Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

Posted On 01 Nov 2012
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I wouldn’t have thought that quinoa, sweet potatoes and dried cranberries would be so tasty together but this easy dish has become a fast favorite in our home. You can serve it on the side or as a main course with a big salad – either way you’re putting a complete protein source on the table (thanks to the quinoa) along with a generous helping of healthy antioxidants (thanks to the sweet potatoes). Win!

The recipe for this dish is slightly adapted from a Moosewood recipe for Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes. I adjusted the cooking method to suit my own kitchen habits, changed the amount of quinoa/lemon juice and added a big handful of dried cranberries for color. I serve this as a side dish at least once a month and also plan on making it for Thanksgiving this year. Between the sweet potatoes and the cranberries I think this is a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table!

Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries
Between the sweet potatoes and the cranberries this slightly sweet quinoa dish is a yummy addition to any meal.
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • Squeeze of half a lemon (only use fresh lemon juice)
  • Big handful of dried cranberries
  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan or pot with a tight-fitting lid warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, salt and diced sweet potato and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, about 5-8 minutes. Add the quinoa and water. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until the sweet potato is tender and the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid.
  3. Remove from heat. Add fresh juice from ½ a lemon and a big handful of dried cranberries, mixing well. Taste and season with salt/pepper as needed.



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I'm a work-at-home mom and entertainment director for my son, a.k.a. The Munchkin. When we aren't doing art, singing songs or making something tasty in the kitchen we enjoy listening to podcasts and exploring the outdoors. I'm also slightly obsessed with coffee and love to knit. :)