Sweet and Savory Alternative to Stuffing

In only 15 minutes, you can make a side dish with broad appeal like this vegan, gluten free alternative to stuffing.

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The harvest of this season’s most iconic fruits is underway.  Yes,  cranberries. What comes to mind when you  you think of the tiny tart cranberry? Turkey? Baked goods? Relish?  Today,  in the  spirit of a new tradition, the Cranberry Marketing Committee has asked me to create a cranberry inspired holiday dish, using a few ingredients you might not associate with cranberries : oatmeal, tumeric, and pistachios, oh my!

Speaking of new traditions, do you celebrate Friendsgiving?  The word #friendsgiving cropped up only a few years ago, but I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve been celebrating this feast for decades, along with many other Americans who work weekends and holidays (you know who you are).  If you like to  gather and feast on a potluck meal with your closest friends, either on Thanksgiving or the weeks before or after, consider hosting a new tradition.  Here’s everything you always wanted to know about.. Friendsgiving.

In my humble opinion,  a good  host of any  dinner party will ensure that there are some vegan, vegetarian or allergy-conscious options  if any guests require them. When heading out to a potluck, I always aim to take something with broad appeal like this..


a sweet and savory alternative to stuffing. This dish takes only 15 minutes to make, and you can satisfy your vegan and gluten free friends without disappointing any carnivores or gluten loving besties.

Tis the cranberry season. Remember to use them in your holiday meals for their taste, bright holiday color and  health benefits. Find more cranberry recipes here. And for a chance to WIN $2000, upload your Friendsgiving cranberry creations.



Sweet & Savory Alternative to Stuffing

serves 8

by Diane Boyd


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups oatmeal, gluten free
  • 2 teaspoons tumeric
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce


1. Boil water and add salt and turmeric.

2. Stir in oats.

3. Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat, stir occasionally.

4. Pour cooked oatmeal into a covered casserole. (transport in casserole and reheat in microwave prior to serving.).

5. Top with pistachios and cranberry sauce.

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