We talked a couple of days ago about preparing food ahead, so on busy evenings when you are pressed for time, you don’t have to get in the car or pick up the phone for dinner. Our prepared food menu includes quite a bit of soup, salads, corn tortillas with bean or meat fillings-and always fresh picco de gallo. Corn tortillas are pure, just corn and some vegetable oil but again read the label of your favorite product and local is better. The soup I made Sunday which we finished last night is called turkey meatball Italian soup- the recipe is below.
turkey mild Italian sausage
cannelloni beans in the can-organic
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
small box of organic chicken broth
can of organic tomatoes
1/4 onion chopped fine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Parmesan to grate
Combine broth, tomatoes and spices in large dutch oven. Heat until just before the liquid boils. Drop onion and garlic into the hot liquid. Meanwhile remove the casings from the Italian sausage. Roll the sausage into small balls, like meatballs. Drop them into the now softly boiling liquid, one at a time. After all sausage has been added, open the can of beans and drain. Add the beans to the now simmering liquid. Simmer for an hour and taste. The taste should be a little salty and full of Italian flavor. If it needs a bit more zap, add another chopped clove of garlic and onion powder and simmer for another 15 minutes. Often we need three garlic but it is personal preference. Before serving grate Parmesan on the top of the soup and add parsley. It is a low calorie, hearty meal with calories about 225 for a large bowl. Often we eat it with a salad and Ann’s organic bread, made by Ann, in Asheville but choose your favorite local bread.
GUILTY PLEASURE HEALTHY TREAT:
We eat an amazing little square of dark chocolate in the early evening after whatever our dinner is. Make sure it has at least 70% cacao in it. Real research showing it helps lower blood pressure, all be it slightly, and NO evidence it is bad for you in any way Deb’s choice…Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt with roasted almonds. YUMMY. John is more of a traditionalist, Ghirardelli Intense Dark 72% Cacao. GO FOR IT, you earned it. Your empty almond bag proves you hit on all cylinders today!!
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