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    Recipe: Caribbean Squash and Sweet Potato Stew

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    I just wanted to pop in quickly and tell you about the dinner I had tonight.  My mom used to make Caribbean Squash and Sweet Potato Stew (click the link for the recipe) when I was a teenager and I recently rediscovered the recipe.  I served it over rice.

    Why I like it: it is high in runner-required carbohydrates as well as fibre, but thanks to the black beans, it also has protein.  Like everything I cook, it’s easy to make – just peeling, chopping and throwing in the pot.  It’s flavourful – as the name would suggest, it is reminiscent of warmer climates.  It’s also quite low-calorie by volume, especially when compared to other winter comfort foods – after a serving  didn’t have room for dessert, and that is saying something for me.

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