Did you know that quinoa can count as a protein? The quantities for a protein serving of quinoa are the same as a grain serving of quinoa, 4 oz. This is a perfect solution for a main dish if you have plant-based protein problems at Thanksgiving dinner, like I do! 🙂
This one is portioned out for the weight loss phase, but if it’s also wonderful on maintenance with sweet potatoes added into the mix (pictured). It only contains 1 protein and half of a fruit serving, so add a side of Garlic & Herb Roasted Mushrooms or Turmeric Roasted Carrots or some roasted root veggies! This recipe was inspired by this post over at Marla Meridith’s blog.
Spiced Quinoa Stuffing w/ Apple and Hazelnuts
Each Serving Contains:
- 1 Protein Serving
- 1/2 Fruit Serving (complete your fruit with some sweetener-free cranberry sauce!)
- 8 oz cooked quinoa (about 2 cups cooked) (2 protein servings)
- 4 oz hazelnuts, chopped (2 protein servings)
- 12 oz diced apple (I recommend honeycrips!) and pomegranate seeds (total combined weight) (2 fruit servings)
Condiments & Spices
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- A few pinches ground cinnamon
- A few pinches ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- Grain Additions: Add 16 oz diced sweet potatoes into the stuffing (4 grain servings) or add a side of roasted or mashed potatoes
- Protein Additions: Increase quinoa or hazelnuts
- Fat Additions: Increase hazelnuts or roast veggies in oil
- Cook quinoa according to package directions. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Toss everything together. Be sure to coat the apples in the lemon juice first so they don’t turn brown.
- For maintenance, I roasted some diced red onion and diced sweet potatoes and mixed it in.
- Divide this dish into 4, each one counts as 1 serving as explained above.