This Quinoa Pilaf is super easy, delicious, and an excellent source of protein from quinoa. Quinoa is a wonderful recovery food because it’s an excellent source of protein as well as fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and calcium. It’s also gluten-free and easy to digest.

Quinoa Pilaf

Course Salad, Side Dish
Keyword pilaf, quinoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Culinary Nutrition Cuisine


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon onion diced
  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup almonds slivered and toasted
  • 1/8 cup parsley chopped fine


  1. In a saucepan, sauté garlic and onion in canola oil.
  2. Add quinoa and sauté another minute.
  3. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add ½ of the salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until done.
  4. Add cranberries and fluff. Season with remaining salt as needed. Garnish with toasted almonds and parsley before serving.

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Calories 120
Total fat 4g
Protein 4g
Saturated fat 0g
Carbohydrates 19g
Sodium 165mg
Fiber 2g

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