Many of our patients maintain a healthy diet regimen to avoid vestibular migraines and dizziness episodes. Finding recipes and ingredients that aid in this process, that also taste delicious, is a challenge. For the holidays, it can detract from the joy of the festivities if you can’t eat all the traditional foods, without suffering a setback.
For your cooking (and eating) enjoyment, we’d like to share a recipe with you for Holiday Stuffing Balls created by Alicia, ‘The Dizzy Cook’. She is a blogger who writes about her experience since diagnosed with chronic vestibular migraines as well as her diet and lifestyle tips. Alicia has become an advocate for similar sufferers and her website is a great resource. She has allowed us to re-post her recipe so that our patients who follow a ‘vestibular diet’ can benefit as well.
Holiday Stuffing Balls (Gluten Free Option)
- 5-6 cups day old white or wheat bread (can be gluten free) cut int 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup good butter
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/3 cup leeks, trimmed and chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 large egg or flax replacement
- 1/3 cup broth or stock of choice
- 1 tsp kosher salt (* Adjust this if your poultry seasoning contains salt)
- 1/2 tsp fresh pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add in chopped celery and shallots. Stir about 2-3 minutes until softened.
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg, add butter mixture, stock, parsley, and seasonings. Then add bread cubes and use your hands to mash it all together. If mixture seems to moist, add more bread. If it seems to dry, add more broth. Form into roughly 2-1/2-inch balls – they should hold together pretty well.
- Place balls into a nonstick muffin pan (can use liners if you’d like). Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Read this original blog post, including specific food brand recommendations for this recipe, as well as Alicia’s other holiday recipes on her website: The Dizzy Cook. Read more about maintaining a healthy vestibular-friendly diet on our website: Dizziland.com.