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Do you love stuffing as much as I do?


I usually only eat it during the holidays. Maybe that is why I love it so much?


I’m not going to lie. I love the artery-clogging, buttery stuffing that my mom serves on Thanksgiving. I have never had stuffing from a box.


Scratch that. I think before we were married my husband deviated from his usual plain-whole-wheat-noodles-and-egg-whites-only dinner, to makes some chicken and stuffing. Probably because one of his buddies suggested it, not me.


And yes, for years, he ate only whole wheat noodles and egg whites, mixed together, for dinner. Thank goodness I came along.


(Sometimes he still smells like he eats egg whites for dinner. Did I just say that in public?


Someone needs to share my pain.)



I also love whole wheat, multi-grain Tuscany bread. And if you’ve been reading, you know that bread is not something I love. This bread must be good. 



I chopped up a few slices of the whole-grain bread.







And seasoned it with rosemary, thyme, and parsley, and added a sprinkling of olive oil.





I toasted it in the oven, because who doesn’t love the crispy, crunchy bites of stuffing?




I chopped some celery, onion, and apple. Yes, this celery has bread crumbs all over it. I can be a mess sometimes.





Or always.





I spinkled some nutmeg on the chopped veggies and fruit.




Because I wanted to.





And sauteed them in some olive oil for about 10 minutes. 





Once the veggies were soft – yet still a bit crisp – and the bread was toasty, I combined them in a small baking dish.





I say small dish, because we all know if I made it in a large dish, I’d eat it all.


I have enough buttons to sew back on my pants this week, so I went with the small dish.




I added some chicken stock, but you could also add veggie stock. 




Into the oven it went, and while I waited patiently, I dug into this like I had never seen food before.




When the stuffing came out, it was perfect. 






Some parts were crunchy, others were soft. They celery and apple had a nice crisp flavor, but it still tasted ‘warm.’ Perfect with mashed potatoes!



Easy Whole Wheat Stuffing

Serves 2-4 people

4-6 slices whole grain Tuscany bread

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 one celery stalk, chopped

1/4 sweet onion, chopped

1/2 honeycrisp apple, chopped

1/4 teaspoon rosemary

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon parsley

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 cup chicken stock (or veggie stock)

Preheat oven to 350.

Cut bread into chunks – whatever size you desire. Lay on a baking sheet on toss with rosemary, thyme, and parsley, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toast for about 10-15 minutes, un just until golden brown.

While the bread is toasting, sprinkle nutmeg, and a bit of salt and pepper on chopped celery, onion, and apple. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add apple and veggies to pan. Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 5-10 minutes.

Combine bread and celery mixture in a small baking dish. Add chicken stock, tossing a few times to coat. Bread should be moist, but not soggy.

Bake covered at 350 for 20-30 minutes.









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37 Responses to “Easy Whole Wheat Stuffing.”

  1. #
    Becca — November 18, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it. PS- I do remember Black Tie Affair, I loved that one too! I love OPI and Essie, definitely my two faves.


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    Dara @ MyVeryFirstKitchen — November 18, 2009 @ 11:12 am


    That looks amazing. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! My boyfriend and I have been dying to make just stuffing since october! With such a short ingredient list, I just might be making this this week!!

    Thanks again for the lovely seasonal post, I look forward to reading more!!

    <3, D


  3. #
    Jenny — November 18, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    *drool* Pardon me while I go wipe the spit off of my chin. This is my kryptonite. What I particularly love is that I can use the fact that it’s better for you to rationalize using the largest dish I own. And eating it. In one sitting.

    And I love fit bites!


  4. #
    Seth @ Boy Meets Food — November 18, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    I think I must be one of the only foodies on the net that actually likes stuffing from a box… Don’t get me wrong, I love the real stuff more, but I like to buy up a handful of boxes after Thanksgiving for about 99 cents each and make them as a quick side sometimes when I am eating alone (my wife doesn’t like stuffing of any type). There are very few “from a box” things that I like, but stuffing is actually one of them.

    Now, I should probably add in that I love dressing enough that I would be content to eat nothing more than a big plate of dressing for Thanksgiving. We always make a couple types of dressing and collectively they usually make up about half of my filled plate. :)


  5. #
    Gliding Calm — November 18, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    STUFFINGGGGGGGGGGGGG ! Totally my favorite part of Thanksgiving!! even more than pies… can you believe that?! I have NEVER had it from a box!! We always use lots of different sprouted and whole grain breads!! The seeds and grains add such an amazing texture!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE YOU JESSSSSSSS, happy Hump day! :)


  6. #
    Kristie Lynn — November 18, 2009 @ 11:37 am

    This looks really good! Believe it or not, I’ve never had “real” stuffing. My family has always done the Stovetop boxed stuffing and I know I’ll have to do something different this year since I’m 99% sure Stovetop isn’t vegan ;)


  7. #
    Melinda — November 18, 2009 @ 11:38 am

    That stuffing actually looks really good. And I’m not just saying that because it is dinner time here and I am waiting for my husband to come home and eat dinner with me!


