Sausage, Quinoa and Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing

Sausage Quinoa Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing

This sausage, quinoa and wild rice whole grain stuffing will be the hit of your Thanksgiving. The sausage ensures you get a moist stuffing every time, and the quinoa and wild rice are suitable for your gluten-free family and guests.

The first time I had a sausage stuffing was at a Friendsgiving our first year of marriage. I remember thinking: Sausage in stuffing is BRILLIANT!

The sausage adds so much flavor. I buy the bulk sausage to save myself the time of removing it from the casings. If you happen to live near a Sprouts Farmers Market, they make the best sausages. Plus, you can buy a chicken sausage instead of pork if you don’t eat pork products.

Using quinoa and wild rice in the place of a bread crumb adds a great texture as well as nutritional value to this whole grain stuffing. You can use it to stuff your turkey, or just bake it in a greased baking dish.

I’ve included a short video to show you exactly how easy it is to whip up this recipe.

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By the way, this recipe can be made ahead! Prepare the recipe up to the point where you transfer the ingredients to a greased baking dish. You can then refrigerate your stuffing, tightly covered, up to two days ahead. Then, bake right before serving, adding 10 minutes to the bake time.

Need a printable version? Here it is:

Sausage, Quinoa and Wild Rice Whole Grain Stuffing


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Brown the sausage, onion and thyme in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Once brown, stir in the cooked wild rice and cooked quinoa.
  4. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Serve hot.

While perfect for Thanksgiving, this dish is also an excellent lunch! Serve with a side salad and some sliced fruit for an out-of-the-ordinary midday meal.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes Recipe (Video)

Three simple ingredients are all you need for prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes.

Oh man are these prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes good!

If you are looking for something different than marshmallow topped sweet potatoes for the holidays, give these a go!

Not only are they healthier than the classic sweet potato casserole, they are perfect for anyone following Whole 30, eating Paleo or sugar detoxing.

If you want to make these for a holiday dinner, you can make this recipe ahead. Follow the recipe up until the point where the wedges are wrapped in the prosciutto. Refrigerate the wrapped sweet potato wedges for a day before baking.

I’ve made a quick 30 second video recipe so you can see exactly how I make these. Or use the printable recipe to keep on file.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes Recipe


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • 3 ounces prosciutto


  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into wedges.
  2. Boil sweet potato wedges for 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Preheat oven to 375.
  4. Wrap sweet potato wedges with one sage leaf in a piece of prosciutto.
  5. Roast at 375 for 15 minutes.

How do you prefer your sweet potatoes? Savory or sweet or both?

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Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

Rosemary Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

As a side dish, red potatoes with rosemary in the slow cooker could not be easier.

Here are the easy video instructions:

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Here is the printable recipe:

Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Cut red potatoes into quarters.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and add the rosemary. Toss.
  4. Line slow cooker with foil. Seal potatoes in foil.
  5. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 2 -3 hours. Or set slow cooker to low and cook for 4-5 hours.
  6. Potatoes are done when they can be easily pierced with a fork.

This would make a great side dish to enjoy over the holidays, or serve it as a side with any meat.

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How to Make All Natural Homemade Apple Butter

All Natural Homemade Apple Butter

I just can’t go through fall without making at least one batch of all natural homemade apple butter.

Sure, you could pick up a jar at the store. But have you looked at the sugar content in the processed stuff?

With apples in season, they are perfectly ripe, perfectly delicious. No need for any extra sugar.

Peeling apples for homemade apple cider pie

You could store this in the freezer for up to 6 months. But in our house it never lasts that long!

How to Make All Natural Homemade Apple Butter


  • 3 pounds apples, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice


  1. In a large stockpot, bring apples and apple cider to a boil.
  2. Cover, leaving lid slightly ajar, and allow to boil an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Run the cooked apples through the blender until the desired consistency.
  4. Return to stockpot. Add the apple pie spice and return to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer an additional 15 minutes or until thick enough to spread.
  6. Allow to cool before transferring to a jar.
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

We like to spread apple butter on our morning toast or waffles. It also makes a good accompaniment to pork.

Learn how to make Apple Cider Pie →

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How to Freeze Cooked Brown Rice

How to Freeze Cooked Brown Rice

I love brown rice, but I hate how long it takes to cook it.

Most meals I prepare are prepped and done in 30 minutes. What can I say? I like quick and easy.

Waiting an hour for brown rice to cook just doesn’t fit in with my cooking style.

