The Love

Vanilla walnut butternut squash
Made with love.

Are you feeling it? The Love? The air has been thick with it lately. I’m not sure why, but I’m liking it! Maybe it’s the holidays? Twinkling lights, ice skating rinks, Christmas trees tied to the tops of cars. Maybe it’s the weather? Cool crisp air, warm cozy apartments, Uggs hugging my feet and scarves caressing my cheek, sipping steamy hot green tea. It’s everywhere. Breathe it in. Radiate it out. Who’s feeling it?

I also love this dish…
Vanilla Walnut Butternut Squash
1 butternut squash, about 2 pounds, peeled, seeds removed, flesh cut into 1-inch cubes (see how to cut and peel a butternut squash in the Sweet Cheeks Flickr photos)
Sea salt to taste
1 1/2 cups of walnuts
4 Tbsp coconut oil
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat the cubed squash lightly with olive oil and spread out onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 20 minutes. The cubes should begin to brown. Remove from oven.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and toast the walnuts. Stir frequently and remove once they start to brown. Be careful! It’s easy to burn them.
Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the skillet with the walnuts over medium-high heat. Toss the walnuts to coat with coconut oil, then add the squash and toss that too.
Add the grated ginger, vanilla extract, black pepper and salt to taste, dried thyme and 2 more tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix everything together. Turn off the heat and squeeze some lemon juice over everything.
Inspired by Simply Recipes.


  1. Not to be a bugger, but did you look at either of these recipes before posting the one before? They’re so similar, it seems strange to not find an attribution.


  2. Hi Tricia!
    You’re not a bugger at all, no worries! :)
    I did not see the Crossfit Genius recipe, but I DID see the Simply Recipes recipe. I do take recipes and modify them to fit the Paleo lifestyle. I always give props where it’s due, you’ll find it on my other posts. Honestly I just forgot to tag this post! But will edit it right now.
    The point of Sweet Cheeks is not to pretend we come up with all of our recipes, but rather to just spread the good word of healthy eating. Often you will find that bloggers “borrow” from each other.
    Thank you for keeping The Cheeks honest! :)

  3. Heyya. Y’all are one of my favorite sites, so I was just surprised when I saw the link. Thanks for editing, and more importantly, for doing all that you do!

  4. Awww, thank YOU! And you’re welcome!! HUGS!!!!