Quinoa, Bowties and Caramelized Onions with Tofu

  • Yield: 6 servings


Quinoa and Bowties:
-- Water
1cup quinoa, well rinsed
1teaspoon pure olive oil
-- Salt, to taste
1pound dried bowtie noodles
Caramelized Onions:
2teaspoons olive oil
1medium onion, diced
1teaspoon salt
-- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Glazed Tofu:
1tablespoon honey
2teaspoons Dijon mustard
1teaspoon grainy mustard
1pound firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices


  1. To make Quinoa and Bowties: Bring 2 cups water to the boil in a saucepan. Add the quinoa, oil and salt. Lower heat to simmer and cook, covered, 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat, add the bowtie noodles and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  3. To make Caramelized Onions: Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add a few drops of water if needed to prevent sticking.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa and bowtie noodles to pan; combine well. Add salt and pepper.
  5. To make tofu: Meanwhile, combine honey and mustards well. Brush onto tofu slices. Place on a broiler pan and cook 2 inches from a preheated broiler element for 4 minutes per side. Or place on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake in a 475F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
  6. Place a portion of the Quinoa, Bowties and Caramelized Onions on each of 6 servings plates. Top with tofu.


Want more help? Check out this step-by-step video on caramelizing onions.

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Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 498
  • Fat 11g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 452mg
  • Carbohydrate 79g
  • Protein 25g