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Almost Homemade Dressing
When serving this stuffing with your holiday turkey, no one will ever guess that you didn't make it from scratch.  The slight crunchiness of the corn mixed with the turkey, onion, mushrooms, and seasoning makes this taste homemade. 


cups water


boxes chicken stuffing
2 (4-ounce) cans sliced mushrooms 1 (16-ounce) can corn, drained
1 medium onion, chopped 2 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken breast
1 envelope dry Butter Buds or 1 tablespoon Butter Buds Sprinkles    

Combine the water, mushrooms, onion, Butter Buds, and seasoning packets from the stuffing mixes in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to medium low.
Stir in the corn and simmer for 4 minutes.
Stir in the stuffing and remove from the heat.
Let the dressing stand for 5 minutes.
Microwave the turkey for 40 seconds or until warm.
Stir the turkey into the stuffing
Serve immediately.
Yield: 15 (1/2-cup) servings
Calories: 143; Fat: 1g (8% fat); Cholesterol: 16mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 10g; Sodium: 498mg
Preparation time: 8 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Menu idea: The Sweet and Sour Vegetable Salad (page 83) and the Dilled Pork Steaks (page 162), both from Busy People's Low-Fat Cookbook, along with this stuffing make a meal to come home to.
Potatoes  à la Larry
This delicious recipe is from a friend named Larry, who is an excellent cook for the Cherry Street Mission in Toledo, Ohio.


cups instant mashed potato flakes


cup skim milk
1-1/3 cups chicken broth (from a can preferably) 2 tablespoons fat-free margarine
    1 (15 to 20-ounce) can potatoes.

Combine the potato flakes, chicken broth, milk, onion, and margarine in a microwave-safe bowl and cover.
Microwave the potato mixture on high for 2 1/2 minutes in a carousel microwave.  If you do not have a carousel microwave, turn the bowl every thirty seconds a quarter turn.
Stir in canned potatoes. Cover and cook an additional minute or until completely heated.
Stir with a fork until potatoes are desired consistency.
Yield: 6 (1/2-cup) servings
Calories: 100; Fat: 1g (9% fat); Cholesterol: 1mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Protein: 5g; Sodium: 672mg
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: Less than 4 minutes
Total time: 9 minutes or less
Menu idea: The Manhandler Meatloaves (page 186), from Busy People's Low-Fat Cookbook is perfect with these potatoes.