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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lighter Bread Stuffing with Apples

low calorie stuffing recipeIn the spirit of the holidays, I thought that I'd blog today about stuffing -- my second most favorite food for Thanksgiving after mashed potatoes. Luckily, there is a great recipe for a "Lighter Bread Stuffing" in my Betty Crocker cookbook (a must for anyone who wants some assistance cooking almost anything!). I've changed it a bit below, in order to make the recipe both vegetarian (so no need for a turkey!) and to reduce the calories (and increase the fiber) a bit more.

Light Bread Stuffing Recipe (yields 15 servings half cup servings)

- 1/4 cup Promise Activ Spread
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth (my favorite is made by a company called Imagine)
- 2 large stalks of celery (yielding 1.5 cups chopped)
- 1 large onion (yielding 1 cup of onion)
- 15 sliced whole wheat bread (yielding 9 cups of soft bread cubes)
- 3 cups of thinly sliced apples (read about the health benefits of apples)
- 1 cup of raisins
- 1.5 teaspoons of fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground sage
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt (optional since the Promise Activ has salt in it)

(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
(2) Melt butter and vegetable broth in Dutch Oven (or in a frying pan) over medium-high heat
(3) Cook the celery and onion in the broth, stirring occasionally, until they are tender
(4) Combine remaining ingredients with broth and celery mixture (transfer to an oven safe casserole dish if necessary). Cover, put into the oven, and cook until the stuffing registers 165 degrees (approximately 35-45 minutes).

Depending on what bread you use (I assumed each slice was 100 calories but it will vary depending on your bread), this recipe will come out to approximately 160 calories per serving, with 3 grams of fiber, and 2.5 grams of fat (or 3 weight watchers points). If you want to reduce the calories/points, consider removing the raisins, or reducing the amount of apples.

I hope you enjoy your stuffing and have a great Thanksgiving! See you next Monday!



Erica said...

mmmmm I think all stuffing should be made with apples- such a great combo! Thank you so much for the recipe! Have a great thanksgiving!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love stuffing. I never thought of making it with apples!!! I'm so ready for Thanksgiving!

GroundedFitness said...

ooo stuffing with apples...perfect combo!

Kelly Turner

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous recipe!! I'm kinda bummed that I didn't choose to bring the stuffing this year ... we're not hosting, so I'm at the mercy of my in-laws. I will keep my fingers crossed that they have a delicious, healthy version like yours!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

That Girl said...

I love the addition of the apples!

Jenn said...

Thanks for the recipe! My fave types of stuffings have apples, well okay, it's a close second behind oyster stuffing, but I love it! ;)

HangryPants said...

Thanks for the recipe! It sounds amazing, but unfortunately, my mother would never permit a new stuffing recipe at Thanksgiving. Hopefully, I can use it another time. :D


Joanna said...

juliet, that stuffing looks beautiful!!

i literally had a breakdown trying to make stuffing tonight. i chopped all my veggies, nuts, and got all the spices together, and then, chopped my bread. 2 minutes later, my mom says "joanna, can you double the recipe? you need to make more because your aunt says there's a few more vegans coming."

of course, i had no bread left. great just great. haha i almost made cornbread for some reason, but then my mom offered to go to the store. thank heavens!!

Katie said...

Great idea. I really enjoy apples in savory dishes.

Mary H. said...

Yum. I like the addition of apples.

Marisa @Loser for Life said...

Juliet, This looks delicious. Thank you for commenting on my blog! I am so glad to find your blog since you are a "fellow weight watcher" and food find guru!!! I'm looking forward to spending time on your site -I have lots of catching up to do!

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