Creamy Butternut Squash Pomegranate Dip
You know what’s the worst thing about Thanksgiving? When you walk into a Thanksgiving party and dinner doesn’t start until 3 or 4…but then there are no snacks around. Who does that?! Bad people, that’s who. There should always be snacks. ALWAYS. If you’re expecting me to make small talk with people I haven’t seen in a year, you better feed me all throughout your party. Luckily I’m not celebrating Thanksgiving this year since I’ll be celebrating someones marriage that day so it’s not something I have to worry about. But I worry about you humans out there who are reading this post. I want to make sure you have snacks to indulge in while you talk about someones kids or job or whatever they have to say, all while knowing the conversation is pointless.
I’m such a scrooge around the holidays.
I feel like I’m skipping the holidays this year. Thanksgiving will be spent in New Zealand, Christmas isn’t anything crazy at this point since we are all adults with no children or nieces and nephews to give presents to, and then we seem to spend NYE in Cabo nowadays. When you’re a kid, you get pretty comfortable with your parents doing the dirty work of holidays. They put the decorations out, they plan the parties, they buy the presents. But when you’re an adult, all those things fall onto you. And for me, that’s not fun. I SO wish I thought decorating was fun, but it seems like such a chore. I know I know, I’m the scroogiest scrooge ever, but I can’t help it!
Which brings me to my next holiday tradition – New Years resolutions. When I was a teenager and in my early years of college, NY resolutions use to always be about eating healthy and working out. But since I do those things already, now I see those resolutions as an opportunity to better my inner soul. Like not hating a time of year that so many people love. And being a better friend. And not being so damn selfish. My favorite thing about being an adult is not having to do sh*t I don’t want to do. But then people always call me an only child for that. So how exactly do I find the balance?
These are all the deep questions I must ask myself now that the holidays are getting closer…how do I suck less? I want to be a better wife, a better friend, a better businesswomen, a better dogmom. So many improvement needs, so little time!! Anywho, as I sit here milling over my life and if I’ve done anything good in my 30 years, I think you should go on and try this dip. It doesn’t even have to be on Thanksgiving day. You can make it to have around the house as a snack or to put on something like a gluten free turkey sandwich. You do you baby boo. Just know that when you make this, it makes me a little less scroogy. You’re already helping me with my NYE resolution!
Creamy Butternut Squash Pomegranate Dip
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- 1/2 small roasted butternut squash (about 1 cup)
- 1 8oz container of almond milk cream cheese*
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon minced shallot
- hefty pinch of salt and black pepper
- 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut butternut squash in half, place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until tender.
- Discard seeds, scoop butternut squash out of skin (1 cup worth) and place in a food processor. Add almond milk cream cheese, honey, thyme, rosemary, shallot and salt and pepper. Puree until completely combined.
- Place mixture in bowl and fold in pomegranate seeds.
- Serve warm or cold with gluten free crackers and veggies!
*I use Kite Hill brand
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