You won’t miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy, Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing. It’s a great alternative to a typical stuffing or any side dish.
I was looking for a stuffing recipe or side dish for a Passover seder, ready to buy some matzo farfel or matzo meal as the foundation. I suddenly remembered that quinoa is now acceptable during Passover since it is not actually a grain (much to my surprise). I only discovered this last year. So I decided to try a stuffing with quinoa instead of bread or matzo. It turned out great! I loaded it with vegetables, including little diced sweet potatoes, so it’s really healthy and filling enough to be served as a main dish for a vegetarian (like my daughter, the other kook). I used the same seasonings used in most stuffing recipes – thyme and sage – and served it with sliced roast chicken and gravy. Yum!
I will definitely be making this again. I’m now dreaming of variations – I’ve listed a few below. This stuffing would also be a perfect accompaniment to turkey, pork, fish or lamb. And, as I mentioned, great on its own for the vegetarians at your table. Two more pluses – this recipe can be made ahead and warmed in the oven or microwave and it only takes about 30 minutes to make.
- use butternut squash instead of sweet potato
- add 1-2 cups chopped mushrooms
- add raisins, chopped dates or prunes
- add some diced apple before serving
- add diced mango just before serving
- add some crunch with chopped canned water chestnuts
- add diced hot dog or sausage while sauteing the vegetables for a smokey flavour
- use 1-2 teaspoons curry powder (with raisins) instead of sage and thyme
- to save time chopping and dicing, pulse vegetables in the processor a few times
Here are two other stuffing recipes you might like: