Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pasta Fagioli Soup

I love this soup!! Found a recipe online that's just awesome!

2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth (I used a cube of dried broth with 14 oz hot water)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ditalini pasta
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans with liquid

In large pan on med. heat cook celery, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, red pepper, salt until onion is translucent.

Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce, and simmer on low 15-20 minutes.

Add pasta and cook 10 minutes, until pasta is tender.

Add undrained beans and mix well. Heat through. Serve with grated Parmesan.

Delicious Apple Salad

This is easy, great tasting and good for you!

1 red apple, unpeeled, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, chopped
(I use 2 golden delicious, usually)
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup orange juice
4 oz. plain or vanilla yogurt
Ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl combine first seven ingredients. Stir orange juice into yogurt. Pour over apple mixture, toss well. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.

A great dessert option for diabetics!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Easy Chili

1 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can no salt added stewed tomatoes
1 can pink beans or kidney beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 tsp cumin, ground
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cocoa
1 tsp salt
¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder
Brown meat with onions and garlic. Add rest of ingredients and cook ½ to 1 hour. Serve with shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese.