Quinoa with Snow Peas, Sesame and Ginger

By Jill Nussinow
Quinoa is a high protein, gluten-free, easily digestible and fast-cooking whole grain that takes on flavors beautifully. Here it’s paired with snow peas, sesame and ginger to take on an Asian flair.


    • garlic
    • medium onion
    • minced ginger
    • quinoa
    • Salt and pepper
    • sesame seeds
    • snow or sugar snap peas (about 8 ounces)
    • toasted sesame oil
    • toasted sesame seeds
    • water or broth


    1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for a minute.
    2. Add the quinoa, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until quinoa is dry.
    3. Add the water or broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cover the pan, simmering for 12 minutes.
    4. Remove from the heat and quickly remove the lid, adding the snow peas on top of the quinoa and replace lid. Let sit,undisturbed for 5 minutes. Then remove the lid and check to see if the quinoa is done. Each grain seed will have a little ring.
    5. Add salt and pepper to taste, along with the sesame oil. Top the mixture with the toasted sesame seeds and serve hot or warm.