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Garlic Quinoa with Parmesan Cheese

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Garlic Quinoa with Parmesan Cheese
This is an easy vegetarian recipe for whole grain quinoa flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese. Although this is a very basic recipe, you can vary it by adding some fried tofu or whatever veggies you happen to have on hand. For a vegan version of this quinoa recipe, I smothered my quinoa in nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan cheese and used olive oil in place of the butter.
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  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


In a medium sized pan, sautee the onion and garlic in butter or olive oil over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes, until onions are just soft. Reduce heat to medium low.

Add the vegetable broth and quinoa. Cover, and allow to simmer until liquid is mostly absorbed and quinoa is cooked, about fifteen minutes.

Remove from heat, and gently mix quinoa to distribute any excess moisture. Season with salt to taste, and top with Parmesan cheese, or, for a vegan version, mix in nutritional yeast instead of the cheese.

Makes 3 servings of vegetarian quinoa.

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Nutritional information (from Calorie Count), per serving:
Calories: 318, Calories from Fat: 95
% Daily Value:
Total Fat: 10.6g, 16%
Saturated Fat: 4.5g, 23%
Cholesterol: 18mg, 6%
Total Carbohydrates: 40.5g, 13%
Dietary Fiber: 4.4g, 18%
Protein: 14.9g
Vitamin A 3%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 14%, Iron 17%

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 4 out of 5
Quinoa with Onion, Garlic and Nutritional Yeast, Guest janadiane

This is a great find for me. I am on weight watchers and this recipe is tasty and very filling. I used the nutritional yeast instead of cheese and it was great. There are so many variations I am thinking of. It satisfies my carb cravings too. I love that it is healthy.

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