Spiced Winter Squash (Whole30 Approved Recipe)

If you missed it last week, we announced that our line of Primal Spices are now officially Whole30 Approved! All of them except the Cinnamon Sugar Cookie (which should sort of be obvious to most people). One of the questions we had for Melissa Hartwig (Co-creator of Whole30) in all of that was about how the Apple Pie Spice and Pumpkin Pie Spice fit into her vision of the Whole30 Approved program. Her response was great, suggesting that people could use them in flavoring savory side dishes using things like squash. Thats pretty genius. She should write a cookbook, or something.

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So without wasting so much as a day, I went out to the grocery store to try things out for ourselves with that idea in mind. We picked up an Acorn Squash and a Butternut Squash. Now, I will say that roasting winter squash is a great dish unto itself, and when the edges get crispy and caramelized, it takes on a hint of sweetness. To accentuate this hint of sweetness, we paired it with the Tin Star Brown Butter ghee we have on hand (at all times). The caramel flavor note is the perfect compliment to the squash.

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Cooking each type of squash separately, we paired the Butternut Squash with the Apple Pie Spice, and the Acorn Squash with the Pumpkin Pie Spice. Truthfully, it might not matter. We ended up mixing everything together for this photo, and it tasted great. In fact, maybe you’d want to do that anyway.

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This is a WONDERFUL way to use your Primal Palate Sweet Pack spices in a non-dessert, real food way. We also like using a dash of them over chai tea or butter coffee. Look for more non-dessert uses for these great flavors on the blog over the next few weeks.

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As another note for you all, you might notice our Signature Blends are on back-order in the online store right now. We sincerely apologize for this! Here’s what happened. We did a bad job of forecasting how popular our spices were going to be this fall, and with increased lead-times to make them FRESH (which is so key), we fell behind. The good news is that we have more in production as we speak! You are welcome to place ‘backorders’ on the site, which will begin shipping the first week of November.

Thank you all for your HUGE support of our Organic Spices! We have been so pleased with the release, and have some great new stuff planned!


Spiced Winter Squash

This recipe is a fantastic way to use our "Sweet Pack" Pie Spices in a savory dish that you can enjoy with seasonally available squashes. We love the fall flavors paired with slightly caramelized, roasted squash! Find the spices at www.primalpalate.com/organic-spices

Serves: 4

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  • 1 whole 1 whole Acorn Squash, (OR butternut squash) peeled, seeds removed, and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp Ghee, Tin Star Brown Butter ghee preferred
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp Primal Palate Pumpkin Pie Spice, OR if using butternut squash, pair with Apple Pie Spice


Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  2. Peel the squash, cut in half, and scoop out the seeds. Cut the flesh into 3/4" cubes. Place in a baking dish, and toss with the ghee to evenly cover the squash.
  3. Place the baking dish in the oven, and roast for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle with the Apple Pie Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice, and stir to evenly distribute the spices.
  5. Return the dish to the oven and cook for another 20 minutes. Stir, and cook for a final 10 minutes (50 minutes total cooking time).
  6. Remove from the oven and serve warm.


For this recipe, if you use Butternut Squash, we suggest pairing it with Apple Pie Spice. We like Acorn Squash paired with Pumpkin Pie Spice. We also like using Tin Star Brown Butter ghee to give the dish a caramel flavor note.

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    1. October 22, 2015

      Yum!! I’m totally making this!

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