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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mushroom Quinoa Stuffing (Vegan and Gluten Free)

I found this recipe, and on a whim, decided that it just might be worth making.

I am so glad I did.  What a wonderful, healthy alternative to bread dressing for your holiday table.  This is healthy, vegan, gluten free and most importantly delicious.

Mushroom Quinoa Stuffing:  Vegan and Gluten Free alternative to bread stuffing



I don't think my family would mind if I added this dish to my Thanksgiving menu this year and  served it along side my regular bread dressing for those guests wishing a lighter stuffing to enjoy with their turkey.  If you've never tried or cooked with quinoa before, THIS is the recipe you need to start with. 

Here are a few fun facts about quinoa:  Quinoa is a pseudo-grain that has high nutritional value.  It is high in protein, fiber, magnesium and iron.  It is considered a complete protein.  It's a great food source for vegans and is gluten free.  It is easily digested.  Quinoa has that distinctive "bite" when you eat it...something that I love about it.

You can buy quinoa pre-rinsed.  But if you don't be sure to rinse it before cooking to eliminate any bitter taste. 

This recipe calls for poultry seasoning.  I make my own from the recipe you can find HERE but in addition to the ingredients listed, I add thyme.  I also scale the recipe down to 5 servings instead of 64!  I keep it in an airtight glass jar.  Of course, you can just buy poultry seasoning as well. 

This stuffing would make an excellent side dish for any type of poultry or pork.


Mushroom Quinoa Stuffing (Vegan and Gluten Free)


Servings - 6    Serving Size - 1/6th of recipe   Points Plus per Serving - 4 Points+
Calories - 156.6,   Total Fat - 4.3g,   Carbs - 24.7g,   Protein - 5.7g,   Fiber - 3g

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed if not the pre-rinsed type
1 TBS olive oil, divided
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced celery
10 oz. sliced button mushrooms
fresh ground black pepper, to taste 

Directions:
  1. Heat 1/2 TBS olive oil in a medium sized saucepan.  Add in quinoa and stir until evenly coated.  Cook for about one minute on med-high heat. Stir in broth, poultry seasoning, and salt.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.  
  2. In a small non-stick skillet, heat the other 1/2 TBS of olive oil over med-high heat.  Add in the onion, celery and mushrooms.  Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 8 - 10 minutes.  
  3. Combine cooked quinoa with vegetables.  Season with black pepper.  
Adapted from Thanksgiving Recipes from Butterball®

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This is such a great healthy side dish for so many reasons.  The taste of traditional bread stuffing is definitely there thanks to the poultry seasoning.  

Is this quinoa dish something you would consider adding to your holiday table this year?  


20 comments:

  1. What a great alternative to traditional stuffing. I think quinoa is perfect for Thanksgiving!

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  2. I love stuffing so much that I always wish I could eat it (guilt free) for a full meal. This looks like a great way to try! ;)

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    1. It was much better than I had thought it would be! Give it a try Nicole!

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  3. I love stuffing so much I always wish I could eat it (guilt free) for an entire meal. This looks like a great way to try! ;)

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  4. This looks amazing! I need to pick up some mushrooms and quinoa this weekend. Two ingredients that I'm (sadly) missing my fridge.

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    1. Definitely worth trying! Esp if you like quinoa!

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  5. Hi, Rene.

    I never get over here as much as I would like, but I love visiting your blog--especially your new "Out of the Kitchen" posts. I don't know about me and quinoa--still trying to find a spot for it in my life, but this recipe looks fabulous; I may just add this to my Thanksgiving menu.
    Melanie

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    1. HI Mel!!!!! So glad to see you! I'll be honest, this was my first attempt at cooking quinoa at home. It was as easy as making rice...no lie. I've had it in deli salads before and liked it alot. Give this one a try. It's really good!

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  6. I'm so scared to make quinoa...I know that's so silly but it's true! This looks really yummy, though. I just might have to give it a try. :)

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    1. you must try...it's as easy as making rice...but I like quinoa better than rice!

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  7. That's a great healthy alternative. I don't cook Thanksgiving fortunately haha. But I will pin this to share with others looking for a great healthy option. Thank you for sharing at the DBB!

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    1. thanks for stopping by Emily and thanks for pinning!

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  8. 64 servings?? holy cow hahaha Did you get this from an army chef or something? that kind of math would be too taxing for me! So glad you did it for me and scaled it down to just 5! I have wanted to try quinoa. I've heard so many good things. Thanks. Pinning and sharing :)

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    1. lol..the recipe is one on allrecipes...so scaling was easy! haha Follow the link! lol

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  9. This is great for someone needing a gluten free alternative!

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  10. I'm a huge fan of quinoa... and stuffing (which I feel like we all need to eat more often and not limit to holidays. hah!) This stuffing looks great and I love that it's vegan and gluten free!

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    1. I like it too. Husband isn't very fond of it nor couscous, so I don't make it as often as I could.

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  11. I love quinoa! This stuffing sounds wonderful. I'm going to have to try this recipe. I have shared and pinned it to try in the future.

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  12. This looks awesome! I have to try it!!!

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