The quinoa stuffing experiments continued today with this delicious Sweet Potato & Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing concoction that was so successful, it’s absolutely going to be made for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Yesterday’s experiment with a more standard, traditional flavor blend can be found here. While that came out amazing too, it has more of a full-on savory flavor to it and since I’m more of a sweet and savory kind of gal, for me this stuffing is perfection.
The first time I tried this sweet potato and cranberry quinoa stuffing today, I put celery salt in by mistake instead of ground coriander. The end result tasted good but I could tell something tasted a bit wrong given the ingredients I thought had gone into it. Ultimately, I realized the unmarked spice container I scooped out of was celery salt (which, btw, looks remarkably similar to ground coriander). That’s what I get for using one of those spice bottle holder things where the containers aren’t labeled! It all worked out, though, since my husband volunteered happily to keep that batch for himself so I could remake the recipe with the intended ingredient.
Let me tell you, while that first batch was good, the second batch (being the recipe below) was out of this world! I would never guess that it was a healthy or digestion-friendly recipe; it’s simply fantastic. There’s a hint of sweetness from the sweet potato and dried cranberries, plus some savory flavors from the poultry seasoning and then a light freshness to it from the coriander.
Coriander has become my substitute ingredient whenever I would like to use lemon juice but can’t because lemon juice makes my insides revolt, or as a substitute for cumin powder (though usually if I’m substituting for cumin powder, I do a mix of ground coriander and ground cardamom). I love the lightness coriander brings to a dish. It’s difficult to explain the flavor, except to say it makes whatever food it’s in have a kind of freshness to it.
The only other herb used in this is poultry seasoning, and for that I used my homemade variety, which contains no common GERD/Acid Reflux or IBS trigger ingredients. You can find the recipe for that seasoning mix here.
I have a couple of other ideas to try out for gluten free, digestion-friendly stuffing alternatives, so stay tuned for those. Please let me know what you think of this recipe if you try it and let me know of any ingredients/flavors you’d love to see included.