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Skinny Bitch Tuesdays: Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Welcome to Skinny Bitch Tuesdays! I’m so excited to be teaming up with Claire, Kelly, Michelle, and Jennifer to cook our way through the kick-ass healthy cookbook, Skinny Bitch by Kim Barnouin! When Claire first contacted me to ask if I wanted to be a part of this awesome group, it was an easy answer! I’ve been wanting to get the book and this was the perfect opportunity!

We will be cooking a recipe from the Skinny Bitch cookbook twice every month. One of the great things about our little group is that we can change up the recipes however we want so you can plan to see different takes on each recipe we make out of the book!

One thing to note about Skinny Bitch is that the recipes are vegan, which I have no issues with, but I am not personally a vegan. I will definitely make some of the recipes vegan as written in the book, but some of them might be changed up a bit. Especially if I am making them for my sweet, but picky husband! :)

Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Our first recipe is the Wild Rice Pilaf with Pine Nuts, Currants, and Caramelized Onions. While I love rice, I don’t eat it too often as quinoa is my grain of choice so the first thing I swapped was the quinoa for the rice. One great thing about this swap is that it cuts a lot of prep time as rice takes longer to cook than quinoa. I also added sauteed mushrooms and left out the currants as I didn’t really want this to be sweet. If you want a more wild rice look, try using tricolor quinoa!

Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

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Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup pine nus, toasted
  • 2 tbs. parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan, heat the broth and quinoa on medium heat. Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes until the broth is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the olive oil in a sautee pan on medium high heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Lower the heat to medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for another 30 seconds or so and pour the mixture into a bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa and mushroom and onion mixture. Toss to combine. Stir in the toasted pine nuts and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve.

Adapted from Skinny Bitch

Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Don’t forget to check out the posts from the other Skinny Bitch gals!

Claire of The Realistic Nutritionist

Jennifer of Peanut Butter and Peppers

Michelle of The Healthy Bites


43 Responses to “Skinny Bitch Tuesdays: Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions”

  1. #
    Ramona — June 5, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Caramelized onions… heaven!! Looking forward to more recipes from this cookbook. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      Thank you, Ramona!! I’m excited to make more!

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    Carolyn — June 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Such a great flavour for pilaf! Sounds like a fun group.

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Carolyn! It’s a lot of fun!

  3. #
    Alyssa — June 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

    This sounds great! It would be perfect with the grilled chicken or all on its own. Love the new series too!!!!!!!!!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Alyssa! It would be great with some grilled chicken!!

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    Tina@flourtrader — June 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Very creative and healthy dish here. I like the switch to quinoa as well as mushrooms. I do not like dried fruit with any type of grain because I see grain as a savory dish. This looks tasty!
    Looking forward to seeing more on the series, it is off to a great start. Enjoy the day!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

      Thanks, Tina! I don’t like my grains to be sweet at all either.

  5. #
    Ridwan — June 5, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Sound very healthy and flavorful,I love all ingredients on this quinoa pilaf especially caramelized onion,,Yum,,

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

      Thank you, Ridwan!

  6. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — June 5, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Quinoa is something I have a difficult time making, but you make it look so easy. I love that you added muchrooms and caramelized onions to the dish. It looks delicious.

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

      It’s a little tricky! I know it’s done when you see the little curly q’s coming out!

  7. #
    Viviane Bauquet Farre — June 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Marvelous looking dish! Light and fluffy, healthy and entertaining. I’ll bet this keeps well in the fridge too!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

      Thank you, Viviane! It keeps perfectly in the fridge! I made a batch and ate it for lunch like 3 days in a row!

  8. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I LOVE that you used quinoa!!! You clever little devil you :) Love this!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

      Yay Quinoa!! I love how different all of our recipes are!

  9. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Pepper — June 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Funny, you have a picky HUsband too! I love that you used quinoa for the dish instead of rice. I’m thinking I should of tried that! Wonderful dish!!

  10. #
    Carol — June 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for this very yummy recipe! I really love it and it fits for my diet.

  11. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I love that guys are doing this! And this quinoa is a must-try. It’s become my new obsession so I’m always looking for new ways to try it.

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      I’m crazy about quinoa too!

  12. #
    Cassie — June 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I am going to love this series. Quinao = my drug of choice these days!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Cassie! It’s mine too!

  13. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — June 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Oooh, looking forward to the rest of this series!! Good choice on the quinoa – I don’t even really stock rice anymore :)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

      Thanks, Anna! I rarely use rice these days!

  14. #
    Kiri W. — June 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I’ve seen so many wonderful recipes from this cookbook, I really need to get over myself and just buy it. Looks like a wonderful, healthy dish. Those caramelized onions especially make my mouth water!
    (And sorry for the long absence, I was traveling/graduating)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

      No worries, Kiri! Hope you had a great time!!

  15. #
    Kim Barnouin — June 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    This is a really cool idea and I am beyond honored that it’s with my cookbook!! Please let me know how it goes!
    Thanks so much, Kim Barnouin

    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

      Kim, thank you so much for your comment!!! I think I speak for all of the Skinny Bitch Tuesday girls when I say the privilege is all ours! :)

  16. #
    Choc Chip Uru — June 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Can’t wait to see more dishes from this series as addictive as this one :D


    • Stephanie replied: — June 5th, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

      Thanks Uru!

  17. #
    Baking Serendipity — June 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve basically replaced rice with quinoa in my kitchen, and so I love this adaptation! (Plus, my husband would love the mushrooms in it. Double win :))

  18. #
    Kim Bee — June 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I have her cookbook and love it. It has amazing recipes in it. If you need any extra folks in the group let me know. I could stand to lose a few (lots) pounds right now.

  19. #
    Cucina49 — June 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I have always wondered about those cookbooks–if this recipe is any indication, then yum!

  20. #
    Beth Michelle — June 6, 2012 at 4:39 am

    This book sounds wonderful! I love quinoa and this pilaf sounds delicious. I am a big fan of anything with caramelized onions!

  21. #
    Baker Street — June 6, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Caramelized onions!! I love. Great idea Steph! Looking forward to more fun tuesdays. :)

  22. #
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — June 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I have that cookbook! Haven’t tried this recipe yet. Great swap for the quinoa. This is going to on to-try list!

  23. #
    Liz @ Southern Charm — June 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Um yea, this looks amazing.

    Love that y’all are cooking through this cookbook! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  24. #
    CJ at Food Stories — June 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I love quinoa but never made it as a pilaf … looks good :-)

  25. #
    Deb Wheaton — June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Quinoa is such a great, healthy substitute for rice. Truly a perfect addition to my gluten-free diet.
    Can’t wait to try this one.
    Not Even A Crumb,com
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  26. #
    Tina (PinayInTexas) — June 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Love how simple and delicious this looks!
    Congratulations on this awesome series! Can’t wait to see what other healthy recipes you’re going to share!

  27. #
    Colleen — June 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I am loving how simple yet flavorful this dish is! Caramelized onions are the way to my heart.

  28. #
    Chris — June 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Oh your site looks wonderful!! I am a real mushroom lover so I am excited to try this one because it looks so delicious. I’ve never made my own before, I need to try this! :-)


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