Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing

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#Cranberry #Quinoa #Stuffing #Recipe from #HeidiPowell #HealthyThanksgiving #HealthyRecipes

A holiday favorite of ours is back just in time for Thanksgiving! This perfectly sweet and salty combo will make your taste buds dance?and will save you the calories of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing ?. Win-win all around!

Bonus for my gluten-free friends ? this is one stuffing you can eat! Yup ? Chris and I have been making this recipe for years, and regardless of the fact that he is no longer gluten-free (this topic is a blog post, or novel, in and of itself) we STILL make it!

Bon appetite!

Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing
(Quinoa pronounced keen-wah)
Serves 8

What you?ll need:

1 package Pancetta (bacon)
1 container Trader Joe’s Stuffing Starter Mix **
2 cups (dry) quinoa
1 quart low sodium chicken broth
1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

**TJ’s Stuffing Starter mix is about a 14.5 oz container of prechopped?onions and celery seasoned with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

How to make it:

1. In a large pan over medium heat, saute the Pancetta and stuffing starter, until veggies are wilted and the Pancetta is crisp, about 10 minutes.
2. Transfer to the rice cooker (or if you want to cook it on the stove top, a large pot)
3. Add the quinoa, broth, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
4. Cook on the ?brown rice? setting, or until light and fluffy (stove top, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes).
5. Gently stir in the cranberries.

Enjoy.

Heidi ๐Ÿ™‚

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30 Responses

  1. Im going to try this….I am just now getting into using different things to replace my old family recipes to make them healthier. Although my moms old time german cooking and recipes are awesome, Im in the process of losing weight (my BMI went from 61 to now at 45) so I am going to try this one plus the glueten free is a plus! I just started using quinoa pasta…since I am a pastaholic! lol love it better than normal pasta

  2. I am interested to read the blog post about Chris not being gluten free anymore (I am not either) and would like to read this, but I am having a hard time finding the post. Thanks!

  3. Making this tonight. The Stuffing start mix states,
    1.5 diced yellow onion
    4 medium celery stalks
    6 sprigs of parsley
    1 sprig of rosemary
    3 sprigs of thyme
    4 sage leaves!

  4. Hi Heidi,

    Do you have any nutritional info for this recipe to make it easy to journal? If not, I can probably just stick the ingredients in MyFitnessPal. Thanks!

  5. Heidi, my son has Celiac’s disease so I am looking for side dishes that he can eat at Thanksgiving. Can you recommend any and also a pumpkin pie recipe. I was thinking of making a pie crust using almond flour. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
    Patti

    1. There are lots of options for gluten free products (including pie crust) at most major grocery stores and health food stores. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. It sounds delicious! However, there is no Trader Joe’s by me. ๐Ÿ™ What could I substitute? Thanks!

    ~Holly~

  7. Hi Heidi! I am very interested in making this recipe, however I do not live in an area that has a Trader Joe’s. Any suggestions on what to replace the stuffing starter with?

  8. Two questions – can you make it without the pancetta and what if we don’t have a trader joe’s to buy the stuffing starter mix? Any substitution?

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