What do I mean when I say, “A dish for everyone?”
When I’m the cook, I look for recipes that please everyone. These days I’m dishing up meals for family and friends who have food sensitivities, as well as those who are vegetarians. My daughter is a pescatarian – I had to look that one up. Pescatarians don’t eat meat, but will occasionally eat fish.
I’m not going to make a different meal for each guest, so I look for dishes that everyone can dig their forks into.
This recipe from Oh She Glows was so intriguing, I had to give it a try. After all, quinoa is gluten free and a complete protein – perfect for vegetarians and gluten sensitive folks. Even better, the texture and taste can be combined in a variety of ways. Sweet, spicy, savory, hot or cold. You name it, quinoa can do it.
This salad is a sweet version of quinoa, making it a terrific addition to our Thanksgiving brunch. The slight hint of maple and cinnamon, combined with sweet dried fruits gives it a real breakfast appeal.
You’ll find the number of servings interesting. I doubled the recipe so it served 6, but the recipe below is calculated as 3 – one cup servings. The dish is a bit higher in calories, but keep in mind that you are making this your meal for the morning.
If you decide quinoa is for you, check out my favorite quinoa recipes. Just don’t buy it by the box – look for it in the bulk bins at your local grocery store, it’s much cheaper.
Serves 3 - 1 cup servings
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 ¾ cups water
- ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ? cup almonds, slivered
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon mandarin orange juice
- ½ cup mandarin oranges
- ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine quinoa, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and mandarin orange juice. Bring to a bowl and reduce to low. Cook for about 10 minutes until liquid is almost absorbed. Add apricots and cranberries. Cook another 4 -5 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.
- 2. Add mandarin oranges, oil, almonds and maple syrup.
- 3. Can be served warm or chilled.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Quinoa is a nutrition powerhouse. A complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids, it’s also high in manganese, magnesium, iron, tryptophan, copper and phosphorus. Quinoa provides significant benefits for heart health. It’s also useful for people who suffer from migraine headaches. High in fiber, it’s useful for those dieting as it’s filling, as well as the benefits of fiber for certain types of cancers. Quinoa is a wonderful source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 407, Weight Watchers Points 8
Total Fat: 11.17g
Total Carbs: 68.21g
Dietary Fiber: 7.65g
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com. The statement made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to me that I provide you with accurate information.