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Christmas Eve is tomorrow… can you believe it?! The holiday really crept up on me this year – especially since we spent the end of November/beginning of December in New Zealand.

This year, my mom has asked me to bring 2 appetizers to the family get-together. Unfortunately, I have to work the first half of the day tomorrow, so today I pre-made 1 of them – the crispy butternut wontons.

I probably should have doubled the recipe, but there will be so much other food there, so I’m not too worried about it.

I’m pleased with how easy this recipe was, and the wontons certainly smelled good while in the oven. No taste-test until tomorrow!

The second appetizer is a simple prosciutto and mango salad, which I’ll have time to make tomorrow – and eventually blog about.

(The original recipe for these wontons also included a recipe for a spicy tomato sauce. To save time and money, I just bought some  tomato-basil sauce at the store!)

Crispy Butternut Wontons
from Cooking Light, November 2003

1  small butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2  cup  water
1/2  cup part-skim ricotta cheese
3  tablespoons  grated Parmesan cheese
2  tablespoons  dry breadcrumbs
1/4  teaspoon  sea salt
1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
1/8  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
1  teaspoon  water
1  large egg, lightly beaten
24-30  wonton wrappers
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare wontons, cut the squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membrane. Place the squash halves, cut sides down, in a 2-quart baking dish; add 1/2 cup water. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork; cool. Scoop out pulp to measure 1 cup, and reserve the remaining pulp for another use. Combine 1 cup pulp, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, stirring until well combined.

Combine 1 teaspoon water and egg, stirring with a whisk. Working with 1 wonton wrapper at a time (cover remaining wrappers with a damp towel to prevent drying), spoon about 2 teaspoons squash mixture into center of each wrapper. Brush edges of dough with egg mixture; bring 2 opposite corners together. Press edges together to seal, forming a triangle. Repeat procedure with remaining wonton wrappers and squash mixture.

Place the wontons on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and brush lightly with remaining egg mixture. Bake at 375° for 17 minutes or until golden and crisp. Serve with the sauce.

Serves 8

(Note: I actually forgot to brush my wontons with the egg mixture, so they didn’t come out as nice and shiny as the recipe’s picture)

(the following nutritional information comes from the original recipe, which called for whole ricotta and included the spicy tomato sauce)

1 serving = 3 Weight Watchers points

Calories: 157
Fat: 4.6g (2.1g sat.)
Protein: 6.8g
Carbohydrate: 22.3g
Fiber: 2g
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I love creamy soups – but I very rarely eat them, because they’re often loaded with heavy cream (helloooooo calories!). But I was pleasantly surprised to flip through the October 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living and see this recipe – no cream!

And what’s better than a warm, “creamy” soup on a cold fall or winter day?! You could eat a large bowl of it as your main meal, or have a small bowl with a sandwich (maybe a warm panini – yum!).

(To be honest, I made this back in October – but was just too damn busy to blog about it!)

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
adapted from Martha Stewart Living, October 2009
3 2/4 pounds butternut squash, halved and seeded (you could also use a sugar pumpkin)
1 onion, peeled and quartered through the stem
2 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps wiped clean
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

1. Preheat Oven to 450 degrees. Cut squash into 2-inch pieces. Combine squash, onion, mushrooms, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Add oil and 2 teaspoons salt; toss to coat, then spread in a single layer. Roast until squash is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 30 minutes, rotating pan and tossing vegetables halfway through. Let cool, then remove skins.

2. Transfer vegetables to a medium saucepan; heat over medium. Pour in 2 cups stock; puree with an immersion blender until smooth. With the blender running, slowly add remaining 3 cups stock, and puree until smooth. Bring soup just to a simmer. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

Serves 4.

I served mine in my pumpkin-shaped soup tureen – isn’t it cute?! It’s from Crate & Barrel:

my pumpkin-shaped tureen

dig in!

The magazine doesn’t provide nutritional information, but I used a recipe analyzer and estimate that each serving is around 232 calories or 4 Weight Watchers points.

Calories: 232
Fat: 7.2g
Carbs: 44.2g (7.5 g fiber, 9.3g sugar)
Protein: 4g

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I hope you like zucchini.

Why?

Take a look at the treat I got from a coworker this week:

one very big zucchini

one very big zucchini

I stuck my sunglasses on it for scale – but I still don’t think it captures the massiveness.

I thought I’d be able to use it up quickly, but now I have my doubts. I’ve made three things with it so far (posts to come) and it’s not even 1/3 of the way gone!

Luckily, I found this post on how to freeze zucchini. I’ll probably end up going that route.

In the meantime, stay tuned as I go zucchini-crazy…

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