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Smart Harvest Stuffing

Smart Harvest Stuffing

As one of the great complements to any fall or winter meal, this lower saturated fat and calorie version of stuffing using walnuts provides a delicious option for cooks.

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 slices whole-wheat bread (8 ounces) (day-old or even stale is okay)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups minced onion
  • 1 stalk minced celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (possibly more)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced or crushed garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water or broth (possibly more)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup minced California walnuts, lightly toasted
  • Up to 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Toast the bread until crisp, then dice into small pieces. Set aside. Place a large, deep skillet over medium heat and wait about a minute. Add olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the onion, celery, salt, and seasoning. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 to 8 minutes, until onion is translucent and celery is tender. Add garlic, wild rice, and cranberries, and sauté for another 5 minutes or so. Stir in the bread and mix to combine. Sprinkle in the lemon juice and pour in the broth, mixing them both using a large fork. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  2. If you are stuffing a bird, it is now ready. If you are not planning to bake it inside a bird, check to see if it is moist enough for your taste. If not, you can add some more broth or water, and transfer it to a lightly greased (or nonstick-sprayed) baking dish, cover tightly with foil, and heat just before serving. Serve hot, with walnuts mixed in right before serving, and topped with pomegranate seeds, if available.