Low Sodium Quinoa with Peas



Serving size

about 1 1/2 cups
30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied and makes good leftovers. Reheat gently.

Low Sodium Quinoa with Peas


1 tsp. Olive oil
1 Medium Shallots, raw (diced)
1/2 cup Quinoa, uncooked
3 cup Water (divided)
1 to taste Black pepper
1 cup Frozen peas (thawed)
1 ounce Parmesan cheese (grated)


Place the olive oil in a medium skillet. Heat over medium and add the shallot. Cook gently, stirring frequently, for about 1 to 2 minutes until they just begin to turn translucent.

Add the quinoa and stir. Cook for about 1 minute and then add 2 1/2 cups of the water and the pepper.

Simmer on medium, partially covered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check to see how close the quinoa is to being done and add more water 2 tablespoons at a time if needed.

Add the peas and 1/2 cup water. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the Parmigiano and cook until the cheese is melted.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

No specific GERD triggers.


This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Sometimes quinoa is processed in the same machinery that handles wheat-containing products. If this concerns you, look for quinoa that is labeled "gluten free."


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Food is about balance, and sometimes you have white rice, sometimes risotto, sometimes brown rice and sometimes…. You get the idea. Individual ingredients are not evil or bad.

This is a riff on a similar recipe using risotto that would make white rice haters happy. That’s not why we made this, however. Quinoa’s nutty flavor adds a lot to this and makes the perfect quick and easy side dish.

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