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Quinoa Pilaf

I created this recipe after tasting quinoa at a local restaurant. I really enjoy rice pilaf, but I don’t usually have time to make it. This quick-cooking side is a tasty alternative. –Sonya Fox of Peyton, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed


  • In a small nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook onion and carrot in oil for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, water and salt; bring to a boil.
  • Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat. Fluff with a fork.
Editor's Note: If using vegetable broth, omit the salt.
Editor's Note
Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 198 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Apr 26, 2018

    This side dish is easy to make and is great for serving with a more flavorful main dish. It has a simple flavor that compliments the rest of the meal.

  • rmbarr059
    Apr 24, 2015

    Super bland--was disappointed. I agree with some of the other reviewers--it definitely is in need of something more. Kinda annoyed now that I see there are green onions in the picture, but the recipe never called for any, so I didn't make it that way. Maybe that would have given it more flavor.

  • Joscy
    Jun 3, 2014

    Good Day! Am *new* to Quinoa vs. starchy *stuff*, Truly hoping to acquaint **new TOH Friends* in this manner, J.

  • IslandWife
    Jan 15, 2014

    I used two small-medium size carrots (we like carrots!). It can easily be adapted with other veggies. It was very easy and yummy - thanks for sharing!

  • JBoomsma
    Aug 6, 2013

    I make this frequently when I want to change up the side dish habit away from potatoes or rice. I've also diced up broccoli and zucchini to add in. I also replaced the 1/4 cup of water with a 1/4 of white wine or chicken broth.

  • ohbladee
    Dec 24, 2012

    I love quinoa! It is so versatile and healthy. You can add anything to it. I have added every vegetable in my fridge to it, mixed it with vegetable, chicken and beef broth. It's great as a side or as a main course, with or without meat.

  • carsonish
    Sep 20, 2012

    Very easy to make and went perfect with some steaks we had.

  • Becca611
    Feb 10, 2012

    Tried this recipe for my first attempt at ever making or eating Quinoa. I used baby carrots in the recipe (thats what I had on hand) and I thought it was delicious. A good base recipe to add things too like green scallions or whatnot. It did take a longer time than stated to cook all of the broth out but this recipe made me fall in love with this healthy grain! Thanks for sharing it!

  • Angela W
    Mar 24, 2011

    I used more carrots and more onions, so that I could count this as a starch and a veggie, and it was blah. It definitely needs something green (like in the picture) and needs something more for flavor. Not sure what, but will probably try again.

  • dkatie9
    May 25, 2010

    This needed something. It was very bland. It needs fresh herbs and more vegetables.