Orange Cranberry Walnut Quinoa

Orange Cranberry Walnut Quinoa

The flavor profile of this quinoa recipe is savory, sweet and sour.

It has citrus, cranberries, green onions and walnuts: And, since there’s not as many fresh fruits available locally this time of year, I often resort to using canned or dried fruit. I know it’s not ideal but, it’s important to continue getting lots of fruit throughout the year. One way I do that is by taking inspiration from Thanksgiving.

What do vegans like best for Thanksgiving?

Everything but, the turkey, of course. One of my favorites is the cranberry orange sauce I make every year. That’s the flavor profile I used to create this stunningly delicious protein bowl. But, I know I’ll be making this year round because it’s not just good and healthy, it’s amazing!

How to flavor other whole grains:

The neutral flavors of quinoa and the fluffy texture make a great base of super nutritious whole grain superfood. But, you could use this same flavor profile with oatmeal, couscous, chia pudding, or granola, too. You get the idea!

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Orange Cranberry Walnut Quinoa
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Delicious sweet and sour flavors make this irresistable!
Recipe type: Protein Bowl
Cuisine: Californian
Serves:: 4
  • 1 C Quinoa
  • 1 ½ C Water
  • ½ t Kosher sea salt
  • 1 T Everything but the bagel sesame seasoning blend (*see copycat mix recipe below)
  • ½ C Dried sweetened cranberries
  • ½ C Walnut pieces
  • 1 15oz. can Geisha Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • 1 Orange zested + 2 T juice (from half) + ½ sectioned
  • 1 T Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1 T Trader Joe's Everything but the bagel seasoning*
  • 2 Green onions, sliced + more to garnish, if desired
  • To garnish: ¼ C Dried Onion chips, ¼ C Sweetened cashews with sesame seeds, and/or orange slices (optional)
  • *Mix together: 2 T White sesame seeds, 2 t Sea salt flakes, 1 T Dried minced garlic, 1 T Dried minced onion, 1 T Black sesame seeds, and 1 T Poppy seeds or, use link to “Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend with Sea Salt, Garlic and Onion”.
  1. In an Instant Pot, combine quinoa, water, salt and seasoning blend, and cook for 1 minute on pressure cook, with vent sealed. (This will take about 15 minutes to warm up, 1 minute to cook, and 10 minutes to cool; 26 minutes)
  2. When finished cooking (and timer will beep), unplug machine, do not allow further cooking on keep warm setting, rest for 10 minutes, then, carefully open vent to release pressure for 1 minute, or as needed.
  3. Remove lid and set aside.
  4. Carefully remove hot liner from pot, pour quinoa contents in a large bowl; fluff with a fork.
  5. Cool to warm, or room temperature.
  6. If making ahead, cool completely, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  7. When ready to serve, add to bowl the rest of the ingredients, and gently stir.
  8. Garnish as desired.

Find Trader Joe’s “Everything but the bagel seasoning mix”.

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