|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 Servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 42g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||16%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This is an easy vegetarian recipe for whole grain quinoa flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese. Parmesan garlic quinoa isn't quite enough to make a full meal on its own, but it's a good start. It would be great alongside some tofu, a side dish of vegetables, or maybe even alongside a simple vegetarian stir-fry.
For a vegan version of this quinoa recipe, smother the quinoa in nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan cheese and use olive oil in place of the butter. Need it to be gluten-free? Just be sure to use a gluten-free vegetable broth, as all the other ingredients (including the butter, onion, garlic, quinoa, and Parmesan cheese) are all gluten-free and safe for anyone avoiding wheat. Read the label and look for a vegetable broth clearly labeled to be gluten-free, or make your own at home to be on the safe side.
- 1 tablespoon butter (or vegan margarine or olive oil if you want it to be vegan)
- 1 small yellow onion (diced)
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or Kosher salt, or to taste)
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast to make it vegan)
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium-sized pan, sauté the diced onion and the minced garlic in butter or olive oil over medium-high heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, until the onions are just starting to turn soft. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
Next, add the vegetable broth and the quinoa.
Cover the pan, and allow it to simmer until the liquid is mostly absorbed and quinoa is cooked, about 15 minutes.
Remove the pan from heat and gently mix, or "fluff," the quinoa with a fork to fully distribute any excess moisture.
Season your quinoa lightly with salt to taste, and add the Parmesan cheese, stirring to combine and allow the Parmesan cheese to melt. Or, for a vegan version, mix in nutritional yeast instead of the Parmesan cheese.
Serve and enjoy!