Well, considering Thanksgiving is in three days, it’s about time I post a stuffing recipe.
I actually had to improvise with this recipe, because I lost one of my spiralizer blades.
You’d think I’d have those things on lockdown, considering my obsession with my spiralizer, but, alas, somewhere in the shuffle, I lost Blade C.
Don’t worry, I already ordered a new one on Amazon.
Anyway, I had to use Blade B instead of Blade C, so the bits of butternut squash “rice” look more like shavings than rice, but you can imagine, right?
If the butternut squash was more riced, it would look more like a wild rice stuffing (that was my intention.) If you’re gluten-free, avoiding processed breads, Paleo or simply don’t like bread (do people like that actually exist?!), then this stuffing is for you.
It’s got all the stuffing favorites – apples, pecans, sausage, celery and thyme. Instead of using wild rice (a common stuffing component), we’re substituting in butternut squash rice – which adds a lovely sweetness and flavor that amplifies the sweetness in the sausage.
In the recipe, I say the parmesan cheese is optional, because I actually made two batches – one with parmesan and one without. I just really couldn’t pick which I liked better – which proves to me that you don’t necessarily need the parmesan. It will be delicious without (so, if you’re dairy-free or Paleo, skip the last step of sprinkling with parmesan.)
Plus, what better way to get in veggies at Thanksgiving than with butternut squash, which is pretty much the ultimate winter vegetable? Speaking of fitting in more veggies – if you’re a veggie freak like me, you should check out this shirt by BuyMeBrunch:
I’m going to share with you some of my healthy tips for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, but to be perfectly honest, I treat these kind of holidays as “treat days.” I don’t like using the word “cheat day,” it makes it sound like you’re doing something bad or wrong. You’re not – you’re focusing on enjoying your time with loved ones, not obsessing over the portions on your plate.
However, if you want to do your best to avoid a food hangover, swap in this stuffing for a bread stuffing and you’ll be running laps outside while everyone is belly-up on the couch.
I’ll probably be belly-up, day-dreaming about cradling my cookbook (which is available for preorder now!!!).
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