Caramelized Onion Quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided use
1 large onion, preferably Vidalia or another sweet onion
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley or cilantro
In a covered saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and return to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and remove the lid. Allow any additional water to evaporate.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Slice the onions and add to the skillet. Spread the onions out evenly. Allow to cook slowly and do *not* stir or move the onions around too much. The less you fuss with the onions, the quicker they will caramelize and brown. Stir only every few minutes. Once brown, remove from heat.
In a large bowl pour the cooked quinoa and add the caramelized onions. Mix well. Add the juice of the 2 limes, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and herbs, if using.
Life is sweet,