Cherry Pecan Quinoa

I found this recipe over at How Sweet It Is.  I give it a full two thumbs up, everyone commented on how great it was.  I chose not to mention it was super easy!

Here is the recipe: 

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cups water, stock or liquid of choice (I used water)

1 bulb roasted garlic (I only had minced on hand)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped (Bashas was out of cherries, so I used dried)

1/3 cup chopped pecans

1-2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, reduced 

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add olive oil. Once hot, add onions and cook for about 5-6 minutes, until soft and slightly caramelized. Add in quinoa then add in liquid. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes. While quinoa is cooking, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to thicken.

Remove quinoa from heat and fold in cherries, pecans, roasted garlic, and feta. Drizzle with balsamic or stir it in. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

I like this best served at room temp. 

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Forgot to take a picture last night so this is of the little bit of leftovers. Newbie fail.

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