Serves 8 | Ready in 45 minutes
Holiday feasts just don’t seem complete without the presence of a heaping bowlful of stuffing. This easy from-scratch version ditches the soggy white bread for much healthier quinoa and packs in plenty of satisfying herby flavor. Roasted sweet potatoes add creamy texture, and chunks of pear deliver seasonal sweetness to please a crowd. Nobody will be tempted to drown this stuffing in gravy.
Warming your pan in the oven as it preheats helps the vegetables roast as soon as they hit the hot pan to encourage better browning. (Read: yum!)
4 tsp grapeseed or sunflower oil, divided
1 1/2 cups tri-colored quinoa
2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tsp dry sage
2 large unpeeled sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
4 peeled shallots, sliced in half
1/2 tsp salt
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 unpeeled Bosc pears, ripe but firm, chopped
1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped
1/3 cup dried cherries (optional)
2 Tbsp fresh thyme
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
This recipe is part of the Holiday staples, veganized collection.
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