EatingWell’s Jessie Price shows you how to make stuffing for Thanksgiving. The healthy cooking techniques she shares on how to make homemade stuffing healthy with whole-wheat bread and vegetables can help you cut fat and calories in your favorite healthy stuffing recipes for Thanksgiving.
Hi, I'm Jessie. We're here in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, and today we are talking stuffing. I'm going to make a healthier sausage stuffing with just a few simple tweaks. It's still going to taste amazing, but it's going to be a lot better for you. So start with the main ingredient: bread. I have already toasted whole-wheat bread here. I'm using that instead of white bread because it's an easy way to add fiber to this recipe. Next, skip the pork sausage and go with turkey sausage instead. For this recipe I'm only using half a pound of sausage for the whole thing, and it serves 10 people. Next is my veggies and my aromatics. I have onions. celery and garlic. I saute those in just a little bit of canola oil. Once they start to soften, add in diced apples. And the idea is that they add great flavor. They bulk up your serving but they don't add a lot of calories. So now you're ready to assemble. So you take your bread. Put it in a big bowl and add your cooked sausage and your cooked veggie mix. Throw in a bunch of spices. We have sage, thyme, dried basil, salt and pepper. Toss that all together. Then we drizzle the whole thing with chicken broth. That's going to keep it nice and moist. Toss that together. Put it into your casserole dish. Forget the dollopping it with butter that you might have seen some people do. You don't need this. This is going to be moist and delicious. Cover it with foil. Put it in the oven and bake it. The only simple changes you've made here is, we went with whole-wheat bread instead of white, we went with turkey sausage instead of pork and you've bulked it up with a ton of great-tasting veggies. What you end up saving here is 180 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat per serving. plus we added 2 grams of fiber. For this Sausage Stuffing recipe and more healthy Thanksgiving recipes, come to eatingwell.com.