Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

by Marla on November 2, 2012 · 42 comments

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Yay! We all made it through Halloween…are you ready to start thinking about Thanksgiving? I sure hope so because I have been recipe testing lots of great new recipes that I can’t wait to share with you.

Raise your hand if you love stuffing. OK. Great! How about a new twist on this classic holiday side dish.

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I love quinoa.

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Pair it with crispy sweet/tangy apples, a pinch of cinnamon, roasted sweet potato wedges…

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…and crunchy hazelnuts. Are you happy now? I thought so.

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This is a great alternative for people on gluten free and grain free diets.

It is also great for people like me who just happen to love quinoa.

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To make things even more pretty add some apple slices and fresh or dried cranberries.

I actually prefer the fresh cranberries even though they are crazy tart. Most folks prefer the sweet dried ones though.

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Plan accordingly & expect people other than me to pull off the tart ones.

I also have a fun breakfast/brunch quinoa bake you should try ~ it too has sweet potatoes in it Quinoa Sweet Potato Breakfast Bake.

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Have you been on the hunt for your Thanksgiving recipes yet? What unique recipes have caught your eye?

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Do you tend to stick with the traditional or play around with modern twists?

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (212 g) dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • 2 (265 g) Sweet Potatoes, cut into small wedges
  • 2 large Apples, cut into 1/2" pieces (I like Granny Smith)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup (100 ml) pure Maple Syrup, divided portion in 1/2
  • fine Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
  • a few pinches ground Cinnamon
  • a few pinches ground Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thyme leaves
  • 1 cup Hazelnuts, chopped
  • Fresh or Dried Cranberries for garnish

Method

  • Rinse quinoa. Combine with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and remove from the heat.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F with the rack in the middle. Be sure to coat apples with lemon juice so they don't turn brown. Toss sweet potatoes & apples with 1/4 cup of the Maple Syrup, coconut oil and a few pinches cinnamon, ginger and salt. Roast for about 35-40 minutes until tender and fragrant.
  • Combine the quinoa with the roasted mixture and the remainder of the maple syrup (1/4 cup) in a large bowl. Fold in thyme and hazelnuts. Season to taste with more salt and spices.
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