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  1. It’s funny that you use butternut squash. The first time I had your butternut squash flat breads (which I LOVE! Thank you!), I thought, “These taste cheesy.”

    With dairy no longer my friend, I’m very excited to try this!

  2. This looks delicious! I miss cheese so much (I’m on the GAPS Diet and can’t tolerate it either). Definitely making this soon. What about using nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and sea salt instead of Herbamare?

  3. Hello Lauren. By butternut squash do you mean butternut pumpkin? In Australia some foods have different names. BTW Love your recipes and health tips. I have been passing them on to as many people as will listen. The black pepper ,fennel and ginger cookies make great ‘dunkers’ with a cup of tea!

  4. Hi,

    I’ve been trying to sign up for your newsletter to get a free a copy of your cookbook, but I never receive the email to confirm my subscription. Also tried signing up via your FB page, but that doesn’t go through either. Can you please help? Would like to try out that recipe book and get your updates. Thank you!

  5. I’m allergic to poultry, wheat, and eggs, so I love this and think I’ll substitute the chicken with pulled pork or brisket. I’ve been craving Mac & cheese with BBQ pulled pork ever since my “farewell to food” fest pre-elimination.

  6. I made this today and it was really delicious!
    I used some old chicken from a soup and I bought a butternut squash just for this. It was really a good lunch. Usually I do not like pumpkin or squash in such a large amount, but I loved this dish.

  7. Made this tonight with the nutritional yeast but had no idea how much to use. Obviously didn’t use enough as it didn’t taste ” cheesy” at all. It was still good, will try again. Any suggestions on how much?

  8. I tried making this however, by accident I ordered the creamed coconut that you recommend and do not have coconut cream. Can I substitute the creamed coconut for the coconut cream? This is all new to me, I have never cooked with anything coconut but would like to expand my culinary skills and heal at the same time. Thank you so much for all the wonderful resources.

  9. I just purchased four of those coveted cans of Trader Joe’s legal pumpkin. I’m pretty sure one could use that instead of the butternut squash. Save some time, and lower carbon footprint as well. What say you? Thanks!

  10. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    I used broccoli instead of chicken for a delicious plant-based meal. Added a smidge of almond milk to increase wetness.
    If I had a hand mixer, I think the texture would’ve been perfect to mimic cheese. It’s really tough to get that smoothness by hand.
    Fantastic recipe!

  11. This is a bowl of decadent deliciousness! When I want it extra cheesy and comforting I throw in 2-3TB of Nutritional Yeast in addition to the Herbamare and then crumble a toasted lard or onion herb biscuit on top. It’s super satisfying and filling. Thanks for another winning dish 🙂

  12. Sadly, this was way too coconuty for my family. I’m going to use butter instead of coconut oil next time to see if that helps cut back on the coconut flavor, and I’m going to put in a lot more chicken.

  13. I loved this! I do agree with some suggestions above. I added 1T nutritional yeast. I might bump it to 2. I agree it would be great with broccoli. However, it’s a great base to start. Add mushrooms if you like? One question, yours looks MUCH creamier than mine – did you add cauliflower? Mine was very yellow & looked just like squash…it was delish & creamy tho!!

  14. I agree with another poster that I have no idea how you came up with this, but I am so glad you did! I am going through yet another phase of being completely addicted to this. I often sprinkle some sunflower seeds on top for crunch. So good!

  15. This is amazing. And child approved. Toddler approved, even 🙂 I added carmelized onion and doubled the recipe for my family of 5. Every one of your recipes i’ve tried works, is tasty and quick! Love your recipes, thanks so much! We’ve been blessed by your story and your continuing work to share better health.

  16. OMG! Speechless! This is absolutely amazing. Found it on Pinterest, pinned it and made it that very night! I love it. Great recipe! Can’t wait to make it and share it on the holidays! Or the potluck I have coming up at work! Thank you!

  17. Love this recipe! Thank you Lauren! I made a few subs just to make up for what I didn’t have on hand and it turned out great! Sweet potato for the squash, broccoli for the peas and added caramelized onion and roasted garlic (pureed into the coconut milk), and then topped with some yellow beet kraut and avocado! It was so delicious! In laws are coming soon, so this is a great family meal recipe to rescue us!

