Quinoa “Stuffing” (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios)

This quinoa stuffing recipe is healthy, easy, delicious, and perfect for Thanksgiving...or any time of year!

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Happy almost-Thanksgiving everyone!

I’m sure that most of you are way more organized than me and already have your meals planned down to the last detail.  But just in case you’re running a little behind (like me!), or for those of you who may be looking for a healthier stuffing recipe (like me!), or, ahem, might not even be a huge fan of traditional stuffing (like me!), I have a last-minute winner of a recipe for you — Butternut Quinoa Stuffing.

Actually, there’s no “stuffing” involved with this tasty dish, as it is cooked 100% outside of the bird.  It’s technically more of a “dressing”, if anything.  But whatever you call it, this healthy and fabulously delicious quinoa is filled with so many of my favorite stuffing ingredients — roasted butternut squash, pistachios, cranberries, spinach, red onions, and more.  And it can be ready to go in about 45 minutes, with only 15 minutes of prep time.  And it’s gluten free.  And vegetarian.  And vegan.  So basically just about anyone at your Thanksgiving meal can happily dive in.

Did I convince you yet??

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Ok, let’s talk about how easy it is to prepare.

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Here are all of the ingredients you need.  Fresh, very healthy, and scrumptious.

(Although if you like to cook your quinoa in veggie or chicken broth — as I recommend in my tutorial on how to cook quinoa — be sure to add those in too.  Or you can just cook quinoa in water.)

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Simply chop up a butternut squash and a red onion.  Toss them with some cloves of garlic in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast them until they are nice and cooked.  Your home is going to smell a-mazing.

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Meanwhile, cook a batch of quinoa, seasoned with orange zest.  You can use any color of quinoa — white, red, black, or multicolored.  I went with red for this recipe since it seemed Thanksgivingish.  (Yes, that’s a word.)

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Then chop up a bunch of fresh spinach (or any greens — kale, arugula, etc.), and toss it with the roasted veggies, cooked quinoa, pistachios and cranberries.  Then season with extra salt and pepper if need be.

And people — that’s it!  I told you it was easy!


Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

And holy moly, is it tasty.

And healthy!

Quinoa is naturally packed with protein.  But add in all of those pistachios, fresh spinach, squash, and even the dried cranberries, and lemme assure you — you won’t need to feel guilty going back for seconds of this fresh stuffing.  So, so, so much healthier than its traditional counterpart.

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Perfect for Thanksgiving, or any other day of the year you are looking for a delicious and healthy meal.   Enjoy!

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios (Quinoa “Stuffing”)

This delicious quinoa stuffing is packed with healthy ingredients and is full of amazing flavor!


  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (see tutorial for cutting a butternut squash http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-peel-seed-and-cut-butternut-squash/)
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, with peel still on
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil (or any high-heat oil)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 cups roughly-chopped fresh spinach
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large mixing bowl, toss butternut squash, onion, and garlic cloves (with peel still on) until they are evenly coated with oil. Spread then out in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, or until soft and cooked and the edges begin to slightly brown. Remove and set aside. Discard the garlic peels.

Meanwhile, stir together quinoa, broth (or water), and orange zest, and cook according to package instructions. (Or you can follow my tutorial for how to cook quinoa http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-cook-quinoa-recipe/). When cooked, set aside.

Add the cooked veggies, quinoa, spinach, cranberries and pistachios to a large mixing bowl, and gently toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper if need be. Serve warm.

Recipe inspired by With Style And Grace http://withstyleandgraceblog.com/2011/11/16/quinoa-sweet-potato-and-dried-cranberry-stuffing-thanksgiving/.  My friend Lisa has an amazing quinoa stuffing version there with sweet potatoes -- be sure to check it out!

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Quinoa 'Stuffing' (Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries & Pistachios) | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan


Leave a Comment:


  1. DIana Halabi — November 26, 2015 @ 5:54 am (#)

    OMG! This is so worth every minute it took to make. All the yummy favors attack the taste buds from all directions. One suggestion I would give is to leave making this dish until fairly close to meal time (like within an hour). Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29th, 2015 @ 10:00 am

      Thank you Diana, that’s so sweet of you! We’re happy you enjoyed this, and we appreciate your suggestion as well! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Yvonne — January 7, 2016 @ 9:41 pm (#)

    My significant other is allergic to pistachios.  What could I substitute for those?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

      Hi Yvonne, you can just leave the pistachios out or replace them with any other nut you like. We hope you enjoy!

  3. Leslie — October 17, 2016 @ 12:00 am (#)

    This looks amazing and so healthy! I think this could be a meal in itself. Thanks for sharing! :D

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 17th, 2016 @ 8:59 am

      Thanks, Leslie — we hope you enjoy it! :)


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