Parmesan Garlic Quinoa

Have you tried quinoa yet? I hope so. If not, you are missing out. Much like my love for kale, I believe that quinoa is another highly underrated nutritional powerhouse.

Quinoa, pronounced like keen-wah, is actually a seed and not a grain. It’s high in protein, offering 8.1 grams* of this awesome macronutrient for every 1 cup you consume. That’s 16% of the daily value recommended by the USDA! {Granted, I don’t follow the recommended 2,000 calorie diet, and I don’t believe most lifters should. I’m just trying to offer a frame of reference.} *Source

Back to this quinoa. This has a lot of garlic flavor, so you can tone it down if you choose. This makes a great side with fish, porkĀ or chicken to add more protein where the main dish lacks, but is also great with beef. This cooks a bit faster than rice, too. You can find it near the rice in your supermarket, or in the bulk bins at a health food store or at your local Whole Foods. You can even get it fairly cheap off of Amazon.

Parmesan Garlic Quinoa

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Side Dish
Website Garlic Quinoa with Parmesan
This healthy side dish offers protein-packed quinoa, heart healthy garlic, and olive oil. Makes a great addition to chicken, fish or pork.


  • 1 Small yellow onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth (water will work if you don't have broth on hand)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & freshly ground pepper


Step 1
Dice your onion and finely mince the cloves of garlic.
Step 2
Heat oil in medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
Step 3
Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
Step 4
Add quinoa and broth (or water) and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Step 5
Remove from heat and stir in cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
Step 6
  1. Nicole left a comment on October 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Hey guys. . . where’s the recipe for this? I want to make it for Mom and Dad.


    • The Strength Agenda left a comment on October 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Ha. It would help if we added it the post, right?

  2. Brock left a comment on October 31, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Are you supposed to bring it to a boil before reducing to low for 15?

    • The Strength Agenda left a comment on October 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Yes! Thanks, I’ll edit those directions now.

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