To celebrate our first Thanksgiving in our apartment, we’re hosting a mini-Thanksgiving (aka, dinner with our parents the weekend before Turkey Day with all the traditional foods). We’re fully expecting to screw it up royally—none of us has ever cooked a turkey before in our lives—but we’re hoping our families will commend us for playing grown-ups and trying to be functioning adult humans. If they don’t…well, we’ll just keep the wine coming until they cease to be functioning adult humans.
ANYWAY, I started looking back at the Thanksgiving recipes I wrote for Healthy Way to Cook last year and found one that I think I’d like to try on Sunday: a delicious and healthy quinoa stuffing. Adapted from Family Fresh Cooking, this is an excellent gluten and dairy-free alternative to traditional stuffing–a big plus with the various dietary restrictions among the dinner guests. Even if our turkey fails miserably, I know we’ll at least impress the folks with this.
Gluten and Dairy-Free Quinoa Stuffing
Ingredients (serves 8)
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled
- 2 large apples, peeled and cored
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2-3 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1 tbsp. fresh or 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 2-3 tbsp. maple syrup
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Chop sweet potatoes and apples into small pieces so that they are approximately the same size. Toss the apples in lemon juice to prevent browning, then toss with sweet potatoes, oil, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 35-40 minutes until tender.
Meanwhile, combine quinoa with two cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then simmer on low for 15-20 minutes until all water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl.
When the apples and sweet potatoes are done, add them along with maple syrup to quinoa and combine. Fold in thyme, pecans and cranberries. Season with additional salt, spices and/or syrup if desired.