The Butternut Challenge

Hello foodies! How’s this week treating you so far? The weather here has been in the upper fifties for the past few days and although I’ve been stuck inside four concrete lead-lined windowless wallsΒ (the joys of working around x-rays)Β for 8.5 hours each day, I’m not complaining because I know we are just THAT much closer to Spring! Whew! You had me worried for a second there Pux!

So last week I asked for some help on deciding what to do with my little hanging-on-by-a-thread b.nut squash. I got some really great suggestions and I can’t wait to give them all a try, but the one that caught my eye the most was one that was wrapped up in a little foodie challenge. Carrie, from Moves ‘n Munchies has raved about her Cinnamon Roasted Almond Butter Squash and challenged me to see if I could make it more “photogenic.” Well, you should all know by now, that I am totally down with a foodie challenge…if I can go completely sugar-free for one week, I can make a model out of a butternut!


First, I primed my “beauty” with a gentle and invigorating massage using agave syrup and cinnamon. Once she was good and relaxed, I set her on a tanning table cookie sheet and placed her in the sauna oven. After about 45-50 minutes of discovering her “inner glow,” she emerged a whole new squash…one with confidence, beauty, and a down right mouth-watering scent!

I made sure to pick out the best ensemble for her first cover project. She was a little shy about just donning scrambled tofu, so I convinced her to try it with a little cinna-roasted chickpea “wrap”. Once she was dressed and on the set, the finishing touches were placed. What sort of photo shoot would this be without a little lace? And by lace, I mean dark chocolate almond butter (aka laced crack).

Now, without further ado, I present to you Cinny B Nuttersquash in her debut spread “Here’s What Dreams Are Made Of”:

Work it baby, work it! You’re a tiger! Grr Baby!

Oh, excuse me…I forgot you guys were still there!

Model is wearing warm cinnamon spice and agave with a cinna-roasted chickpea “wrap” (based loosely off Mama Pea’s Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas) by Maytag 450* Oven, and cinnamon kissed scrambofu by Heated Skillet, all “laced” with devilishly dark chocolate by Almundo Buttier!

So what do you think of Cinny’s first shoot? One for the portfolio or is it back to the makeup chair?

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21 Responses to The Butternut Challenge

  1. Mrs. Fish says:

    I loved this whole post! πŸ™‚


  2. Definitely one for the portfolio!!!! πŸ˜€ It looks DIVINE!!! I’d say Mission Accomplished! πŸ˜€

  3. Jenn at peas and crayons says:

    Oh my gosh beautiful! You are gifted!!!! Amazing

  4. Very creative post! You got some really good shots of Cinny! This looks so good Iwould actually taste it and I’m not a fan of squash, nor will I be singing the praises of tofu anytime soon…

  5. inmytummy says:

    Cinny is a beautiful model. I like her unique choice of clothing in the peanut butter.

  6. Your brain amazes me and cracks me up! You should write books, furreal.

    I totally enjoyed tofu scramble on a sweet potato, so I bet this super rocked!!!

  7. OH MY GOD.

    I love butternut squash anyways… but yours looks ridiculous. AHHHHH… the cravings…

  8. This post is too cute! Such creative writing going on here today, you deserve a writer’s grammy along with your lovely model’s own personal award πŸ™‚

  9. lindsay says:

    WOW, she’s gorgeous! I love the tiger call, haha! I am so impressed with this challenge and excited to see more!

  10. Priyanka says:

    Looks absolutely delicious. You have made me fall in love with this dish, even without trying it!

  11. Kayla says:

    Oh my goshh, haha! Almundo Buttier had me laughing! You definitely rose to the challenge, the squash looks amazing!!

    Now, do you have any ideas for acorn squash…? I just bought one and don’t know how to eat it!! πŸ˜‰

  12. Namaste Gurl says:

    Hehe, so cute indeed, miss Heather! You truly have an eye for not only yummy, clean eats, but photography too. I’d day you most definitely unbuttered Carrie’s butternut squash photos πŸ™‚
    I love bquash plain and simple- oven roasted with cinnamon and maple and smothered with almond butter πŸ™‚

  13. OH. MAH goodness.. YOU DID IT.. you totally did it.. VERY IMPRESSIVE— oh so very impressive!!!!!! and i love the chickpea idea!!! i will def do that next time since I dont have tofu left :O– i hope it was as good as it looks!

  14. Marvelous, dah’ling. Simply marvelous!

  15. I can’t believe I missed this post! It had me laughing πŸ™‚ Cinny is beautiful- unfortunately mine wasn’t so much. But what it lacked in looks, it made up for in taste πŸ™‚

  16. Amanda says:

    Simply mouthwatering!

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