Cranberry Curry Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash

Warm up a chilly day with this simple, festive Cranberry Curry Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash featuring roasted vegetables and sweet cranberries.

Warm up a chilly day with this simple, festive Cranberry Curry Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash featuring roasted vegetables and sweet cranberries.
Cranberry Curry Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash

Cranberry Curry Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash




Yield 1-2 servings


  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 3/4 cup of veggie broth
  • 1/2 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, plus extra to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon, optional but delish
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Begin by chopping your veggies and coating them in olive oil, salt + black pepper.
  2. Add to a foil-lined baking sheet and roast at 450 degrees F for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. While your veggies are roasting away, rinse, dry and cook your quinoa. If this is your first time cooking quinoa, check out my quinoa tutorial on how to get fluffy, perfect quinoa every time =) It involves a few key steps including rinsing, drying thoroughly, and even lightly toasting the quinoa. Love it so!
  4. While your quinoa is cooking, add in 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of mild curry powder.
  5. Fluff the cranberries and quinoa and allow to cool a bit before tasting a small spoonful. Feel free to add a little more curry powder and the lemon zest if you'd like.
  6. Move mixture to a bowl and combine with your roasted veggies.
  7. Dig in!

special diets and swaps

  • Switch it up by adding roasted or grilled pineapple to the mix!
  • T-Rex Chefs: feel free to use chicken broth if you prefer. Leftover pulled pork or shredded rotisserie chicken would be a great addition to this dish

So… how was it? 

Tasty and filling! Quinoa is protein-and-fiberrific like that. The curry is light and zesty but doesn’t overpower this dish. The cranberries add a welcome sweetness that can be enhanced further by adding a teeny bit of ground cinnamon. This has quickly become one of my favorite fall recipes. I made it a few weeks ago and have been playing around with it ever since.

Sometimes i’ll add fresh roasted pineapple to the mix for a sweet and fruity dish and other times I’ll eat it straight up, and then play with the leftovers.

Re-vamp leftovers by mixing this dish into ooey gooey macaroni + cheese or stuffed into button mushrooms and baked!  So so SO good! <3

Most of my dishes are either sweet OR savory, but this recipe is a fab medley of both!
Do you have a favorite sweet and savory dish?

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mmmm…I like this combo—it’s very fall-festive too!
Cranberries are one of my faves, but I often don’t know what to do with them 🙂
Hmmmm….my mom makes a butternut, spinach, red onion, goat cheese, dried cranberry dish that is super yummy in all of its sweet/savory-ness!


I’m loving quinoa right now – and this looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!


Yum! This sounds great…this is so going on my to make list! :o)


Yum – sounds great!

I love the dinosaur references too 😉


Corey @ Learning Patience

This looks great! I love quinoa…cooking up some of Mama Peas quinoa zucchini lasagna right now!
xoxo from Trinidad

YUM!!! Oh man, I need some of this. And since I have 10lbs of sweet potatoes on my hands, I’d probably add some sweet taters!

Cait @ Beyond Bananas

LOVE! Always loving new things to do with quinoa!


This looks fantastic – I can’t wait to try it! I lurve the idea of quinoa curry (especially when it involves cranberries) – good thinkin’ on this recipe! 🙂


This looks so good and reminds me of fall. You’re a genius! Plus, I like how you provided leftover/remix options. You so smawt 🙂

such a lovely autumn recipe 🙂

Tessa @ Amazing Asset

What a delightful recipe for fall… so many gorgeous colors, and of course I am sure it tastes good 🙂
Thanks for this pretty lady

Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

This looks awesome! I’ve got a butternut at home that I can’t wait to get my hands on when I get back. I was already thinking of combining it with dried cherries for some sweetness b/c I love mixing savory & sweet. You’re right, this would make an awesome stuffing. 🙂

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

judging by the recipe i posted today, i’ll let you guess how i feel about this recipe 🙂 i’ll give you a hint- GREAT!

I love this idea. I LOVE QUINOA! So versatile and delicious 🙂

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

I really like this dish because you don’t try to add more sweetness to the cranberries. Most cranberry recipes I avoid because they are just too much for me with the brown sugar/agave/etc. Butternut squash is enough of a sweetener for me in this – and i LOVE curry!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

Yummm! Can you say early Thanksgiving 🙂

Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama

Sweet and savory dishes are my face! This looks fantastic. 🙂


Looks awesome to me! I love combining sweet a7 savory 🙂


Love the colours! Great recipe 🙂

Fran@Broken Cookies Don't Count

Jenn, this looks fantastic! And I have everything I need to make it. I’ve never made butternut squash before, but I bought some at the produce place last week and need to figure out something to do with it. I’ve got to make this…Thanks!!


