Traditional stuffing just got kicked up a nutritional notch with this recipe for lentil stuffing muffins! These muffins are hearty enough to claim a spot as the “main” on your Thanksgiving menu and light enough to play a supporting role if you’re going the traditional route. Either way, this recipe for lentil stuffing muffins will be sure to please the vegan, gluten-free and meat eaters around the table!
Before November even hits, it’s likely that most of us are planning our Thanksgiving menus. Whether you’re planning a menu for four or 40, it can be hard to please everyone’s taste buds and dietary preferences.
One of the things I love most about entertaining during the holidays is experimenting in the kitchen to give traditional holiday foods a fresh and nutritious twist. The first item on my “must make over” list this year – stuffing.
This recipe is easy to make, heartier than traditional stuffing (so it could pass as a main dish) and has a fresh twist so that even those who aren’t stuffing fans (like myself) might give it a try.
How is this accomplished? Lentils are added for extra protein and fiber, dried cranberries for a little sweetness and walnuts for a nutty, hearty texture. Oh, and fresh herbs always make everything tastier with minimal effort.
These lentil stuffing muffins have been given two thumbs up by plant and meat eaters alike which means everyone gets to go home happy and satisfied. Win!
The nutritional stars of this lentil stuffing muffin recipe include:
- Lentils which are packed with protein (9 grams in 1/2 cup) and 8 grams of fiber which increases satiety, as well as iron to boost energy!
- Walnuts which provide a healthy dose of good-for-you fats and antioxidants that promote brain health and help prevent heart disease and cancer.
A few cooking tips before getting started:
To prevent an overly-mushy texture, make sure the bread cubes are dry and toasted so that they retain their shape. When it comes time to combine everything together, fold the ingredients in with a spatula to avoid over-mixing.
Since there’s no oil or butter in this recipe, give your muffin tins an extra coating of cooking spray for good measure to prevent sticking!
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