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High Protein Stuffing

If your friends and family are like mine, then you know how difficult it is to make a dish for holiday potlucks like Thanksgiving that will meet everyone’s dietary restrictions. At any potluck I have attended, dietary restrictions may include food allergies to soy, nuts, egg and dairy, vegetarians, vegans, diabetes, those attempting low carb diets to lose weight, and some that try to keep Kosher. Here’s a winning stuffing recipe for any potluck which will meet many of the needs of those with dietary restrictions that you may encounter.

It can be difficult to find soy free bread products in the store. However, some of the organic brands of stuffing are soy free. Arrowhead Mills is the brand that is the easiest for me to find at my local food co-op and at Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market probably has other options to choose from that are also soy free. If you need to make a gluten free stuffing, try making a corn bread stuffing recipe.

1 bag of Arrowhead Mills Organic Stuffing

1 c. chopped onion

1 c. roasted or fresh carrots

1 c. zucchini or other preferred fresh or roasted vegetable

1 c. quinoa

olive oil

vegetable broth

2 c. water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roast carrots and other chosen vegetables at 400 degrees for 40 min. It is best to coat the vegetables in 1 t. of olive oil before roasting. After 20 min. stir the vegetables around and put them back in the oven.

Follow the directions on the bag of stuffing for browning the onions in oil. Add the vegetable broth and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and stir the stuffing and roasted vegetables into the broth.

In a separate pan, add 1 c. quinoa to 2 c. water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat to the lowest temperature. Cook it on low until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is translucent. Then stir the quinoa into the stuffing.

This is such a large recipe, that you will want to transfer the stuffing to a large casserole dish, soup pot, or casserole dish sized plastic container to be able to stir the quinoa into the stuffing and transport it to the potluck. If you are going to a potluck at work, you can put the stuffing in a crock pot so that it is easy to heat up without an oven.

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