Stuffing Muffins


I read an article over this past weekend titled “The Absolute Tragedy of Meeting The Love Of Your Life At The Wrong Time”. I have to say timing really is a funny thing in many ways. Even the timing of this article coming into my life is well, for lack of a better word, funny. Whether good or bad life has a way of creating prefect timing whether we realize it in the moment or not. More frequently we find ourselves throwing around the phrase, “…what bad timing!” however, little do we often realize that it’s not bad timing at all it’s simply the stepping stone to something bigger. Sometimes things seem to occur in our lives at an inconvenient moment and we are left to do our best to make it less of a disruption. The article talked about a perfect example of this being, you guessed it, meeting the right person at the wrong time. People will come in and out of our lives at various points and each will make a different imprint upon us. Some are there for support, others to teach us valuable lessons and others that will love us with a passion most of us only hope to ever receive. All of these people are meant to be there because little do we realize we really do need something from them. Not a physical offering but something we may be lacking, maybe it’s strength, confidence, faith, hope or all of the above. Not only are we receiving that missing piece from them but we are most likely also giving in return. In other words, we are meant to find them but they are also meant to find us. With that being said, it’s not always simple if that person can also make your heart feel whole. When this occurs we find ourselves feeling what we recognize as being in love. If love comes to us at the “wrong time” it suddenly spirals into negative emotions and becomes questionable as to how this could actually be “perfect timing”. I know it’s crossed my mind and then I find myself filled with doubt. However, we need to remind ourselves that love isn’t created from nothing but from everything. Love is built upon what that person is capable of giving us, whether it’s joy, comfort, respect, friendship, kindness, etc.. Why can’t it be that even if you aren’t meant to be together in a physical sense you can’t still receive from them the things you need? Rather than heartbreak, accept the timing as even though love is present what I need now for me is _________. No matter what the circumstance is, maybe it’s that the amount of love is only one sided, maybe they love someone else in addition to you, maybe you are already in a committed relationship, or maybe you live on separate sides of the world, whatever it is that is preventing you from being together trust that the timing is not off. The timing is perfect and what this person can offer you and you can offer them is absolutely everything you need at this very moment for each moment is only preparing us for something greater than we know. 


  

Stuffing Muffins

Gluten-free/Nut-free/Soy-free

Makes: 12 Muffins/ Bake time: 20-25 minutes

  • 1 loaf crusty gluten-free whole grain bread (I used Udi’s Gluten Free Bread), torn into bite sized pieces*
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 c onion, diced
  • 1 c celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 1/2 c turkey or chicken broth
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the bread and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Toss to coat.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into a large saute pan and heat over medium. Add the onion and celery and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the garlic and herbs and cook for another minute until fragrant. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  5. Remove the mixture from the stove and pour over the bread. Add the broth and toss all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to allow the liquid to absorb.
  6. Divide evenly and scoop out the stuffing to fill each muffin cavity and then bake for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving.

*Note: Any type of crusty bread can be used. Just be sure to check your labels if you have any dietary restrictions as many breads contain eggs, soy, wheat, etc.

Nutrition (per muffin): 113 cal/ 5g fat/ 25.9 carbs/ 2.4g sugar/ 1.9g protein

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