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Your smile is as sweet as butter…nut!

Posted Oct 07 2008 7:13pm

It’s the weekend! I hope that you have been able to sleep in and enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning filled with the smells of fresh pancakes or omelettes or some other exceptional breakfast food :)Thank you for your get well wishes. I’m still feeling a little run down but overall the symptoms are much improved and I’m hoping I will be back to normal by the end of the weekend. For now, I’m taking advantage of the sick feeling and lounging around in my PJ’s!

My lack of appetite due to feeling sick made for some very boring meals, indeed, this week! I believe it’s one of the worst “symptoms” because food no longer becomes enjoyable. However, there were a few highlights - like that Humbecue Tortilla Pizza! - and I will take the next few posts to show them to you!

Today’s post is my contribution to this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient. By the way, I am super impressed with all of the entries so far! Each of them have literally made me say “Ooh!” out loud. I’m not kidding - you can ask my roommate for confirmation ;) Keep ‘em coming! Although it’s making my job as judge rather difficult, so that’s what Bobby is for!

For my recipe, I debated between making something savory or sweet. It was late morning when I was making this decision, and since my sweet tooth is at its peak during the earlier hours of the day, I’m sure you can guess which of the two I decided on :) So I grabbed Mr. Butternut and we set off on our culinary quest - you can cue the dramatic music here.

Your Smile is as Sweet as Butter…Nut

Isn’t he just precious? Ok, let’s get down to business.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. Promise Light Buttery spread
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. fat-free whipped cream

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375*

Begin by heating up the butternut squash in the microwave for four minutes in order to soften it up enough to be cut in half. Once it’s done heating up, cut the squash in half length-wise and scoop out the seeds and strings.

Place butternut squashcut side up in a pan greased with cooking spray. Top with 1 tsp. olive oil and as much cinnamon as you desire.

Bake at 375* for 30-40 minutes (I split the difference at 35 minutes). Remove from the oven and let cool completely before handling - don’t burn your fingers!

In a big bowl, combine almond milk, Promise, and brown sugar. Heat mixture in the microwave for roughly 30 seconds, or until butter is melted and a consistent liquid texture is achieved.

Once the butternut squash is cooled, scoop out the insides and add them to the big bowl. Be careful not to damage the outer shell - you’ll see why later!

Mix all ingredients together until butternut squash is completely coated with the sweet ingredients. Then place half of the mixture (or roughly 1 cup) back into one of the outer shell pieces. It acts as a bowl so that there is less clean up required :) Cool, huh? Top the “butternut squash bowl” with more cinnamon and a whipped cream smiley face!

Voila! You’ve just made yourself an incredibly sweet and healthy treat that has a smile as sweet as butter…nut.

It’s almost too cute to eat. Almost. But in terms of taste, this was absolutely wonderful! It was my first time trying butternut squash and I will definitely be using it in recipes more often during the upcoming colder months. I can’t wait to experiment with the savory side of the spectrum, as well!

So there you have my entry into this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient contest! You can save the other 1/2 of the squash for leftovers!

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • 210 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 32g carbohydrates
  • 2g fiber
  • 2g protein

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Remember, there’s still time to submit your own recipe!! Entries are due tomorrow ( Sunday ) evening, and I will announce the winner on Monday. Although you’re all winners in my book ;) It’s going to be so hard to choose!

One final announcement! Recently Heather @ Hangry Pants and I were discussing the need to clear out our closets! We’ve decided to give ourselves that extra push by clearing them out at the same time! So next Sunday, October 12, I will be posting about my rummaging adventures on the blog. I’m planning on donating clothes and other miscellaneous items - and anyone else who wants to do this with us can join in!! I’m a bit of a pack rat<- understatement of the year, so this will be quite the challenge for me!

I’m off to do some more laying around :) It’s time for me to catch up on my blog reading! I hope to find some more Blogger Secret Ingredient recipes as I peruse the blogosphere!

Happy Saturday, lovely readers!

      
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