Apple Sage Stuffing

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Tired of the same old Thanksgiving fare every year? Try our Apple Sage Stuffing in place of your traditional stuffing recipe! It’s both healthy and flavorful, so your family won’t put up a fuss about the nutritional factor. We’ve used wheat bread in place of white, and olive oil instead of butter to skinny it up. We also added plenty of vegetables and apples to boost both the flavor and nutrient profile. Sage, rosemary, and thyme add another depth of flavor and help balance the sweetness.

This stuffing recipe is quick and easy to put together, which also leaves room for you to experiment. If you want to take it to the next level, you could even add a pound of cooked chicken apple sausage to it. Just be prepared for your friends and family to ask you for the recipe!

Apple Sage Stuffing

traditional holiday dinner menu

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 cup | Calories: 363 | Total Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 536mg | Carbohydrates: 63g | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 15g | Protein: 15g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12


  • 1 (24 ounce) loaf whole wheat bread (gluten-free bread can be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peel and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 medium apples, diced
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth, warm
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Spread bread cubes onto a baking sheet in a single layer, more than one baking sheet may be needed. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring half way, until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and onion is translucent. Stir in thyme, sage, rosemary, apples, and maple syrup. Stir well to combine.
  4. In large bowl, mix together bread cubes, fresh sage, and apple mixture. Toss to combine. Stir in broth, about 1/4 cup at a time. Stuffing should be moist, not wet or mushy. Spoon into a 9"x13" casserole dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for about 20 minutes until top is light brown and crunchy.

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