This Quinoa Stuffing is perfect for a healthy Thanksgiving Celebration. What this dish reminds me of is a fried rice with a Thanksgiving flare. It is sweet, savory, filling, and easy to make.
Feel free to swap in/out any ingredients and play around with this recipe to make it your own!
- Sweet potatoes can be subbed with butternut squash, acorn squash, maybe even apples, etc.
- Pecans can be subbed with any nut or seed of choice, so long that it adds a nice crunch to the dish.
- The quinoa can be subbed with any other variety of quinoa as well as any grain of choice that you have on hand.
- The cranberries and apricots can be subbed with your favorite dried fruit.
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- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth (or water)
- 2 cups quinoa
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups organic sweet potato, diced
- 2 small zucchinis, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- ¼ cup organic dried apricots, diced small
- ¼ cup organic dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
- ¼ cup toasted pecans
- fresh black pepper, to taste
- In a medium sized pot bring 1¼ cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Add in the quinoa and bay leaf, salt, pepper and stir. Set to low heat and simmer with a lid on for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat (do not lift lid!) and allow the quinoa to steam for 10 minutes.
- Heat ¼ cup vegetable broth in a pan over low heat. Add in the celery, white onion, garlic and sage. When fragrant, add in the sweet potato and zucchinis and cook covered for 5 minutes. Then remove cover and cook until slightly browned. If necessary, add more broth, but you want it to cook until almost dry (but avoid burning!).
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix the quinoa with the veggie mixture together and the last ½ cup of vegetable broth. Place into an oven safe dish and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Add in the green onions, apricots, cranberries, pecans, parsley and lemon. Toss to combine.