This is a dish that I could turn into a holiday tradition. I call it Butternut Cranberry Quinoa. I love this dish!
I do not make a big effort to have a bunch of holiday traditions…maybe that is my tradition. So, for me to say that this recipe could be tradition is BIG! Nothing wrong with adding (or replacing) a new recipe as part of your holiday meal!
Here are a couple health benefits for some of the ingredients in the Butternut Cranberry Quinoa dish:
Butternut squash –
- Avoid shiny skin indicating that it was picked too early
- High in vitamins A & C
- Full-grown squash has a sweeter taste
- Whole cranberries provide more vitamin C than dried
- Whole cranberries are better for our liver and cardiovascular system than dried or liquid
- Sunlight increases the anthocyanins in cranberries
Pumpkin seeds –
- A good source of zinc, unshelled seeds provide more zinc
- Store unshelled seeds in the pantry and shelled seeds in the refrigerator
- I purchase raw and toast my own pumpkin seeds on the stovetop (in the oven at a low temp is also fine)
- Contains all 9 essential amino acids which makes it a complete protein source
- Rinse quinoa prior to cooking it
- Quinoa is in the Chenopod food family, which also includes spinach, chard, and beets
What are some new holiday recipes you have made tradition?