  8. #
    kay (eating machine) — November 18, 2009 @ 11:38 am

    egg whites WITH noodles.
    and i thought i was saving MY fiance from himself when i started cooking for him… i think you win


  9. #
    Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) — November 18, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    That sounds awesome – I love stuffing! :)


  10. #
    The Candid RD — November 18, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

    Nice! I love this recipe. I have been looking for some good, healthier versions of stuffing for Thanksgiving. My aunt added prunes one year, and it did NOT go over well! This looks much more reasonable :)


  11. #
    Shelley — November 18, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

    i LOOOOVE stuffing! like even the stove top stuff. but that looks even better! before i started eating really healthily (and being too restrictive)i used to love the bob evan’s turkey dinner hahaha. i’m a nerd. but anyways- love your recipes!!



  12. #
    Jessie — November 18, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    This looks delish. I am definitely going to have to try.


  13. #
    Evan Thomas — November 18, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

    Great recipe! I love stuffing, but it bugs me that the one I eat(whole foods) is not whole wheat, because I really could down a whole pan if I let myself!


  14. #
    Light Delight with TouTou — November 18, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

    I have seen stuffing on sale these days in super market – really doubt their calorie and fat content. Love you version much better! I need to know exactly what I am putting into my food!!! Thanks for the detailed recipe!
    btw, the wheat bread texture looks fab!


  15. #
    Nicole — November 18, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    I am SO excited you did this post because I am in charge of stuffing for Thanksgiving this year. Definitely going to use this! thanks!


  16. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — November 18, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

    You are a blog posting machine there missy!!!! Slow down, I can hardly keep up :) No, don’t. Because I love it when you cycle back to frosting and sweet stuff. Girl after my own (sweet) heart I mean sweet tooth :)


  17. #
    the Provident Woman — November 18, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    Congrats on the move to a .com. For some reason my computer wouldn’t let me come here at first. I kept getting an error. So sad. I always love your food. It always makes me hungry.


  18. #
    Erica — November 18, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

    YUMMMMMMMMMMM! Love this healthier stuffing. I only really eat stuffing at Thanksgiving and I def think that is why I think it is SO good!


  19. #
    Steph — November 18, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    I love stuffing too! It’s always a bonus when it’s healthier.


  20. #
    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) — November 18, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

    This is a great recipe.. Stuffing is/always was my fav thanksgiving food. I could eat bowl after bowl of it (always better the second day!!). SOO easy to veganize too.. thanks for sharing! :)


  21. #
    Barbara Bakes — November 18, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

    Great idea to add whole wheat to stuffing! I might do a half and half stuffing this year!


  22. #
    KAHUNA — November 18, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

    Stuffing junkie here- will be making our families favorite sausage stuffing real soon- lots of butter, cheese and sausage- so it has to be good- well of course that is if you are a meat eater- but anyway great post-


  23. #
    TheKitchenWitch — November 19, 2009 @ 6:03 am

    Yarrrrgggghhhhh…stuffing makes my skin crawl! However, your version sounds healthier than a lot of the other stuff out there!


  24. #
    KMS — November 19, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    stuffing is the best part of thanksgiving dinner! (besides, dessert of course). love your version – sounds fabulous!


  25. #
    brandi — November 19, 2009 @ 6:56 am

    I. love. stuffing.

    and I wish I had this for lunch today : )


  26. #
    Liz — November 19, 2009 @ 6:57 am

    That’s it! I need to see no more! You had me at stuffing!! I am now a loyal follower of your blog army! LOL No, but seriously, yes, I love stuffing and was really thinking I was going to skip out this year on TurkeyNess. I will make this and my belly will be so pleased. I think my boyfriend and my mom will be too! Thanks for bloggin’ I’ll be back daily!


  27. #
    Kristi Rimkus — November 19, 2009 @ 7:50 am

    Wonderful! I adore stuffing. I love the whole wheat!


  28. #
    Karine — November 19, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    I love stuffing too and yours has a healthy twist! Thanks for sharing :)


  29. #
    dawn — November 19, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    oh goodness do I love stuffing. you know what I just saw on Food Network? I saw stuffing & mashed potato mixed, formed into patties and deep fried. I totally died.


  30. #
    Low — November 19, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    I’ve actually never cared for stuffing, but that looks good!


  31. #
    Chrysta — November 19, 2009 @ 10:33 am

    Looks delicious! I love a good home made stuffing. Its the one thing I really look forward to eating at the holidays!=)


  32. #
    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — November 19, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    OMG, this recipe sounds fantastic! I always hated the box stuffing, but love the homemade version. This sounds like such a great, healthy stuffing!



  33. #
    Nicole (dishin') — November 19, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    I love stuffing! It’s my favorite Thanksgiving food. Yours looks awesome…thanks for sharing!


  34. #
    Julia (Taste of Living) — November 19, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    Do you know I NEVER had stuffing in my life? It’s really not that common here, but after this post: I wanna try it!
    That bread looks delicious too…

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)



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