5 Guilt-Free Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

By Danielle Lagow for DietsInReview.com

Thanksgiving week is finally here and we couldn't be more excited. It's a time for family and friends to get together and appreciate all that life supplies…especially the delicious food!Whole Grain Stuffing made with Italian turkey sausage, whole cranberries, and fresh sage.

Most families have their traditional dishes that have been passed down for years. If you're one who's looking to start a new Thanksgiving dish tradition, then you're in the right place. If you want that new dish to be a bit lighter than usual, then you couldn't be in a more perfect place.

Listed below are a few of our favorite "lighter" stuffing recipes.With a dish like stuffing, it's pretty simple to switch a few ingredients out in order to lighten those nutrition facts up a bit and give it that specific taste you're really craving, whatever it may be.

Gluten Free Stuffing

Take a couple of gluten-free breads and throw it in with some more gluten-free corn bread and you're on your way to making a delicious gluten-free stuffing. Enjoy the taste of the traditional onion and celery ingredients while sticking to your GF lifestyle. Just remember to serve your guests with either metal or glass utensils in order to keep away from the wooden spoons that may have been contaminated with wheat flour.

Whole Grain Stuffing with Apples and Toasted Walnuts

With a big thanks to Chef Aida Mollenkamp for The Biggest Loser, you can enjoy this sweet and amazingly delicious recipe without all the extra fat, sugars, and nonsense found in those boxed stuffings. How do Fuji apples, wheatberries, raisins and toasted walnuts sound for a delicious change? Pretty good to us!

Curtis Stone's Leek and Celery Stuffing

Thanks to The Biggest Loser once again, Chef Curtis Stone has a great stuffing recipe full of healthy veggies for a low-fat option. With 10g of protein, only 6g of fat, and 27 net carbs, you can't go wrong. Along with the veggies, you'll also find dried chili, a sprig of rosemary, white wine, and more flavor agents in this Thanksgiving Day dish.

Brown Rice Stuffing

If you're looking for a healthier carbohydrate option, you'll find it here in Shay Sorrells' (also with The Biggest Loser) brown rice stuffing. It's light with only a few ingredients including coconut oil (a great essential fat!), onion, celery, thyme, brown rice and low-sodium chicken broth.

Italian Turkey Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing


What makes this recipe so unique is a reader actually sent in her own stuffing recipe to us at DietsInReview.com and asked for a makeover in order to healthify it! Just by swapping a few ingredients out for for more fresh, whole ingredients (like Craisins for real cranberries), we were able to cut more than half the fat out, decrease the calories and sugar, increase the dietary fiber, and maintain the protein. Plus, the flavor is incredible, if we do so say ourselves! If you're looking for a bit of a sweeter/savory taste this holiday season, then this is the stuffing dish for you, with great thanks to the fresh cranberries.

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