This acorn squash may look like it’s throwing up cheese, but it’s totally not. It’s like “Whoooooaaaa, this tastes like cheese, foo. But it ain’t? Paleo is whack.” That’s totally what the acorn squash is saying. Totally.
Has anyone been super into reading all those random shares on Facebook lately? Like ’20 Pictures That Changed How We Viewed the World’ or ’15 Things You Never Knew about Big Bang Theory’ or ’20 Pictures of Black People Being Annoyed with Dumb White People’. That’s seriously a real name of a post I looked at on Facebook. Well, when you’re stuck at the airport for hours, it’s perfect to pass the time. And learn lots of important facts. Did you know that Big Bang Theory only has one set of steps? So they have to cut every scene that they are walking up the steps to change around the props? Tedious, if you ask me. But you didn’t. Moving on.
There is seriously no better feeling than knowing you’re on a flight back home. Knowing that you get to sleep in your own bed, wear ANY clothes you want because they are right there in your closet, and drive your own car wherever you want is rad. I’ve been finishing up with my second cookbook (you can find the first one here) with my co-author George out in California. We decided to write the cookbook in his town because he has every kitchen gadget known to man and a guest bedroom. My house is probably 500 square feet with 3 girls living in it. That’s an exaggeration, but the hair accumulation is not. So my house just won’t work.
Anywho, I’ve been flying out there on a very constant basis to cook, clean and only think about paleo. That routine starts to get old, especially when you’re away from your own friends and family. George still has all of his friends and his community near him, so it’s not a huge change other than having yet another female present in his every day life. More estrogen can be frightening at certain times of the month. But it’s getting tough on both of us. We see each other like brother and sister and treat each other that same way. So when sh*t isn’t going like we had hoped and I have another failed recipe, I go full on big sister on him. Meaning b*tch mode. When we finish this cookbook, both of us are going to be very happy to spend some time apart. It’s truly amazing to me that Bill and Hayley from Primal Palate have made 3 cookbooks and have kept their marriage going strong. That’s true love right there. Thankfully, I have CrossFit Inland Valley to go to on a daily basis to keep me sane. It’s so cool to find a gym outside of your home gym that is super welcoming and friendly. I just love it. Especially when we get to do hero workouts. Like yesterday, on Veteran’s Day. Wooooweee was it uncomfortable to fly after that workout.
So pumped to be home for the next few weeks. You guys ready for some Thanksgiving paleo recipes?? I sure am.
Do you ever get off an airplane that smelled like farts and wonder if you smell like those airplane farts? Yeah, me neither.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 acorn squash, cut in half
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional – tastes great still w/o it)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- Place raw cashews in a jar or glass and cover with water. Let soak for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place acorn squash cut side down on a baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until squash is soft when you press the skin of the squash.
- Once squash is cooked, scoop out the seeds and excess strings.
- Remove cashews from water and place in a blendtec or food processor to puree. Once the cashews begin to break down, add water, lemon juice, garlic powder, nutritional yeast (again, optional) and a bit of salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. The longer it goes, the smoother it will get. You are welcome to add more water to make the cheese a creamier consistency.
- Top acorn squash with cashew cheese and some pomegranate seeds. Scoop and eat. Perfect afternoon fall snack.