A Can’t-Miss Quinoa Dish for the Holiday Table

December 19, 2014 Posted by mvais@sapient.com December 19, 2014 CategoryNutrition

: A Can’t-Miss Quinoa Dish for the Holiday Table



Jordan Reid is the founding editor of RamshackleGlam.com and the host of the DIGS Channel show. She’s a former Manhattanite, new mom and author of, “The New Mom’s Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having it All.” This post originally appeared on her blog, Ramshackle Glam.


December is full of hearty dinners so it’s the perfect time to add a healthy dish that’s also good for your skin to any big holiday meal.


One of the trendiest foods today is quinoa. It’s known as a super food because it’s full of protein, fiber, iron, and lysine — which are essential for tissue growth and repair, making it a big skin-health booster.


It’s also similar in texture to rice because it takes on the flavor of almost any ingredients you mix it with, making it a great way to add extra nutrients to any dish.


For a seasonal touch, try it with citrusy vinaigrette and an assortment of fruits (antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds and cranberries and vitamin C-filled orange) for your quinoa dish.


Bonus: this makes for a pretty winter side dish, and an unexpected (and healthy) addition to your holiday table.


Orange and Pomegranate Quinoa


Serves: Approx. 4 people


1 cups dry quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup orange juice
½ tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup pomegranate seeds
½ cup orange slices, cut in half (or use mandarin oranges)
2 tbsp fresh chopped mint
Sea salt




1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa, water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn down heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes (or according to package instructions). Remove cover and fluff with a fork and set quinoa aside to cool.


2. Meanwhile, simmer the orange juice until it reduces by half. Let cool, then whisk in the olive oil and lemon juice.


3. In a large serving bowl, toss together quinoa, dressing, cranberries, pomegranate seeds, orange slices, mint, and salt to taste. Serve chilled.


This post was originally published on Jordan’s blog, Ramshackle Glam