The Best Quinoa Dressing

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I’d rather not oversell anything. Sure, the cake I baked for Thanksgiving was great, but I’ve ate better. And This fudge is ridiculously tasty and easy, but it’s not going to win a state fair competition in the south. However, I have to make an exception for this recipe, because I really do think it’s the best quinoa around, or at least that I’ve ever seen and tasted. This replaced white bread stuffing at our table for a gluten-free alternative and was eaten up by everyone. It was the first of the leftovers to go. Clearly, it’s a winner. So try this and I assure you you won’t be sorry.

The Best Quinoa Dressing

Ingredients(Makes 8 servings)

  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar

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To start, dice your vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Once diced, add them to a large pot to sauté over low-medium heat in some cooking oil until soft and translucent(about 10 minutes).

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When the vegetables have been cooked, add in the quinoa, chicken broth, and all the seasonings except for the sugar. Bring the broth to a bubble, cover with a lid, and turn off the heat. After 15-20 minutes, the quinoa should have absorbed all the broth. If not, turn the heat on medium to boil off the rest of the liquid.

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At the end of cooking, add in the sugar and fold it in while fluffing the quinoa. Transfer to a large dish and serve hot. It also tastes just as good reheated.

Try it; love it; eat it all up. You won’t find a better quinoa recipe around, I promise.

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17 Responses to The Best Quinoa Dressing
  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    November 29, 2010 | 10:12 am

    I’m always looking for a new quinoa recipe!

  2. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    November 29, 2010 | 10:20 am

    I love how simple this is! It’s always a good thing when I already have all of the ingredients

  3. Holly
    November 29, 2010 | 10:53 am

    ooohh i never would have thought of this! i like the ingredients you used – very reminiscent of traditional stuffing. hope you had a great turkey day evan!!!

  4. Corey @ the runner's cookie
    November 29, 2010 | 1:13 pm

    You sound very convincing! I’ll have to give it a try.

  5. Sprinkles of Parsley
    November 29, 2010 | 1:36 pm

    Wow first item of leftovers to get eaten! That definitely means you have a winner on your hands! Look great and love all of the fresh ingredients you’ve used. Great post!

  6. Kristina at spabettie
    November 29, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    this sounds fabulous even without the sugar… but I am willing to try The Best Quinoa as is 😀


  7. Lauren
    November 29, 2010 | 5:13 pm

    I never would have thought to use quinoa in dressing! Genius!!

  8. Ilana
    November 29, 2010 | 8:54 pm

    We made something VERY similar, minus chicken stock (used veggie instead), and added in kale and chick peas. Quinoa is like fluffy magic. Stuffing is my favorite part and this year my family insisted on making it in the turkey (I don’t do meat) so I was very sad, until I ate the quinoa stuffing. I’m pretty sure it’s my new holiday staple.

  9. Amy
    November 29, 2010 | 9:28 pm

    What a great idea for those who can’t tolerate gluten! I have never thought to use quinoa in dressing :)!

  10. Evan @swEEts
    November 29, 2010 | 9:44 pm

    I’ll have to try this the next time we’re with Mountain Man’s dad who can’t have gluten! I have no doubt its delicious 🙂 I wanna hear about that cake!

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 29, 2010 | 9:50 pm

    sugar + dressing = a winner for me!

    have a great week, Evan!

  12. Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    November 30, 2010 | 9:28 am

    Mmm…I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use quinoa, since it’s one of my favorite pantry staples as of late. I’ll have to give this a try! 😀

  13. Rachel
    December 5, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    You are amazing. I just found your site and I can tell I’m gonna love it. Can’t wait to try this stuffing — I don’t even care that it’s past Thanksgiving. Keep up the healthy yummy recipes. You are going places!!!

    • Wannabe Chef
      December 5, 2010 | 3:51 pm

      Thank you! That is really sweet to hear.

  14. Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    September 7, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    Yum! I’m putting this recipe in my back pocket to use on a cold, Fall day. I imagine this tasting like a comforting, more filling version of chicken soup!

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