Quick Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf - Culinary Therapy

Quick Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf

Quinoa is a fast-cooking whole grain native to South America.  It is an excellent source of nutrition, containing magnesium, B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and is high in protein.  Quinoa has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture and a nutty flavor when cooked.


1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

5 crimini mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced thin

1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced

1/2 teaspoon plain sea salt

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained

2 cups water

optional: 1/4 cup dried raisins or cranberries


Saute onions in olive oil on medium heat until onions start to soften. Add mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes.  Add sage and sea salt.  Cook for two minutes longer. Add quinoa, raisins or cranberries (optional), and water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for fifteen minutes, or until water is absorbed.  Fluff quinoa with a fork and serve.

Kid-Friendly Option:  For picky eaters, try the quinoa plain.  Add 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water.  Bring to a boil.  Salt to taste.  Simmer for 15 minutes and serve.



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