As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and folks are getting busy with prepping and cooking, I wanted to share an easy to make recipe with you.

Acorn squash has that autumnal taste that is perfect for Thanksgiving!

The recipe comes to you from a family member of mine, @chefbaigel (AKA Hana Baig), and you can follow her on Instagram. She loves to cook while she studies to be a doctor!

As you move forward on your path to recovery, whether from eating disorders or disordered or emotional eating, these kinds of recipes are ideal for having in your menu and meal planning back pocket. Check out all the details on the recipe below!

I also want to chat today a little about Thanksgiving.

If you are secretly dreading the upcoming holiday season because you know you’ll have to deal with “food police” comments around the dinner table, such as comments about your weight or the foods you choose to eat — then let us help you thrive so you can enjoy this time.

Holidays are meant to be joyous, not something you dread.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

When you are looking for an easy and delicious autumnal side dish, acorn squash is the perfect fit, especially for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Acorn squash is smaller and more manageable than butternut squash; you don’t have to peel the skin (it’s edible). Its natural shape is just so lovely.

Plus, acorn squash is rich in the immune system boosting vitamin C, as well as a great source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, and iron.

Roasted Acorn Squash recipe for recovery
Image courtesy of Chef Baigel

Here is the recipe for Roasted Acorn Squash from @chefbaigel, Hana Baig.


  • 1 sliced acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp thyme or rosemary
  • Salt/pepper
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • Chopped roasted nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Mix squash with oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, herbs, and salt.
  3. Roast until browned and tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and nuts.

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