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Deliciously Healthy 30-min Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing: A Nutritious Twist on a Classic

Deliciously Healthy 30-min Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing: A Nutritious Twist on a Classic

Protein

9g

CARBS

49g

Fat

15g

Cal

358kcal

Prep time

15 minutes

Cook time

20 minutes

Resting time

0 minutes

Total time

35 minutes
Gluten-free quinoa stuffing in a rustic bowl on a wooden table, with ingredients like quinoa, parsley, thyme, onions, celery, carrots, and a jug of broth nearby, all under warm lighting.
Explore the flavourful world of our Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing, a nutritious twist on a classic. Rich in protein and packed with fresh herbs and vegetables, this versatile dish is ideal for those seeking a healthy, gluten-free alternative for any occasion.

This recipe is part of our 11 Alternative Healthy Christmas Recipes Series

Introduction

Welcome to our latest culinary adventure! Today, we’re diving into the world of healthy, gluten-free cooking with a twist on a classic dish: Gluten-free Quinoa Stuffing. Perfect for those who are gluten-sensitive or simply looking for a nutritious alternative to traditional stuffing, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and elevate your meals.

The Heart of the Dish: Quinoa

Quinoa, the star of this recipe, is a superfood known for its high protein content, essential amino acids, and fibre. Unlike other grains, quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to maintain a gluten-free diet without compromising on taste or nutrition.

Ingredients and Preparation

Our quinoa stuffing is a melody of simple, fresh ingredients. The base of the dish is, of course, quinoa, combined with a mix of aromatic vegetables like onions, celery, and carrots. These ingredients not only add depth of flavour but also contribute a variety of nutrients.

We also incorporate fresh herbs such as parsley and thyme, which infuse the dish with delightful aromas and a hint of earthiness. The addition of olive oil, vegetable broth, and a perfect balance of salt and pepper further enhances the flavors.

For those who enjoy a bit of sweetness and crunch, optional add-ins like dried cranberries and chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans) can be included. This not only adds texture but also layers of flavor.

Health Benefits

This gluten-free quinoa stuffing isn’t just delicious; it’s also packed with health benefits. Quinoa is a great source of protein and fiber, which aid in digestion and keep you feeling full longer. The vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, while the herbs contribute antioxidants.

Versatility of the Dish

One of the best things about this quinoa stuffing is its versatility. It can be served as a side dish or used as a stuffing for vegetables or poultry, making it perfect for any occasion, from a casual family dinner to a festive holiday feast.

Closing Thoughts

This gluten-free quinoa stuffing recipe is more than just a side dish; it’s a celebration of healthy ingredients coming together in a harmonious blend of flavors. It’s a testament to how gluten-free cooking can be both nutritious and delicious. So, why not give this recipe a try and transform your next meal into a healthier, more flavorful experience?

We hope you enjoy this delightful quinoa stuffing as much as we do! Happy cooking!

Gluten-free quinoa stuffing in a rustic bowl on a wooden table, with ingredients like quinoa, parsley, thyme, onions, celery, carrots, and a jug of broth nearby, all under warm lighting.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing

This gluten-free quinoa stuffing is a delightful twist on traditional stuffing, featuring the nutty flavours of quinoa paired with a medley of herbs and vegetables. It's a healthy, flavourful side dish perfect for special occasions or as a nutritious addition to your daily meals.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Prep, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 4
Calories 358 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Saucepan (Large)
  • 1 Skillet
  • 1 Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 200 g Organic Quinoa (white or tricolour, per your choice, rinsed)
  • 30 ml Olive oil
  • 150 g Onion (1 medium, finely chopped)
  • 100 g Celery (diced)
  • 60 g Carrots (diced)
  • 5 g Garlic (2 cloves, freshly minced)
  • 15 g Parsley (freshly chopped)
  • 15 g Thyme (freshly chopped)
  • 500 ml Vegetable broth (Salt Reduced)
  • 30 g Walnuts (or pecans, chopped – optional)
  • 30 g Dried cranberries (optional)
  • 5 g Salt
  • 5 g Black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, bring 500 ml Vegetable broth to a boil.
  • Add the rinsed 200 g Organic Quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, heat 30 ml Olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Sauté 150 g Onion, 100 g Celery, and 60 g Carrots until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add 5 g Garlic, 15 g Parsley, and 15 g Thyme, cooking for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Add the sautéed vegetable mixture to the quinoa.
  • If using, stir in 30 g Dried cranberries and 30 g Walnuts.
  • Season with 5 g Salt and 5 g Black pepper to taste.
  • Use it as stuffing for vegetables or poultry, or serve warm as a side dish if desired.

Notes

Non-Vegetarian Option: You can add cooked, diced chicken or turkey for extra protein.
Vegan Adaptation: Ensure the broth used is vegan. You can also add diced tofu for added protein.
Additional Flavours: Mix in diced apples for a sweet touch, or stir in some chopped kale or spinach for extra greens.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing
Serving Size
 
285 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
358
% Daily Value*
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Carbohydrates
 
49
g
16
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Fiber
 
10
g
42
%
Sodium
 
1019
mg
44
%
Potassium
 
551
mg
16
%
Vitamin A
 
3393
IU
68
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
144
mg
14
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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