Thanksgiving Gluten-Free Squash Quinoa ‘Stuffing’ by Stirmaker Christine

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Thanksgiving is almost here! Can you believe it? It’s time to gather all your closest friends and family and eat ’til you pop! These days I have found that it can be hard to plan a menu around everyone’s dietary preferences. Some of my friends are vegan, others are gluten-free. Luckily this recipe is one of the few that just about everyone can enjoy! It is not only gluten-free, but also happens to be vegetarian, vegan, AND dairy-free. So if you are looking for an easy and delicious stuffing recipe to serve next week for Thanksgiving, or this week for friendsgiving, this is a great one! Although technically not a traditionally classified ‘stuffing’, since you are not stuffing it in the turkey, it still has the comfort and heartiness that pairs well with all the classic Thanksgiving favorites. This dish feels like a sort of part stuffing, part salad. I love it because it features all of the classic flavors of the season and fills your house with the best smells! Toss together roasted butternut squash, tart dried cranberries, crunchy pistachios, fresh kale, and orange zested nutty Della Basmati & Quinoa. Then spoon it onto your favorite platter (and look at all those beautiful colors!) and pass it around the table a few times. I’m always down for seconds :) I hope you will add this one to your Thanksgiving menu this year! Cheers!

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Thanksgiving Gluten-Free Squash Quinoa ‘Stuffing’

Serves 6-8

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

INGREDIENTS:

2 C Della Basmati & Quinoa, cooked as directed

1 Butternut Squash, peeled seeded, and cubed

½ Red Onion, diced

4 Cloves of Garlic, peeled, left whole

1 T Canola Oil

Orange, zested

2 C Baby Spinach and Kale

2/3 C Dried Cranberries

½ C Pistachios, shelled

img_9338img_9355DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook Della Basmati & Quinoa as directed, adding the zest of one orange.

2. While the rice is cooking, preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment, foil or a non-stick surface.

3. In a mixing bowl, add chopped squash, garlic, red onion, and canola oil. Toss until the vegetables are evenly coated in oil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour onto the lined baking sheet and cook until golden and squash is tender (about 20 min)

4. In a large bowl, add cooked quinoa, vegetables, pistachios, spinach and kale. Toss all of your ingredients together and serve on a platter, or bowl. Enjoy!

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