From Get a Real Food Life by Janine Whiteson Rodale.
Fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme tend to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” below for instructions on insect inspection.
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 medium onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
Ground black pepper
Rinse the quinoa under cold running water until the water turns clear. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa begins to soften. Remove from the heat and drain. Meanwhile, peel the onions and cut into 1/8” to 1/4” slices. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes, or until they soften and brown. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as necessary to prevent burning. In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa, onions, parsley, cheese, and pepper to taste. Toss well. Serve as a side dish.Fresh Herbs and Insect Infestation: Fresh herbs, including basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme, are often used as spices or garnishing. Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water. Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used. Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure Recommendation: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found, proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs, it should not be used. Inspection: 1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs. 3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs. 4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light. 5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs. 6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.