Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you are looking for a great side-dish to make, you might consider this yummy recipe of Roasted Squash Rings & Apple Sausage Stuffing. It’s especially a good idea if you are heading to someone’s house where only traditional full-on gluten stuffing will be served. Year after year when I was growing up, everyone would ooh and aah over my mother’s stuffing and my grandmother’s rolls (click here for a gluten-free roll recipe). It was the one holiday I felt my allergy the most. Of course this was back in the day when there were no gluten-free products on the market. Okay, maybe a few inedible ones, but truly, no bread, no flours, except soy, and gritty rice flour. Oh how the times have changed. I went in to my local co-op the other day and they’re selling a gluten-free stuffing mix. yes, a lot has changed over the past fifty years. When I came across the Delicata, I knew roasted squash rings were on the menu for Thanksgiving.
I was reminiscing the other day on how much has changed in my lifetime. I’m going to sound ancient here, but my family growing up didn’t even own a microwave until I was out of high school! Computers were just being invented, my phone number began with PL8 rather than 758 and of course it was a rotary. We listened to music on cassette tapes and they were a pain in the neck if you wanted to rewind to hear a part over again. Rewind…nope too far…forward…nope too far, rewind…dang too far, well, you get the picture.
But life seemed a little simpler then, too. People were intentional about getting together. Now it seems that people don’t need to get together because we see everyone’s lives inside this bubble called Facebook. Why get together when you already know where everyone’s been, where they’re going, and what they’ve ate. Believe me, I am guilty of this as well. So in the day of Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram, I’m not so sure we’re better off. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
Once again, Thanksgiving is just a week away. When I was a kid, I hated squash and green beans. Literally they made me gag! I sure am glad taste buds change. If you haven’t tired squash in a while, you really should give these roasted squash rings a try. You may be pleasantly surprised. I have so much to be thankful for this year. My mom has been gone from this earth for one whole year. This time last year was very difficult but reminiscing back, I am so very thankful for this incredible woman who taught me how to be a lady, how to cook, and how to live life to the fullest. Her zest for life was infectious, and for that I am truly thankful. I am so very thankful that my son-in-law has been cancer-free for almost a full year now and one of the greatest gifts of all has been watching my little grandson grow through his first year of life. So many blessings, so much to be forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for.
I know thanksgiving can be stressful, especially if you are gluten-free and going somewhere other than your own home. So consider offering to bring a side dish and maybe a dessert. There are so many great recipes and products on the market, most non-allergic people could eat gluten-free and not even know it. It’s too bad when someone who doesn’t have a gluten allergy tries a poor tasting gluten-free item and lumps all gluten-free as tasting terrible. It was that way with my family for many years. I would make a batch of brownies out of pure rice flour and the grittiness always made them refuse the bars. Once fine rice flour, tapioca and potato starches were introduced, they couldn’t believe they were gluten-free.
Consider making Roasted Squash Rings with Apple-Sausage stuffing for Thanksgiving this year, but whatever you plan on doing, do it with a grateful heart and be truly thankful for life. What a gift!
Directions for Roasted Squash Rings:
This recipe was shared here: vegetarianmamma TheChickenChick