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Low Carb Cornbread Stuffing

Gerri French, MS/RD, CDE
November 2006

Many of us baby boomers have fond memories of a meal of roasted turkey dressed with stuffing that was cooked in the turkey. The juices from the turkey flavored it and created an aroma that was outstanding. These days, it is not recommended to cook the stuffing in the turkey for safety* reasons.

Many diabetics shy away from stuffing in and out of the turkey because of the high carbohydrate content. This cornbread stuffing contains half the amount of carbs per serving than traditional recipes that you and your family can enjoy.

* To learn how to cook the stuffing in turkey safely without overcooking the turkey, go to this government sponsored website: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Poultry_Preparation_Fact_Sheets/index.asp


Ingredients & Methods

Low Carb Cornbread Stuffing
(Makes 8 servings)

Lower Carb Cornbread
(Makes 8 servings)

Optional:
Nutrition at a Glance (per serving)
Calories180
Total fat14g
Saturated fat1g
Sodium110mg
Carbohydrate9g
Dietary fiber2g
Protein5g
Nutrition at a Glance (per serving)
Calories220
Total fat14g
Saturated fat1.5g
Sodium220mg
Carbohydrate15g
Dietary fiber3g
Protein8g


Method:

  1. Day-old cornbread will be dryer than fresh which is best for the stuffing. You can prepare fresh cornbread by slicing it and drying at room temperature or in oven at low temperature until it is dry. Cut or break it into pieces or “cubes”.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and saute onions for about 1 minute, add celery and mushrooms and continue to cook until onions are cooked.
  3. Stir in parsley and poultry seasoning. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes or so.
  4. Combine vegetable mixture, nuts, broth and cornbread. Spread into casserole dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Bake 350 for 45 minutes.

 

Exchanges:
½ bread, 1 Vegetable, 2 fat

 

Suggestions:

  • Other vegetables such as shredded carrots or zucchini can be added.
  • Consider the addition of dried fruit such as dates, prunes or cranberries if your blood glucose can handle the extra carbs.
  • Add cooked bite-sized pieces of turkey sausage or bacon.
  • Sprinkle with your choice of grated cheese.


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray an 8-inch square pan, pie pan or loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda) in a medium-sized bowl. Combine wet ingredients (yogurt, soymilk, canola oil, egg) separately.
  3. Stir the wet mixture into the dry, mixing just enough to thoroughly combine. Mix in optional splenda and spread into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the center is firm to the touch.

 

Exchanges:
1 med fat meat, 1 bread, 2 fat

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