Vegetarian Stuffing

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Now let’s get to today’s recipe shall we??

Every year since I was little, my mom has made stuffing for Thanksgiving. And I’ve never eaten it.

A couple years ago, she made it and the hubby LOVED it. The following year, it was our year to stay here for Thanksgiving and even though we didn’t see my parents, the hubby requested my mom’s stuffing. So she froze some for him, and he ate it when we visited them for Christmas.

This year, I decided to surprise the hubby and try to make my mom’s stuffing for him. I asked her for the recipe and she said there wasn’t one! But she  gave me a list of ingredients and a general outline of what she did and I decided to give it a whirl.

The only thing was, her version was not vegetarian. BUT, with just a couple substitutions, I adapted it to our current dietary needs. Instead of regular sausage, I used Morningstar vegetarian breakfast sausages…and instead of chicken broth, I used homemade veggie broth! Piece of cake!

Vegetarian Stuffing

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Keywords: stovetop saute side healthy vegetarian rice apple cranberry Thanksgiving fall

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 c celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/ c leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c apple, chopped
  • 2-3 Morningstar breakfast patties, diced
  • 1 tsp McCormick’s grill seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c Craisins
  • 1 c wild rice, cooked
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 5 c old bread, cubed
  • 3/4 – 1 c vegetable broth


1. Saute the leeks and celery in the butter until soft.

2. Add the apple, sausage, Craisins and seasonings and saute 5 minutes more

3. Stir in the rice, parsley and breadcrumbs until well combined.

4. Slowly add broth until all of the bread is moistened.

5. Cook until heated through and serve warm.


-If you’re not vegetarian, feel free to use real sausage and chicken broth

-If you don’t have any stale bread, slice up some fresh bread, cut it into cubes and lightly toast it in the oven.

-If you don’t have McCormick’s you could use any kind of poultry seasoning if you have it, or whatever combination of spices you do have on hand.

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The good news: The stuffing was a big hit. The hubby immediately said, “you gotta put this on The Bean!” So there you have it.
More good news: I actually tried the stuffing…and I liked it :) Although I don’t really have anything to compare it to because I never ate my mom’s, I’ll definitely be making this again.

The hubby has already requested another batch!

Check out yesterday’s post to see what I did with all the extra wild rice I accidentally made!

Have you ever adapted a family recipe to make it fit your dietary needs or made it healthier?


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About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. This looks so good. Love it!
    Carolina @ Peas in a Blog recently posted..Ace of Cakes.

  2. Delish!!!! Stuffing is by far my favorite Thanksgiving side and I’m excited to add a vegetarian recipe to my collection! :) recently posted..A Full Serving of Vegetables

  3. I absolutely love stuffing and even though I’m not a vegetarian, I cannot wait to try this recipe! You can never have too many stuffing recipes! 😉
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food recently posted..All Things Christmas

  4. I LOVE stuffing! We always buy the jalapeno and pecan stuffing from Whole Foods. Love love love.
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..The Best Blueberry Pancakes

  5. I have never seen rice and bread in the same stuffing! That sounds so good! :)
    Abby @ Abz ‘n’ Oats recently posted..wiaw #15

  6. This looks delicious, Lindsay! I love how you use actual bread instead of the pre-packaged cubes, and so little butter. I think anyone that can make food taste great without burying it in butter is truly a good cook. So many restaurants drown everything in butter and while their food does taste delicious, I always think they are just taking the easy way out!
    Diana @ VeggieNextDoor recently posted..Foodie Pen-Pals: Muesli & Tea

  7. This recipe looks so good, Lindsay! I’m linking it up in tomorrow’s Thanksgiving round up. Thanks!
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