New Orleans Red Beans

1 lb dry red beans

2 qt water

11/2 C onion, chopped

1 C celery, chopped

4 bay leaves

1 C green peppers, chopped

3 Tbsp garlic, chopped

3 Tbsp parsley, chopped

2 tsp dried thyme, crushed

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1. Pick through beans to remove bad ones. Rinse beans rinse thoroughly.

2. In large pot, combine beans, water, onion, celery, and bay leaves. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook over low heat for about 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Stir. Mash beans against side of pan.

3. Add green pepper, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Cook uncovered over low heat until creamy, about 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

4. Serve with hot cooked brown rice, if desired.

This vegetarian dish is virtually fat free and entirely delicious.

Yield: 8 servings Serving size: 1 1/4 cup Each serving provides:

Calories: 171 Total fat: less than 1 g Saturated fat: less than 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 285 mg Total fiber: 7 g Protein: 10 g Carbohydrates: 32 g Potassium: 665 mg

Summer Vegetable

This lively vegetarian pasta dish is delicious

Spaghetti

hot or cold.

2 C small yellow onions, cut in eighths

2 C (about 1 lb) ripe tomatoes, peeled, chopped

2 C (about 1 lb) yellow and green squash, thinly sliced

11/2 C (about 1/2 lb) fresh green beans, cut

2/3 C water

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 /2 tsp chili powder

1 /4 tsp salt to taste black pepper

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

1 lb spaghetti, uncooked

1/2 C Parmesan cheese, grated

1. Combine first 10 ingredients in large saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes, then stir in tomato paste. Cover and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.

2. Cook spaghetti in unsalted water according to package directions.

3. Spoon sauce over drained hot spaghetti. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Yield: 9 servings Serving size: 1 cup of spaghetti and 3/4 cup of sauce with vegetables

Each serving provides:

Calories: 271 Total fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 1 g Cholesterol: 4 mg Sodium: 328 mg Total fiber: 5 g Protein: 11 g Carbohydrates: 51 g Potassium: 436 mg

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