Quinoa Holiday Dressing
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Serves: 8
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced
  • 10-12 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt-free poultry seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ to 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 head of greens (kale, chard, collards, spinach), well chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds, or chopped pecans
  1. Cook the quinoa in a saucepan by bringing the quinoa and water to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to very low and cook for 20 minutes. Remove lid and set aside.
  2. Heat up a large skillet or soup pot, add the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes, adding just a tablespoon of water at a time if the onions stick, stirring frequently. Add the celery, mushrooms, granulated onion and garlic, poultry seasoning and dried basil, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Next, add in about a ½ cup of the water, fresh herbs, greens and raisins, and cook for about 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add water as needed to end up with a thin layer of liquid in the bottom of the pan.
  4. In a large bowl (or in your soup pot), mix the cooked quinoa and almonds with the vegetables/spices. Spoon into a 9”x13” baking dish (no pan treatment is needed). Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees uncovered.
Quinoa: Quinoa comes in yellow/white, red, and black (see photo below). Feel free to use any color, or a mixture. You can also use 3 cups cooked wild rice in the place of the cooked quinoa. The addition of ¼ cup cooked barley would also be a nice complement to any version.

Mushrooms: Any kind of mushroom can be used here. I used white, crimini and shiitake. If the mushrooms are large, use a few less; if they are very small, use a few more. You can read more about mushroom types (with photos) in my Creamy Mushroom Soup post.

Raisin alternative: I know not everyone likes raisins in their stuffing, so feel free to leave them out or replace them with dried cranberries or cherries (diced first). While dried cranberries are usually pre-sweetened, be sure they don't have oil on them (I see this in the bulk section a lot).
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛ recipe Calories: 204 Fat: 5.6g Saturated fat: 0.5g Carbohydrates: 33.3g Sugar: 9.2g Sodium: 18.8mg Fiber: 4.5g Protein: 7.6g Cholesterol: 0
Recipe by Straight Up Food at http://www.straightupfood.com/blog/2012/12/12/quinoa-holiday-dressing/