Healthy Recipes

Savory Lentil Stuffing

That’s right, we said it- lentil. Lentils are versatile but sometimes underappreciated legumes. In this dish, they add a hearty yet nutrient-packed flavor to the classic stuffing recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large loaf whole-grain bread, cubed & dried overnight
  • 3/4 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced white onions
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or pack even more protein to this dish by using low-sodium bone broth
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 tsp fresh sage or 3/4 tsp dried sage

What you’ll do:

  1. The night before, prep your bread and set it out to dry. Pay attention to it, the texture should be dry but not rock hard stale.
  2. Prep and cook the lentils.* Rinse 3/4 cup lentils in cold water. Combine the lentils in a small saucepan with 1 1/2 cups broth. Cook over medium-high heat until a low boil is achieved, lower to a simmer and continue cooking uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a rectangular pan with foil or coat with nonstick spray.
  4. Sauté the onions and celery in olive oil adding salt and pepper to taste. Cook until fragrant and translucent. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine bread, sage, onions and celery, the egg, and lentils. Slowly add the remaining broth. The combination should reach a firm but malleable dough. If it’s too dry, add more broth. If it’s too wet, add more bread.
  6. Transfer mixture to the pan and cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes. Afterward, remove the foil so the top can brown. Increase heat to 400 degrees and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the crust is browned and crisp.

* Like the bread, the lentils can be prepped and cooked the night before.

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