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Quinoa with Peas and Onion

Even picky eaters will love this fresh dish. If you don't have freshly shelled peas on hand, you can easily substitute frozen. —Lori Panarella, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add peas; cook and stir until heated through. Stir in the cooked quinoa, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with walnuts.
Editor's Note
Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 174 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Amy
    Jun 27, 2020

    This was delicious! I only had 3/4 cup of peas, so I added frozen cauliflower. I also cooked the quina in vegetable broth. This is probably the best quinoa I’ve ever had. And so simple!

  • Tomcatlover
    Jun 1, 2019

    Made quinoa in rice cooker

  • ccunningham
    Feb 7, 2016

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

  • peacharmadillo
    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
    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
    Feb 5, 2012

    I also added some shredded carrots.

  • michelletheprincess
    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
    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
    Jul 3, 2011

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

  • Pina1551
    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:)