Sweet and Savory Quinoa Stuffing

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups prepared quinoa (preferably cooked in chicken stock)
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced into cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 large apple, cored and diced
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Toss sweet potato cubes with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and place in a roasting pan. Roast sweet potato cubes in the oven about 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are cooked through and browning. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Coat a large frying pan with olive oil and begin heating over medium heat. Add onion, celery and bay leaf to the pan and sauté until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, rosemary, thyme and sage (along with a pinch of salt) to the pan with the onions and celery and continue cooking, stirring often, another 3 minutes.
  4. Add quinoa to a large bowl. Add roasted sweet potato cubes to the quinoa. Add the onion, celery, garlic herb mixture to the quinoa (discard the bay leaf) and stir together well.
  5. In the same pan you cooked the onion, celery garlic mixture, over medium-high heat, add the diced apple and cook about 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Add cooked diced apple to the quinoa.
  6. Add raisins, nuts, apple cider vinegar, parsley and cumin to the quinoa and stir well. Salt and pepper to taste.