Quinoa with Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Quinoa with Cranberries and Pine Nuts
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Quinoa is a whole-grain that can be used in place of rice in many recipes. It is higher in protein than other grains and is also a good source of fiber. This recipe fits well on your Thanksgiving table, too! Swap stuffing and cranberry sauce for this healthy alternative. 

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  • Prep time
    5 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    6 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/2 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 240

  • Total Fat 12g
    • Saturated Fat 1.4g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 210mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g
    • Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Total Sugars 10g
  • Protein 6g
  • Potassium 270mg
  • Phosphorus 185mg

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Fat, 1/2 Fruit, 1 1/2 Starch



  • quinoa
    1 cup
  • low sodium chicken broth
    2 cup
  • dried cranberries
    1/2 cup
  • pine nuts (toasted)
    3 tbsp
  • dried parsley
    1 tsp
  • balsamic vinegar
    2 tbsp
  • Dijon Mustard
    1/2 tsp
  • garlic (minced)
    1 clove
  • olive oil
    3 tbsp
  • ground black pepper
    1/4 tsp


  1. Heat the chicken broth in a pot over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. Stir in the quinoa; cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Add the cranberries; cover and cook for 5 more minutes.

  2. Turn off the heat and let the quinoa stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  3. While the quinoa is cooking; whisk together the dressing ingredients.

  4. Pour the dressing over the cooked quinoa. Add the toasted pine nuts and mix well. Pour the quinoa into a serving bowl and sprinkle with dried parsley. Serve warm or cold.