What a fun time full of family, friends, and most importantly, healthy and nutritious food 😉 Just kidding ~ we know Grandma likes to smother the sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows, while she stuffs the turkey with refined, bleached, and "enriched" flour bread. It all tastes so good, yet is usually not nutritionally rich for your body. Luckily, I have solutions for your Thanksgiving meal!
For this year, I have created a recipe to replace your ordinary stuffing, which tastes great, and is nutritionally dense, thanks to the myriads of fruits and nuts inside. Give this a chance and make this Thanksgiving one to remember.
Fruit and Nut Holiday Stuffing
- 8 tablespoons/ half cup unsalted butter
- 2 large tart apples cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 large white onions, chopped
- 4 ribs of celery, chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped pitted prunes
- 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup walnut pieces
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or ½ tsp ground sage
- ¼ tsp marjoram
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 12 oz day old bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
- (optional) 1 can of coconut water
- Place prunes, apricots, cranberries, raisins and half of the cinnamon in a bowl, pour in optional 1 can of coconut water or 16 oz plain water, mix, and let sit for a few hours or overnight.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add apples, onions, and celery. Add in the remainder of the cinnamon, rosemary, sage, and marjoram. Cook till onions are translucent and celery is soft (about 10-15 minutes). Put in large bowl and set aside.
- Toast pecans and walnut pieces in non-stick stick skillet over low to medium heat until golden.
- Mix up the fruit and cinnamon mixture to make sure all pieces are well coated and plumped.
- Add all ingredients together to large bowl and toss together; hands work the best.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place in 350 degree oven in well oiled pan or stuff into the turkey. Cook for about 45 minutes.