Healthy Holidays: Butternut Squash and Kale Dressing

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The dressing served at Thanksgiving is often the favorite dish of the holiday feast, but it can also be high in saturated fat and calories. Here’s a recipe for Butternut Squash and Kale Dressing, which cuts much of the fat from the traditional recipe while adding healthy veggies to the mix. 

Butternut Squash and Kale Dressing
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Servings8
Cook Time1hour
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spices
  • 1 teaspoon fennel
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 small leeks, washed, halved and cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large kale leaves, removed from stems and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 loaf stale whole-wheat bread, cubed (or store-bought croutons)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups low- or no-salt-added chicken or vegetable broth
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a large baking dish with oil.
  3. Cut all the vegetables.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  5. Add the turkey, seasonings and brown.
  6. Add squash, leeks, salt and pepper to pan.
  7. Cover and cook for 4 minutes.
  8. Whisk the egg and broth together.
  9. Add to bread and stir together.
  10. Add bread to pan and stir.
  11. Add all the ingredients to the baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and serve.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from greatist.com

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spices
  • 1 teaspoon fennel
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 small leeks, washed, halved and cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large kale leaves, removed from stems and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 loaf stale whole-wheat bread, cubed (or store-bought croutons)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups low- or no-salt-added chicken or vegetable broth
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a large baking dish with oil.
  3. Cut all the vegetables.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  5. Add the turkey, seasonings and brown.
  6. Add squash, leeks, salt and pepper to pan.
  7. Cover and cook for 4 minutes.
  8. Whisk the egg and broth together.
  9. Add to bread and stir together.
  10. Add bread to pan and stir.
  11. Add all the ingredients to the baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and serve.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from greatist.com

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