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Quinoa with Peas and Onion

Even picky eaters will love this protein-packed dish. If you have freshly shelled peas on hand, substitute them for the 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.
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.

  • mglahti
    May 26, 2012

    No comment left

  • 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.