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quinoa & apple stuffing

Whether it's your first Thanksgiving or holiday feast as a vegan or your tenth, I want to make sure you're stuffed! This is a delicious blend of quinoa, apple, and spices to help get your Thanksgiving fix without the guilt.

Course Side Dish
Keyword apple, quinoa, stuffing, thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 6 to 8
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 1 C quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 C + 1/2 C low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 diced apple
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 C finely chopped leek
  • 3/4 C finely chopped celery
  • 1 finely chopped shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped sage
  • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries
  • 1/3 C finely chopped parsley


  1. Rinse quinoa in a sieve under water for approximately 30 seconds and drain thoroughly. Add it to a pot with the low-sodium vegetable stock and sea salt, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir in diced apple and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Once all the water is absorbed, remove the pot from the heat and stir in fresh thyme and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  2. While the quinoa is cooking, you can create the other component to the stuffing. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat and sauté leek, celery, and shallot for 4 minutes until soft.

  3. Add in garlic, sage, rosemary, nutmeg, sea salt, and ground black pepper, and cook for 2 minutes. You may need to reduce the heat to med-low so you don't burn the garlic. Then add in a 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable stock and simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Add in dried cranberries and parsley and cook for another 2 minutes. Mix this into the quinoa and apple component and serve warm.

  4. You could also make this dish ahead of time and then reheat in the oven before serving.

Recipe Notes

Be sure to whip up the best vegan gravy to go along with your stuffing! Get the recipe here.