Thanksgiving Stuffing Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins

Prep: 60-minutes; Bake: 25-30 minutes

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Here's a healthy twist on a holiday favorite! Stuffing is a popular side dish at holiday time, but can often be heavy and high in saturated fats. CFW Coach Jackie presents this single-serving option using turkey bacon with lightly sauteed veggies and flavorful fresh herbs, that your guests will enjoy with healthy portion control.

Recipe Tags: #Healthy Holiday Side Dish #Heart Healthy Protein

Recipe Developed by: Jackie Lavigueur, CFW Health-Fitness Professional


  • 1 and 1/2 cups *French bread cubed
  • 1/4 cup *turkey bacon chipped
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 shallots minced
  • 3 celery stalks minced
  • 2/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 10 fresh sage leaves chipped
  • 3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 and 3/4 cup chicken broth


Substitute French bread with gluten free bread, or try a whole wheat bread for higher fiber content.

Substitute turkey bacon with vegan bacon, tempeh, or mushrooms, and swap chicken broth for vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Transfer bread cubes to a baking sheet and bake 25-30 minutes until bread is firm.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees and spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook turkey bacon for 3-5 minutes, until browned.
  6. Melt butter in the same skillet; add shallots, celery, parsley, sage, salt, and poultry seasoning. Cook on medium/low heat for 8-10 minutes, until soft.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool.
  8. In a medium bowl, combine egg and chicken broth.
  9. In a separate large bowl, add bread and sauteed vegetables.
  10. Add chicken broth mixture, combine well, and let sit for 10-minutes.
  11. Transfer stuffing to muffin pan and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
  12. Gently remove muffins from tin and arrange on a serving platter.

Nutrition Information:

Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fats: 7g