Fresh Cherry and Pecan Quinoa
makes 2 cups
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cups water, stock or liquid of choice (I used chicken stock)
1 bulb roasted garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1-2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, reduced (I used cherry balsamic)
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.