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8 Mouth-Watering Turkey Stuffing Recipes For Thanksgiving

8 Mouth-Watering Turkey Stuffing Recipes For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without a mouth-watering stuffing on the side. Most recipes call for bread cubes, herbs, and spices but the options are endless. Although stuffing usually refers to what you put in the bird and the dressing to the separate side dish, to make things more convenient, we’ll refer to both dishes as stuffing here.

1. Sourdough and sausage stuffing

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    This trending side dish is prepared separately, so plan an extra hour or so of cooking time. If youre planning a healthy Thanksgiving Day, then replacing white bread with sourdough in this recipe is a great option. The dish is also full of flavor thanks to the addition of celery, onions, thyme and mushrooms. For this recipe, you will also need some butter, salt and pepper, and a helping of chicken broth. The dish involves both sautéing and baking.

    2. Sage, onion, and smoked bacon stuffing

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      This hearty stuffing is also scrumptious, delicious, and will entice your guests with its delightful aroma. The recipe calls for bread crumbs instead of cubes and uses fresh herbs instead of dried. The addition of bacon and whole egg give this dish extra calories, but hey, it’s Thanksgiving. So, if you’re wondering how to start Thanksgiving Day, start by preparing this dish by combining chopped sage and bread crumbs in melted butter with the beaten egg and seasoning. The cooked sausage meat is optional.

      3. Butternut squash, kale and quinoa stuffing

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        If you want a really healthy stuffing this Thanksgiving, then this unique vegetarian recipe may do the trick. For this dish, you will need plenty ingredients all of which give this dish its unique flavor. Some of the ingredients are celery, garlic, leeks, dried cranberries, walnuts, and of most importantly butternut squash, kale, and quinoa. Studies on the health benefits of quinoa have recognized the unique properties of this superfood. Adding quinoa to your Thanksgiving dinner will give you a balance but light meal and keep you and your guests from dozing off post-dinner.

        4. Cornbread-brown butter stuffing

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          This recipe is best prepared with leftover cornbread. The dish is also fairly easy to make, and you only need a couple of simple ingredients such as sage, scallions, eggs, butter, chili powder, and stock. To make the flavors stand out, you need to let the butter brown and sprinkle over the cornbread mixture before transferring into the oven. This will make the stuffing crisp and tasty. If you find that the stuffing is too lean for your liking, then you may add some bacon strips, sausage, or cuts of meat.

          5. Simple is the best dressing

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            If you prefer to go simple this year, then rely on this all-time classing for a homely Thanksgiving side dish. For this recipe, you’ll need day-old white bread, onion, some butter, chicken broth, two large eggs, and classic Thanksgiving herbs and spices. You can stuff the turkey (or other poultry for that matter) or prepare the dish separately. You can also prepare the dish in advance and warm it up just before serving – it will taste just as good.

            6. Simple applesauce stuffing

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              The addition of applesauce makes this stuffing particularly succulent. Using store-bought seasoned bread cubes will make things easier on you, and when you think about it – the bread doesn’t matter if your other ingredients are meant to dominate the dish. The recipe is similar to traditional stuffing recipes containing ingredients such as sage, celery, butter, stock, etc. but with a twist of 1 ½ cups of applesauce (sweetened or unsweetened). Another plus is that it only takes 20 minutes of baking time, so you’ll be sparing on your electricity bills and precious time with this one.

              7. Low-carb Thanksgiving sausage stuffing

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                The problem with Thanksgiving stuffing is that when using white bread, you end up with a high carb meal that will also cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Replacing your regular loaf of white bread with Mahler’s low carb bread can make a healthier version of classic Thanksgiving stuffing. The recipe also includes black olives, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, and fresh herbs which add to the unique taste of this side dish.

                8. Herbed wild rice and quinoa stuffing

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                  If youre feeling adventurous this year, then trying this unique stuffing recipe may give just the surprise you need to spice things up this Thanksgiving. Other than wild rice and quinoa, the recipe includes apples, cranberries, and white wine for a punch of flavor and sweetness. Youll also have to include pecans in this unique side dish for added crunch.

                  Conclusion

                  Thanksgiving is one of those rare occasions when you get to indulge in guiltless gluttony and not think about your high fiber diet. Although Turkey is at the center of the dinner table, what everyone is anticipating for Thanksgiving is the stuffing and you probably already know that. Try some of the stuffing recipes described here, and you’ll have a happy Thanksgiving.

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                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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