Easy-Peasy Quinoa Pilaf

This is one of those recipes you'll pull out again and again. . . until you memorize it. (it's really that simple.) Serve this pilaf instead of rice, potatoes, or any other starchy side.

Easy-Peasy Quinoa Pilaf
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Start to Finish 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas

Make It

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring often until the onion is starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add broth and salt and bring to a simmer. Add quinoa, and return to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, undisturbed until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.

2. Place peas in a sieve or strainer and run water over them to thaw. Stir peas into the quinoa, and let sit off heat until the peas are heated through, about 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 180, Fat, total (g): 6, chol. (mg): , sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 25, Monounsaturated fat (g): 4, Polyunsaturated fat (g): 1, Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): 4, sugar (g): 2, pro. (g): 6, vit. A (IU): 499, vit. C (mg): 7, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): 1, Niacin (mg): 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 70, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 149, Potassium (mg): 241, calcium (mg): 28, iron (mg): 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.