Orange Quinoa is a light and refreshing side dish. Quinoa and onions are simmered in orange juice and water. Once the quinoa absorbs the liquid, add orange zest and parsley, then stir and fluff with a fork.
Quinoa is becoming a favorite side dish for me, so I am experimenting with different ways of preparing it. Besides using quinoa as a side dish, I have tried it in cookies, energy bars and casseroles. I plan on trying it in bread soon, too. It can be used in a variety of ways.
As a side dish, quinoa cooks quickly and reheats well as leftovers. You can cook quinoa in water or broth and add the spices that you desire.
In my quest for trying different ways of preparing quinoa, I did some searching and found this recipe on the Food.com site. It looked good, so I thought I would give it a try. I altered the recipe slightly to fit our tastes.
I have used both white quinoa and tricolor quinoa. For me, there isn't any difference in flavor. The tricolor quinoa will add some color to your dish.
If you like quinoa as a side dish, check out Garlic Quinoa. It is a light with a mild garlic taste.
I hope you enjoy the Orange Quinoa!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until transluscent.
- Add the orange juice, water and salt then bring to a boil.
- Add the quinoa, stir to combine then return to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
- Remove from heat and let stand 3-5 minutes.
- Add parsley and orange zest then stir with a fork to combine and fluff the quinoa.