Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing

Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing

This stuffing may be enjoyed as a traditional Thanksgiving stuffing, or on its own with a small spoonful of clarified butter or grass-fed butter on top.

Category Dinner, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Tulika Venugopal


  • 2 delicata squash
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt divided (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon black pepper divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While the oven is preheating, prepare the delicata squash by first cutting each squash in half lengthwise. With a fork, de-seed the inside of the squash halves.
  3. Then, cut the squash into 1/2-inch thick slices. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper over the squash and toss.
  4. Arrange the squash slices on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the squash have slightly browned, flipping the squash slices halfway through.
  6. While the squash is roasting, chop the carrots, celery, apples, mushroom, and garlic.
  7. In a large non-stick or cast-iron skillet, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and turn the stove on medium-high.
  8. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  9. Add the carrots and celery, stir for a minute, and then add the mushrooms, apples, salt, and pepper.
  10. Mix all of the ingredients together and cook for 5 minutes.
  11. Add the walnuts, parsley, and thyme and stir once more. Turn the stove off and allow the flavors to combine in the remnant heat.
  12. When the squash has finished roasting, remove the slices from the baking sheet and transfer them to the pan with the remaining ingredients. Gently toss to combine and serve warm.