Spiced Quinoa, Apple, and Hazelnut Stuffing


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

  • Servings: Makes 4 Servings
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Each Serving Contains:


Protein Serving

  • 8 oz cooked quinoa (about 2 cups cooked) (2 protein servings)
  • 4 oz hazelnuts, chopped (2 protein servings)

Fruit Serving

  • 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

Maintenance Modifications

  • 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


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Toss everything together. Be sure to coat the apples in the lemon juice first so they don’t turn brown.
  3. For maintenance, I roasted some diced red onion and diced sweet potatoes and mixed it in.
  4. Divide this dish into 4, each one counts as 1 serving as explained above.


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  1. This looks so delicious and just screams autumn !

  2. Loved your yummy recipe 🙂

  3. Thanks so much dear Katie. 🌷💖🌷

  4. Hi Katie — This recipe looks great! I am hoping to bring it to my family’s Thanksgiving. This may be a silly question, but do you eat this warm or cold? Just trying to figure out how to make this ahead, store it, and account for any reheating time. Thanks so much for what you do! I love following your blog!

  5. so if you were on maintenace phase, would you eat 6 oz. cooked quinoa for the protein?

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