FEATURED RECIPE: WATERMELON-GLAZED SWEET POTATOES

December 4th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

I know I’m not the only one who tries not to overstuff myself at holiday get-togethers but inevitably does. I just can’t help myself. By the time that I get all that tasty, gravy-smothered goodness on one plate, I’m already thinking about what I’ll feast on the second time around, and I just can’t say no when my Great Aunt Joyce offers a slice of pie or two…or three.

Eating healthy during the holiday season IS possible, and I’m going to prove it to you with this recipe for Watermelon Glazed Sweet Potatoes. With a boost of flavor, this recipe doesn’t skimp on the nutritional value; the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A and fiber while the watermelon provides lycopene, which is essential for healthy skin.

WATERMELON GLAZED SWEET POTATOES

INGREDIENTS1

1 bottle of cooking spray

1 cup watermelon juice

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons rum extract

dash salt and pepper to taste

2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a low-flat baking dish (11” x 8” is fine) with cooking spray. Set aside.

Bring watermelon juice to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until liquid is reduced to ½ cup. Remove from heat. Add butter and sugar and stir until melted and thoroughly blended. Add rum extract and salt and pepper to taste.

Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Peel if desired, although not necessary. Cut into large fries, approximately 4” x 1”. Toss with watermelon glaze and pour into the baking dish. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until softened, but still firm. Toss with glaze several times during the baking process. Remove from the oven. Toss again to coat potatoes with remaining glaze.

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RECIPE: WATERMELON GLAZED SWEET POTATOES

November 6th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

The official start of the holiday season is just a few weeks away and planning has already begun in our household. Lately, I’ve been helping my wife prepare the house for when our family visits for Thanksgiving dinner, and that usually includes countless hours spent cleaning, dusting, fluffing and decorating.

Lucky for me, when the big day comes, my wife kicks me out of the kitchen to stall the family and make sure the kids don’t sneak into the desserts.

This Thanksgiving, my wife is going to incorporate watermelon into at least three dishes. Follow along all month long to see how we’re bringing watermelon to our Thanksgiving dinner table and get inspired by creations like this one for Watermelon Glazed Sweet Potatoes!

WATERMELON GLAZED SWEET POTATOES

This is perfect if you’re looking for a way to put a new spin on a traditional recipe.

INGREDIENTS 1

1 bottle of cooking spray

1 cup watermelon juice

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons rum extract

dash salt and pepper to taste

2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a low-flat baking dish (such as 11” x 8”) with cooking spray. Set aside. Bring watermelon juice to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until liquid is reduced to ½ cup. Remove from heat. Add butter and sugar and stir until melted and thoroughly blended. Add rum extract and salt and pepper to taste.

Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Peel if desired, although not necessary. Cut into large fries, approximately 4” x 1”. Toss with watermelon glaze and pour into the baking dish. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until softened, but still firm. Toss with glaze several times during the baking process. Remove from oven. Toss again to coat potatoes with remaining glaze.

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