Overhead of serving bowl of quinoa garnished with a wedge of orange and sprig of mint

Orange Scented Quinoa Side Dish

Quinoa Side Dish is seasoned with orange, cinnamon, and fresh herbs, and studded with carrots, raisins, and walnuts. This Mediterranean quinoa recipe is easy to make on the stove or in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Quinoa Side Dish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Amy Katz

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup carrots, peeled and grated (use box grater or food processor)
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained (use fine mesh strainer)
  • 2 cups water, (1¼ cups water if using Instant Pot Method)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Stove Top Method:

  • Heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Add the carrots and saute until soft.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and rinsed quinoa and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer until the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Fold in the raisins, walnuts, orange zest, orange juice, cilantro, and mint. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed and serve.

Instant Pot Method:

  • Using the saute function, heat the oil.
  • Add the carrots and saute until soft.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and rinsed quinoa and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add 1¼ cups water and stir to combine. Close and lock the lid. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • After the pressure has released, open the lid and fold in the raisins, walnuts, orange zest, orange juice, cilantro, and mint. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed and serve.

Notes

Leftover quinoa can be covered and refrigerated for about 5 days. 
 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1840IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

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