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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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                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                  We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                  So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                  Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                  What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                  Boundaries are limits

                  —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                  Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                  Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                  Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                  Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                  How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                  Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                  1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                  Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                  You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                  To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                  You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                  • When do you feel disrespected?
                  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                  • When do you want to be alone?
                  • How much space do you need?

                  You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                  2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                  Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                  Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                  3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                  Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                  That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                  Sample language:

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                  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                  Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                  4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                  Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                  Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                  Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                  We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                  It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                  It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                  Final Thoughts

                  Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                  Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                  Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                  The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                  Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                  Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                  They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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