Healthy Quinoa Cornbread Stuffing

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How are you feeling about the upcoming holidays?  Are you worried about being able to stay on track and stick to your clean eating plan?  

One of the keys I’ve found to navigating social situations where food is involved is to make sure I bring something that I know is healthy.  

Healthy Quinoa Cornbread Stuffing

Stuffing has always been one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner, so I created this healthier version.  It includes celery, onion, green apples, craisins, cilantro, and chestnuts.  The combination of these ingredients makes a beautiful dish, full of different flavors and textures. I was really happy with how it turned out!  I hope you like it.

Quinoa Cornbread Stuffing
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  1. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 6 stalks celery, chopped
  5. 2 green apples, with peel, chopped
  6. 5 1/2 cups chicken broth
  7. 2 cups dry quinoa
  8. 1 tsp. sea salt
  9. 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  10. 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  11. 1 cup dried cranberries
  12. 1 cup chestnuts (can also use pecans or pine nuts)
  13. 1 box Mrs. Cubbison's Seasoned Cornbread Stuffing
  14. 1 cube butter
  1. Heat oil in large saucepan
  2. Add onion and garlic; cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add chopped celery and apple; cook until tender.
  4. Add 4 cups broth, quinoa, salt, poultry seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Add butter and stir until melted.
  6. Stir in cornbread stuffing mix and the additional 1 1/2 cups chicken broth.
  7. Add craisins, nuts, and cilantro.
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Keep it Clean

If you want to keep this recipe completely clean, don’t add the cornbread stuffing mix or butter, and only use the initial 4 cups of chicken broth.

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