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Thanksgiving Recipe Makeover – Quinoa Stuffing

Written By admin • 1 min read

Here is a Thanksgiving Recipe Makeover to the traditional Stuffing. Although my Quinoa stuffing is a bit higher in calorie, it has better heart healthy oil, and a lower glycemic index carbohydrate used (Quinoa) that also has more protein. This stuffing will definitely keep you satisfied longer and give you more health benefits!


Traditional Stuffing Recipe


Quinoa Stuffing




 1/2 cup celery, chopped


 3 Bay leaves

 1/3 cup onion, chopped


 2 cups quinoa

 4 ounces margarine


 4 T. olive oil

 12 cups dry bread, cubed


 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced

 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


 2 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes

 1 teaspoon sage


 2 bunches green onions, chopped

 1 1/2 cups chicken broth


 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped



 1 cup fresh mint, chopped



 1 cup dried apricots, diced

 1. Preheat oven to 375′ & grease a 13 x 9 casserole dish


 1 cup dried cranberries



 1 lemon

 2. Sauté vegetables in margarine until the



    onions are transparent



 3. In a large mixing bowl, mix bread, cooked vegetables and seasonings


 1.      Boil 4 cups of water; season with bay leaves and salt.

 4. Add the chicken broth slowly to the bread, tossing until evenly and thoroughly moist.


 2. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Take out bay leaves and let cool



 3. Meanwhile, heat 3 T. of oil in a frying pan. Sauté’ squash and zucchini- season with salt and pepper- until slightly browned.

 5. Place dressing in a prepared baking dish


 4. Combine Vegetables and quinoa. Drizzle on remaining oil

 6. Bake until thoroughly heated and lightly browned; about 1/2 hour.


 5. Stir in onions, parsley, mint, apricots, and cranberries. Grate in lemon peel and squeeze on lemon juice to taste. Season with salt and pepper.

 Serves 12, Serving size 1 cup



 Calories: 195.4


 Serves 12, Serving size: 1 cup

 Fat: 9.2gm


 Calories: 283

 Sodium: 415.9mg


 Fat: 7g (1g Sat)

 Carbohydrates: 23.6gm


 49g carbs

 Protein 2.2gm


 6g proteins


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