Quinoa with Acorn Squash and Pomegranate

I’d call this dish a happy accident.  Here’s the short version of a long story.  There were plans to roast a whole eight pound fish at our Friendsgiving dinner a few weeks ago.  Why?  Well, I don’t know.  I wanted to… it sounded like fun.  Do I need a reason?  I’m crazy!  We were very close to actually doing it and then someone (cough, cough — Eric — cough) decided they’d be practical and bring up that maybe we didn’t have enough space in our oven to roast a whole fish.  Now, I was under a lot of stress at the time and I COULD have freaked out (I’ve been known to throw tantrums in the midst of party planning).  But I didn’t.  I kept my cool and said, “Ok, darling husband, now I need to think of something to make for those that don’t eat meat.”  I took a deep breath, looked at the ingredients on hand, and came up with this quinoa dish.

So, I guess I have Eric to thank for this creation…. thanks for poopooing on on my dreams of roasting a whole fish.  Without you, I wouldn’t have created this fabulous recipe.


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KatrinaDecember 6, 2012 - 7:36 am

Pomegranates always make photos so pretty. This looks lovely!

ElDecember 6, 2012 - 8:21 am

Looks great. I’m a vegetarian and would have loved this. You saved the day!

Alyssa | Queen of QuinoaDecember 6, 2012 - 9:21 am

I of course adore anything and everything made with quinoa, but the colors and flavor in this dish sound unreal. Squash season is definitely my favorite and I can’t wait to try this recipe. Loving that’s it naturally gluten-free!

MonetDecember 6, 2012 - 9:40 am

Sometimes the best dishes come from “accidents” like this. I think we should give Eric a big thank you because this looks stunning!

Bev @ Bev CooksDecember 6, 2012 - 9:44 am

Gosh you make pretty food. And I’m not at all mad about it. Not at all.

MariaDecember 6, 2012 - 9:56 am

Love everything about this dish!

AmandaDecember 6, 2012 - 10:07 am

Oh my goodness, I wish I had a big bowl of this in front of me right now! Looks amazing!

jaime @ sweet roadDecember 6, 2012 - 11:20 am

Beautiful combination! Colors always indicate a nutritious, healthy meal!

Laura (Tutti Dolci)December 6, 2012 - 11:30 am

This is such a gorgeous vegetarian dish, I love the acorn squash and pomegranate combo!

Alison LewisDecember 6, 2012 - 4:21 pm

great combination of colors and flavors!

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceDecember 6, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Well this is quite the beautiful backup plan :) I think I’d go for this over the whole roasted fish. That’s one culinary task I have yet to tackle. Seems very daunting to me!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenDecember 6, 2012 - 10:53 pm

Great vibrant colors and flavors, sounds delicious!

Heather | Farmgirl GourmetDecember 6, 2012 - 11:53 pm

looks delish Brian! I love the addition of pomegranate

chinmayie @ love food eatDecember 7, 2012 - 2:15 am

That made me salivate… so flavorful and good!

Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesDecember 7, 2012 - 8:33 am

Alright, I am making this next week. Because this is the kind of recipe that’s going to float around in my head until I make it. (Am I the only one who obsesses about recipes like this?)

Liren BakerDecember 7, 2012 - 4:30 pm

There’s nothing like a happy accident – and this might be the most beautiful accident I’ve seen! But an 8 lb fish! Wow!

Suzanne PerazziniDecember 8, 2012 - 1:27 am

A pity about the fish but one must be practical. This is such a pretty dish that it more than makes up for the lack of fish.

Lora @cakeduchessDecember 8, 2012 - 9:39 am

I love when you are planning one thing and then something else happens. Especially when it’s as wonderful as this. The colors are so pretty and the flavors tempt me (I like the dish!!). xx

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Marica BochicchioDecember 10, 2012 - 1:18 pm

I love quinoa and squash… I’ll try the recipe… ciao Marica Bochicchio.

Loretta | A Finn In The KitchenDecember 10, 2012 - 4:30 pm

I love how vibrant this dish looks! Perfect to perk you up on a dreary day!

Andrew FrishmanDecember 11, 2012 - 1:21 pm

MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some quinoa and pomegranate!

Perséfone es la diosa del inframundo en la mitología griega. Ella es la hija de Zeus y Deméter, diosa de la cosecha. Perséfone era una mujer joven y hermosa que todo el mundo la quería, incluso Hades la quería para sí. Un día, cuando ella estaba recogiendo flores en la llanura de Enna, la tierra se abrió de repente y el Hades alzó del espacio y la secuestró. Nadie sino Zeus, y el sol que todo lo ve, Helios, se había dado cuenta.

Quebrantados de corazón, Deméter vagó por la tierra, buscando a su hija hasta Helios reveló lo que había sucedido. Deméter estaba tan enojado que ella se retiró en soledad, y la tierra dejó de ser fértil. Sabiendo esto no podía continuar mucho más tiempo, Zeus envió a Hermes a Hades para hacerle soltar Perséfone. Hades aceptó de mala gana, pero antes de que ella regresó dio Persephone la granada (o las semillas de una granada, según algunas fuentes). Cuando, más tarde comió de ella, la ataba a inframundo para siempre y ella tuvo que quedarse allí un tercio del año. Los otros meses se quedó con su madre. Cuando Perséfone estaba en el Hades, Deméter se negó a dejar que nada crezca y comenzó invierno. Este mito es un símbolo de la brotación y la muerte de la naturaleza. En los misterios de Eleusis, este acontecimiento se celebraba en honor de Deméter y Perséfone, que era conocido en este culto como Kore.

SarahDecember 11, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Do I have to not eat meat to enjoy this? No worries, I’ll pretend if I have to. The photos are mouthwatering.

Denise WoodwardDecember 11, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Sounds amazing and looks beautiful. It would have gone well with a big fish!

Heather @girlichefDecember 17, 2012 - 6:54 pm

This is a stunning dish, I just love the vibrant colors!

Michelle SFebruary 8, 2013 - 9:59 am

I will be doing some recipe testing this weekend and this is in the lineup. Beautiful pictures, beautiful colors and love the blend of flavors. I love it when I find a Quinoa Recipe that is visually appealing it makes it ever so much easier to get friends/family on board to taste it. I would love to share this on my FB page and send people to your website for the recipe.


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