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  • Writer's pictureAnna Rathbun, NC

Holiday Stuffing Goodies

I remember fighting with my siblings over who ate up all the goodies from the holiday stuffing! Why not make a stuffing with all the goodies and skip the bread? This way it fits every gut healing and autoimmune diet out there and you only have the goodies. This is a small recipe, filling a 9 inch square pan. Double or triple it as needed.

First the Goodies

1/4 cup oil (ghee, olive oil, leftover bacon grease)

1 cup onion, chopped 1/4 pound mushrooms, chopped (button, shiitake or wild mushrooms) 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • Sauté until well cooked and translucent

Then more Goodies

¼ pound of bacon or sausage, cooked and drained

1/3 cup pecans, toasted (or walnuts or chestnuts or omit for nut sensitivity) 1/2 teaspoon sage (and rosemary, oregano, tarragon)

1 apple, chopped (or crispy pear or pomegranate seeds)

Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Combine the goodies with this list in a pan and salt to taste. Use the dish like this, as a veggie side dish or proceed to step 3 to toss in a stuffing base.

Then the base, traditionally bread but you can use anything you want.

1 egg (optional to make it stick together better)

1 cup alternate base ( cooked buckwheat groats, cooked white rice, grated cauliflower or grated celery root)

1 small loaf stale bread - corn or wheat (and if you want traditional bread that's fine too)

1/2 cup chicken stock

  • Toss the egg, stock and your base of choice and bake at 350 for 1/2 hour or more, until the sides get a bit crispy.

This is a small and flexible recipe – if you have anything is traditional to you then check on the family’s diet needs and toss it in.

*For more detailed ways to enjoy food and heal your gut check out Symptoms and Solutions.

*For an interesting healthy twist I like buckwheat groats, they’re actually a seed from the rhubarb family. Buckwheat is gluten free but not technically grain free for some diets.

*Most people on a grain free diet can eat jasmine white rice as the only grain allowed because it absorbs higher up in the intestines, not leaving a residue to irritate the gut lining. This is helpful for people who need more starches and calories, but can't digest most grains.

*For a completely no grain version – grate cauliflower and make sure everything else is well cooked before tossing it with the cauliflower.

*Omit the filler and only have veggies and sausage as a really flavorful vegetable side dish.

* Bread is fine if it fits your diet – try cornbread or sourdough French.


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