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Bowl and wooden spoon with quinoa stuffing made with cranberries and butternut squash.
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4.70 from 10 votes

Quinoa Stuffing

This quinoa stuffing is loaded with butternut squash, mushrooms and herbs. It's a healthy, savory gluten-free side dish to add to your Thanksgiving table.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa stuffing
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon vegan butter regular butter works too
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 3 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash
  • 8 oz package of baby bella mushrooms chopped
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth or bone broth
  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • more sea salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook quinoa: Add quinoa, water and bay leaf into a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Remove bay leaf.
  • Cook veggies: Heat butter in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic and celery and sauté until onion is fragrant and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add butternut squash, broth, sage, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper to the pan. Cover and let mixture cook for about 5 minutes, then remove top and simmer for another 10 minutes, allowing most of the broth to evaporate. You'll know it's done when the butternut squash is cooked through and fork tender. Remove from heat.
  • Mix Everything Together: Add cooked quinoa into a large bowl and top with cooked veggie mixture and dried cranberries to the quinoa. Stir to combine, taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Bake: Preheat oven to 375°F. Transfer mixture into a 9x13 baking dish, top with chopped pecans and bake for 20 minutes or until pecans are golden brown and toasted. Serve warm.


Serving: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 674mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g