Who says that holiday side dishes have to involve stuffing and sweet potatoes? I came up with this super simple plant-based side dish that involves one pan and a short list of ingredients, such as oats, cranberries, pistachios, and turmeric. Yet, it’s so simple, nutritious and flavorful!

It only takes one pot to create this savory side dish!

Yields 8 servings

Oat Cranberry Pilaf with Pistachios (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
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  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery with leaves, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup canned whole cranberries
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats


  1. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add onions, celery and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms, parsley, turmeric, marjoram, black pepper and pistachios, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  3. While vegetables are cooking, heat oven to 350 F.
  4. Add cranberries, broth and oats, stirring until smooth.
  5. Transfer skillet to oven and bake on top rack for 25 minutes, until golden and tender.


Nutrition information per serving: 166 calories, 5 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat 1g, 0 mg cholesterol 0 mg, 160 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 8 g protein



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