It’s November, so the holiday season is just about here. For a lot of Americans, that means overeating and weight gain. In fact, the average American gains around 5 pounds in the 2 month “holiday eating season.”
And in my opinion, that’s not just unhealthy – it’s ridiculous.
That’s why I challenge my patients to make the holiday season the “holiday slim-down season.” I suggest trying to lose 5 pounds during this time of year to balance out everyone else’s 5 pound gain.
But that doesn’t mean giving up on the delicious flavors of the holidays…
In fact, I just did an interview with K-ABC in Los Angeles where we talked about my go-to holiday recipes, like my signature Gluten-Free Millet Stuffing.
It’s just like a classic bread stuffing, but with one SIMPLE swap: ditch the unhealthy bread and use cooked millet in its place.
When it comes to a holiday slim-down, that’s important… because lectins are directly linked to weight gain.
Lectins are a highly toxic plant protein that actually stick to certain cells in your body, including your insulin receptors.
That means lectins can actually block the hormone which controls your appetite… so your brain never gets the message that you’re full and you just keep eating.1,2,3,4
And bread (whether it’s cornbread or wheat bread) is LOADED with dangerous lectins to spark your appetite. That’s why it’s so important to make this easy swap.
The best thing is, the finished dish gives you all the classic flavors of the season – onions, sage, garlic – but without the scary side effects.
In fact, I think this recipe is even tastier than the original. The millet adds an addictive nuttiness you just don’t get from lectin–loaded bread.
But what is millet, exactly?
It’s an ancient seed that’s lectin-free, and people have been eating it for THOUSANDS of years. In fact, archaeologists discovered a 4,000-year-old bowl of millet noodles in northwestern China!5
It cooks similarly to rice… and along with being lectin-free, it’s loaded in healthy prebiotic fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
So how do you turn it into stuffing? Well, it’s actually pretty simple.
Ingredients (Serves 4-6):
- 3 cups cooked millet (prepared according to package instructions)
- 2 yellow onions, finely diced
- 3 carrots, finely diced
- 3 ribs celery, finely diced
- 1 pound mushrooms, finely diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh sage
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons dried poultry seasoning (no salt added)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup grass-fed butter OR ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 (conveniently, the same temperature as my turkey!) Butter your favorite 9X13 casserole dish and set aside.
- Add the cooked millet to a large mixing bowl, and set aside.
- In a large skillet or wok, heat half the butter or oil over medium high heat. Add the carrots, celery and onions and cook until tender, stirring regularly. Add the garlic, sage, parsley and poultry seasoning and cook 2-3 minutes more, until mixture is very fragrant. Add to bowl with millet.
- Heat the rest of the oil or butter in the same skillet, and add the mushrooms and thyme. Cook until mushrooms are golden brown and tender, then add to the millet mixture.
- Stir stuffing mixture to combine and season with salt and pepper. Add mixture to the baking dish, and bake for 25-35 minutes, until stuffing is hot all the way through and top is golden brown.
You can even stuff it inside the turkey like regular stuffing. Just make sure the center of the stuffing reaches 160 degrees, for food safety reasons.
That said, I prefer to bake it separately, in a casserole dish. I love it when the top gets golden brown and crisp.
However you prefer to make your stuffing, please – give millet a place on your holiday table. I KNOW you’ll love it. And keep checking my blog for more of my favorite holiday recipes.
I’m talking classics like turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, even cranberry sauce… all with a low-lectin Gundry twist!
Looking out for you,
P.S. Make sure to share this tasty recipe with friends and family this holiday season! As always, I’d love to hear your feedback in the “Comments” section below.
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