It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. This is a good time to start planning your Turkey Day menu with your health in mind. Over the next couple of weeks we will share some delicious classic Thanksgiving favorites that are “lightened” up so that you don’t have to face that feeling, we have all had, of guilt after we indulge our Thanksgiving meal.
The following recipe for a healthy version of stuffing is from allrecipes.com.
Wild Rice Stuffing
Original recipe makes 12 servings – Prep 20 minutes – Cook 30 minutes – Ready in 50 minutes
- 2 cups hot water
- 4 cubes chicken bouillon, crumbled
- 1 (6 ounce) package wild rice, uncooked
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 (5.5 ounce) package seasoned croutons
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
- Dissolve 3 cubes bouillon in 1 cup hot water. In a medium saucepan, combine wild rice with bouillon water, then fill with just enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Mix remaining 1 cube bouillon in 1 cup hot water. Heat butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in celery and green pepper; cook until tender. Mix in remaining bouillon water. Pour skillet contents into a large bowl. Stir together cooked rice, croutons, and poultry seasoning.
- Stuff turkey loosely, and cook turkey as directed. Or put stuffing into a well greased baking dish, cover, and bake 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 325 degrees F (165 degree C).
Dressing, not Stuffing
Bake the dressing in a casserole dish rather than in the turkey, where it absorbs fat from the turkey as it bakes. It’s hard to slim down a stuffing recipe, so take a small serving if it’s your Thanksgiving favorite. Avoid recipes using sausage or bacon; wild rice and grains are more nutritious than bread stuffing.