Smarter Solutions: Three Recipes with Winter Squash, Dried Cherries, and Quinoa.

By Rachel Jones | Last Updated December 07, 2016
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Photographs by Michael Fornataro | Styling by Alyssa Otto

After we welcome a parade of rich holiday staples — and then solemnly swear to clean up our eating habits in the new year — we’re searching for healthier dishes that won’t skimp on heartiness. Quinoa rises to the challenge, with a dose of fiber and protein that keeps us full without inducing a food coma. Sweeten the superfood with some dried cherries, packed with Vitamin C to stave off those sniffles and serve a much better purpose than they would in any fruitcake, then round out the combo with the colorful, nutritious addition of winter squash.

Winter Crostata with Butternut Squash, Dried Cherries, and Quinoa

winter crostata
By Rohn Sambol of JPC Event Group | Yield: 8-12 servings

Warm Winter Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad
By Ben Sloan of Kaya | Yield: 5-6 servings

Acorn Squash with Tart Cherry Quinoa Pilaf

acorn squash
By Scott Croyle of Jacksons Restaurant + Bar | Yield: 2-4 servings
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