Quinoa with Fried Onions

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club goal is to introduce economic and healthy recipes to its participants. Here is another healthy recipe with quinoa which some of the participants like to learn more about its usage.


Pronounced as “”keen-wah”, this grain, native to South America, has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. In fact, it is not a true grain at all, but a relative of spinach and Swiss Chard. Over the past 20 years, it has enjoyed a resurgence on plates across America. This might have to do with its nutty flavour or maybe the fact that it has more iron than other grain around and is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. — from epicurious.com


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives (or parsley)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • ground pepper to taste


P/S: missing from the ingredients photo are chives and Parmesan.


Quinoa-with-Fried-Onions-02Rinse quinoa several times.

In a small saucepan, combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil. Simmer over medium low heat for 15 minutes.

Quinoa-with-Fried-Onions-03Warm oil in skillet, add onions and cook about 10 minutes on medium heat, until soft and brown at the edges.
Quinoa-with-Fried-Onions-05Combine onions and quinoa in a bowl.

Add chopped chives and Parmesan cheese.

Toss to mix well.

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