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Well, of course, I did.   They were 25 cents per 3 lbs.   How could I not?    We like sweet potatoes at this house.    Well I thought I would do a tutorial about what to do with 18 lbs of sweet potatoes.

First, wash and stab all your sweet potatoes.   The sweet potato is quite tough, so PLEASE be careful and use a sturdy blade.  If it won’t go all the way though, just stab them on both sides.   After that put them on a cookie sheet like this:

1st Step

2nd:   Put them in the oven at 425 or so.   Let them cook until they are all smooshy.   About an hour.    There is no exact time with this.    Some of the sweet potatoes will start to spill juices on to the baking sheet.   This is okay!  =)   As you can see I put 2 sheets of potatoes in!

2nd.  I used both racks

Once they are smooshy, take them out of the oven and let them cool.   Once they are cooled, you can peel them.   You won’t need a knife or anything.   The skins should just peel off.   I put my peeled potatoes in a BIG bowl.

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As you can see in the picture, the one side is my peeled potatoes, and I started mashing with a plain old potato masher.   If you want them to be pureed, feel free to put them in a food processor.    I just used the potato masher.     Once you get them all mashed up, then you can put them into freezer bags.   Be sure to mark them.  As I have pumpkin in the freezer too.  Hard to tell the difference.   Just put what ever your family will eat in one sitting.   I put about 3 cups in each quart bag.     If you only need 1 cup, then just freeze them in 1 cup increments.   Make sure you try to get as much air out of the bag as you can.   20121231_150956

So what do you do with mashed sweet potatoes.    Well you can eat them just like they are.   You can put them into a baking dish, reheat them up with some butter, cinnamon and sugar.    You can turn them into sweet potato casserole, pie, bread, or soups.   They are quite versatile.    Hope this helps.

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1 can of black beans rinsed and drained

1/4 med onion chopped

1/4 cup of green pepper chopped

3 cloves of garlic

1 lb of ground beef / turkey/ pork or chicken

1/4 cup of ground psyllum husk

1 pack of  favorite burrito seasoning

Put onions, garlic in a pan with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cook until translucent.  Add green peppers and the ground meat.   brown.    While the meat is cooking, take the beans and puree them in a food processor with no liquid.   I know it looks nasty.. just stay with me!   Then add those dreaded psyllum husks.  I promise you will never know they are there!  They add lots of fiber to your meal.  And we can all use extra hidden fiber!!!!    blend in the husks.   Once the meat is brown, if excess fat, drain.  Add in the beans and husks, the seasoning packet and however much liquid it calls for on the packet.  (I normally add a cup of water).   Cook for 5 minutes..   Voila!   Add topping as you like!

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CBS Early Show Recipes

Egg and Avocado Sandwich

INGREDIENTS:
1 toasted whole wheat English muffin
2 tablespoons store bought hummus
1 boiled egg, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced

METHOD:
Place eggs in a medium sized pot filled with water and bring to a boil. Once water begins to boil reduce the heat to a simmer, and let eggs finish cooking for about 12 minutes.

Place eggs in a bowl of cold water to stop cooking process and set aside.

Toast English muffin and spread 2 tablespoons of hummus. Slice 1/2 avocado and place on the English muffin.

When eggs are chilled, peel and slice. Place egg on top of the avocado and top with the English muffin.
Serve immediately.

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Triple Berry Smoothie

CBS Early Show Recipe

Triple Berry Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1 cup plain kefir
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon honey or agave

METHOD:
Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Serve immediately in a chilled glass.

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http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/polynesian-glazed-meatballs-95136.aspx

That is where I got the recipe from.  But I make my own meatballs:

1 lb or so of ground beef

2 handfuls of Parmesan Cheese

1 handful of breadcrumbs

1 egg

2 tbs of finely chopped onions

Parsley

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Mix together and form small meatballs.  Place in hot frying pan with a bit of oil.   Cook and turn until the meatballs are cooked through.  Drain the grease off.

You can continue on with the recipe:

Add the 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce (I like the honey variety) to the pan along with the onions , green (or red) sweet bell peppers, and pineapples (I use crushed because if my kids see the pineapples they won’t eat it.)  I use the juice and all.   Cook for 5 minutes or so.

Serve over rice or egg noodles.

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Zucchini Recipe

This is my all time favorite recipe for fruit breads (banana, apple, zucchini, pumpkin, rhubarb, carrot.. just about anything.)   It is from all recipes.com   You can make bread or muffins out of it, and it freezes really well!   Happy baking!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Add oil, brown sugar, zucchini, and vanilla; stir well. Blend in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
  2. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 1 hour. Cool.

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