This nutrient-packed stuffing skips the bread and does double-duty as a roasted root vegetable dish. We used high-fiber white roots—Hanna sweet potatoes, parsnips, and turnips—for a more traditional look, but sweet potatoes or rutabagas work just as well. Baru seeds, a nutrient-dense legume from Brazil, add a sturdy crunch that stands up to cooking; if you can’t find them, swap hazelnuts. Pre-cooked, ready-to-eat jackfruit stands in for sausage, to add a meaty flavor with extra fiber and nutrition, and no saturated fat. For faster day-of prep, pre-cook everything the night before, then heat through before serving; add two eggs and 1/2 cup almond meal for a denser, creamier stuffing.

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  • 8Servings


  • 2 medium Hanna sweet potatoes, diced
  • 2 medium parsnips, diced
  • 2 small turnips, diced
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cups chopped shiitake mushroom caps
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (2.65-oz.) packages Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup Natural Traditions Roasted Baru seeds, chopped small
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbs. dried sage


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss sweet potatoes, parsnips, and turnips with 2 Tbs. olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread evenly on two rimmed baking sheets, and roast 30 minutes, or until soft.
  2. During last 10 minutes of vegetables roasting, heat remaining olive oil in large skillet over medium heat, and sauté onions, celery, mushrooms, and garlic for 5 minutes. Add jackfruit, baru seeds, rosemary, thyme, and sage, cover, and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes longer. (Add a few Tbs. broth, wine, or water, if needed, to prevent sticking.) Keep warm.
  3. Combine roasted root vegetables with sautéed vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 170
  • Carbohydrate Content: 18 g
  • Fat Content: 10 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 60 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g
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