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Caramelized Onion and Parmesan Quinoa

A 6-ingredient quinoa recipe that's both gluten free and vegetarian, this Caramelized Onion and Parmesan Quinoa is a great side dish or light lunch.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: lunch
Cuisine: bowl
Servings: 2 -4
Author: Erin


  • 1 cup Village Harvest quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 yellow onions sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup spinach packed
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp fresh rosemary


  • Cook quinoa with water according to instructions on the package.
  • While quinoa is cooking, slice onions into long strips and place in a large skillet over medium heat with the butter and olive oil, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and golden in color.
  • Add spinach to skillet with onions, stir.
  • Once quinoa is cooked, add to skillet with onions, stir.
  • Optional: stir in rosemary at this time. Rosemary adds a unique flavor to the dish, and I happened to like the recipe with and without it.
  • Top quinoa with parmesan cheese and enjoy!