Meatless Monday: Fig, Apple, and Sage Stuffing
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and our heads are already spinning thinking about how much turkey will be gobbled up on Thursday. And while Meatless Thanksgiving Thursday may be a challenge you’re not willing to accept (neither are we), you can amp up the meatless options on the table by serving this traditional stuffing with a twist.
And meat isn’t the only thing missing from this dish, you also won’t find any butter! We know it sounds too good to be true, but don’t worry. No one will suspect the stuffing they are eating has just 3g of fat! Between the sweet fig, juicy apple, fresh sage, and hearty veggies Clean Eating’s low-fat version packs plenty of flavor.
If you’re attempting to avoid the need for elastic waistbands and a food coma brought on by meat and saturated fat overload, be thankful you can feast on this Fig, Applem=, and Sage Stuffing.
1 24-ounce loaf whole-wheat bread (680 g), trimmed of crust and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 to 3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
3 to 4 celery ribs, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
10 to 12 unsweetened dried figs, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 apples (such as McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, or Golden Delicious), cored and chopped
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth, plus additional 1/2 cup as needed
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Divide bread between 2 rimmed baking sheets and arrange in a single layer; transfer to oven and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring once, until lightly toasted.
2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat oil on medium-high. Add carrots, celery and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in thyme, rosemary, chile powder, salt and pepper. Add figs and apples and stir well to combine. Remove from heat, add bread and stir to combine. Stir in broth. Stuffing should be uniformly moist but not wet; if needed, add additional 1/2 cup broth. Stir in sage.
3. Stuff turkey and cook according to recipe.
For the overachievers, turkey-free cooking directions:
1. Coat a large baking dish with olive oil cooking spray and add stuffing. Drizzle with an additional 1 to 1 1/2 cups broth (you want a moist, but not wet, consistency).
2. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until the top is lightly browned, 10 to 15 more minutes.
xx, The FabFitFun Team