Naturally Gluten Free Quinoa Stuffing

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

   All the flavor you love in your favorite stuffing, made naturally gluten free(and dairy free if needed) with quinoa, your favorite herbs, dried cranberries and almonds.

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Well, I guess it’s side dish week here on Food Doodles 🙂  If you missed my Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon the other day, do check it out.  You can see it in the background since I took these pictures at the same time.  We had both side dishes with a roast chicken but these make awesome side dishes for turkey as well.

Who’s going to deny that stuffing is amazing stuff?  But it could use a little healthing up.  This version has very little added butter, and it’s easy to replace with any oil to make a dairy free version.  This stuffing is naturally gluten free too, but it’s still full of delicious stuffing flavor.

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I actually had posted a version of this before, but it was stuffed into half of a small squash, which I still think is a delicious idea, but it is difficult to select a suitable squash, and to cook it so that the squash isn’t dry so usually we just cook it like this, in a large casserole dish.  Actually, it’s better in a larger pan so it can be spread out thinly, then kept warm in the oven while everything else gets ready, then the edges get crispy and crunchy.  So good!  Especially with a drizzle of gravy over top too 🙂

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Quinoa Stuffing
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Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ¾C dry quinoa
  • 1½ C water or stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning(or a mix of your favorite stuffing herbs and spices)
  • ½ tsp salt(less if using stock), more to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¼C dried cranberries
  • ¼C slivered almonds(or roughly chopped walnuts)
  • ¼C fresh parsley, or 2 tbsp dry
  1. In a medium sized pot heat the butter(or oil for a dairy free option) over medium heat. When hot add the onion and saute until softened. Add the celery, stir and cook a few minutes more. Add the garlic and just cook a minute or two.
  2. Add the dry quinoa and water or stock. Add the bay leaf, thyme, sage, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. If using dry parsley instead of fresh, add now.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover pot with a lid and turn down heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15-18 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Let sit with the lid on for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork and stirring in the dried cranberries, almonds and fresh parsley. Serve immediately, or transfer to a casserole dish and place in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve.

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1 Charlotte Moore October 29, 2015 at

The only stuffing or as we call it dressing, I have made is corn bread dressing. We don’t stuff it just bake in a long dish.


2 Heidi @ Food Doodles October 30, 2015 at

Mmmm, yes! It turns out so good like that.


3 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} October 30, 2015 at

You had me at crispy edges! Yum. I love this stuffing alternative. 🙂
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4 Heidi @ Food Doodles October 30, 2015 at

Yes! The crispy edges are my favorite part 😀 Thanks Maryea!


5 Diana L October 30, 2015 at

Side dish? This looks good enough to eat as the main course. So easy too. I’m adding this to my menu for next week. Yum!
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6 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 4, 2015 at

Thanks Diane! It really is yummy, and you’re right, so easy! Please let me know how you like it 🙂


7 Justine @ October 30, 2015 at

Yum, Heidi! I have NEVER heard of quinoa stuffing — but those are 2 things I LOVE! I’m so excited to try this recipe. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I’m going to pin this recipe now and definitely try it out for the holidays.

Have a fantastic weekend!

~ Justine


8 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 4, 2015 at

Awesome, thanks for pinning Justine! I hope you’ll let me know how you enjoy it 🙂


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