Cranberry Apple Red Quinoa

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Recipe: #2326

November 10, 2011

"This recipe was inspired by one I saw on A Bicycle Built for Two blog. I changed it up slightly, and this is my version. I used fresh clementines, but canned satsuma mandarin oranges would be a brighter orange and prettier. This is a nice fall side dish, or a light lunch -- my preference. Update: I enjoyed this at lunch, but when I warmed it up for dinner, I started thinking about what meal fit better, and decided it's probably more suited for breakfast. I'm going to mix this with my regular oatmeal tomorrow and I think that will be great."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (375.7 g)
  • Calories 399.3
  • Total Fat - 7.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 2.9 mg
  • Sodium - 416.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 73.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.5 g
  • Sugars - 19.1 g
  • Protein - 12.5 g
  • Calcium - 103.9 mg
  • Iron - 5.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 24.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

To a heavy medium-size saucepan, add quinoa, apple chunks, cinnamon sticks, orange juice, and water.

Step 2

Cover and cook over medium heat for 30-40 minutes. Check periodically so the quinoa doesn't boil over. You may need to remove the cover after 15-20 minutes to allow all the liquids to be absorbed/reduced.

Step 3

When quinoa is cooked to your preference, add cranberries and oranges. Cook over low heat 2-3 minutes until heated through. Serve topped with chopped walnuts.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I really loved the flavor. My quinoa did not plump up but that may have been because I used toasted quinoa - from a recipe I found on another cite. The reason I used the toasted quinoa is that red quinoa is not available in my area and I hoped that would supply whatever taste was different but as I have never had red quinoa I have no Idea If that worked or not. I did not have anymore cinnamon sticks so for 1/2 recipe I used 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. I opted for the dried cranberries over the other dried fruit. I really love the fact that quinoa gvies you lots of protein and is gluten free It tastes so healthy and good. I will make again it did taste so fresh and good. UPDATE I found another recipe which gave me an idea how to finnish cooking the quinoa. I added some to my hot cereal - Yum it made the cereal taste better and so much more substantial as the protein in the quinoa filled me up. The recipe is so good I upgraded the stars. Thank you for posting. this will become a staple in my house. I too am now trying quinoa and making things in a flurry

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(8 May 2012)