Nov
17

Thanksgiving comes with family chaos and a ton of laughter.

The end result is learning that no family is perfect.  You’re not either.  Yep, we’ve got some pretty funky quirks! It’s all apart of Thanksgiving though – The crazy aunts. Drunk uncles. Awkward cousins.  Happy bellys. Warm pumpkin pie. Catching up.

What were you thankful for last Thanksgiving? Chances are this year is different. You’ve had 365 more days. Things have changed for you and me, big time! Did you get a new job? Did you meet someone special? Did you have a baby? Did you live through a tragedy? Did you reach a goal?

Write it down! Savor it. Close your eyes, reflect and smile for just a moment.

The truth is, you’ve got to appreciate it all. Cherish it even. This is your history; these will be your memories forever. Celebrate with turkey, wine, and good pie!  Drink and eat for your accomplishments and other’s ambitions! Don’t forget to take plenty of snapshots. Be sure to remember it.

These moments will never come again. Maybe that’s what makes them so beautiful.

This past year has been a cosmic whirl. It flew by! I could have appreciated little moments more.  They count. Still, I’m thankful I had so many opportunities to meet new people.  People who inspired my creativity and pushed me to better myself. You never  know what a conversation can spark.

This blog happened entirely because of conversations and creative brainstorming. Way cool!

These stuffed sweet potatoes happened too.

Baked sweet potatoes are truly special. Besides being stuffed with love, they are golden, moist and delightful.

I took extra lean turkey breast and cooked it with cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, black pepper, and a bit of dark brown sugar.

Meanwhile apples and onions were caramelized until soft, juicy and sweet.  Combine the apples and onion mixture with the turkey and some serious magic happens.

Wait though! The best part is yet to come.

A lovely maple glaze!  That’s right, take maple syrup and drizzle over the top your stuffed sweeties.

I told you serious magic happened.

These are perfect if you’ve got leftover sweet potatoes or turkey.  Even a great twist on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Actually, this tastes great whenever.

Hold on, I’ve got one more thing to share with you before you run off and make these!

I’m also pretty thankful this year that you are all here, reading this now. I feel happiness beyond words when people take time to visit at my blog, read my posts and make my recipes. You’re all bonkers sweet. So thank you!

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Turkey, Caramelized Onions & Apple

By Monique of Ambitious Kitchen

 

Cooking spray

4 medium sweet potatoes

1 pound of extra lean ground turkey breast

2 tsp of olive oil

1 white or yellow onion, sliced

1 large apple – peeled, cored, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar

1 tsp sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

2 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 tsp of nutmeg

4 tablespoons of sugar-free maple syrup, if desired

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Wash the sweet potatoes. With a fork, poke each sweet potatoes a couple of times. Spray sweet potatoes with cooking spray and place on baking pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a knife can be inserted into center.

Meanwhile, in a skillet heat 1 tsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, sprinkle a bit of sea salt and pepper and cook until onions begin to soften about 6 minutes.  Lower the heat just a tad and add the apple.  Cook for about 8 minutes until apples become tender.  Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until caramelized and a bit brown.

Meanwhile in another medium pan, add 1 tsp of olive oil over medium heat.  Add ground turkey breast, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1 tsp of sea salt and black pepper and cook until meat is no longer pink and juice are clear.  Add the caramelized apples and onions and 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar.  Cover and reduce heat to low.

After letting sweet potatoes cool a bit, slice down the middle and cut slits the opposite way. Push the potatoes open and stuff each with the turkey, apple & onion mix. Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon of sugar-free maple syrup if desired.

Serves 4