Lentil Stuffing, Whole Grain Bread with Turkey Sausage and Sage

Lentil Stuffing is a healthy side dish for Thanksgiving. As a rule, stuffing can be a killer for diabetics at holiday time. It’s so delicious, so hard to resist, but so high in carbs. Try this healthier version which uses half whole grain bread and half high fiber, high protein lentils, both of which slow glucose production. The seasonings are traditional Thanksgiving flavors but the ingredients won’t make your blood sugar spike to those dangerous levels.

whole grain stuffingPrep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Ready Time: 60 min

Servings: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
1 tbsp pure Olive Oil
8 oz all natural Turkey Sausage
1 small Onion diced
1 large Carrot diced
2 stalks Celery diced
3 cloves Garlic minced
2 cups Whole-sprouted Grain bread crumbs
2 cups cooked Brown Lentils
2-3 cups low-sodium Chicken Stock
1 tbsp fresh Sage chopped

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Sauté the sausage, onion, carrot and celery in the olive oil in a large deep sauté pan for 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.
Turn off the heat and add the breadcrumbs, lentils and sage. Stir to mix. Pour half the stock in and mix well. Pour the other half of the stock in, mix gently and transfer to a casserole dish.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is crusty and inside is soft and moist.

Tips & Notes
Add apples or walnuts for some sweetness and crunch. Cut the bread into bigger or smaller pieces depending on the texture you like in your stuffing. If you like it extra thick, mash half of the lentils before adding them in to the mix.
Ezekiel breads by Food for Life are great sprouted whole grain breads.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 292
Total Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.8g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.4g
Cholesterol: 21mg
Sodium: 394mg
Potassium: 558mg
Total Carbohydrate: 42g
Dietary Fiber: 8g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 16g

From Jim Healthy at MyHealingKitchen.com

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