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Plate of Easy Quinoa with Peas

Easy Quinoa with Peas

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan


This delightful Easy Quinoa with Peas recipe that is not only light and refreshing but also incredibly nutritious and protein-packed.





  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water


Skillet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yellow onions, fine dice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ cups frozen baby peas, thawed *


Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder (+/-)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (+/-)
  • Pinch black pepper (+/-)
  • Pinch to ¾ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dried mint (+/-) (optional) *

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons to ¼ cup toasted pine nuts (chopped walnuts or pecans) *

Optional Toppings:

  • Sprinkle dried mint
  • Sprinkle toasted pine nuts (or chopped walnuts or pecans)


  1. Place one cup of water into a medium-sized stockpot, bring to a boil, add the rinsed quinoa, stir well, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the stockpot from the heat and allow to sit covered, undisturbed for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  2. If adding toasted nuts to the dish, toast the nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden and fragrant, remove from skillet, set aside.
  3. In the meantime, in a large skillet, add the finely diced onions, sauté over medium-high heat for 7 to 9 minutes to soften, add a tablespoon of water to prevent burning or sticking. Then lower the heat to medium, add the minced garlic, sauté, stir constantly for one minute.
  4. Then add the thawed baby peas and Spice/Herb Ingredients to the skillet, stir to incorporate, then stir in the cooked quinoa and toasted pine nuts, stir until heated through.
  5. Plate and sprinkle the top with additional toasted pine nuts and dried mint, if desired; serve and enjoy.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Servings:  4 to 6