Thanksgiving Quinoa

I am skipping the Thursday Thoughts today because the only thought I have right now is a day off and spending time with my husband and some friends.  I hope you are all going to do the same too.

I will share with you my new signature Thanksgiving dish, which will make it’s way on my table every Thanksgiving from here on out.

Here is what I started with.
I made 2 cups of quinoa in 4 cups of liquid.  since I was making a sweet dish, I used 2 cups water and 2 cups apple juice, in place of all water.  A big thank you to my sister, Rachel, for that suggestion.  As I brought that to a boil I added 1/3 cup (and a tad more) of dried cranberries and a 1/3 cup (and a tad more) of dried cranberries.  I put them in early on so they would plump up nicely and add to my dish.  Since it was a double batch of quinoa (2 cups dry), it took a little longer than the anticipated 15 minutes, it was more like 20.
At this point I mixed everything up, brought the dried fruit to the top and distributed it, then I added 1/2 cup cashews and mixed it all up again.  Because the dish was hot the cashews will soften but will not be mush because they were only added at the end.  Then I packaged mine up to take to a Thanksgiving party.
It was amazing and I am so impressed that I came up with this dish all on my own.  This is truly a Thanksgiving worthy dish.

QUESTIONS:  What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  What is your signature Thanksgiving dish?



Kimberly Peterson said...

Well done in coming up with this dish all on your own. It sure does look and sound amazing!!

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chow and chatter said...

cool and healthy dish for thanksgiving very you love it

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