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Butternut Cranberry Rice Pilaf

All the best flavors in one dish!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Servings - 4 servings


  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Tangy vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 small red onion, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Add 1/4 inch of water to a 9x13 inch glass baking dish.
  • Slice the top off the butternut squash, then cut it in half, lengthwise. Place the 2 pieces, flesh side up in the baking dish. Roast for 1 hour, or until flesh is soft all the way through. Cut into bite size pieces.
  • Cook the rice, as directed. I mixed the brown rice and wild rice together in my rice cooker with 3 1/4 cups of water.
  • Cook the 2 sweet potatoes (with a slit) in the microwave for 5-6 minutes, or until soft. Cut them up into small bite size squares.
  • Once everything is cooked and cubed, combine the rice, butternut squash cubes, sweet potato cubes, and cranberries in a large mixing bowl. Add in the cinnamon and ground ginger. Then add dressing, to taste.
  • Serve Butternut Cranberry Rice Pilaf with red onion garnish.
  • To Freeze: Before adding the red onions, add the cooled rice pilaf into a plastic container or freezer baggie.
  • To Thaw and Reheat: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Add to a saucepan with about 3/4 cups of water and cook over medium low heat, tossing often until heated through. Add red onions before serving.