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In the Kitchen with Kelley: Wild rice, almond and mushroom stuffing

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Traditional bread stuffing is something I looked forward to as a kid, more than anything else on my mom’s Thanksgiving Day table. Even dessert.

But now that I’ve had the opportunity to expand my palette, I’m ready to move beyond bread. If I’m going to stuff myself more than I normally would on this day of thanks and togetherness with my family, I want to get a little more out of it. Don’t you?

That’s why I’ve ditched the bread for wild rice, almond and mushroom stuffing.

I know bucking tradition doesn’t always go over well, especially on holidays, but this is one trade up where you get so much more.

Firstly, you’re not sacrificing taste… you’ll have to try it yourself to see, but take it from a former bread stuffing addict — this is better.  And the texture is very satisfying too.

Secondly, you get a huge nutrition boost…

Wild rice is great protein source — 24 grams in one cup — and a great source of magnesium, a vital nutrient that can protect you from diabetes and hypertension that most of us are woefully deficient in.

Next… mushrooms are a miraculous superfood you can eat to power up your immune system. I’m not just talking cold and flu protection — they also fight cancer in a number of ways. As mentioned, they support the immune system’s ability to fight off developing tumors. But they also provide powerful antioxidant support, neutralizing free radicals — those aberrant molecules that injure cells and even damage DNA.

And last but not least, amazing almonds… an almond study took a look at how 250 daily calories of almonds affected overweight people who were trying to avoid heart disease. This six week study found that the almonds helped people slim their waistlines and lose inflammatory belly fat that has been linked to heart problems.So I hope I’ve convinced you to bring this healthier stuffing to your family’s table. You may be surprised at just how thankful they are…

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