Healthy Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Sides
Traditional stuffing side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas in a baking pan

It’s official: The holidays are here! If you’re trying to lose weight during this time of family feasts, you may be wondering how you’re going to stick to your healthy eating plan. The key to success? Finding healthier versions of your favorite foods—something Nutrisystem is extremely passionate about. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to recreate all of the classic Thanksgiving dishes that you know and love, including Thanksgiving stuffing! Enjoy the holiday in slimdown-style with our delicious and nutritious Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe.

What makes this the best stuffing recipe? It’s heathy while still providing all of the classic Thanksgiving flavors that you love! Plus, it’s super easy to make and comes together in your slow cooker for easy clean up.

The first step to making almost any Thanksgiving recipe is drying out the bread. We use six slices of whole wheat bread diced into one-inch cubes. To dry bread cubes out, you can either bake them in a 300 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes or let them sit at room temperature for eight to 12 hours.

Next, it’s time to cook up the veggies. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add in one cup of chopped yellow onions, one cup of chopped celery, one peeled and diced sweet potato and one cup of shredded carrots. Cook the vegetables until they are tender. (It is okay for sweet potatoes to not be completely soft.)

Once the vegetables are done cooking, place them into a large bowl with the bread cubes, plus seasonings. We use a savory combination of poultry seasoning, rubbed sage and black pepper. Add in two cups of low sodium chicken broth and one egg, then toss until well combined. Finally, transfer the stuffing to a slow cooker coated with nonstick spray. Cover and cook on LOW for four hours.

This Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe makes eight 118-calorie servings. If you’re on the Nutrisystem weight loss plan, you can log each serving as one SmartCarb and one Extra in your NuMi app journal. Serve it up with our Instant Pot Holiday Turkey Breast recipe, which counts as one PowerFuel and one Extra per serving. Add a side of vegetables like these One-Pan Unlimited Oven Roasted Vegetables for the ultimate healthy holiday feast!

Looking for more healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Here are some of our top holiday meals, sides and desserts:

Servings: 8

Calories per Serving: 118

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra


  • 6 slices whole wheat bread, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. rubbed sage
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake bread cubes until dried out, about 10-15 minutes. (Alternatively, you can let them sit out at room temperature for 8-12 hours.)
  2. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add onion, celery, sweet potatoes and carrots and cook until tender. It is okay for sweet potatoes to not be completely soft.
  3. In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, seasoning and vegetable mixture. Toss in broth and egg.
  4. Transfer stuffing to a slow cooker coated with nonstick spray. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
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