Tastes of Thanksgiving

Ahhh, Thanksgiving.

A holiday where it is perfectly acceptable to gobble up unfathomable amounts of delicious food and spend some quality, relaxing time with your family.

Here are a few things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving season:
1. Family and good health
2. The soon-to-be addition to our family (and the fact that I am one again able to successfully eat-most days!)
3. Stuffing

That’s right…stuffing. I adore stuffing. All kinds of stuffing. If stuffing isn’t on the Thanksgiving table, you might as well count me out. Well not really, but I do love the stuff.

This recipe is especially fantastic and most tasty (thanks mom!). It’s made with sweet apples and dried cranberries, savory sausage, and a unique choice of fresh potato bread. It has definitely become one of my favorites.

Give it a try! You too will be thankful for stuffing!

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Apple Sausage Stuffing

Ingredients:
8 cups cubed potato bread, about 12 slices
1 pound mild turkey sausage-removed from casing, cooked, and crumbled
2 teaspoons canola oil
3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
pepper, to taste

Note: The recipe also calls for 3 stalks chopped celery and 2 medium chopped onions. Feel free to add. I’m not a fan of celery…Matt hates onions, so these are omitted from our version!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, toss bread cubes, sage, thyme, salt/pepper, and canola oil until bread it well coated.
Pour cube mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until bread is toasted, about 10 minutes.
Toss halfway through toasting to make sure bread is evenly toasted.
Meanwhile…
In the same bowl, toss chopped apples, dried cranberries, sausage, and garlic.
Once the bread is toasted, add to the fruit/sausage mixture.
Reduce oven to 350 degrees.
Pour chicken broth over the mixture, tossing gently (very gently) trying to keep the shape of the bread crumbs.
Put mixture into a large baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.

*Recipe adapted from Eating Well

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite dish on the table this Thanksgiving?

Today’s Workout-officially back on track with workouts to keep this cookie-lover (and the cookie monster within) fit this holiday season!

Glute workout

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