Homemade Autumn Rice Stuffing

Stuffing Recipe

This recipe features a homemade stuffing that is simple to prepare, healthy and delicious.

The recipe retains the onion, garlic and celery that are synonymous with most stuffings. Apples and walnuts are added to heighten the autumnal flavors as well as add a pleasing crunch.

Autumn Rice Stuffing

– Makes 16 servings (1/2 cup each)


  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 bell pepper (color of choice), seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms of choice, washed and sliced
  • 1 cup diced tart apple, such as Granny Smith
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, celery and bell pepper. Cook over medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the mushrooms and apple and continue cooking for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.

Mix in the rice, walnuts, parsley, orange zest and sage. Add egg and mix well to moisten the stuffing. Transfer the mixture to a 9×13-inch baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Per serving: 92 calories, 4 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 12 g carbohydrate, 3 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 13 mg sodium.

The Author:

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) www.aicr.org

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