Holy yum! That looks delish, will be giving that a try for sure 🙂

Kristin @STUFT Mama

Oh man, look at you and this yumminess. Holy moly woman- I want to try this and everything listed on your last post. 🙂
Um….. you may need to give me a pinterest tutorial. I have no clue what to do! (I’m guessing lose a few more hours of sleep.) 🙂

Sara @my less serious life

i’ve actually never made quinoa, but it is on my list of things to try. and this combination sounds absolutely fantastic. thanks for the inspiration!


Jenn this looks sooo good!! Ive never tried curry flavours with quinoa


I looooooove my rice cooker! I never even realized I needed one until I married an Asian guy. Ha! We use it every single day, for rice (obviously), quinoa, barley…love it. And they’re not that expensive, either.

claire @ the realistic nutritionist

This looks INCREDIBLE!!!

Anna @ On Anna's Plate

Mmmm…I love the sweet/savory combo!! And curry in the colder months is such a comforting spice!

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn


Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn

Ooh I’ve been looking for a quinoa recipe 🙂
And this one sounds doubly good because it involves roasted butternut squash!
It looks really delicious, I want to try it!

Rachel @ eachdayray

this sounds so good!! i recently found a recipe for quinoa with pom seeds that i’ve been dying to make but just haven’t gotten around to!


I don’t usually dig on sweet/savoury together, but it works with fall recipes!

Jill @ Vegan in the Kitchen

This sounds delish! I made a squash bisque while visiting my parents last week. They have a pressure cooker. I am in <3. The squash was done in like 10 minutes!


I absolutely love cranberries, I’ve never tried it in quinoa before though. Usually I stick to sweet or savory, it’s not very often I do for the and!

Nada (One Arab Vegan)

This sounds DELICIOUS! I’m slightly obsessed with fall-inspired recipes at the moment and I love curry so this is right up my alley. Making this very very soon, thanks for the recipe Jenn!


OMIGOSH!!! Looks delicious! Love the remix ideas too! bookmarking!


the recipe states 1/4 tsp garlic powder, but in the directions it says 1/2 tsp. which do you use?

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

1/4 should be perfect! <3


I’ve never been a fan of quinoa but this looks so so delish that I must give it a try! It might even convert me 😉

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Its gotten rave reviews so I hope you’ll try it sometime! my FAVORITE dish and the one that made me realize I no longer hated quinoa is my faux fried rice: its SO GOOD that my friends kids will eat it and my picky husband will too! highly suggest trying that baby first =) also, there is this AMAZING website that has really great cooking instructions for the quinoa itself:



Thanks Jenn!  Quinoa’s now on this week’s shopping list 🙂  I might have a big quinoa cook up and try both your faux fried rice AND the curried dish. I’ll let you know how I get on xx


i decided at the last minute to make this tomorrow for christmas! 2 questions – is it a 1/2 of a whole squash, and if so how big? also, how many servings would you say this makes? trying to figure out how much to multiply it! thanks a lot 


OMG this looks delish.  Can I just come and live with you already?

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

I’ll get your room ready!!! =)

Andrea Dixon

Sometimes I see a recipe online and I can’t stop thinking about it until I’ve made and consumed it. This was one and I’m so glad I did! Yummy! It’s great re-heated too. Thank you!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Score!!!!! So stoked you loved it!!!! I love having recipes that re-heat well and I’m learning that while rice doesn’t re-heat fabulously…. quinoa does! <– and its healthier so it’s a total win win =) Thanks for stopping back over to let me know what you thought! I’m going to be smiling all day now =)


Oh my goodness that just became on of my new favorite recipes I see myself mixing it up a lot of ways. I made a double batch with extra curry powder and roasted the veggies in coconut oil. I will be eating it as a side to fish this week! I am already thinking of ways to eat it on salads, for lunch, ect. I really think I could make this every week-it is that good. Since it is spring and not butternut season I am thinking maybe I could make it with sweet potatoes instead since they are cheap at the farmers market! Hmm would sweet potatoes, pineapple, and cauliflower be a good mix? Thanks for an awesome recipe that I can eat mounds of and still feel good because of all the veggies!




This is a great recipe. I have made it several times to take to potlucks. It is delicious.


    Thanks Gloria!!! <3