Quinoa with Caramelzied Red Onion, Bell Peppers and Garlic

I’ve been wanting to try quinoa for a long time so I finally picked up a box at Trader Joe’s. I decided to combine it with some caramelized onions, peppers and garlic for extra flavor. It was quick and easy to make and had very little clean up. I served this dish with Grilled Chicken in a Mustard-Tarragon Sauce and steamed broccoli. I think quinoa is extremely delicious – I really love it’s nutty flavor and different texture. My kids and husband loved it as well, so I will be making more dishes using quinoa in the future.
Quinoa and Caramelized Red Onion, Bell Peppers and Garlic:
Recipe and photo by For the Love of Cooking.net
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3 small baby bell peppers, diced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • Parsley (not in photo)
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bell peppers; cook for 10-12 minutes or until the veggies are tender and golden brown. While the veggies are cooking, prepare the quinoa per instructions.
Once the peppers and onions are tender and golden brown, add the minced garlic and stir constantly for 60 seconds; remove veggies from heat and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
Combine the cooked quinoa with the caramelized vegetables, mix thoroughly. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Enjoy.
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6 Responses to “Quinoa with Caramelzied Red Onion, Bell Peppers and Garlic”

  1. 1

    Pam — September 29, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

    Isn't it great when something good for you turns out to taste good too!


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    Erin — September 29, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    Quinoa has always intimidated me, but this looks so delicious I might have to just put my big girl panties on and give it a whirl!


  3. 3

    Eve — October 1, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    Oh once again, Thank you. I bought Quinoa a few weeks ago for a fish recipe and have half a bag left over and no ideas! This is perfect. :)


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    Chris — October 1, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

    You just made Alexis and I feel so much better. I was afraid to admit that I haven't made quinoa yet. It seems like everyone else in the world already has!

    But if YOU just now tried it, I don't feel so far behind:)


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    Andrea B — October 16, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    So, three years after the last comment … I just wanted to let you know I found this via Pinterest and I made it tonight. So good! Both my husband and I enjoyed it. Thanks for showing a healthy side dish can be tasty, too. :)


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