Trim Healthy Mama-friendly Stuffing | THM: E

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You know what I can eat by the bowl-full that’s not a dessert? Stuffing. It’s my favorite part of a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. And do you know what’s even better than the stuffing that comes sealed in a package inside a cardboard box? Trim Healthy Mama stuffing that’s free from sugar and full of energizing carbohydrates.

This Trim Healthy Mama-friendly stuffing recipe is an E. It uses sprouted whole grain bread (I used a store-bought loaf from Stone Mill), a little butter (not enough to make this a Crossover), onions, celery, carrot, chicken broth, mineral salt, ground pepper, and fresh herbs. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs in a third of the amount:

You can pair this stuffing with lean chicken breast for an E meal (I tear apart the breast from a whole roasted chicken for myself and let the rest of the family enjoy a Crossover with the remaining dark meat).  A salad or veggie on the side, and a delicious, THM-friendly Swiss Chalet sauce to dip your chicken pieces into, would make a complete, incredible E dinner!

Or, you can add this Trim Healthy Mama-friendly stuffing to these on-plan Thanksgiving Dinner menus! (Adding it to the E option would keep you in E territory; adding it to the S option would put you in Crossover mode, but what are holidays for?!)

Yield: 8-10 servings

Trim Healthy Mama-friendly Stuffing

Trim Healthy Mama-friendly Stuffing

Do you know what's better than stuffing that comes from a box? This Trim Healthy Mama stuffing that's free from sugar and full of energizing carbohydrates! A THM E.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 10 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 small loaf sprouted, whole grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley ( OR 2 Tbsp dried parsley)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (OR 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage (OR 1 tsp dried sage)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary (OR 1/2 tsp dried rosemary)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add celery, onion, carrot, salt, and pepper and cook until soft (10-15 minutes). Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour onto 2 rimmed cookies sheets and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until some of the bread is slightly crisp on the edges.

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22 thoughts on “Trim Healthy Mama-friendly Stuffing | THM: E”

  1. Yum! I was raised with stuffing that had sausage in it. You think if I use turkey sausage and rinse it it would keep it an E?
    Thanks for recipe!

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  2. Wouldn’t cranberries be good added to this? 🙂 Also, when you list those herbs, you MUST list them in proper musical order: Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme .. 🙂

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  3. I was surprised you spread it out on a sheet pan…..I’ve only seen stuffing baked in a casserole dish (if not the stovetop version!). Is this to make it a drier style, rather than wet/blended, I’m guessing? I wonder if you tried it both ways and how they compare?

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    • Hi Christine, Since this is an E meal and doesn’t use very much fat, it’s moistened and flavored with the chicken broth. Baking it on cookie sheets dries it out, but not too much.

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  4. Can this be made ahead of time (I’m thinking 1-3 days and put in fridge or freezer?) I’ve only made-ahead stuffing with store-bought dry cubes or hardened bread. This recipe appears to use the sprouted bread fresh so I didn’t know if the type of bread cube makes a difference. Thanks!!

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  5. Would the sprouted bread need to sit out for day or two to dry out so it is not mushy?
    My mom always used Italian bread and did this.

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  6. You’ve officially made my hero list! I stopped using boxed stuffing when I took my children off food dyes and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Yep, HFCS is even in there. I lamented the loss of such a tasty side dish for my table even more when I went on plan with Trim Healthy Mama & even the non-HFCS versions sold in the store weren’t on plan. Last year, I tried some bogus cauliflower version of stuffing that TOTALLY missed the mark. (Did I mention I didn’t care for it?) I made your stuffing today & had to report to my husband by text message that it’s official! Haha! My 3 year old loves it, and I wouldn’t be afraid to serve this at a family function (I’m regularly harassed as a health nut at family functions.). Plus, I have a new side item to go with my normal rotation of family meals. I used dried seasoning & threw the onions, celery, and carrots in a blender. I prefer the taste of those items over the texture of them chopped, so I nearly puréed them.. I also used reduced sodium, non-fat, sugar free chicken broth. (Have to look out for that these days. Everything has sugar!!) This is so good! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  7. Making this today, for Easter dinner tomorrow. What is your suggestion for the best way to heat this stuffing for the dinner. I have one family member who is gluten free , so he won’t be having any but this also means not adding it to the turkey (the way we used to do it with the box version).

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