A little taste of the holidays…..

A couple of days ago I baked way too many mini sweet potatoes so I found myself with quite a few of them leftover.

You all know my rule by now, nothing gets tossed out and every food item has various purposes in life.

With that said, I took the leftover baby sweet potatoes and sliced them into semi thick slices.

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Sweet potatoes always make me think of the holidays and seeing that there is such a thing as Christmas in July, I decided, holiday theme it is…..

Grabbed some brown sugar and cinnamon and gave each piece a nice dusting of both, warmed them up in the oven and finished them of under the broiler.

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And there we have, a little taste of the holidays, perfect bite for Christmas in July! Now all we need to do is to cool the weather down a bit here in South Florida to make it perfect!

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Zapallitos Rellenos Andy Style and Beef Wontons

Zapallitos rellenos is something that I used to love having when I lived in Uruguay. My mum used to make them quite often and of course I have those moments of missing them.

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Over here in Florida we don’t have the same style of Zapallitos (baby pumpkins), but we do have Courgettes (Zuchinnis) that have the same flavor, just a different shape.

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So out came the Courgettes, sliced them in half and hollowed them out. Sautéed some onions with the stuff I took out of the courgettes, added salt and pepper, minced meat and then I added a big dollop of Spicy Tomato sauce.

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Stuffed the courgettes and then topped them off with some garlic bread crumbs and some parmesan cheese.

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Into a 385 Deg F oven they went for about 40 minutes and then put them under the broiler for just 5 minutes.

Now lunch and dinner is ready for tomorrow.

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I found myself with some leftover meat concoction and decided to put it into my Wonton Wrappers and quickly deep fried them for a wonderful late afternoon lunch snack dipped in some spicy Sriracha Mayo 🙂

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The Wonderful Butternut Squash……..

Its time to take a step back and revisit life and food as I know it! This is the start of the new me! lol, that sounds kind of funny right?

Anyway, after a total vegetarian day ( this was not on purpose, just happened and please note I come from cow country), I came back from my first go at an Orangetheory Fitness gym and have to say that I think I am dying!

Of course I realized that I have nothing for lunch tomorrow, so into the kitchen a go, energy or not!

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Found one of my favorite veggies hiding in the back of the fridge, a lovely Butternut Squash!

Gave it a quick passing with my handy dandy peeler, cubed it and placed it in a roasting pan. Added some chunky sliced onions, some whole garlic cloves, some leftover baby sweet peppers and 2 lovely jalapeños from the yard.

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A little drizzle of sesame oil, a dusting of salt, black pepper and into the oven they went for a slow nice roasting until they are totally caramelized……

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So there you have it, that didn’t take much of my non existent energy, I will now have a delicious lunch and tomorrow night I will transform the leftovers (that is if there are any left) into a creamy butternut squash soup 🙂

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Once again, 2 meals out of one ingredient! Don’t you love it ❤