If there is a prettier holiday side dish, I don’t know what it would be. This Turmeric Quinoa with Pomegranates has it all going on! It is colorful and packed with taste and texture. With just ten minutes of hands on time, this company-worthy dish also works as a quick weeknight side.
Around the holidays, I’m always looking for recipes that are easy to make, don’t require valuable oven and stove space AND taste delicious. Score extra points if they are also allergy friendly and appealing to both vegans and carnivores alike.
It sounds like a tall order, but today I’ve got a healthy side that the whole family will love. This Turmeric Quinoa with Pomegranate and Walnuts easy to make, beautiful on your table and so delicious.
Did I mention easy? Yes, but I’ll say it again
We are talking less than 10 minutes of hands-on time.
I know that sounds like a tall claim, but I mean every word of it. The days of quinoa being stuck to the bottom of the pan because I got hung up with the kids and it stayed on the stove for too long are gone.
I know a lot of you like to cook your quinoa in a rice cooker. While this can be an ok method, you miss one of the most important steps, which is toasting the quinoa to bring out the flavor.
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Turmeric Quinoa with Pomegranates and Walnuts
- Heat your oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion, garlic, and quinoa. Toast, stirring often, for 4 minutes. Add turmeric and vegetable broth.
- Bring to a simmer, and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.
- Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for 5 to 10 more minutes.
- Toss with walnuts and scallions and serve warm or at room temperature.