Easy and Yummy Thanksgiving Recipes

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With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recipes. You’ll note the theme…yeah, I’m a BIG fan of stuffing 🙂

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

photo courtesy of food.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

~ 2 Cups Shredded or Cubed Cooked Chicken (I prefer shredded, myself)

~ 4 Large Eggs (not a fan of yolk? substitute 8 tablespoons egg whites!)

~ 4 Cups Mixed Veggies (frozen is ok, but FRESH is better!)

~ 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter (or margarine, if you prefer)

~ 4 Cups Low-Fat, Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

~ 2 Cups Herb-Seasoned Stuffing Mix

Here’s how to make it:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Coat a 2 quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray

Mix 2 tablespoons of the stuffing mix with melted butter in small bowl and set aside

Combine the remaining stuffing mix with veggies and chicken in a large bowl

Spread mixture in an even layer in prepared baking dish

Beat broth and eggs until blended

Pour over chicken and stuffing

Sprinkle with the reserved buttered crumbs

Bake until bubbly, about 25-30 minutes

*Turkey lovers ~ use your bird of choice, either way, it’s delicious!

Harvest Turkey Bake

photo courtesy of tasteofhome.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

~ 2/3 Cup Milk (not a fan of dairy? substitute soy or unflavored almond milk!)

~ 1 ½ Cups Dry Corn Bread Stuffing Mix (it’s easiest to use a 6 oz package)

~ 1 Large Egg (substitute two tablespoons egg whites, if you’d like)

~ 3 Medium Yellow Summer Squash, Sliced (makes about 4 cups)

~ 2 Cups Cubed, Cooked Turkey Breast (makes about 10 ounces)

~ 2 Tablespoons Butter (or margarine, if you prefer)

~ 1 Medium Onion, Chopped (makes about ½ cup)

~ 3 Medium Zucchini, Sliced (makes about 4 cups)

~ ¼ Teaspoon Pepper

Here’s how to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Coat a 2 quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray

Place zucchini and squash in a large saucepan

Add water until about 1in deep

Bring to a boil over high heat

Reduce heat

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender (about 5 or 6 mins)

Place in a colander to drain

Cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter in same saucepan over medium heat (about 2 mins)

Remove from heat, add veggies, and mash slightly with fork

Add 1 cup stuffing mix, milk, egg and pepper, stir until combined

Stir in turkey

Spoon entire mixture into prepared dish

Melt remaining butter in a small microwave-safe bowl on high (about 20-30 secs)

Stir in remaining stuffing mix and sprinkle on top of squash mixture

Bake casserole until topping is golden and vegetable mixture is set (about 30-40 mins)

Cool for 5 mins on a wire rack before serving

Apple Stuffing

photo courtesy of crosscuisines.org

Here’s what you’ll need:

~ 1 ½ Cup Apple Sauce (I recommend the natural, no sugar added kind)

~ 1 8oz Package Stuffing Mix (original or cornbread)

~ 1 Cup Low-Fat, Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth

~ ½ Cup Finely Chopped Unpeeled Apple

~ 1 ½ Teaspoon Dried Thyme Leaves

~ ½ Cup Finely Chopped Celery

~ 1 Cup Finely Chopped Onion

~ ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper

~ 1 Teaspoon Ground Sage

Here’s how to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray medium nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray

Heat over medium heat until hot

Add onion and celery, then cook and stir about 5 mins or until transparent

Add apple, then cook and stir about 3 mins or until golden

Transfer to large bowl

Stir in apple sauce, stuffing mix, broth thyme, sage and pepper

Place stuffing in greased 8 in square pan

Cover pan

Bake 20-25 mins or until hot

*For tastier results, loosely stuff your thanksgiving turkey or chicken just before roasting, then remove from cooked bird and fill cooked, acorn squash halves…mmmmm


I don’t know about you, but I can’t WAIT for Thanksgiving…it’s one of my favorite holidays 🙂

What are your favorite dishes?

**Stop by next week for an exciting Rudan Thursday where we will chat it up with Nancy Lee Badger (Nancy Lennea) ~ I’m so excited!!**

10 thoughts on “Easy and Yummy Thanksgiving Recipes

  1. Apple Stuffing reminds me so much of Thanksgiving at my grandparents with sweet dressing in duck. Yum. I may have to go back and try that this year.

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