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Vegetable Stuffing with Quinoa

You won’t miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy vegetable stuffing made with quinoa. 

It’s a great alternative to a traditional stuffing or any side dish. And ready in only 30 minutes.

quinoa stuffing in serving 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. Suddenly I remembered that quinoa is now acceptable during Passover since it is not actually a grain (much to my surprise). A recent discovery for me.

So I decided to try a vegetable stuffing (or dressing as some call it) with quinoa instead of bread. It turned out great! I loaded it with vegetables, including 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. Delish! This stuffing would also be a perfect accompaniment to sous vide turkey breast, herb stuffed salmon or grilled pork tenderloin.

I will definitely be making this quinoa stuffing again. There are many variations you could try – I’ve listed a few below.

Tailor To Your Taste

  • Use butternut squash instead of sweet potato
  • Great additions
    • 1-2 cups chopped mushrooms
    • raisins, chopped dates or prunes
    • diced fresh apple or mango – add just before serving
    • chopped canned water chestnuts for some crunch
  • For a non vegetarian version and smoky flavor, add diced hot dog or sausage while sautéing the vegetables
  • Substitute the sage and thyme with 1-2 teaspoons curry powder.


  • To save time chopping and dicing, pulse vegetables in the food processor a few times.

Make Ahead 

  • This recipe can be made ahead  – or taken for potluck – and warmed in the oven in a covered dish (at 350F for about 10-15 minutes) or in the microwave. Leave out nuts if using and add them just before serving.

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How to make vegetable stuffing with quinoa

chopped onions, sweet potatoes, peppers, celery
chop onions, sweet potatoes, peppers, celery
quinoa cooked in pot
Make the quinoa in a separate pot
vegetables for quinoa stuffing in skillet
Sauté vegetables, garlic and seasonings.
vegetables in pan
Add chopped baby spinach.
quinoa stuffing in bowl 1
Mix in cooked quinoa to complete the quinoa stuffing.

spoon of quinoa stuffing over bowl

quinoa stuffing around sliced turkey on platter

quinoa stuffing in serving dish
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Vegetable Stuffing with Quinoa

You won't miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy, Vegetable Stuffing with quinoa.  It's a great alternative to a traditional stuffing, dressing or any side dish. And takes only 30 minutes to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 sides (or 10 smaller sides)
Author: Cheryl


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced (3 cups)
  • 2 red peppers, cored and diced (2 cups)
  • 1 onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: salt, thyme, sage (or poultry seasoning)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup coursely chopped nuts (optional)


  • MAKE QUINOA: Place rinsed quinoa, salt and water in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes until water is absorbed. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  • SAUTE VEGETABLES: While quinoa is cooking, in a large skillet, heat oil to medium high. Saute onion, sweet potatoes, celery, peppers for about 10-12 minutes until vegetables are soft. Add spinach, garlic and seasonings. Cook, stirring for another 2 minutes until spinach has wilted.
  • FINISH VEGETABLE STUFFING: Add quinoa and toss to combine well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add a bit more oil if needed. Sprinkle nuts if using and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

To make ahead: Cool stuffing and refrigerate for a day or two (leave out nuts if using and add just before serving). Warm in microwave for a few minutes, stirring in between - or in covered casserole dish in the oven at 350F for about 10-15 minutes until heated through.
Nutrition value estimates do not include the optional nuts. 


Serving: 8g | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4299IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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This recipe was updated since originally posted March 2017. 

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