Six ingredients is all you need to prepare this show-stopping caramelized onion quinoa bowl. This unique side dish would be the perfect addition to any meal, and one that those with dietary restrictions can enjoy since it’s vegan, dairy, soy, and gluten-free.
This recipe has been a long-time favourite in my house. It was originally intended to be a quick, clean eating side dish, but has since become one my staple main meals. It’s the perfect pack n’ go lunch-for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, since it doubles as a complementary side dish to any protein.
Although I am slightly obsessed with caramelized onions. Every single time I prepare them, I wonder why I don’t make them more often. The best part about them is that they don’t require much effort to prepare-you sort of just throw them into the pan and let them simmer until soft and tender. If you have never prepared caramelized onions before, you are in for a pleasant surprise. The aroma that permeates throughout your kitchen from slowly coaxing all the sugars out of the onions is so enticing. Trust me, your mouth will be watering before you dig into this quinoa bowl.
Quinoa, the other star ingredient in this recipe, is my all-time favourite grain. It’s also pretty simple to make-just toss it in boiling water, stir until al dente, and voila. You can also get simple cooking instructions HERE. Quinoa is a gluten-intolerant foodie’s dream-it’s light-tasting, packed with protein (8 grams per cup, to be exact), and is filling without being too heavy like pastas and rice. It is a great base for soaking up all the sweet and tangy juices from the onions, yet still maintains its al dente texture and characteristic nutty flavour.
This dish is perfect as is (in my opinion) but it lends well to a variety of interpretations. I’ve incorporated lentils and chickpeas in the past for added protein but chicken would be a perfect add-on as well. Also, the addition of a briny, salty cheese, such as feta or goat cheese adds a punch of flavour.
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!