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Easy Quinoa Stuffing

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This super easy Quinoa Stuffing Recipe is a healthy alternative and perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Naturally gluten-free, packed with flavor and vegan too!

In just a few short days, all across the country, we will be brought together for one thing. Giving thanks. There are so many things to be grateful for this in this world, and one of the most important things for me (besides my family and friends) is the abundance of healthy food at our Thanksgiving table.

This year, I'll be bringing a few different things, but one dish that you can always count on from me is quinoa stuffing. I've been bringing the same quinoa stuffing for the past few years, and while it's super tasty, I felt like I could make it a bit more flavorful. So today I'm sharing my updated quinoa stuffing recipe that uses a few new spices to make it even more delectable.

This super easy Quinoa Stuffing Recipe is a healthy alternative and perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Naturally gluten-free, packed with flavor and vegan too!

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This super easy Quinoa Stuffing Recipe is a healthy alternative and perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Naturally gluten-free, packed with flavor and vegan too!

The last recipe I made was fairly basic. Good, but needed more. It was based off a recipe I found years ago when I was still learning my way with quinoa, but now that I've had years of practice working with this lovely faux grain, my new-and-improved quinoa stuffing is just that. New. And improved.

Much in part thanks to the edition of some new spices: rosemary, sage and thyme.

I like using these dried, hearty spices in the recipe because you can add them to the roasting process and not worry about them getting burned. Simply Organic makes my favorite spices, so if you're looking to stock up, check out what they've got!

Looking for a healthy Thanksgiving recipe? Give this Easy Quinoa Stuffing a try! Simple to make, packed with flavor and naturally GF & vegan!

The base is tri-color quinoa which provides a little crunch, but also makes the dish pop with color. Then it's sweet potato (or butternut squash), shallots, garlic and spices,  which are roasted up with a touch of olive oil. The potatoes add a creamy texture and sweet flavor, which pairs perfectly with the winter spices.

To finish it off, we toss in some chopped pecans and fresh herbs for even more flavor.

Pure deliciousness!

Looking for a healthy Thanksgiving recipe? Give this Easy Quinoa Stuffing a try! Simple to make, packed with flavor and naturally GF & vegan!

 

If you've been wondering about what to bring to this year's Thanksgiving feast, that is still traditional but also healthy, I'm telling you this quinoa stuffing is a must-make. It's also one of those recipes that you can make ahead of time and just warm up on the day of.

Plus, for all you gluten-free eaters out there, this recipe is the perfect substitute for the classic Thanksgiving stuffing. It's light, flavorful and packed with all the standard ingredients. But, you won't find any bread here. It's simply my dear friend quinoa. Be ready to smile as you taste this heart-warming dish!

Have a healthy Thanksgiving this year by serving this super SIMPLE Quinoa Stuffing recipe instead of the traditional bread-based one!

Looking for a healthy Thanksgiving recipe? Give this Easy Quinoa Stuffing a try! Simple to make, packed with flavor and naturally GF & vegan!
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Easy Quinoa Stuffing

The base is tri-color quinoa which provides a little crunch, but also makes the dish pop with color. Then it's sweet potato (or butternut squash), shallots, garlic and spices,  which are roasted up with a touch of olive oil. The potatoes add a creamy texture and sweet flavor, which pairs perfectly with the winter spices.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy stuffing, stuffing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 268 kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tri-color quinoa or variety of choice
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cups finely diced sweet potato or butternut squash
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • Optional add-ins: 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 - 2 finely chopped apples

Instructions

  1. Add quinoa and broth to a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 10 - 15 minutes until all the broth as been absorbed. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and allow to cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  3. Toss your diced sweet potatoes (or squash), shallot and garlic in a large bowl. Add spices, salt and pepper, then drizzle with oil and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking sheet and roast for 15 - 20 minutes, flipping half way through.
  4. Assemble stuffing by combining cooked quinoa, potatoes and pecans in a large mixing bowl. Stir together and add apple cider vinegar, rosemary and thyme. Toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  5. Serve cold or reheat slightly.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Quinoa Stuffing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 658mg 27%
Potassium 502mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 232.8%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 6%
Iron 16.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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Have a healthy Thanksgiving this year by serving this super SIMPLE Quinoa Stuffing recipe instead of the traditional bread-based one!
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  1. I’m fairly new to all of this, I only began eating quinoa about 6 weeks ago and I think this recipe sounds great to round out our first Thanksgiving à la healthy! I’m staying away from sweet potatoes, so do you think it would work with butternut squash just as well? If so, would I prepare it the same way? I think I will try walnuts too.

    Thank you!
    Kelly

  2. Oh!!! THIS is “it”! Last week, somebody had this delicious quinoa dish at a concert reception, and we just adored it. I came surfing to find something similar, and this recipe is exactly what we had. So happy to find it, and it’s going to have a very welcome spot on our Thanksgiving table. 😀 Thank you for sharing.

  3. Well, I think a few ground walnuts and Brazil’s would see me having this as main item…. A good satay type sauce and pots of vegetables an that is me happy!

  4. I am pretty new to quinoa and was wondering what the difference is between red and white quinoa? Can this recipe use all white or all red quinoa? Thanks.

    • Hi Cheryl! So happy you’ve found quinoa – it’s a fabulous little food and I’m sure you will love it (if you don’t already) 🙂 So as far as the different varieties, they are pretty interchangeable, but you will notice a slight different in texture. The white (or golden) variety is the fluffiest and softest, red and black quinoa have a bit more crunch to them and don’t get as fluffy. All three are delicious and this recipe would be great with either white, red or a blend of the two. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other quinoa related questions along the way 🙂 xo Alyssa

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