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Crazy for cranberries

Read Time:   |  December 9, 2018

Festive Cranberry & Chestnut Quinoa
Cook time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4

This recipe from Linwoods and Charley’s Health (@charleyshealth) with the perfect winter ingredients is quick and easy to make and is a healthier alternative to reach for during the Christmas period.

75g quinoa
1/2 vegetable stock cube
120g chestnut mushrooms
1 stock celery
2 cloves garlic
1/2 medium onion
Olive oil for cooking
Large handful of cooked chestnuts
Handful dried cranberries
Black pepper to taste
Tbsp of LINWOODS Milled Flaxseed
Fresh herbs and coriander and pomegranate seeds to garnish

  1. Finely dice the onion and add this into a frying pan with a little drizzle of olive oil. Sauté this over a medium heat until beautifully caramelized. Crush in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa with 1 1/2 parts water and add in the stock cube. When the quinoa is almost cooked and there’s hardly any water left, remove from the heat and leave the lid on the pan to allow to finish cooking. Try and avoid stirring the quinoa too much – fluff with a fork instead.
  3. Dice the celery and mushrooms and add these into the pan with the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Chop the chestnuts into halves and stir these into the mixture.
  4. Add a little water if needed to prevent the veggies sticking to the pan.
  5. Once the veggies are all cooked through and starting to crisp nicely, mix through the cranberries, quinoa and flaxseed, then season with a little black pepper.
  6. Serve and garnish with some fresh herbs and pomegranate seeds.


Christmas Lentil, Pistachio & Cranberry Loaf
Servings: 8-10

This recipe from Linwoods and Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen (@nadiashealthykitchen) will not only wow your guests, but will give them an extra nutritional boost on the big day. 

235g cooked green lentils
2 large carrots
100g almond
100g pistachios
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp flour
2 flax eggs – 2 tbsp LINWOODS Milled Flaxseed + 5 tbsp water
2 tbsp each of chopped fresh sage, thyme and rosemary
1 tbsp oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 tsp salt or to taste
Black pepper

For the cranberry topping:
100g cranberries
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp maple syrup

1. Prepare the flax eggs by mixing the milled flaxseed and water in a small bowl. Leave to set for 15 minutes.
2. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan assisted)
3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan, then add in the onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute then take off the heat.
4. Add the lentils, carrots, pistachios and almonds to a food processor and blend until you have a crumbly mixture. Depending on the strength of your food processor, you may find it easier to blend the carrots, lentils and nuts separately.
5. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl, then add in the cooked onions and garlic, nutritional yeast, oat flour, lemon juice, chopped herbs and the prepared flax eggs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
6. Smooth the mixture into a loaf tin lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
8. To make the cranberry topping, add the cranberries, orange juice and maple syrup into a small saucepan and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Spread the mixture over the loaf and decorate with chopped pistachios.

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