Cranberry Pecan Quinoa

Transform a protein-packed superstar into a popular holiday side dish with the easy addition of dried cranberries and toasted pecans.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

2/3
cup sweetened dried cranberries
Juice of 1/2 orange
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
small onion, finely chopped (1/3 cup)
1
cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed, well drained
2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1
tablespoon grated orange peel
1
teaspoon salt
2/3
cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
Chopped fresh thyme leaves, if desired

  • 1 In small bowl, stir together cranberries and orange juice; set aside.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onion in oil, stirring frequently, until softened. Add quinoa; cook and stir 1 minute. Add broth, orange peel and salt. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until broth is absorbed. Fluff with fork.
  • 3 Stir in cranberry mixture and pecans. Remove from heat; sprinkle with thyme. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Expert Tips

Serve this dish warm or at room temperature, or chill it and serve as a salad.

Make sure to thoroughly rinse the quinoa before cooking to remove its natural bitter coating.

If you have the oven on, you can toast the pecans in a shallow pan at 350°F for 7 to 10 minutes, or toast them on the stove-top. Sprinkle pecans in ungreased heavy skillet; cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until nuts begin to brown, then stirring constantly until nuts are browned.