Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple Cranberry and Greens

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Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing. This healthy side dish is packed with flavor and the freshest ingredients!

Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple, Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing.

Thanksgiving meal prep is well underway in my house. With only a few days left until turkey day (seriously, how is it already the end of November?!), I’m prepping homemade cranberry sauce, a simple brined turkey and healthier side dish options. What’s on your Thanksgiving Day menu? Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple Cranberry and Greens is a healthier gluten-free option for your holiday menu. The rice and quinoa dish is packed with hearty ingredients such as apples, celery, cranberries, kale, spinach and more. Substitute traditional stuffing for this wild rice and quinoa stuffing without sacrificing flavor.

Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple, Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing.

For this recipe, I used organicgirl SUPER SPINACH blend because it combines baby spinach, baby bok choy and sweet baby kale. All of the ingredients are mixed together and then baked to create a side dish that is packed with fresh seasonal flavor. Best of all, the recipe calls for an entire 5 ounce package of greens. Sneak plenty of nutrient-packed ingredients into your Thanksgiving Day menu and then enjoy this side dish for dinner all season long. Wild rice and quinoa with apple, cranberry and greens also tastes great stuffed inside of your favorite squash. I stuff it into acorn squash, top with cheese and then bake in the oven. The stuffed squash creates an entire meal that is filling, healthy and flavorful.

Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple, Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing.

Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple, Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing.

Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple, Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing.

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Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple Cranberry and Greens

Yield: about 4 to 6 large servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing. This healthy side dish is packed with flavor and the freshest ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 5 ounces organicgirl SUPER SPINACH
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • fresh sage leaves, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a large casserole dish; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine the wild rice, vegetable broth and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in the quinoa, cover and cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove cover and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add the celery and apple and continue stirring until soft, about 3 additional minutes. Add the fresh thyme and stir until combined. Add the greens and stir until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the cranberries.
  4. Once the rice is done cooking, stir in the apple, cranberry and greens mixture into the rice.
  5. Gently spoon the rice mixture into the casserole dish. Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh sage leaves. Serve immediately.
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Wild Rice and Quinoa with Apple, Cranberry and Greens is an excellent gluten free alternative to stuffing.

Other Healthy Fall Side Dish Recipes:

Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing is an easy side salad or entrée made with thyme roasted vegetables and homemade maple balsamic dressing!

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate
Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds is an easy flavorful side dish!

This post is sponsored by organicgirl. As always, all opinions are my own.