What would Thanksgiving dinner be without the stuffing?!? That heavenly, carb-laden dish is the one I look forward to the most each year, but not surprisingly, it’s also one of the most fattening. After some putting some time in the kitchen this past weekend, I was able to create a MUCH healthier version that has about 1/3 of the fat and calories most traditional Thanksgiving Recipes have. I simply took my mom’s recipe (which is THE BEST stuffing in the world, by the way), and altered it. It was easier than I thought, and the end result was pretty darn good! For just 5 Points, you get a huge 1 1/2 cup serving! Now, that’s what I’m talking about. It does require you to make your own bread cubes vs. using prepared ones out of a box, but considering the Points is saves you, it’s so worth it. With stuffing this yummy and healthy, there’s no need to wait until Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe
Make your own delicious, homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing with this easy, low calorie recipe. With all the traditional flavors you’d expect, but a lot fewer Points. It’s the perfect healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipe!
- 12 slices of low calorie, high fiber bread (I used Sara Lee Delightful), dried and cut into bite size cubes (see Tip)
- 4 cups water
- 2 extra large chicken bouillon cubes (about 1oz)
- 5 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
- 2 tbsp light butter (I used Brummel and Brown)
- 1 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large saucepan, heat water, butter and bouillon to a boil.
- Add in celery, onion, sage, thyme, rosemary, and pepper, and turn heat down to medium. Simmer until celery and onion are soft, about 15-20 min.
- In the meantime, put bread cubes into a large oven safe bowl or casserole dish.
- Pour broth over bread cubes and combine gently until all bread cubes are saturated.
- Gently mix in the egg substitute.
- Place stuffing into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until stuffing reaches desired texture.
TIP: To dry out your bread, turn your oven onto the lowest setting (mine was 175 degrees) and evenly spread out all the slices of bread on a large, ungreased cookie sheet. Let bread slowly toast in the oven for about 4-6 hours. As soon as bread stiffens, turn off oven and leave it in there overnight. Bread should be fully stiffened, with all moisture removed, but not burned or charred.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 45 minute(s)
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is about 1 ½ cups
Each serving = 5 Points
PER SERVING: 175 calories; 4.5 g fat; 28 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 7 g fiber