Last week before Thanksgiving, Mr. R and I were mulling over what to bring to our family Thanksgiving lunch. Everything had been “called” and we wanted to do something creative- something we hadn’t made before. And then it clicked (with Mr. R, the chef, of course!) He wanted to make a quinoa side dish with a holiday twist, and just like that, the Cranberry Apple Quinoa was born!
Now, since this was a recipe we were creating on our own, we had creative license to add whatever we wanted. So, we headed to our local Sprouts Farmers Market, an awesome new famers market/grocery store that has recently been expanding to the Atlanta-area, to check out their fresh produce and foods. Haven’t been to a Sprouts yet? Find your closest location here.
We decided on the following ingredients (and quantities):
- 1/2 can organic pumpkin
- 1 cup red quinoa
- 1 cup white quinoa
- 1 12 oz. bag frozen cranberries
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp. honey
- 3 tbsp. vanilla yogurt
We grabbed all of this stuff at Sprouts, which was awesome because they truly are a one-stop-shop. One thing I really love is that you can get so many items, like grains, nuts, dried fruits, chocolates and more in bulk. So, we picked up a pound of white quinoa, just to keep the extra on hand, and were able to scoop and weigh it ourselves. Buying in bulk not only helps you and your wallet, but also the environment!
So, on to how to make this recipe! It really was easy, and it’s definitely something I’d ask Mr. R to make again!
- Quinoa: Boil 4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Add 1 cup of each kind of quinoa (red and white). Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
- Bake sliced apples for 20 minutes at 450 to soften them a bit.
- In another sauce pan, mix cranberries, apples, brown sugar, honey, and pumpkin. Sautee together until fully mixed and all fruits are soft.
- Mix fruits into cooked quinoa.
- Add the yogurt and a splash of orange juice to cut the bitterness of the cranberries
So, have you visited a Sprouts near you yet? Sprouts wants to give you a chance to win a $50 gift card to try out your own recipe! Enter via the Rafflecopter link below! Good luck!
Disclosure: I was compensated for this review by Sprouts Farmers Market, however all views and opinions are my own.