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Friday's recipe (9/30/11) - Aimee Fortney's pumpkin or veggie tacos & mango mojito

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2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and cubed (Could substitute Butternut Squash, or Acorn Squash, or any of your other favorite vegetables)
1/2 cup vegetable stock
salt and pepper (to your taste)
Ground Cumin (also to your taste; about 1 Tablespoon)
Oregano (also to your taste)
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Multi Grain or Whole Wheat Tortillas
Pico de Gallo
1 avocado, chopped with the juice from ½ to 1 whole lime added

There are two easy ways to prepare the pumpkin/squash.  You can either cut the vegetables in half, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle sea salt, pepper and brown sugar on top and roast them for 45 minutes at 425.  Then, cut into large chunks and proceed with taco instructions.  Or, you can heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Cook the pumpkin and/or squash in the oil for a couple of minutes, and then add the vegetable stock and seasonings.  Cook until the pumpkin is soft to the touch with a fork (like a potato would feel).  Meanwhile, warm your tortillas, either in a 225 degree, warm oven, or in a skillet, turning quickly so as not to burn.  (No oil or butter needed to warm the tortillas).  

Add the pumpkin mixture to the warm tortilla, and top with pico de gallo, avocado, fresh lime juice and cilantro.  (Sour cream may certainly be added, if desired).


Fresh Mango Puree or Mango Nectar (about 1 cup for two drinks)
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon sugar
1 handful of mint
2 shots of rum
splash of seltzer water 

In the bottom of a glass, muddle the lime, sugar and mint until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the mango puree or nectar, ice, then the rum, then pour a splash of seltzer water on top.  Stir to combine.

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