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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 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                  Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                  Video Summary

                  Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                  There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                  This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                  Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                  In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                  One Exercise, multiple benefits

                  There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                  By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                  When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                  Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                  In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                  What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                  What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                          5. You’ll improve overall balance

                            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                How to hold a plank position

                                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                  • Prolapse
                                  • After prolapse surgery
                                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                  • Previous childbirth
                                  • Overweight

                                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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