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FALL 2016

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MAKE IT HEALTHY h o u s e c a l l s 3 5 h o u s e c a l l s { fall 2016 } 17 Dressing A healthier way: Cut back on calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and carbs while you increase the fiber and overall nutrition of the dish by trying the following swaps. Replace store-bought mix with homemade, whole-wheat bread crumbs or even whole grains like farro or quinoa, and swap out high-fat sausage for a hearty stock like beef or veal. Add fiber and bulk to the dish while using less bread by mixing in a variety of cooked vegetables like onions, carrots, celery, squash, bell peppers, and mushrooms; roasted fruit like apples, pears, or cherries; and chopped nuts. Lastly, use herbs to boost flavor without adding sodium. Of all the side dishes that grace a Thanksgiving spread, dressing (also known as stuffing) may be one of our nation's most beloved. In fact, it's estimated that roughly 60 million boxes of Stove Top stuffing mix are sold each year. The result: One serving of Paula Deen's Country Stuffing—which calls for two loaves of white bread (that breaks down to a fourth of a loaf per serving!), two cups of white rice, a sleeve of Saltine crackers, and a pound of breakfast sausage—is loaded with 727 calories, 24g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 1,660mg sodium, and 97g carbs. What's the problem? "Stuffing is one of the most calorically dense Thanksgiving side dishes out there," says Alexis Appel. It's often made with refined white bread and/or fat-laden starches like corn bread or fried croutons. "Many recipes provide the same amount of carbohydrates as four to five slices of sandwich bread per serving," she notes. And dressing typically includes ingredients high in saturated fat, like sausage and butter, while boxed varieties also come loaded with excess sodium. Plan B: If it'd be sinful to modify your great-grandmother's recipe, give yourself permission to indulge in a small portion and cut back somewhere else—perhaps by skipping the buttered dinner roll or dessert. 2 loaves of bread Though it's safe to cook stuffing inside a turkey, it can be tricky as both the stuffing and the meat have to reach an internal temperature of 165°F, which can result in either tough, overcooked meat or dry stuffing. To play it safe without compromising the taste of either, cook them separately. Do you stuff your bird?!

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