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I love turkey dinner and all the fixings that go with it! One thing I'm not fond of is the insane food coma that tends to happen afterwards. It doesn't feel good and it's hard to avoid when theirs so many options staring you down at the table. ("willpower...where are you?"). When I make the effort to prepare food for family and friends (which I LOVE doing) I like to bask in the aftermath by connecting with good conversation, wine and lots of laughs. That's hard to do in a meaningful way when entrenched in the fullness of TOO much food.
So...I like to keep it light...or lighter. Who am I kidding, I don't prepare as many dishes as I do with a turkey dinner on the reg....usually a special occasion so I like to go for it. And in saying that there are certainly ways you can make your special dinner in a way that's going to leave you and everyone you're feeding feeling sufficiently suffonsified!
I like this stuffing because that's the one dish that usually puts me over the edge. I'm not a huge bread eater but stuffing is delicious so I prepared it in a way that still gives you that delicious homestyle flavour without the fullness that bread can cause. This recipe is gluten/wheat/grain free which makes it the perfect accompaniment to any turkey dinner or anytime, if you're into stuffing!. This was a vegetarian version but you can add meat to it, chorizo, sausage or bacon would be good options. It's easy to make and will be sure to satisfy.
1 Tbsp cooking oil (coconut, avocado)
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 shallot, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 celery, diced
8 mushrooms, diced
2 apples, diced
6 dates, pitted & chopped
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded (optional)
2 bay leaves,
1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped or 1 Tbsp dry
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 Tbsp dry
1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
3/4 cup white wine (optional) alternatively use 1 Tbsp white wine or apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup chicken stock or water
Salt & pepper
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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