Finally: turkey stuffing that's not stuffy
New twist on classic adds wow factor at the dinner table By: Executive Chef John Placko for Maple Leaf Foods ThinkFOOD!

(NC)—An easy way to give stuffing a makeover this season is to substitute your usual bread with a flavourful rye bread. This sweet and savoury recipe is anything but stuffy!

Savoury Berry Stuffing

Prep Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 45 min.
Serves: 8

6 cups (1.5 L) Dempster's Fruit & Berry Rye Bread, cubed
6 strips Maple Leaf Bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp (2 mL) each salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 cup (250 mL) chicken broth
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh thyme


Preheat oven to 375?F (190?C). Cook bacon in large saucepan over medium heat until cooked but not crisp, about 5 minutes. Stir in onion and celery and cook until onion is tender. Stir in apples, garlic, salt and pepper and cook one minute. Stir in bread, chicken broth and thyme until well combined. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Bake until golden and top is crusty, about 25 minutes (or cook in turkey cavity if desired).

Tip: replace ½ cup (125 mL) of the chicken stock with white wine.

< Prev   Next > - It's all about food in Canada!
Keep yourself updated with our FREE newsletters now!

Share |


(NC)—As the warmer weather sets in, so does our appetite for lighter fare and an increased energy level. Spring clean your health regime by treating yourself to wholesome lunch options and an active new lifestyle to get yourself back on track for the summer months. Here are three ways to get you started.
1. Re–introduce activity: After months of using the “it's cold out” excuse for not getting your 45 minutes a day, it is time to get back into the swing of things. Using your lunch break in the middle of the day to enjoy a brisk walk is a great way to get moving again.


Enhance your health with freshly grown herbs
(NC)—Did you know that one tablespoon of fresh oregano contains the same amount of antioxidants as a medium sized apple?
We know that antioxidants in our bodies are essential to good health. Many fruits and vegetables provide them, but research shows that fresh oregano is at the top of the list in antioxidant activity. Adding fresh herbs to your diet is an easy way to include significant amounts of antioxidants and increase the health value of a meal without adding extra calories–and you can easily grow them right in your own backyard garden or in containers on your patio or balcony.


Pare down your portions to trim down your waistline
(NC)—We live in a world where “mega, super and grande” sizes have become the norm. Many people use these plus–sized portions to validate their binge–eating habits. Some use over–consumption as a way to comfort emotional distress, others take the “see food” diet approach and always finish what's on their plate.
Here are a few tips I like to follow to ensure I am eating the proper portions.