Monday, December 13, 2010

Low-Carb Mushroom Stuffing (No Bread!)


The holiday season is a time of joy, abundance and community. Memories of crackling fires, fresh evergreens, and rich, spicy aromas that emanate from what seems like every corner of the house! It's a time when we show gratitude, love, and acceptance the most of all the seasons.

What is your favorite part about the holiday season? Please comment to let me know!

For people with allergies or intolerances, it can also mean working harder to maintain physical wellbeing. Since becoming gluten (and lactose) intolerant, this is the hardest (but also most rewarding) cooking time of year for me. I strive to research more, get more creative, and find foods that are nutritionally appealing to me yet still entice the tastebuds of my friends and family.

This recipe, I am proud to say that my husband Jeremy cooked while I was making pie. We'd been toying with the idea of a stuffing with almond meal instead of breads, and bouncing ingredients back and forth while doing other things earlier in the day. So I was SO happy when he created this! I was so preoccupied with making a raw key lime pie that he finished it completely behind me without me even poking my head over to try to help. :)

What makes it so amazing is that when we took it to a friend's house for dinner, and asked after the meal what people thought of it, they said they didn't even realize it was a bread-free stuffing! The consistency of the stuffing was so spot on that it wasn't noticeably low-carb, which makes me very happy.

This recipe is also candida-friendly, is sugar free, yeast-free, and has super healthy coconut oil to hold the crumble together. YUM!

Low-Carb Mushroom Stuffing

3 cups mushrooms, chopped (we used crimini and shiitake)
1 small zucchini, cubed (about 1 cup)
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 sweet red pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 ribs celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup sage, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil
Sage sprigs

Topping:
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 coconut oil
zest of 1/2 lemon
4 sage leaves
pinch of salt

Brown the onion and celery in pan; set aside. Brown mushrooms; when liquid becomes substantial push the mushrooms to the side of the pan and add the sundried tomatoes to the center of the pan, allow them to cook in the liquid and soak it up. Set aside. Brown the zucchini, then add the red pepper and allow to cook until just tender. In a large bowl, mix up the cooked ingredients along with the sage, almond meal, salt and pepper. Pour into baking dish.

Topping:
Mix topping ingredients in food processor. Crumble across the top. Garnish with sprigs of sage.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

9 comments:

Gay said...

Great job Lyramy! I adore using almond meal in these types of things- they do give it the robustness that is often needed.

With the addition of the sun-dried tomatoes, this seems like it would be a fairly intensely flavored recipe and I am wondering how the flavors blended with (what I presume,) was otherwise a typical Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Personally, I have not used any other stuffing recipe other than this one:
http://food.ivillage.com/recipefinder/display/0,,ggk5,00.html
since discovering it years ago and I am reluctant to get out of the box! :D I will have to try this other stuffing recipe for some other time. Thanks for all you do- love it!

Lyra said...

Thank you, Gay! <3

Jeremy and I agree that the sundried tomatoes added a little bit of necessary zing to the dish, actually. The sundrieds with the sage was an interestingly complex deliciousness that we were both pleased to have achieved! :)

Earthtonegirl said...

This sounds awesome! I'm not a big fan of "fake" bread, so this sounds like a great stuffing-alternative. Will have to keep it in mind.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This sounds so delicious! I am definitely going to try it - I am always looking forward to carbless alternatives to bready dishes! Looking forward to the raw key lime pie recipe too! YUMMMM

Lyra said...

Thanks, Earthtonegirl and Jenn! It made me so happy to be able to have stuffing again without all the guilt. ;)

Mrs. Ed said...

This looks good. I'm going to give it a try. I have yet to venture into grain-free stuffing even though I've done well at other baked goods. I've been wanting to convert my grandmothers unusual dressing recipe, but hadn't a clue where to start.

lisa_sims said...

This recipe is amazing! I tried it tonight. I am a type 1 diabetic always looking for low-carb options. The holidays can be a sugary, starchy nightmare! This stuffing is perfect and a must at my Thanksgiving dinner!

lisa_sims said...

This recipe is amazing! I tried it tonight. I am a type 1 diabetic always looking for a low-carb option. The holidays can be a sugary, starchy nightmare. This stuffing is perfect and a must at my Thanksgiving dinner!

Jessie said...

So looking forward to trying this recipe out, I am wondering though if it freezes well? I am hoping to make it in the next few days, and then bake at my mother in law's place on Christmas Eve. Is this possible or would it ruin it?