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6 Dishes That Slash 1,000 Calories Off Your Meal

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Herb Stuffing

Serve Fresh Herb Stuffing with Turkey Sausage and Cranberries...

...instead of traditional bread stuffing
Classic stuffing is loaded with butter -- most recipes calling for as much as a stick and a half! Here, we use less than a third that amount.

Calories saved: 161
Grams of fat saved: 8 (1g saturated)
Makes: 12 1-cup servings


  • 1 1-pound loaf whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces spicy or regular bulk turkey sausage (or purchase links and remove casing)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large stalks celery, very thinly sliced
  • 1 large (10-ounce) red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 cups natural, fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoons fine sea salt, or to taste


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange bread cubes evenly on two large baking pans. Brown in oven for about 25 minutes.
  2. In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes, breaking into small pieces as it browns; place in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery, onion, garlic, and sage. Lightly brown, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer broth, cranberries, and butter for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add celery mixture, bread cubes, and cranberry broth to sausage. Stir until broth is absorbed. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Evenly spread stuffing in pan; cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Per serving: 199 calories, 8g protein, 25g carbohydrate, 9g fat (3g saturated), 3g fiber.

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anonymous wrote:

These recipes are a great alternative to the originals. I can't wait to try them.

12/16/2010 10:07:17 AM Report Abuse
barrettkim1 wrote:

Why would you send out Holiday based recipes in January Sweet Potato soup, green bean casserole, stuffing...Really?

1/13/2010 10:53:21 AM Report Abuse

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