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Sweet and Savory Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries, Roasted Butternut, and Toasted Almonds is packed with flavor and nutrition, and is the perfect addition to any holiday spread or fall gathering.
We all have our classic holiday side dish standbys. Green bean casserole, candied yams, and buttery mashed potatoes, to name just a few of my family’s favorites. I’ll occasionally do a rice dish (typically a pilaf) of some kind, and just to mix things up, I thought why not a quinoa pilaf?
The secret ingredient in this sweet and savory quinoa is a spice that’s more frequently used in sweet baked goods than savory meals: cinnamon! Actually though, cinnamon is a common ingredient as part of a spice blend in quite a few savory Middle Eastern and Indian dishes and that’s what gave me the idea to add it to this pilaf. (Plus there’s the fact that fall, cranberries, butternut squash and cinnamon just feel right together.)
You can tell just by looking at all those gorgeous colors that this is a healthy salad, but its nutrition goes past what you can see. I used Zoup! Chicken Bone Broth as the liquid to cook the quinoa, which is a great way to bump up both the flavor and nutrition. Zoup! is cooked in kettles in small batches, low in calories, paleo-friendly, zero carb, and completely free of hormones, gluten, GMO’s, fat, trans fat and saturated fat.
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What’s your family’s go-to festive side dish?
- 1½ tablespoons clarified butter (ghee), melted
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 lb (450 g) butternut squash, peeled and cubed into ½-inch pieces (about 3 heaping cups cubed)
- 1½ tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup (170 g) white quinoa, rinsed under cool running water and drained
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1¾ cups (415 ml) Zoup! Chicken Bone Broth, heated to a simmer
- ½ cup organic dried whole cranberries
- 4 cups baby kale or arugula
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted in a dry skillet on the stovetop or in a 325F oven for 10 minutes
- For the squash, preheat oven to 425F. Toss together the melted ghee, salt, black pepper, and squash, and spread out on a large baking sheet. Roast until tender inside and golden outside, about 30 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
- Meanwhile, for the quinoa, heat the ghee in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the quinoa and cook until it starts to smell nutty, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the salt, cinnamon, black pepper, bone broth, and cranberries. Bring to a boil, cover the saucepan and turn the heat down to low. Cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let the quinoa sit with the lid on for 10 minutes before fluffing.
- To serve, arrange the greens on a large serving platter. Spread out the quinoa onto the greens, and add the butternut on top. Sprinkle on the almonds. Serve.
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