I wish stuffing was a normal side dish year-round. Crispy, salty bread cubes? Sign me up. I love the holidays and all of the holiday food it brings, especially stuffing.
But very often stuffing is full of FODMAPs including garlic, onions, mushrooms and celery. So I spoke to our food editor Nicole (who is also a trained chef!), to put together a delicious stuffing side dish that had flavour, warmth and a few healthy ingredients.
We hope you like this recipe and it becomes a new favourite for you to include in holidays to come. Let us know what you think in the comment section below – what would you change?
Low FODMAP Wild Rice, Kale and Cranberry Stuffing
Makes: 8-10 servings
Time: 20 minutes prep, 2 hours cook
4 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup wild rice
1 loaf gluten-free or Low FODMAP bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup fennel bulb, diced small
2 stalks celery, diced small
2 cups raw kale, cut into ¼ inch strips
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup Low FODMAP chicken stock
½ cup fresh parsley (flat leaf or curly will work)
¾ tsp dry sage (or 2 tsp fresh sage)
¾ tsp dry thyme (or 2 tsp fresh thyme)
2 tbsp fresh chives
¼ tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
Bring water and salt to boil in small, heavy-bottomed pot. Add rice and simmer until rice is tender, about 1 hour. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, toast the bread cubes on a cookie sheet in the oven, for about 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to give them a toss half way through cooking for even browning
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the fennel and celery. Cook for about 7-10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add the kale to the pan and cook until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes more.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, toasted bread, cooked vegetables, egg, cranberries, and chicken stock. Sprinkle with herbs and season with salt and pepper.
Put the stuffing in a baking dish and cover with tin foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
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Recipe developed by Nicole Clouthier, Food Editor