Easy Citrus Quinoa

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Healthy and tasty Citrus Quinoa makes a great side dish for your next family breakfast, lunch or dinner. The amount of water used for cooking quinoa varies, so check package instructions for best results. Despite it’s reputation as a “super grain,” quinoa is not technically a grain, it’s a seed!

You might be thinking that quinoa would be weird in your breakfast, but you’d be wrong! Citrus Quinoa with fresh peaches and grapefruit has just the right amount of sweetness to make it the perfect addition to your next family breakfast or brunch. Make sure to season it with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, or add in a little honey, so that this healthy dish will taste sweet enough to entice even the most finicky eaters at your table.

Quinoa is an easily digested source of complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids, making it the perfect base for a breakfast bowl, filling packed lunch or quick dinner. It’s also a great source of iron, magnesium, vitamin B2, and manganese, which are all necessary for healthy brain function. Healthy super grains never tasted so good.

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Citrus Quinoa

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Healthy and tasty Citrus Quinoa makes a great side dish for your next family dinner.

  • Author: Sean de Carle
  • Prep Time: :10
  • Cook Time: :25
  • Total Time: :35
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top


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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 4 shallot minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grated lime rind
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In large saucepan, heat 1 tsp (5 mL) of the butter and oil over low heat; cook shallots, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  2. Add lemon, lime and orange rind; cook for 1 minute. Transfer to bowl.
  3. Add quinoa to saucepan; cook, stirring, until toasted, about 4 minutes. Add water and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is almost absorbed, about 12 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in shallot mixture, honey, salt, pepper and remaining butter.


  • Serving Size: 6
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