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Sweet Potato & Apple-Spiced Oatmeal with Goldens & Pecans


The natural sugar of the sweet potato adds enough sugar to eliminate added sweeteners! Banana also gives oatmeal a natural sweetness. Give it a try. Oatmeal is the best choice for breakfast. I LOVE Quaker Old Fashioned Oats! It’s a staple in my pantry.

Sweet Potato & Apple-Spiced Oatmeal

2 cups water
1 cup old-fashioned whole oats
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 large sweet potato, baked
1 tsp. apple pie spice
1 delicious apple (sweet-golden or red)
1/4 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted

Bring water to a boil and stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add raisins. Stir. Cook for 2 minutes.

Scrape inside of sweet potato into a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Stir into the oatmeal. Top with apples and pecans. 2 servings.

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Contests and Wins

Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes-Grand Prize

This was truly incredible. The prize was an all-inclusive trip for two, at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. I had never been to Aspen before. The only word I can think of to describe it, is “Picturesque”. The weather was perfect. The Classic was held ON our 10-year anniversary. It was so special to both of us to have some alone time! My husband used to sell wine and that is how he paid his way through college. So this was a gift of a lifetime to share with him. Our suite was rustic yet elegant. The food and drink at the Classic were outstanding, but we also visited a few great restaurants. I met the Muir Glen representatives, and also the editor of Food & Wine Magazine. Oh and did I mention Tom Colicchio and Iron Chef Morimoto?

Fire Roasted Tomato-Basil Crab Bisque
Link to Announcement: http://www.muirglen.com/news/n-08.aspx

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Just for Kids

You Are My Sweet Potato~Sunshine Smoothie

3/2010

When my little girls get home from school, their favorite afternoon snack is a smoothie. It’s a healthy treat that holds them over until dinner time.

I purchased a high powered blender last year and have been amazed at the delicious AND healthy blends I’ve been able to create. My favorite is sweet potato and orange. If you don’t have a juicer-blender, you can use a juice extractor, or fine grate your sweet potato before using your regular blender. I’m guessing you could even use a food processor! This is a simple raw recipe that is sure to bring a smile to your little sunshine’s face.

You Are My Sweet Potato~Sunshine Smoothie

1 raw sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 3/4 cups pasteurized orange juice (not from concentrate)

1 3/4 cups vanilla frozen yogurt

Can light whipped cream

Rainbow sprinkles

Maraschino Cherries, patted dry

Blend sweet potato and orange juice until smooth. Add yogurt. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry. Makes about 4 kid sized smoothies. *note: If using extracted juice, increase to 2 sweet potatoes.

 

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Contests and Wins

1st Annual Plugra Magnifique Contest-Grand Prize

I enjoyed an incredible trip for a weekend class at The French Pastry School in Chicago. I learned how to make croissants! I love Plugra European Butter.

I took this recipe during my audition for Master Chef, where I was selected in the top 40 for my region. I did not get selected for the show, but the experience was unforgettable.

Recipe:

http://www.plugra.com/recipes/blueberry-almond-baklava-orange-blossom-honey

Announcement:

http://www.plugra.com/promotions/1st-annual-plugr%C3%A1-magnifique-recipe-contest/winner

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