The lights are up on Oxford Street, Hyde Park is rammed with Winter Wonderland punters and it’s officially the festive season. In the count down to Christmas, our resident healthy chef, Lauren Dangoor, will be bringing you a host of delicious recipes to add to your Christmas spread.
For most of us it’s a real struggle through the festive season to stick to healthy goals when all that beautiful food is in front of you. Lauren’s advice? Make your life easier by just preparing dishes which are healthy and delicious! You might be feeling all sorts of moods after your meal but guilt won’t be one of them.
Let’s face it, stuffing plays a huge role in any Christmas lunch. But whether or not you’re indulging in turkey, the stuffing needs to be good on its own. Let’s get creative with a healthy version that everyone can enjoy!
Christmas Quinoa Stuffing
Prep: 25 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
- 1 ½ cups of quinoa
- Sunflower oil/extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small brown onion
- 1 large carrot or 2 small ones
- ½ an apple
- ½ a potato
- 1 cup of water
- 3 ½ tbsp quinoa flakes
- Flaxseed with pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- Pinch of oregano
- A few pieces of sage
- Garlic salt/celery salt
- 1 tsp of raw organic apple cider
- 1 egg
- Pink Himalayan salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 F
- Boil the quinoa on a medium heat until all the water is absorbed. It should take about 15 mins. (Rule: 1 part quinoa-2 part water)
- While the quinoa is cooking, chop the onion and add to a pan with a drizzle of sunflower. Add ½ a cup of water to the pan when the onions start to brown.
- Chop the apple, potato and carrots. When the water has absorbed in the pan, add them with a pinch of salt and cook for a few minutes. Add the second ½ cup of water and cook until the vegetables are just soft. There should be a little bit of water left in the pan, which will be like a vegetable stock.
- In another bowl add the egg, quinoa flakes and flaxseed and mix.
- Add the apple cider vinegar and mix the with contents of the pan together in a baking dish.
- Add the sage, garlic salt/ salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Cook in pre-heated oven for 20-25 mins.
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