"This was the first time I tried quinoa, so I didnt know what to expect. It turned out very good, but I did have to add some seasoning salt. I will definetly make it again:)"

parksville 185247
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"Have prepared this quinoa dish a few times and find it very tasty. Made half the recipe and reduced the salt to 1/8 tsp. Replaced the walnuts w/ toasted pine nuts. Yum, yum, it's even good cold."

joedebfry 187778
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"Simple, healthy, easy! I'll make this often."

Pina1551 187747
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"This is my first time having quinoa and it is fantastic! This is a perfect and easy recipe when you need to cook up a quick sidedish, it's light, healthy and has a wonderful nutty taste! I will definately be making this again:)"

twhite67 118675
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"My family loves this recipe. It is has a simple flavor. It doesn't overpower anything else on the plate. It is a perfect side dish. I also use chicken broth instead of water which really adds to the flavor. T It is excellent the next day which is good because we love leftovers."

mjlouk 145652
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"This had no taste at all. Very bland - even after I added Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese."

bylaw 186922
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Made this with the Walnut Ginger Salmon, as well. I thought it was a nice combo. I'm always on the lookout for quinoa recipes. I let my onions get a tad brown and that added to the flavor. I also think chicken broth would be a good idea, but I did like it as is, nice and simple."

redram37 127658
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Yes, I would definitely make this recipe again. I have fought my high blood pressure for many years, until I started eating Quinoa."

howdu 145643
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"Quick and easy. I served it with the walnut ginger salmon (also on this site), and it complemented the fish very well. This was my first try at quinoa, and it's made me a fan."

emma_e95 185245
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"I didn't think this recipe had any flavor other than the green peas. Would not make again."

wiscook 127657
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"a little plain, will try with chicken broth instead of water and add some spices, but good & healthy, love quinoa"

kitchenmaid 186913
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"so glad i found the recipe. Had just purchased some quinia and was not sure how to fix it...This recipe was excellent and easy. I would definately make it again"

dayton46 173379
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"This was so quick and easy to make and it was delicious!"

getto140 116470
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"Very simple."

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