Paleo Cravings: Recipe for Paleo Macaroni and Cheese

By on November 18, 2014
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What are your Paleo cravings?

We all have them. No matter how amazing the Paleo diet makes you feel–no matter how altered your entire lifestyle is–you still have Paleo cravings.

My biggest Paleo craving? Macaroni and cheese. Something about it was always so delectable: that steamy pile of carbohydrates and creamy dairy. ALWAYS my go-to comfort food. (Right now, my mind is screaming NO, and my taste buds are screaming YES. But we can’t listen to those cravings anymore, can we? Stay back, Paleo cravings! Stay back!)

At least: not if we want to boost our mental strength, lose weight, and live a vibrant lifestyle.

Okay. So we have to find a way around it, right? And with my growing finesse in the kitchen, I was able to whip up this Paleo macaroni and cheese this past weekend: to the delight of my fooled tastebuds and my very nappy tendency. There I was, a bowl of faux macaroni and cheese on my lap and some Netflix asking “Are You Still There?” after what could be considered “too many episodes of Breaking Bad.”

I digress.

SO. Check out this Paleo craving (in my first in a series: Craveman Cavings. See what I did there?). Paleo Macaroni and Cheese with nutritive, natural ingredients. Bon appetit!

Butternut Squash Paleo Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:
1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
1 cup cashews
1 cup water for soaking
2 1/2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
juice from 1/2 a lemon or to taste
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
dash of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Begin by placing the cashews in a bowl and pouring the cup of water overtop the cashews. Allow the cashews to sit at room temperature for five hours. After five hours, pour 1/3 cup of the cashew water into a measuring cup and drain the rest of the water into the sink. Reserve the cashews.
Next, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
To the side, poke a number of holes all throughout the spaghetti squash and then slice the squash in half. Cook the squash in the microwave for about fifteen minutes, positioning the squash in a small bit of water in a microwavable dish as it cooks. After these fifteen minutes, allow the squash to cool for seven.
Next, bring the soaked cashews, the cashew water, and the other ingredients together in a blender or a food processor. Blend the ingredients until they're smooth.
Next, head back to your spaghetti squash and attack it with your fork, creating long, thin spaghetti noodles from the cooked "meat." Pour the noodles into a 13x9 baking sheet.
Next, pour the created "cheese" sauce over the "spaghetti" noodles. Stir the noodles well, and place the baking dish inside the oven. Cook the Paleo macaroni and cheese for twelve minutes, and then serve the macaroni and cheese warm! Enjoy your Craveman Cavings!

Also, if you have a sweet tooth and your Paleo cravings are getting you down, look to these cookies and these brownies to boost your winter mood!

 
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About Megan White

Megan White is a Paleo diet food fanatic running around the world, searching for the most nutritional tasty treats in every country she can find. Follow her on her journey as she dodges sugar cravings, works to better her mind and body, and picks up some creative Paleo diet recipes along the way.

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