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

Yield: 6 servings

Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

This easy quinoa pilaf is the perfect side dish and lower carb alternative to rice.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

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



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

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

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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)

  15. 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

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


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

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

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

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

  23. Um yea, this looks amazing.

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

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

  25. 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.
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  26. 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. I am loving how simple yet flavorful this dish is! Caramelized onions are the way to my heart.

  28. 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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