Try These 7 Healthy Thanksgiving Stuffing And Dressing Recipes

Written by Janella Domingo Diaz, Modified October 23, 2018
Thanksgiving Stuffing

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner table is not complete without turkey and gravy. But what pairs well with both of these? A nice serving of Thanksgiving stuffing, of course!

You can eat it by itself, or you know, stuff it inside your turkey and chicken roast for a whole new level of flavor combinations. It’s sweet, savory, filling, and hearty yet also very simple to make!

Thanksgiving stuffing also does not have to be bad for your health. If you’re looking for healthy Thanksgiving stuffing dish and recipes, this is the article to read! Roll up your sleeves and start making these easy, yummy, and healthy Thanksgiving dressing and stuffing recipes!

1. Easy Sausage And Herb Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipes

This first recipe is a very simple stuffing that has everything you could possibly like about it: tasty meat, dense bread, and some vegetables and herbs. It’s an easy turkey stuffing that also takes almost no time to prepare!

To make this, you’ll need some store-bought stuffing bread cubes, which saves you from long hours of baking, slicing, and drying the bread.

You’ll be mixing it with a whole stick of butter and a pound of Italian sausage anyways, so the bread won’t matter much. It just makes the meat go a long way and adds texture to the stuffing.

One tip though, if you can’t buy bulk sausage packages in your local store, regular sausage will work just as well, but make sure to remove the casings.

Also, you can prepare this a day or so before Thanksgiving by either assembling but not baking it or baking then refrigerating it. Cover with foil and bake in a 325°F oven for 20 minutes or so to reheat.

2. Sausage Apple Cornbread Recipe

Recipe For Thanksgiving Day

You can prepare this easy stuffing or dressing on a baking dish or use it to stuff your turkey or chicken. First, what makes this cornbread stuffing very easy is the corn muffin mix. Prepare it according to the package instructions, allow to cool, and crumble.

Then, brown the sausage in a deep skillet and stir in some mushrooms, celery, onion, and garlic. Bake everything with some chopped apples and salt and pepper to taste for about 45 minutes.

You can also put the cornbread dressing mixture into the oven during the final cooking hour of your turkey for extra flavors and aroma. You can also toast some nuts to wake up their oils in a pan or a baking sheet to add texture and flavor.

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3. Sourdough, Wild Mushroom, And Bacon Dressing

Bacon Dressing

Instead of the usual meat and bread stuffing, this dressing recipe by Chef Bobby Flay calls for sourdough bread, different types of mushroom, and bacon.

To start, toast the bread until slightly golden. Then, roast the mushrooms with some salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Sautee the vegetables and herbs and combine everything in a baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes covered with foil and another 30 or so minutes uncovered. To make sure the dressing stays moist, add some chicken stock before sticking it into the oven and a little more right before serving.

4. Panettone Thanksgiving Stuffing

Panettone Thanksgiving Stuffing

For an unexpected Italian twist on an American classic stuffing recipe, Michael Chiarello decided to use panettone bread as the base for this stuffing. Panettone is an Italian holiday sweet bread that contains nuts, dried fruits, and rum in a nice dense dough, similar to a fruitcake.

To make this stuffing, you’ll need some chicken stock, sage, celery or fennel, some carrots, onions, eggs, and dried fruits like raisins, apricots, and cherries. The bread and the fruits make the stuffing sweet, tangy, and fresh-tasting with a hint of savory from the chicken stock.

With all the flavors and textures going on, you won’t need any meat! Just add some chopped up sage leaves for a pleasant aroma.

5. Hippy Happy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Stuffing

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Stuffing

If you are vegetarian or expecting a vegetarian visitor, this recipe is perfect! It is a nice alternative that still allows everyone to enjoy a hearty meal.

To make this stuffing, you’ll need some sunflower and pumpkin seeds for protein, vegetable broth, whole-grain bread, wheat and barley nugget cereal, the usual carrots, onions, and celery, and herbs like parsley, cardamom, thyme, and bay leaves.

Toast the seeds first then saute the vegetables and herbs. Mix everything in a baking dish and pop it in the oven. Everyone, vegetarian and meat-lovers alike, are sure to love this dish!

6. Quinoa And Butternut Squash Thanksgiving Stuffing

Traditional Stuffing Recipe

Quinoa is gluten free and high-protein grain alternative from South America. It is healthy and fluffy with a slight crunch. While you usually see it in salads and side dishes, it is also a great substitute for the traditional stuffing recipe!

Ditch the bread and replace it with quinoa and cubed butternut squash. Add some zucchini cubes, vegetable stock, green onions, parsley, lime juice, and some dried apricots and dried cranberries for a nice texture and flavor medley.

First, cook the quinoa in vegetable stock. Then, cook the remaining ingredients in a skillet. Once everything is done, you have your healthy dressing ready! You can also replace quinoa with the same amount of brown rice, wild rice, flax, barley, millet, bulgur, or buckwheat.

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7. Italian Healthy Dressing

Italian Healthy Dressing

This final dressing is a notch away from the traditional chicken broth sausage stuffing you always see on the typical Thanksgiving table but is as delicious and irresistible!

To prepare this, first, toast a pound of day-old country bread and soak the raisins in some chicken broth. Then, wilt some Swiss chards, saute the vegetables and aromatics, mix everything together, and bake!

The pine nuts, raisins, and green olives add a nice touch that will surely impress your mother-in-law and relatives!

So that’s it! You see guys; you do not have to choose between yummy and healthy anymore. All these yummy recipes prove that the Thanksgiving dinner can really both be tasty and healthy at the same time! Try these Thanksgiving Stuffing recipes and I’m sure your family will be asking for more (and they will surely love you more!).

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