Cherry Quinoa

I made this cherry quinoa as a side dish with lentils, kale and roasted beets.  The cherry adds a wonderful flavor and brightness to the quinoa.


12 oz. red quinoa, rinsed
½ small red onion, diced
½ t. onion powder
½ dried basil
2/3 cups dried Montmorency cherries
3 cups vegetable stock, unsalted


Place the red onion in a medium size saucepan and sauté until the onion starts to caramelize.  Next add the vegetable stock and onion powder and bring to a boil.  Pour in the quinoa, stir and bring back to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, add the basil and cherries.  Stir well and cover.  Continue to cook on low for about 15- 20 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed.  Serve as a side dish.