Roasted Winter Squash with Caramelized Onions and Olives

[Roasted Winter Squash with Caramelized Onions and Olives is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.]

vegan, sugar-free, grainfree, candida roasted squash recipe on rickiheller.com

It’s almost Canadian Thanksgiving! Happy day of thanks to all you fellow Canadians out there. 🙂

Whenever I mention our Thanksgiving on Facebook or other social media, I invariably receive comments from my US friends noting that our timing seems, somehow, more logical than the US-based T-Day, given that the harvest occurs around this time of year. (I always assume that the weather is so much warmer south of the border–so much so that maybe your harvest actually did occur in late November?). Of course, Thanksgiving in October makes more sense in terms of our annual schedules, too, providing an additional day off in October while the weather is still good enough (read: no snow yet) to head up north to the cottage (which I’m sure I’d appreciate if I actually had a cottage).

For me, Thanksgiving in October usually means: WTF?! It’s OCTOBER already?? Where the heck did August and September go–? Then, I scramble to throw together a festive menu over the following two or three days, rush out to do some grocery shopping and pick up all the ingredients, frantically clean the house, cook like a maniac (oh, and I prepare/photograph the food so I can share it on this blog, too, of course), then feast with the HH and The Girls before I collapse in a heap on actual Thanksgiving Day.  (Okay, I lied, that description is not strictly true. In reality, I skip the “clean the house” part.).

candida diet, gluten-free, sugar-free squash recipe on rickiheller.com

Well, here we are TWO days before the big holiday, and guess what? I have a fantastic recipe for y’all! Most importantly, it’s a super-simple one to make, it looks incredibly impressive, and it’s delicious, to boot. Plus, you likely have already purchased the main ingredient for your own feast, so you can easily try out something new for your festive table without having to head back to the grocery store.

Then again, if you’re fortunate enough to live in the US, your Thanksgiving won’t occur for another month or so. . . which means you’re way ahead of the game with this Thanksgiving side dish recipe.

Nothing like planning ahead, right?

(And if you’re looking for even more vegan, gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, here’s last year’s mega roundup of more than 75 of them!).

candida diet, vegan, glutenfree squash with onions and olives recipe on rickiheller.com

vegan, sugar-free, grainfree roasted squash with onions and olives on rickiheller.com

[Still great rewarmed in a casserole dish the next day!]

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  1. It sure is a beautiful recipe. And here I was impressed you were cleaning the house, so I had a laugh and a sigh of relief when you said you didn’t! I think an October Thanksgiving makes sense in that you get your holidays spaced our more (after June we only had one public holiday before Christmas here which always makes the winter even more grim) and if Thanksgiving was in November for me I know I would do thanksgiving and be trying to get over it while also preparing for Christmas – but Thanksgiving is so big it sometimes seems to overshadow christmas

    • Thanks, Johanna! I was surprised at how easy it is to make, but how pretty the final result! 🙂 And I agree, holidays more evenly spaced means a much brighter disposition, too. I’d be the same if our Thanksgiving were so late–it seems like just a quick hop to Christmas after that. We get Halloween close on the heels of Thanksgiving, but since we don’t do that any more in our house (the dogs go ballistic and scare the little children), that gives me time to prepare for December (or else to just take it easy and then scramble at the last minute again!). 😉

  2. Oh and I forgot to add hope you have a great thanksgiving – am sure your feast will be fantastic and I hope you get lots of relaxation after you enjoy it

  3. I love the olives. You don’t see them paired with squash frequently. You have an interesting mix of sweet and salty going on.

  4. What a glorious-looking dish Ricki. Definitely appropriate for a celebration I should think.
    Hope you have a lovely thanksgiving today- relax if nothing else! x

  5. Hey Ricki,
    I’m not an olive lover. Can you suggest something else to replace the olives? Maybe capers?
    Thanks! I love your recipes. Have helped me so much live a normal life.

    • My first suggestion would be capers, too (though perhaps a bit less?). I don’t know what kind of diet you follow, but my second inclination would be to top it with bits of tempeh bacon–salty, smoky, savory kind of flavor (or if you’re a meat eater, regular bacon). Let me know how it turns out if you try it that way! And thank you so much for your very kind comment–that is exactly why I do what I do on this blog. So glad the recipes are helpful! 🙂

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