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Calabacitas Stuffing

Calabacitas Turkey Dressing

Calabacitas Stuffing is a wonderful, easy to make turkey stuffing with vegetables and a Southwest flair. Just a bit spicy and with lots of flavor.

Am I jumping the gun here publishing a turkey stuffing recipe a month before Thanksgiving? I got the idea for this, happened to have the ingredients, so I just had to try it. I knew it would be good, and sure enough, it is!

Calabacitas is one of my all-time favorite Southwestern vegetable dishes, and it’s even incredibly nutritious, Paleo, and low-fat, low calorie. I just knew it would be a great enhancement to traditional stuffing, blended in and stuffed into the bird. Calabacitas is a sautéed melange of zucchini, onion, garlic, corn, chiles, and spices. Yummy! In this recipe, I just mixed it in with a package of Stove Top Stuffing Mix prepared (almost) per the directions. (I used half the water; vegetables add liquid to the mixture.) Then I stuffed a turkey with it and after scooping it out, browned it in the oven. If you’re stuffing a bird with it, use the guidelines on the stuffing mix to determine if you need to double or triple recipe. (See notes)

It’s hard to resist – very tasty! Of course, the dressing is not low cal, Paleo, and low fat like the calabacitas. Sorry! Can’t have everything, you know….

Calabacitas Stuffing
 
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Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup diced green chiles
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 package Stove Top Stuffing Mix (for a bird up to 8 lbs)*
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup water
  • optional: fresh parsley for garnish; parsley is also good blended into the mixture.
Instructions
  1. Saute onion in olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, zucchini, corn, chiles, oregano, and salt and cook, covered for about 3 more minutes. Set aside.
  3. Bring ¾ cup water and butter to boil in medium saucepan. (Note this is half the water called for in the instructions on the stuffing mix box.).
  4. Stir in stuffing mix and let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the calabacitas sauteed vegetables and mix thoroughly.
  6. Place in 9"x13" baking dish and bake at 400 degrees 20 minutes or until browned. Or stuff turkey or chicken up to 8 lbs if desired and roast bird. Then spoon into baking dish and bake 20 minutes to brown.
  7. Serve & enjoy!
Notes
The vegetables add quite a bit of moisture, so I cut the water in the stuffing mix instructions by half. You may want to reduce the moisture even more as it is still a rather mushy consistency.

Note the stuffing mix calls for 1 box of stuffing mix for a bird up to 8 lbs, 2 boxes for a bird 8-12 lbs, and 3 boxes for 12+ lbs.

Commentary:
Am I jumping the gun here publishing a turkey stuffing recipe a month before Thanksgiving? I got the idea for this, happened to have the ingredients, so I just had to try it. I knew it would be good, and sure enough, it is!

Calabacitas is one of my all-time favorite Southwestern vegetable dishes, and it’s even incredibly nutritious, Paleo, and low-fat, low calorie. I just knew it would be a great enhancement to traditional stuffing, blended in and stuffed into the bird. Calabacitas is a sautéed melange of zucchini, onion, garlic, corn, chiles, and spices. Yummy! In this recipe, I just mixed it in with a package of Stove Top Stuffing Mix prepared (almost) per the directions. (I used half the water; vegetables add liquid to the mixture.) Then I stuffed a turkey with it and after scooping it out, browned it in the oven. If you’re stuffing a bird with it, use the guidelines on the stuffing mix to determine if you need to double or triple recipe. (See notes)

It’s hard to resist – very tasty! Of course, the dressing is not low cal, Paleo, and low fat like the calabacitas. Sorry! Can’t have everything, you know….

 

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