That’s why I’ll set aside a day to cook a double batch of brown rice and then freeze it.

This not only saves me time when I need to get dinner on the table, but it saves me money. Have you seen the price of prepackaged frozen brown rice? Ridiculous!

I use Alton Brown’s method to cook the brown rice. It turns out perfect every time. If you’ve never baked your brown rice before, give it a go! I think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Once you’ve cooked your brown rice, it is time to freeze.

How to Freeze Cooked Brown Rice

Step 1: Spread your cooked brown rice out on a large rimmed baking sheet to cool.

Cooked Brown Rice

HINT: If you add a tablespoon or two of water to the bottom of the pan, it helps keep the rice from sticking.

Step 2: Once your rice is cool, transfer it to a freezer safe container.

Portioning Cooked Brown Rice

Here’s what I do:

I like to use the plastic freezer safe jars. I get them here because I can use a 20% off coupon and they are super cheap.

If you buy the smaller size jars, you can pack 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice in each jar. That seems to be the perfect amount for most recipes or for serving our family of 4 brown rice as a side dish.

freeze cooked brown rice

Step 3: You do not need to thaw the rice before reheating. To reheat rice from frozen, transfer the frozen rice to a glass container and microwave in 1-minute increments until rice is hot.

What I want you to know: I freeze my rice in plastic. They are BPA free, but they are plastic all the same.

Here’s the deal. I’ve had glass jar disasters in my freezer. So I use these plastic freezer safe jars. They are reusable and dishwasher safe – plastic bags are not.

I recommend you NEVER use plastic in the microwave. Always transfer your rice to a glass container before microwaving.

Hopefully using this method to freeze cooked brown rice will help you get dinner on the table quickly and easily!

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Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mash: Low Calorie Mashed Potato Substitute

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mash

Slow cooker cauliflower mash is one of my go-to side dish recipes.

However, it’s not one of those slow cook all day recipes. You cook the cauliflower on high for 4 hours.

This means I’ll throw the cauliflower in the slow cooker about the same time the girls get home from school.

Our afternoons are spent running from practices to events to doctor’s appointments to errands. Raising teens, I feel like my life gets thrown into high gear in the afternoon. We are often gone for so much of the afternoon, there is no time for dinner prep.

With the cauliflower in the slow cooker, it is nice and tender by the time we’re ready for dinner. I could serve it as is, but we adore cauliflower mash in our house.

Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and vitamin B-6 and low in calories. Turn it into a mash and you won’t miss the high calorie potatoes.

Of course, I do like to add a bit of butter and milk. These are optional ingredients. Try chives and green onions to get flavor with less calories.

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mash


  • 5 cups cauliflower chopped into large florets
  • water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: chives or green onions


  1. Place cauliflower florets in a slow cooker. Add enough water to cover.
  2. Cook 4 hours on high.
  3. Drain water off cauliflower.
  4. Add to a food processor along with the milk and butter. Process until smooth.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Optional: Top with chives or green onions.

Cauliflower Mash Low Calorie Mashed Potato Substitute

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker

Did you know it was possible to cook spaghetti squash in a slow cooker?

This makes one of my favorite vegetables so much easier to prepare!

How can you not love a recipe where you spend two minutes prepping at 8 am, go about your business for the day, then come back at 5 pm and you have beautifully cooked dinner?!?

Maybe my favorite part of this cooking method is you do NOT need to cut your squash in half prior to cooking. Trust me, that is reason enough to try this method! Spaghetti squash can be near to impossible to cut in half. Those suckers are HARD.


Cooked Spaghetti Squash

There are a few things I learned by trial and error about this method of cooking a squash.

First, by the end of 8 hours my slow cooker will be almost out of water and your squash will start to brown on the side that is touching the bottom. DO NOT let your squash cook any longer than 8 hours or you may end up with a burnt mess.

Next, if you slow cooker tends to “spit” hot water during cooking, you can lift the lid, carefully add a bit more water, and return to cooking it. I’ve done this and it didn’t effect the cooking of the squash.

So how do you cook a spaghetti squash in the slow cooker?

  1. Use a sharp knife to poke several holes in the spaghetti squash.
  2. Add the whole squash and two cups water to the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Carefully remove squash from slow cooker. Cut in half and scrape out seeds. Use a fork to separate squash into strands.
  5. Serve!

Serving your family spaghetti squash has never been easier!

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