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Chicken & Rice with White Beans Soup

I keep a lot of dried beans & grains on hand all the time. My family & I really like this soup. It tastes good & is so good for you. You can add some Tones Chicken Base if you'd like, but have found it to be flavorful enough without. This is a taste good, feel good soup. When my family & I eat this, it's our main course, so we usually don't just restrict ourselves to 12 ozs. It's so good & a naturally light meal that it's filling without a lot of fat or calories. Feel free to doctor it to your hearts content. This is just a basic recipe & I add & subtract ingredients according to what's on hand.

Baked Slmon with Prosciutto, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Asparagus

From "Home at 7, Dinner at 8" by Sophie Wright. You can use chicken thighs or monkfish if you tire of salmon. The nutritional calculator indicates this recipe is over 1000 calories. In the book, it says it's only 663 calories. Don't know why the spark calculates it so highly.

Stuffed Cabbage. Ligurian-Style

This dish looks like a stuffed lasagna. Makes: 12 rolls, serving 8-10 as a side dish or antipasto.
These are great served warm or at room temperature. They're just as good the next day cool from the fridge as a luxurious lunch.

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Made this tonight for the first time. It turned out great.

Fruit & Veggie Smoothie

This is great! My husband & son & I drink this every morning. We vary it according to the fruit & veggies we have on hand. Someimes I put in about a cup of winter squash, or grapes, or clementines, whatever I have on hand. Kale is a good one to use also. We enjoy them. My husband even takes them in a thermos for lunch. We bought a Vitamix & it's the best blender I've ever had. It's so easy to make your smoothie & I don't have to cut up the veggies or fruit. I know my old blender would not have been able to make this. I figured this as 3 servings, but it's 56 ozs. & you'd have to portion it for yourself.

Berry Smoothie - made with Cottage Cheese, very smooth & creamy

This smoothie is so rich & creamy. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of flaxseed meal to add to the goodness. Other fruits can also be substituted. When you have bananas that are darkening & no one wants to eat them, peel them, break in half & place in sealed baggie & freeze. These are great for smoothies. This recipe makes 6 cups. I made the servings 2 cups each. You can adjust it according to your needs. You can vary the fruit to suit your taste. I've used frozen strawberries with bananas, I've also used frozen orange juice concentrate (with no other fruit) & it tastes just like an Orange Julius. YOU COULD CUT DOWN ON THE SODIUM BY SUBSTITUTING TOFU FOR THE COTTAGE CHEESE. I always use cottage cheese, because I usually have it on hand & it's high in protein. I also use pure vanilla extract. If you use imitation vanilla extract, you'll need to use more.


Incredible! (2 ratings)
Spanish Rice (DEFINITELY THE BEST)

I like this so much, I'll eat leftovers for breakfast (I don't even reheat it). We typically use it as the main course, or can be a side dish for any Mexican meal. I show 3 T of bacon grease in the ingredients list. I'm not exactly sure how much I use, I just add it for flavor. This used to be one of my favorites as a kid & one of the first main meal dishes I learned to cook.

Brie Cheese & Blue Cheese garlic spread

This is so delicious. It's hard to stop with one serving. Spread on crackers or best on bread. Crackers & bread are not included in nutritional info.


Very Good (5 ratings)
New York Strip Steak with brandy sauce

This is the absolute best steak. I serve it summer & winter. It makes for an elegant or casual meal. It's really good in the winter when your grill is snowed in.

Marinara Sauce

This sauce tastes great over any kind of pasta. You can add any other kind of vegetables you'd like. I add mushrooms, zucchini, or yellow squash if I have them.

Italian-marinated vegetable salad

I found this recipe in the Holiday08/Winter 09 Kraft Food & Family magazine. I made it for my family for Xmas & It was not only great, but very colorful. I added 1/2 of a red onion to the recipe & didn't take quite the care that is shown here in the measurements; i.e., I used entire can of chickpeas, whole small bottle of salad olives, whole basket of cherry tomatoes, whole small head of cauliflower, 2 large handfuls of green beans. I also used the Italian dressing I had on hand & added a little at a time until it tasted right.

Prime Rib

I couldn't find prime rib on the food index while tracking my food, so I thought I'd add my recipe. This makes a nice special meal for family or friends. I'm also going to add a recipe for Horseradish dip for prime rib.

Chicken with Pasta & Marinara Sauce

This dinner has great presentation, so would be excellent served to guests as well as to your family. You can prepare the sauce, chicken & pasta simultaneously, so that it all is done at the same time. You can add any other chopped vegetables to your marinara sauce, i.e., zucchini, yellow squash, etc. My family loves this. It's a complete meal for us.

Horseradish dip for prime rib

My sister got this recipe from a chef at a restaurant she visited. It's the best I've had. I made it recently for 4 people & halved the recipe. It was plenty. The most important thing is to let it sit out on the counter for the 8 hours.



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