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Rustic Whole Grain Stuffing

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook time: 45-60 minutes
Serves: 6-8
2 loaves rustic whole grain bread – I like to buy the ones with the seeds and really grainy gives it extra flavor
2 cups celery chopped
2 cups onion chopped
4 cups no chicken vegetable broth
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tsp. Earth Balance (optional)
So everyone knows the best think about Thanksgiving is the stuffing!  (and all of those other yummy sides).  I never really liked turkey just made me tired and doesn’t really have a lot of taste.
The best stuffing is when you use fresh bread and dry it out on your own.  You can then use a really fresh loaf without all of those chemicals found in pre-made stuffing cubes.  To dry the bread out cut it up and leave it sit for a day or so open to air on a tray.  If you forget no worries you can turn your oven on to 200 degrees and dry it out in about 30 minutes!
Place the onions and celery in a pan and saute over medium to high heat until tender. Use your vegetable broth to keep from sticking. I sprinkle them with salt and pepper while I am cooking.  Then when they are almost done place the boullion cubes in with the onions and celery and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat and mix into bread cubes.
Next place cubes into a 9x13 pan start pouring the vegetable broth over cubes and make sure to mix well.  You want the bread to be evenly saturated so that it doesn’t dry out to much in the baking process.   I really like the crunchy brown tops so I do add just a couple of teaspons of earth balance right on top (works out to be a smidgen for anyone eating so not a huge calorie or fat breaker).  
Bake until crispy and beautifully browned on top and still moist deep inside.
Serve Immediately with either my homemade gravy.  Or if you want Tofurkey makes a delicious holiday gravy that is a nice treat this time of year.  Luckily they only produce it around the holidays so you don’t have to worry about becoming addicted.  I like to thin the gravy with a little vegetable broth it is pretty thick.  You can find it at whole foods and other specialty health grocers this time of year.
Happy Eating!

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