Merry Christmas Eve! I hope all of your holiday shopping is done! If not, its crunch time! I myself have been very busy trying to get everything done. This year, I actually knew what I was getting everyone – but finding the time to get it was tough. I realize that crossfit takes up most of my life. I am fine with that, because its where most of my friends are, but when it comes to real life – I need to make sure I am managing my time. I have been doing lots of non-paleo baking (gasp!!) But Joe and I started a family tradition a few years ago that we don't want to break. I make a long time family recipe of whoopie pies and he makes buckeyes (PB balls). I must say, after seeing what goes in this stuff, its doesn't taste as good as it used to!!!! I plan on eventually attempting some paleo whoopie pies. I have a plan, but we will see if it works. I haven't had the most luck with my baking :)
I did mention in my last post, Joe and I are going to try zoning. Haven't quite gotten there yet! Im not sure why, but I am having a hard time with the planning. I can plan enough for paleo now, its almost second nature. We still plan on trying, so stay tuned!!
Throughout the holidays, I have managed to stay mostly paleo. Peppermint anything is my weakness. I just can't help it, I LOVE it. Joe did find a delicious coffee at Target – Archer Farms Organic Candy Cane coffee. It is SO good! Drinking it black is the only way to go! Its smooth and doesn't taste like a bad sugary mess. I have been still cooking paleo at home and bringing my lunch, but I am looking forward to AFTER christmas... because there are so many temptations everywhere at work! Cookies, chocolate, more chocolate, oh and more cookies!
Here is a great recipe for a butternut squash soup. I recommend using homemade turkey broth, but if you do not have that available you can use turkey or chicken broth from the can.
I wish you and yours a very merry christmas and a safe wonderful day!
Renee, Joe and Bynx xoxox
"It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"
Butternut Squash Soup (Click here for a printable version)
- 1 Large Butternut Squash, peeled and chopped
- 1 whole Onion, chopped
- 1 quart Homemade Turkey Broth (or canned if not available. You can also use chicken stock)
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- A sprinkle of salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- Coconut Oil to cook the onions
- Melt the coconut oil in a soup pot, and sauté onion until clear.
- Add in cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, saute a bit more.
- Pour in broth and the chopped squash and bring to a boil. Cook until squash is tender
- Once squash is tender, Puree soup in a food processor until smooth.
- Garnish with chopped walnuts.