Healthy Stuffing Recipes

Find healthy, delicious stuffing recipes including bread, chicken, sausage and turkey stuffing. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Caramelized Onion & Apple Stuffing

Rating: 5 stars
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Caramelized onions are a sweet and savory addition to this healthy stuffing recipe. Choose an apple that becomes tender yet holds its shape when cooked--try Jonagold or Cortland.

Simple Herb Stuffing

This easy Thanksgiving favorite comes together in a snap. Poultry seasoning, which includes sage and other classic holiday herbs, adds plenty of flavor to this stuffing but if you'd like even more herb flavor you can add 1 teaspoon of dried sage and 1 teaspoon of minced fresh rosemary.
By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Apple, Onion & Cranberry Stuffing

Rating: 5 stars
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Apples and fresh cranberries add a unique twist to this variation on the classic stuffing. Use fresh sage or rubbed sage in this healthy stuffing recipe; the ground version is too bitter.

Sage Cornbread Dressing

Rating: 3 stars
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This sage cornbread dressing can be made ahead of time for Thanksgiving. If you have it, leftover turkey stock can be used to moisten the cornbread.
By Virginia Willis

Cornbread & Oyster-Mushroom Stuffing

Rating: 5 stars
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Mushrooms are a rich, meaty addition in this healthy cornbread stuffing recipe. Here we use oyster mushrooms, but you can use any variety you like. If you have time, bake the cornbread a day or two in advance so it has time to dry out a bit, which lets it absorb the flavors more readily.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple & Sausage

Rating: 5 stars
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This amazing wild-rice stuffing recipe is bursting with rustic fall flavors, including rye bread, sausage, apples, dried cherries, pecans and fresh herbs.

Roasted Fennel & Italian Sausage Stuffing

Rating: 3 stars
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This homemade stuffing recipe is special because it comes complete with a sausage-making lesson from the Sausage King himself, author and famed business owner Bruce Aidells.

Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

Rating: 5 stars
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Make this stuffing with an apple variety that holds its shape rather than turns to sauce during the cooking process, so there will be tender bites of fruit throughout. Honeycrisp, Granny Smith or Pink Lady are all easy-to-find options.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

Classic Slow-Cooker Stuffing

Save space in your oven and use your slow cooker to whip up this easy, classic stuffing. Hearty whole-grain bread gets toasted in the oven for only 10 minutes (and you can toast the cubes ahead of time!) while your slow cooker does the rest.

Slow-Cooker Sausage & Apple Stuffing

Rating: 5 stars
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This sausage and apple stuffing is extra-moist and full of classic fall flavors. Using a slow cooker makes this side dish even easier and saves on oven space.

Herbed Cornbread Dressing

Cornbread studded with plenty of herbs gives this classic stuffing a subtly sweet flavor.

Turkey & Stuffing for Two

Rating: 5 stars
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You don't have to skip the traditional Thanksgiving dinner if it's just the two of you--and you also don't have to eat turkey for days. In fact, you may not want to wait for a special occasion to have this satisfying mini celebration.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Cornbread Stuffing with Brussels Sprouts & Squash

Rating: 4.25 stars
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Brussels sprouts and winter squash make this cornbread stuffing look and taste great. You may need to bake two batches of cornbread to have 2 pounds for this recipe--you can even make it the day before.