What holiday meal is complete without a side of stuffing? It’s one of the main attractions for Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. Some people are able to enjoy their share of stuffing and other delicious sides without much thought. But others with type II diabetes may have to spend more time eye-balling portion sizes and balancing their plate with fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats. To help manage this balancing act, we came up with a low carb stuffing recipe just for your table this holiday season. We used a lower carb bread and added protein and fats, but don’t worry, this low carb stuffing recipe does not sacrifice flavor.
Using Low Carb Stuffing Leftovers
As with every Thanksgiving meal, there are usually a plethora of leftovers! Feel free to get creative with your leftovers. Here are some unique ways to get more meals out of your low carb stuffing:
- Reheat stuffing in a waffle iron and have breakfast stuffing waffles
- Turkey & stuffing dumpling soup
- Use as a topping on a leftovers casserole
- Stuffing stuffed squash
- Stuffing stuffed peppers
If you are interested in reading more about eating low carb during holiday meals, keep reading here!
Low Carb Stuffing
- 1 loaf Schmidt 647 Italian Bread
- 1 lb turkey sausage mild, Italian
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 1 stalk celery about 6 ribs; diced
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 cups chicken broth low sodium
- 1 tbsp thyme fresh, minced
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- avocado oil spray
- Preheat oven to 275º F. Tear each piece of bread in the loaf into small pieces. Spread evenly onto a sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes, tossing occasionally.
- Cook turkey sausage in large sauté pan over medium high heat, breaking up with a spoon, until fully cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add olive oil to pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and celery and sauté until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Combine turkey sausage, onion mixture, egg, chicken broth, and seasonings in a large bowl. Add bread pieces and gently toss to combine.
- Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour stuffing mixture into prepared pan and spray top of stuffing lightly with avocado oil spray. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 25 minutes, until set and top is golden brown.
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An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.