Quinoa is a great alternative to rice is you're looking for a nuttier flavor and some extra nutrients! Quinoa pilaf has all the flavor of rice pilaf with some extra fiber and protein to boot.
Pour oil in medium saucepan and place over medium heat.
Add onion, celery, and carrots. Cook and stir for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
Using a strainer, rinse quinoa under cold water and drain well.
Stir quinoa into vegetables and cook for 1 minute.
Add water, bay leaf, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
Discard bay leaf and stir in peas.
Season with salt and pepper.