Onions are full of phytonutrients that reduce inflammation and can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Add healthy fats to your stuffing with protein-rich pecans and vitamin E–packed sunflower seeds. Season your stuffing while loading up on antioxidants with fresh tarragon, a peppery herb that contains potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin A, and with fresh parsley, an incredibly rich source of vitamins A, C and K.
1 16-oz loaf whole-grain bread, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups raw pecans, chopped
3 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp finely chopped fresh tarragon
In a large skillet on medium-high, heat olive oil. Add red onions and white onions with sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste. (NOTE: Add only a few onions at a time so as not to crowd them. It’s also important to coat the onions with the oil as you add them to the pan.) Cook for 50 minutes, reducing heat to medium-low halfway through cooking time, stirring every 5 minutes, until onions are very tender, caramelized and golden brown.
Add vegetable broth and increase heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. To a large bowl, transfer cooked onion mixture; add whole-grain bread cubes and toss well to combine.
Add raw pecans, raw sunflower seeds, parsley and finely chopped fresh tarragon. Season with salt and pepper and transfer mixture to a 9 x 13-inch baking dish misted with cooking spray.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; cool for 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh lemon zest, if desired.