I have slowly but surely been converting my family away from white flour based food products to whole wheat and whole grain options. I made the switch myself about 10 years ago and I have actually grown to prefer whole grain or whole wheat above just about anything else.
Recently, I discovered that Kraft now offers a Whole Wheat Stove Top Stuffing. I couldn’t wait to try it.
I chose the Chicken stuffing, made with real chicken broth to spice it up Charlie style. It wanted to stuff the cornish game hens I was making for my family. I have to say, it was a hit!
I admit that I often jazz up Stove Top stuffings rather than starting from scratch. That is usually due to the time factor more than inability to make it or unwillingness to spend the effort. Of course, there is also the fact that Stove Top makes a darn good stuffing.
Stove Top Whole Wheat Chicken Stuffing can be fixed in the microwave, on top of the stove or inside the bird of your choice.
To make it inside a bird, you must first calculate how much stuffing you will need. Luckily Stove Top helps you with that by printing a guide right on the package. It is based on the size and weight of the bird. For my cornish game hens, one package was sufficient along with the other ingredients I chosen to add on my own.
To bake it in the bird, prepare the stuffing according to the Stove Top’s directions. Stuff the bird lightly with the mix and bake according to the time allotted for the type of bird being used. For my cornish game hens that was roughly 45 minutes. That can vary up or down by 15 minutes depending on the size of the hens.
To fix the stuffing on top of the stove, you begin with the liquid ingredients. Pour 1 1/3 cups of water and 2 tbsp. of butter in a pan. Bring the mixture to a soft boil.
Stir in the contents of the Stove Top Mix. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it sit covered for about 5 minutes. Fluff up the stuffing and it is ready to serve with any meat dish of your choice.
To microwave the mix, mix together the stuffing, 1 1/3 cups of water and 2 tbsp. of butter. Put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for between 5 and 7 minutes. Fluff the stuffing and serve as desired.
Ingredients include celery, chicken and chicken broth, cottonseed oil, garlic, hydrolyzed soy protein, onions, parsley, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, starch, sugar, tumeric, whole wheat flour and yeast. It also contains B1 and B2, citric acid, folic acid, iron, miscellaneous spices, monosodium glutamate, niacin, and propyl gallate.
There are 5 servings of stuffing inside a 5 oz box of Stove Top Whole Wheat Chicken Stuffing. That means a serving is 1/5 of the box or about Â½ cup of prepared stuffing.
There are 130 calories in each serving. Of that amount, 40 are fat-related.
There is 1.5 grams of fat in each serving. None of that; however, is trans fat. The stuffing also contains 20 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of sugar and 440 milligrams of salt.
On the flip side, there are 3 grams of protein and fiber in Stove Top Whole Wheat Chicken Stuffing. It also provides 8% of the daily-recommended amount of thiamin, 6% of the required iron, 4% of the needed folate, niacin, vitamin A and C and 2% of the daily-recommended amount of riboflavin.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. I prepared a box of the stuffing mix just as it comes and another box with my own special “tweaks.” I can honestly say that it is good straight from the box.
Ease of Preparation: 5 stars. The stuffing is easy to make. It certainly is less time consuming than beginning from scratch.
Freshness: 5 stars. Stove Top Stuffings are always fresh. To ensure that, a “use by” date is posted on each box.
Nutrition: 4 stars. Yes, it is high in carbohydrate and sodium. But it contains no cholesterol and little fat and sugar. Additionally, it is packed with nutritious vitamins.
Reputation: 5 stars. Stove Top is THE go to stuffing product for cooks who don’t want to start from scratch.
Packaging: 5 stars. Stove Top Whole Wheat Chicken Stuffing comes in a bright red box with yellow lettering. A brown banner lets the customer know that the mix is whole wheat and a corresponding golden one lets them know it is chicken flavored. The Stove Top logo is prominently displayed along with the logo of the parent company ‘” Kraft Foods. A picture of the completed stuffing also provides an appetizing display.
Green Value: 4 stars. While the packaging can’t be reused, it is recyclable.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The box measures just under 8″ by 5″ by just under 2″. It should fit well into any kitchen cabinet, pantry or cupboard.
Availability: 5 stars. Most large grocery chains carry a variety of Stove Stop Stuffing mixes. They can also be found in major discount department stores that have a food section, such as Wal-Mart. A few convenience stores carry one or two stuffing options.
Price: 5 stars. The price will fluctuate form store to store. However, it is periodically on sale. I got mine for $.99 at the commissary on sale. It normally retails for around $1.29 there. It can be slightly more expensive at other grocer’s. The highest price I’m aware of is $1.99.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I love this stuffing and will definitely use it again.
Final rating: 4.8 stars. This is a first-class product!
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor