Thanksgiving Twice Baked Delicata Squash

Thanksgiving is coming up REALLY DAMN FAST!! Slow down life, I don’t have time to breathe! And since it’s coming up so fast, I’m getting underway with holiday inspired recipes the next couple weeks. I’ve shared SO MANY holiday recipes on my site over many years and I’m going to keep it going in the next couple weeks with some fun new recipes that include pumpkin, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. So no matter what you like during the holiday seasons, you have the best option on the table just for you!

I talked about it a little bit on Monday so I’ll quickly breeze past the topic: you can eat whatever you want on Thanksgiving. That means if you want to eat sh*tty, unhealthy food, YOU CAN!! But if your goal is to stay healthy over the holidays, YOU CAN DO THAT! The holidays are challenging but they shouldn’t hinder your goals. So if you want to eat healthy, if you want to feel good the day after, then plan ahead. Make your own side dish or your own dessert then just choose wisely on Thanksgiving day. You don’t have to feel crappy, you don’t have to eat the average 4500 that most Americans eat that day – you can just eat delicious food, enjoy the time with your friends and family, and get back to normal life the next day. You got this, just make sure you have a game plan! And don’t let the insecure pressure of others bog you down. YOU make the decisions that day!

How crazy is it that we have a new president?! I mean, I guess we don’t have one until January, but still pretty crazy! I never speak about politics and I still won’t speak on them, but pretty insane to watch this election unfold. And wonder what our next 4 years will look like. One of the cool things that was passed in Boulder is the soda will be taxed. And I loooooove that. Soda is gross. Stop drinking it.

So this is weird. You know how people swear by coconut oil and say they use it to get their makeup off and whatever else.  Well, one day I decided I should be all hippy and granola and I started using coconut oil. My face FREAKED OUT! It dried up so incredibly bad that I could barely move it. It felt like when you get a chemical peel but the skin hasn’t peeled yet. Like you’re trying to break through your skin. So I stopped using it and my skin calmed down. Then my mother-in-law sent me a package of goodies which included these coconut water facial wipes so I tried those and my face FREAKED OUT AGAIN!! It’s been so so so dry even though I stopped using them days ago. It’s seriously insane how dry my skin has gotten. Is this normal? Why is my face rejecting me!?

PaleOMG Thanksgiving Twice Baked Delicata Squash


Thanksgiving Twice Baked Delicata Squash

  • Yield: 10 1x


  • 6 delicata squash*
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage + some sage leaves for garnishing
  • hefty pinch of himalayan sea salt
  • hefty pinch of black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces goat cheese**, crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each delicata squash in half lengthwise and place cut side down on the baking sheet (you do not need to remove the seeds yet, it’s easier to do after it’s cooked). Cook delicata squash until tender, about 25-30 minutes.
  2. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop out the excess seeds and discard. Then carefully scoop the squash from the skin, leaving about 1/4 inch of the squash intact which will help when baking the second time around (you will discard one of the squashes at this point). Place delicata squash in a high speed blender.
  4. Place a small saute pan over medium heat and add ghee along with the thyme, rosemary and sage. Cook for about 3 minutes to release the fragrance. Place mixture in the blender with squash, salt, black pepper, egg and 1 ounce goat cheese and blend until smooth. Pour mixture evenly into the 10 remaining delicata squash halves, top with the extra goat cheese crumbles and with an extra sage leaf on top.
  5. Place back in oven to cook for about 15 minutes, until completely cooked through.
  6. Serve immediately!


*you want 1/2 a delicata per person and you will be getting rid of 1 delicata to help overfill each squash – so keep that in mind depending on the size group that you are feeding
**if you cannot have dairy, you can just leave this out. it is still delicious without the dairy

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26 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Twice Baked Delicata Squash”

  1. Hi Julie, I love your blog and I cannot wait to try this recipe. My skin does the same thing with anything coconut oil. I even have to be careful about the shampoos I use because everyone is on this coconut craze and it’s uber popular. I can eat coconut just fine but as soon as it touches my skin it because incredibly dry and sometimes if it’s on too long my skin becomes bright red with little bumps. It’s like an allergic reaction except I’m not allergic to coconut. I would say steer clear of the “coconut is the holy grail for skincare” bandwagon. For some people it’s just not. 🙂

      1. YES! This happened to me too. I tried coconut oil on my face and it got drier than it’s ever been. I switched back to normal moisturizer and was totally fine. I thought I was the only one with this reaction, since everyone swears by it’s magic moisturizing abilities. I’m also totally cool with eating it, but on my skin it is incredibly drying. So weird.

  2. Yeah, coconut oil didn’t work for my skin AT ALL. I also don’t find it that it works for me as a moisturizer, either. I can eat it, just not put that shizz on my skin. Or my child’s skin.

  3. The same thing happened to me when I tried to use coconut oil as an eye cream! The area around my eyes became totally raw. There’s probably some enzyme in there that some skin can’t handle.

    Excited for this recipe! Thank you! And thank you for not posting about politics!

  4. I’ll use coconut oil as eye makeup remover sometimes with waterproof mascara, but have the same reaction when i tried to use it as a moisturizer, dries out my skin

  5. I use coconut oil on my face and body also, and I have found the only place it seems to dry my face out is around my nose, even if I use a little extra in those areas, but the rest of my face is fine.
    I can NOT believe we are supposed to hit the 70’s today in Wyoming, where is my snow!!

  6. Thank you for not talking politics. I am generally staying off the internet today, but I thought, “I can read Paleomg. That will be entertaining and safe, happy, politics-free zone.” 🙂

  7. Not to mention whole election or political thing but I love that tax on soda! What a great idea, and a good way to push people towards better choices. Hopefully, they drink less of the stuff!

  8. Thanks so much for mentioning your skin’s reaction to coconut oil. I have been trying to figure out why my skin is burning and itching lately..after reading your post I pulled out my body wash and sure enough it has coconut. Hadn’t made that connection and instead was thinking lotion, laundry product, weather …
    Glad your post helped me solve the mystery!
    And love any new squash recipe!

  9. This is what squash dreams are made of! I cannot wait to make this!! Also, coconut does the same thing to my face too. I can eat it just fine and use it as a moisturizer on the rest of my body with no problems but on my face it is a complete disaster. I have found other oils work better, primarily jojoba oil. Someone told me it was because jojoba oil mirrors more closely our natural skin oils.

  10. To reiterate what basically everyone above said, my face didn’t like coconut oil EITHER. It was very strange… It’s like the oil never absorbed, just sat on top of my skin….but also my forehead got all dry and scaley (however you spell that). WTF. So weird. Glad I’m not the only one who had this reaction because I have a friend that just LOOOOOVES it.

  11. Hey Juli! I’ve been following you on Instagram for like two years but have never been on your site… So now I won’t be getting anything done at work today! 🙂 Anywho, WHERE THE HELL is ghee usually found in grocery stores?!?

    1. whaaaaaaa?! well welcome!! hope you love the site and thanks for coming to visit! that just made my day! you can usually find ghee either by the butter in the fridge section or by the other oils like olive oil or coconut oil!

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