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Thanksgiving Recipe Makeover – Quinoa Stuffing

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

 Ingredients:

 

 Ingredients:

 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

 Directions:

 

 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

 

 Directions:

 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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