  18. Hi!
    Love your website and your recipes! I’m trying to sign up for your newsletter but it keeps saying “please enter a valid email address”. I’m putting in the only one I have that seems to work everywhere else in the world – why doesn’t your newsletter like me? Can you send me your newsletter?

    Thanks a bunch. Keep up the great work!

  19. hi, i love the sound of this recipe but looking at the herbmare ingredients …. it is basically poison to me being totallty intolerant to all allium…. is there anything you would suggest could be used instead?

  20. First off, I really like your blog and your recipes!

    However, I did just make this one for the first time. My honest impression is that it isn’t “cheesy” or “creamy” at all. I followed the recipe 100%, subbing out coconut cream with full-fat yogurt (which you indicated could be done). I let it simmer for over 8 minutes. Nothing creamy at all. Instead, it was more like a bowl of chicken/squash casserole…not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you. The flavors were very good. I added cayenne on top of the seasoning to give it some kick. I plan to eat the rest tomorrow (allowing the flavors to mingle overnight).

    For those who thought it is too coconut tasting (is there such a thing?), use yogurt. It balances out the coconut oil. But you may want to add 3/4 cup yogurt to create the creaminess that the photos here show. Actually, I bet it’s really creamy with sour cream!

    Either way, thanks again for all your recipes, Lauren!

  21. Love this. Made it last night and just told my husband it was a chicken casserole with cheesy goodness, didn’t mention one thing about the butternut squash. He’s not paleo. I only tell him what’s in something if he asks

  22. Made this tonight and my son fell in love with it! My husband and I thought the coconut flavor was over powering though. Do you know of an alternative to the coconut oil that would still work well? We have to stay dairy free.

  23. A friend emailed this recipe, and I made it for my husband per the recipe. He said it tasted really good, but it didn’t have the saucy, creamy texture we thought it would. We made it tonight with shrimp, and we put the cooked squash in the Vitamix with the whole can of coconut milk, and all the other ingredients (except chicken and peas).. Then we heated it in the stove, and when it got to a simmer, we put in the peas and shrimp for five minutes. It was the most amazing thing I’ve eaten in a long time, almost like a soup, and made so much “sauce” that my husband scooped some out for his leftover chicken casserole from the night before. The “sauce” would be great as a soup even with no shrimp, chicken or peas, and I think it would also be great over spaghetti squash, broccoli, zucchini noodles, etc. it is funny how it looks like a cheese sauce and the coconut cream and oil give it a similar mouth feel to cheese sauce. I put a few spoons of nutritional yeast in top. What a great recipe, thanks so much for posting it. We’ll be trying the flatbread next!

  24. I made this twice over the weekend, it was so incredible!!!! I loved how rich the flavours were and how it felt like I was eating something with a thousand calories but I didn’t have to feel about it because it wasn’t heavily calorie laden! I added mushrooms and garlic to mine and it was delicious. I really can’t say enough about this dish 🙂

  25. This is excellent! I used canned pumpkin puree to make it easier. I didn’t put the coconut on it. Our family loved it! I gave my husband this to take to work. Apparently he panicked after he ate a few bites because he’s lactose intolerant and it was so cheesy/creamy that he thought I put cream in it! So yeah, it tastes cheesy!

  26. I make this recipe using cultured butter and 24-hour cultured creme fraiche and it seriously tastes identical to cheese! Even my partner who is not on the GAPS diet agrees it tastes like cheese. I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times since discovering it last month with different veggie combos- thank you!

  27. I just made this and it was delicious!! I only added enough coconut oil to coat the pan, and I pureed the coconut milk and squash in the blender before adding it to the pan. Turned out nice and creamy and tasted wonderful 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

  28. Thank you so much for this! I also omitted the coconut cream and used broccoli instead. I didn’t have your seasoning, but I added some garlic and onion and I was so happy to have comfort food 🙂

  29. I finished my first Whole30 and have transitioned to a Paleo lifestyle. This dinner was perfect! I substituted mushrooms for the peas since they were what I had on hand and next time might try it with asparagus. The apple cider vinegar gives this meal such an interesting flavor. Really easy to make and creamy yummines! I can’t believe it’s dairy free!

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I’m Lauren Geertsen, an author and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. When doctors told me that surgery and medication were the only answers to my chronic health issues, I decided to use the power of nutrition and a natural lifestyle instead.
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