Winter Apple & Cranberry Quinoa

27 Dec

Good Morning Lovelies!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day so far.

Many of you are probably back to work today after having some time off for holidays, that is if you didn’t have to work yesterday (like me) or if you aren’t one of those lucky you-know-whats that is off until after the New Year.

If you are one of those lucky you-know-whats, I’m not sure if we can still be friends.

Okay, okay, I forgive you and I will put aside my jealousy since it is the holidays.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, I guess we move on to New Years!

Mr. Delish and I have been invited to a beautiful 4 course meal and then drinks and dancing! The event is put on by the Fraser Valley Italo-Canadian Club and I have heard of people going in previous years and it sounds like an amazing way to spend New Years eve! I am expecting a delicious meal, too.

Oh and some wine of course!

I know a lot of people tend to make New Years Resolutions around this time of year as well. Personally, I don’t make resolutions just because I think a lot of times they fail and then you end up feeling guilty.

For example, one of the fitness classes I go to at my gym, normally has the same group of ladies that take the class 3 times a week. I’d say there is probably about 15-20 women that have been going for a long time. Then every year when January rolls around, the class will be PACKED for the first 2 weeks and then it will slowly trail off to the same group of 15-20 ladies.

I’m not sure what it is but it just seems like trying to make a change for a certain period of time is kind of setting you up for disaster, you’re more likely to work hard at something if you don’t put a time frame on it. Especially with fitness, it is something that you have to incorporate into your daily life, and just make it part of your routine. Eventually you get used to it and even grow to enjoy it. Whereas the resolution lets you go strong for a couple of weeks, then slowly lose your momentum and then stop entirely. Then you feel guilty and beat yourself up about it, which makes you depressed and less motivated to get back on the horse and try again.

I’m not saying resolutions don’t work, I am sure there are people out there that really stick to their resolutions and make them happen!

So since I am not resolving to do anything specific, I will just say that I really need to post more on this little site of mine, it’s getting ridiculous here.

Especially because this recipe I am about to post, was supposed to be posted directly after the Lemony White Wine Pork Chops recipe…that I posted on December 10th….

Well technically this is the next recipe I posted, but it just happened to be 16 days later…


Anyways, lets move on to this darn quinoa.


I like making different side dishes rather than the same old steamed rice or potato, and this one fits the bill! Filled with cranberries, apple and goat cheese, this is just so different and perfect for fall.


I served it hot with this meal, but you could also let it cool or refrigerate for a room temperature or cold salad!


No matter what  you do, this is a tasty side dish that will not disappoint.


Miss Delish asks:

How are you ringing in the New Year?

Do you believe in making New Years Resolutions? If so what is your New Years Resolution(s)?

Winter Apple & Cranberry Quinoa

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Winter Apple & Cranberry Quinoa

A delicious healthful salad filled with winter flavors!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups hot cooked quinoa
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 small apples, diced ( I like to use a really juicy and crunchy apple like a Braeburn or Spartan)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goats cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a small pan or skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium high heat until melted completely. Add the sliced onion and stir to coat in the oil/butter mixture. It will seem like a lot of oil/butter but this will be used to coat the quinoa later. Season with salt and pepper and then lower the heat to medium low and allow the onions to cook down and caramelize, about 20-25 minutes.

Once the onion is cooked, add in the diced apple and cranberries. Stir and allow the mixture to cook over medium low heat for about 4-5 minutes, just to heat through and allow the cranberries to rehydrate slightly.

Remove from the heat and toss together with the cooked quinoa. Add the crumbled goat cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, room temperature or refrigerate and serve cold.





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3 Responses to “Winter Apple & Cranberry Quinoa”

  1. Holly December 27, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    I am probably going to be painting my kitchen or some such thing on new years *sigh* but I am making a new years resolution to work out for at least 30 mins 3x a week.

    • missdelish December 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

      Oh well that’s fun and at least you are doing something productive! And way to go on the resolution!! :)

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