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Pumpkin Pecan Stuffing

Serves: 8

Ingredients:
2/3 cup white onion, finely diced
2/3 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
1/3 cup celery, diced
½ cup apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh parsley
1 tsp ground sage
1/3 tsp ground thyme
2 pinches salt
½ tsp pepper
1 egg
1 ½ slices of whole grain bread
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1 tsp light margarine
Cooking spray OR oil in Misto

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Toast bread in toaster. Melt margarine in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, and celery to pan, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add apple and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add pecans and sauté for 1 more minute.
2. Remove from heat, stir in parsley, sage, and thyme. Combine the pumpkin, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Crumble bread into the bowl, and add the mushroom mixture and vegetable broth; stir gently to combine.
3. Spoon mixture into 13 x 9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; cover with foil. Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the top is crisp. Portion into 1/3 cup servings.

Serving: 1/3 cup
Nutrition Facts: Calories 90, Fat 5g (Saturated 0.5g), Carbohydrate 11g, Fiber 3g, Protein 3g, Sodium 115mg
Choices: 0.5 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 0.5 Fat

About Benjamin White, RD

In addition to nutrition, Dr. White has a background in public health and scientific research. Ben is excited about translating research into practical knowledge that people can use to improve their overall health. He teaches a variety of classes, ranging from online nutrition resources to meal planning to controlling  your  food environment. He oversees the nutritional components of the program to ensure that guests are equipped with the necessary skills, resources, support, and knowledge to succeed after leaving Structure House. Restaurant outings, individual nutrition counseling, and workshops are also key parts of the program overseen by the nutrition team. The chefs and dietitians at Structure House work in tandem to provide guests with a menu that is appealing, balanced, satisfying and healthy.

Ben earned his Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience in weight loss counseling, motivational interviewing, diabetes management, vegetarian diets, teaching, and scientific research. Dr. White joined Structure House in 2016 as a Registered Dietitian.

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