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Nana’s Classic Stuffing – Vegan Friendly!

There is nothing better than a Thanksgiving dish like this Nana’s Classic Stuffing, with flavors that remind you of your childhood. The new spin is that it’s vegan friendly!

This recipe holds a special place in my heart. I’m so thankful my Nana shared it with me before she passed on. Every year I make it, it’s bitter sweet because I bask in the memories I have cooking with her, sharing recipes, and enjoying Thanksgiving. But it also reminds me how much I miss her. So today, to finish off my Vegan Friendly Thanksgiving Recipe Series I am sharing not only a recipe, but good food, and some great memories too.

Let’s get started!

First, I cut up all the ingredients. This includes celery, carrots, apples, sweet potato, black olives, green onion, and fresh thyme. This can be a big task, so I suggest you pull up a chair at the table and prepare your strong hand for some chopping!

You can choose what type of apples you use based on your preference. My Nana always used Red Apples in her stuffing. While I like to use Gala because they give the stuffing a hint of a sweeter flavor.

Then, I pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and heat a large pot on the stove at medium-high. Once heated, I add some vegan butter, all my chopped veggies and fruit, along with some spices and dried cranberries to the pot. I sauté the veggies and fruit on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, until they start to soften.

Nana's Classic Stuffing - colorful, savory, and vegan friendly!
Nana’s Classic Stuffing that’s colorful, savory, and vegan friendly!

You want them soft but not mushy so be careful not to overcook them because you will be baking them in the oven too. Once they’ve reached the desired texture I add some box herb seasoned dressing. Nana said to always get the “herb” dressing because this bumps up the flavor in the stuffing.

Next, I slowly add some veggie broth to moisten the herb dressing. It’s important to do this slowly because you don’t want a soggy stuffing. You may not use all of the broth

Finally, I transfer the stuffing to a 9×13 baking dish. A smaller baking dish can work for this as well. I pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes, until the top of the stuffing is slightly brown and crispy.

All of the spices and flavors fill the kitchen with the true aroma of Thanksgiving. It’s the best!

Nana's Classic Stuffing - colorful, savory, and vegan friendly! I abrikliving.com
Nana’s Classic Stuffing that’s colorful, savory, and vegan friendly!

I remember the day I sat down with my Nana and wrote this recipe down. She had no measurements, it was literally a few apples and carrots, a little bit of this, and add some of that. So it took me some time to create measurements for everything. But I love that she knew it so well, she just went off of intuition. I find that type of cooking so inspiring, and felt honored that she took the time to share it with me.

Now I get to share it with you. So once the Stuffing is done, you can serve and enjoy.

To a Happy Thanksgiving with great food, friends, family, and memories with our loved ones!

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Nana's Classic Stuffing - colorful, savory, and vegan friendly! I abrikliving.com

Nana’s Classic Stuffing


  • Author: Abri Fernandez
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 people 1x

Description

There is nothing better than a Thanksgiving dish like this Nana’s Classic Stuffing, with flavors that remind you of your childhood. The new spin is that it’s vegan friendly!


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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Celery (Diced)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (Diced)
  • 2 Apples (Gala or Red, Diced)
  • 1 Sweet Potato (Diced)
  • 1 Can Black Olives (Roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Green Onion (Chopped)
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Thyme (Roughly chopped)
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 3/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin
  • 3/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs Vegan Butter
  • 1 Box Herb Seasoned Dressing
  • 2 Cups Veggie Broth

Instructions

  1. First, cut up all the veggies, fruit, and fresh thyme as directed.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large pot on the stove at medium-high heat.
  3. Then add vegan butter, veggies, fruit, thyme, and all of the spices to the pot. Saute for 15 minutes, until the veggies and fruit start to soften. You don’t want them mushy, be careful not to overcook them.
  4. Next, add the box dressing, and slowly add veggie broth to moisten the dressing. You may not need all of the broth.
  5. Finally, transfer everything into a 9×13 baking dish. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the top of the stuffing is slightly brown and crispy on top.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 People
  • Calories: 820
  • Sugar: 10.3g
  • Sodium: 3533mg
  • Fat: 47.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 76.2g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Protein: 6.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Nana’s Classic Stuffing , Vegan

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