Holiday sides: Quinoa with Cherries and Pine Nuts

Here’s the first of several Holiday dishes you can try this month.  “Holiday” because they are festive in color and flavor but the nutrition and ease of these recipes are good for everyday.  This one is a simple whole grain side dish that is full of texture & flavor:   Quinoa with Cherries & Pine Nuts.

Quinoa is an ancient grain that has been in the Andes of South America for more than 5,00 years.  Quinoa provides a high protein content as well as fiber, phosphorus , iron and magnesium.  And for all of my gluten-free followers, this recipe is for you!!

Here it is:

1 cups quinoa

2 cups water

½ cup dried cherries (cut in half, if needed)

¼ cup pine nuts (toasted in sauté pan or in 350 degree oven 3-5 minutes)

½ red onion, diced finely and sautéed in 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat until translucent (3-5 minutes)

Heat the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan; Cover; turn the heat to low and cook until all water is absorbed , about 20 minutes.  Turn off heat and allow to rest, 5 minutes.

Put the quinoa in a bowl; mix in the cherries, pine nuts and cooked red onion.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.

This recipe, like all my recipes, can be printed.  Just click on the title, and click on ‘print’. 


2 responses

  1. I LOVE qunioa! Not only is quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) a great whole grain, it is also a complete protein. Like rice it doesn’t have a lot of flavor by itself but is great when paired with a broth or veggie. Anything you can do with rice or couscous you can do with quinoa. Demand for this ancient grain is driving up the price, especially in it’s native Bolivia. So any American farmers out there living above 2000 ft – plant me some quinoa so that the poor of Bolivia are not priced out of their staple grain product by global demand.

  2. Thank you for sharing your passion for this special grain. I spent $4.99 on pound of quinoa at a local market and $3.49 on 2 pounds of brown rice. I do hope prices can be contained so that all can enjoy the taste, texture and nutrition of quinoa!

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