Stuffing made from whole wheat bread, fresh herbs and veggies is so much better than instant! Why get your stuffing out of a box or bag? This whole wheat herb stuffing is easy and goes with turkey or chicken. This stuffing is also lower is sodium so safe for anyone follow a reduced sodium diet!
I love stuffing. In college, I made stove top stuffing and just ate that for dinner. I know how terrible that is since I was a nutrition student, but I only did that once (I think).
For Thanksgiving, we always have homemade stuffing. My grandfather hosted Thanksgiving every year until he passed away in 1996. His stuffing was very simple: white bread diced and dried, celery, onion, marjoram, and parsley. I have his recipe and it’s titled “Grandpa’s Wet Filling”
One year my Dad made the stuffing and decided to put the parsley into a food processor instead of chopping it by hand. The parsley sort of multiplied. The stuffing had way too much parsley. It became infamously known as the parsley stuffing. Let me tell you it was pretty green!
I prefer less parsley and a few other herbs. I also prefer whole wheat bread over white. This stuffing is made with whole wheat sliced bread that I laid out on the kitchen counter to dry out. I have also used french bread too!
I have purchased the stuffing crumb packages before, but I prefer to make my own. The kids kept asking why I had bread sitting out. I think I explained what I was doing at least three times.
Celery and onions are the only veggies my grandpa would use in his stuffing recipe. I love to add carrots. I’m not sure that my hubby likes carrots in his stuffing, but I love the pop of color. The extra nutrients aren’t bad either.
I have made a lot of different stuffing recipes, but I think this one is my favorite. This is a jazzed up version of grandpa’s stuffing. It is moist enough to not need to be cooked in the bird. I really don’t like stuffing that is packed into the turkey. The risk of a foodborne illness is just too great for this dietitian!!
How to make whole wheat herb stuffing:
- Leave your bread out overnight. You can use sliced sandwich bread or cut up a loaf of fresh whole wheat bread. French bread is a lower fat option.
- Cut the bread up before you dry it. You can do it either way, but the harder the bread the messier it will be when you try to cut the slices into small cubes.
- Keep an eye on the veggies. You want them to soften not brown.
- If you don’t have fresh herbs or don’t want to waste them you can use dried. For dried herbs use 2 teaspoons of parsley, 1 teaspoon of thyme, and 1 teaspoon of rosemary.
This post was originally posted in November of 2016. Last update November 24, 2019.
Homemade stuffing made with fresh veggies and whole wheat bread is a healthier option than premade stuffing mixes.
- 16 slices of whole wheat bread cubed and dried
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 stalks of celery diced
- 1 carrot diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a saucepan heat 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat.
- Saute onion, celery, carrots, and garlic until softened (about 5 minutes).
- Add in parsley, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram, cooking for an additional 2 minutes.
Place dried bread cubes into a large bowl.
- Pour vegetable mixture over bread and stir to coat.
Place broth, egg, and pepper into bread mixture and stir to coat well.
- Place stuffing mixture into a buttered baking dish.
Pour 3 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter evenly over stuffing.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes until top of stuffing is browned.
If you don't have fresh herbs you can use dried. You may use 2 teaspoons of dried parsley, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary.