That’s a mouth full. I hate shortening my titles for my recipes, but I did. I didn’t talk about the cinnamon or salt in the recipe. Anywho, Thanksgiving is on the way, so this week will be filled with recipes to help you eat paleo through the holidays. Yayyyy!

If you’ve done paleo before during a holiday or party and are a legit foodie, you know that it can be ultra annoying to be at parties and not be able to eat everything that’s there. And when I say “not be able to eat everything that’s there” I mean you’re having an internal battle on whether or not you should eat that piece of pumpkin, blueberry AND apple pie, along with the 6 different dips that are paired with chips and crackers. You know what I’m saying if you’re a foodie for life. You’re acting like you’re listening to the conversations around you, but you’re actually just thinking about the dessert table and if you should just have a taste. Just a fork full. Even though you know that the fork full will turn into a whirlwind of pounding food without even know what you’re consuming, you just know if has frosting on it. And that’s really all you care about because you haven’t had frosting in months, maybe even years. If you act like you’ve never been there, you don’t love food near as much as me. Because that was me at a party the other night. And I gave in. Frosted pumpkin squares?? Eff me.

I didn’t have my best eating choices over the weekend. I think some people think that since I create paleo recipes that I will never ever ever fall off the wagon. Which isn’t totally true. I have my moments. Life is all about living, but it’s also making the best decicions you can in certain situations. Sometimes you don’t get to choose where you get to eat while traveling. You’re at other people’s disposal when it comes to food choices. So I did my best. Then not my best. Then my best once again at the airport. Eating at airports is my least favorite. Except when I got to eat at Root Down at DIA and had a burger with sweet potato fries and a bloody mary. Made me feel like I wasn’t even in an airport, which I love. Either way, I don’t feel my best but I’m back home and back on the track that I want to be on.

I just watched a woman stuff an incredibly greasy burger king bag into her purse. It creeped me out. Which is odd since I’m pretty much a huge grease ball after what I shoved in my face over the weekend. Call me butterball. Do it.

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Thanksgiving Side Dish: Maple Bacon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash

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  • 68 pieces of bacon
  • 5 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (640 grams)
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped (100 grams)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (70 grams)
  • 23 tablespoons bacon fat (rendered from cooking bacon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place strips of bacon on a foil lined baking sheet
  3. Cook bacon for 20 minutes. Bacon should still be slightly soft (not crispy) when you pull it out of the oven. Remove from baking sheet to cool on a paper towel lined plate. Chop bacon into small pieces once cooled. Place the rendered bacon fat in a large bowl.
  4. Add the cubed butternut squash, pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt to the large bowl with the bacon fat.
  5. Mix together to coat the squash well. Add pieces of bacon to the mixture and mix well.
  6. Add mixture to a 9×11 glass baking dish.
  7. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  8. Place dish in the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes (depending on size of cubed butternut squash) or until squash is soft.
  9. Serve immediately.

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  1. Robin says:

    I am late to the party but found this recipe this week and made it tonight…might end up eating the whole thing by myself if hubby doesn’t hurry home from work. It looks as good as it taste! 😋

    I added sweet onions and am thoroughly enjoying it.

    1. juli says:

      great add with the sweet onions!