Thanksgiving stuffing is often thought of as one of the most common side dishes served at a Thanksgiving meal. However, stuffing is often loaded with high amounts of fat, calories and salt. Some great, healthy alternatives to this dish are listed below. Experiment with these recipes in order to find the dish that works best for you.
1. Eggplant and Mushroom Casserole
Eggplant and mushroom casserole is a great, healthy Thanksgiving stuffing substitute. Eggplant and mushrooms are not only rich in fiber, therefore helping to make the casserole a very filling side dish, but also contain a number of important vitamins and minerals that make the dish a great addition to any table.
To make an eggplant and mushroom casserole, start by using a sharp knife to cut the vegetables into pieces which are all roughly the same size. Place the cut vegetables into a frying pan that has been coated with a thin layer of olive oil and has been heated to medium high. Cook the vegetables until brown on the edges, and season with the the herbs and spices of your choice. Remove the cooked vegetables from the stove, place in a large serving dish, and enjoy.
Quinoa is another great alternative to stuffing that can be used at Thanksgiving or at any time. Quinoa is a type of grain that is native to South America and is most often used as a substitute to pasta, though it can also be used to replace stuffing. In order to get a dish that has a taste similar to that of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing, consider using cooking broth in the preparation. Follow instructions on the side of the box on quinoa in order to achieve optimal results when cooking.
3. Wild Rice
Wild rice is another dish which can be used as an alternative to Thanksgiving stuffings. Wild rice is a great choice because like eggplant and mushrooms, it is rich in dietary fiber. For best results when cooking wild rice, consider adding onions, celery and other vegetables. In addition, use a number of different herbs and spices to season your wild rice. Avoid adding salt to your wild rice.
4. Grilled Squash
Grilled squash is another great substitute for Thanksgiving stuffing. Grilled squash is rich in many important vitamins and minerals needed for good health. Grilling squash and other similar vegetables not only imparts a tasty, delicious flavor, but also eliminates the need to add butter, oil or other fats to your cooked dish. In order to make your grilled squash more closely resemble Thanksgiving stuffing, consider removing the cooked squash from the grill and using a sharp knife to cut it into evenly sized small pieces. Place in a bowl and serve.