Put this savory stuffing recipe on your Thanksgiving menu for a delicious side dish that is healthy and easy to make. You don’t have to forego taste to keep up your healthy eating habits during the holidays.

 Your family will be asking for more! You can even double the recipe and freeze some for later. 


  • 10 cups whole wheat bread cubes (or white bread or buns, dry) 
  • 1/3 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup onionchopped 
  • 1/2 cup celerychopped 
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, dried or 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cups milk 
  • 1 egglightly beaten
  • apples (optional – medium, pared, cored and chopped, or 1/4 cup raisins)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put bread cubes in a large bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Put water in a medium saucepan. Add onion, celery, parsley, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Do not drain. Pour over bread cubes.
  4. Stir in milk and egg into the breadcrumb mixture. Gently stir in apples, and raisins, if desired. 
  5. Spoon into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Bake for 1 hour until liquids have soaked into the bread and it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chef’s Tips: 

  • Make this yummy side the day prior to cooking and store in the refrigerator in a Ziplock bag to save time on a busy holiday. Take it out an hour before eating and follow step 5 above for a hot and tasty addition to your Thanksgiving feast. 
  • Substitute cranberries in place of the raisins for a different flavor.

Stuffing Nutrition Label

Recipe Source: USDA MyPlate