Quinoa and wild rice are loaded with protein to keep you full and fiber to keep your digestive tract running smooth. Flavorful herbs like sage, oregano and rosemary are not only fragrant but also rich in antioxidants that can improve circulation, reduce inflammation and help prevent cancer.
4 tbsp each chopped raw unsalted walnuts and chopped raw unsalted almonds
1 3/4 cups chopped dried unsweetened cherries
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
In a large heavy pot on medium, heat olive oil. Add white onions and celery; cook for 7 minutes or until soft and tender.
Add apples,garlic cloves, 1 tbsp each finely chopped fresh sage and oregano and sea salt. Cook for 2 minutes and stir to combine.
Add Chardonnay and chicken broth; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
Add wild and brown rice mix, cover and cook for 40 to 50 minutes, until rice is tender. A
Add quinoa, 1 tbsp each finely chopped fresh sage and oregano. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until quinoa is cooked.
Add walnuts and almonds, cherries and rosemary; stir to combine. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer cooked quinoa and rice mixture to baking dish, leaving it fluffy and not pressed into the dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes more. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Apples are rich in fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Additionally, they contain the flavonoid antioxidant quercetin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body to help scavenge disease-causing free radicals.
Onions are full of phytonutrients that reduce inflammation and can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Add healthy fats to your stuffing with protein-rich pecans and vitamin E–packed sunflower seeds. Season your stuffing while loading up on antioxidants with fresh tarragon, a peppery herb that contains potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin A, and with fresh parsley, an incredibly rich source of vitamins A, C and K.
For an eye-catching contrast of colors, try using red or tricolor quinoa. To save time, buy the frozen spinach that’s already chopped and thaw it in your fridge overnight; just be sure to squeeze it dry before using.