Caramelized Onion Quinoa Bowl

Caramelized Onion Quinoa Bowl

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.

Caramelized Onion Quinoa Bowl

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.

Caramelized Onion Quinoa Bowl

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!

Caramelized Onion Quinoa Bowl

2016-09-30
: Serves 2
: 10 min
: 30 min

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 …

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Ingredients
    2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (soaked in 1 cup water and 1 tbs. cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
Directions

Combine the raisins and cinnamon in a small bowl of lukewarm water and let it steep for about 10 minutes until the raisins have softened. Drain and squeeze out any excess water from the raisins.

Cook the quinoa (seasoned with the cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt) in a medium pot according to package instructions or follow my instructions HERE. Stir occasionally.

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the onions. Peel and slice the onions thinly. Heat the olive oil on medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes then add the onions, balsamic vinegar, and honey. Cook on medium-low to low heat (covered) for about 30 minutes or until soft and translucent.

In large bowl, toss the quinoa with the caramelized onions, raisins, freshly chopped parsley for garnish, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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