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Healthy Holiday Whole Grain Stuffing

By November 16, 2017Healthy Holiday


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Serves 8
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  1. 2⁄3 cup dry rye berries (or farro or barley)
  2. 2⁄3 cup dry wild rice
  3. 4 cups + 3 Tbsp. low-sodium organic chicken (or vegetable) broth
  4. 1⁄3 cup dried cherries
  5. ¾ cup boiling water
  6. 4 tsp. olive oil
  7. ½ cup chopped celery (approx. 1 large stalk)
  8. ¼ cup chopped shallots (approx. 2 medium shallots)
  9. 2⁄3 cup ¼-inch cubes butternut squash, peeled
  10. 4 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  11. 4 tsp. apple brandy (preferably Calvados) (optional)
  12. 1⁄3 cup fresh orange juice (juice of 1 small orange)
  13. 2 tsp. finely grated orange peel (orange zest)
  14. ¾ tsp. ground nutmeg
  15. ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  16. ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  17. ½ cup water
  18. ½ cup sliced raw almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Lightly coat 3-quart casserole dish with spray. Set aside.
  3. Combine rye berries, wild rice, and broth in large saucepan. Bring to a boil
  4. over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, covered, for 50 to 55 minutes, or until rice and rye berries are tender-crisp.
  5. While grains are cooking, combine cherries and boiling water in a medium bowl; soak for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  6. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Add celery and shallots; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
  8. Add squash, cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes, or until squash is
  9. tender-crisp.
  10. Add sage; cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.
  11. Add brandy (if desired); cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until liquid has almost completely evaporated.
  12. Add orange juice, orange peel, cherries, nutmeg, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes.
  13. Add contents of skillet and water to saucepan of cooked grains; mix well.
  14. Remove from heat.
  15. Place stuffing in prepared casserole dish. Top with almonds. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until almonds are golden brown.
  1. If using this recipe for Whole-Grain Stuffed Turkey, use 1½ cups of Whole-Grain Stuffing to fill the turkey.
  2. Rye berries can be found at health food markets or online.
  3. This recipe can be vegan if you substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
  4. If using grains other than rye berries, make sure to check their packaging for cooking times.
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