Zucchini and tomatoes

Ingredients

6 to 8 medium zucchini, sliced
1 tsp dried basil
14 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (with juice)
salt & pepper
1 large onion, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup cracker crumbs
butter (about 1 tablespoon)

How to prepare

Cut the tomatoes in small pieces and mix together everything except the crumbs and butter. Place the mixture in an oiled baking dish of a size to take the vegetables mounded up, as they will shrink quite a lot in cooking. Top with the crumbs and dots of butter and bake at 375f. For about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the crumbs are brown. For 6 servings

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Pineapple salsa

Ingredients

20 oz crushed pineapple with juice, canned or fresh 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper 1/4 cup minced green bell pepper 1 tbsp minced green onion 2 tsp each minced cilantro and jalapeno 1 tsp grated lime zest optional: 1 cups peeled, seeded ripe tomato optional: olive oil, fresh lime juice

How to prepare

Drain 1/2 cups of juice from pineapple a reserve for other use. Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Spoon over chicken or fish or tacos or use as dip for chips. Makes about 2 cups, more if tomato is used.

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White bean & wheat berry soup

Ingredients

1 lb dried white beans, picked over
2 ham hocks
2/3 cup wheat berries
8 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
2 medium onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped

3 celery ribs, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried rosemary, crumbled
1 head escarole, chopped coarse
3 garlic cloves, minced

How to prepare

In a bowl soak beans in water to cover by 2″ overnight or quick-soak and drain. In a heavy kettle (at least 5 quarts) simmer ham hocks and wheat berries in water and broth, covered, 1 hour. Add drained beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and skim froth. Add onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf and rosemary and simmer, covered, until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Transfer ham hocks with a slotted spoon to a cutting board. Discard fat and bones and chop meat. In a blender or food processor puree 3 cups soup. Stir puree into soup with chopped meat and escarole and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. Stir in garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Soup may be made 4 days ahead (cool uncovered before chilling covered). Makes 15 cups.

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Low-Fat Chicken Paprika

Ingredients

1 lb boneless chicken breast cut into strips
1 med yellow onion (halved and cut in strips top to bottom)
3/4 cup boiling water w/ 2 chicken cubes disolved
paprika
pam spray
can of sliced mushrooms (optional)
8 oz fat free sour cream

How to prepare

Spray a large skillet with a good coat of pan. Saute onions over med heat to soften. Push onions to the side and add chicken to brown slightly (cook 5-6 min, turn and cook for 4-5 min more) Give good dusting of paprika (about 1 Tablespoon) then add water/cube mixture and reduce by at least 1/2 over med/low heat (simmer don’t boil) this usually takes 10 min (add optional can/jar mushrooms) Whisk in sour cream until fully incorporated. Garnish with additional shake of paprika and grated parsley. Usually served with white steamed rice or No-Yolks Egg noodles cooked according to directions.

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Salsa rustica – tuscan country sauce

Ingredients

3 xlarge eggs, hard boiled, shelled
8 fillets anchovy, in oil, drained
10 sprigs italian parsley, leaves only
3 oz capers, in wine vinegar, drained
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup white bread, w/o crust
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
Salt
Black pepper, ground
1/3 cup olive oil

How to prepare

Chop the eggs finely along with the anchovy fillets, parsley, capers and garlic. Place in a crockery bowl. Set aside. Soak the bread in the first measure of vinegar and the water for 20 minutes. Squeeze out the liquid. Add the bread to the egg and anchovy mixture. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add the oil a bit at a time, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add the second measure of vinegar after all the oil has been incorporated. Mix very thoroughly (the sauce should have a smooth texture). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving with boiled meats and fowl or on potatoes. Yields 6 servings.

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Carne seca jerky

Ingredients

2 1/2-3 lb raw jerky meat
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tsp ground oregano
2 cloves garlic, mashed
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp course black pepper
3/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp liquid smoke

How to prepare

Mix all ingredients to make marinade and soak meat in marinade 24 hours. Remove meat from marinade and place in oven or smoker for from 7-8 hours at about 150- 200

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BAKED SPAGHETTI

Ingredients

1 cup Chopped onion
1 cup Chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon Butter or margarine
28 ounces Can tomatoes with liquid – cut up
4 ounces Can mushroom stems and – pieces, drained
2 1/4 oz can sliced ripe – olives, drained
2 teaspoons Dried oregano
1 pound Ground beef – browned and opt.
12 ounces Spaghetti – cooked and
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar – cheese
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream – of Mushroom soup – undiluted
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

How to prepare

“Every time that I make this cheesy dish, I get requests for the recipe. It puts a different spin on spaghetti and is great for any meal. The leftovers, if there are any, also freeze well for a quick meal later on in the week.” – Ruth Koberna

In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and oregano. Add ground beef if desired. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Place half of the spaghetti in a greased 13x9x2″ baking dish. Top with half of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Mix the soup and water until smooth; pour over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

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Black bean and salsa lasagna

Ingredients

2 cn (14-oz) chopped tomatoes with juice
1 cn (8-oz) tomato sauce
8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tbsp dried oregano
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
Olive oil
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
15 oz ricotta cheese
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cn (15-oz) black beans, drained
1 cn (14 1/2-oz) medium-hot salsa

How to prepare

Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, oregano, black pepper and salt in lb bowl. Set aside. Grease a 12-by-8-by-2-inch pan with olive oil. Place half of tomato mixture on bottom of pan. Top with 4 lasagna noodles to cover pan. Top with half of ricotta cheese, half of mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, half of black beans and 4 lasagna noodles. Top with remaining tomato mixture, ricotta, black beans and remaining 4 noodles. End with salsa, remaining parmesan and mozzarella. Cover tightly with foil; place additional foil underneath pan (it may bubble over). Bake at 350 degrees until noodles are tender, about 1 hour. Best of 95 yield: 6 servings.

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New orleans crab cakes

Ingredients

1 tbsp reduced calorie margarine
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 lb fresh crab meat, picked over
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp prepared mustard

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 egg
1 egg white

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375

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Tangy oriental barbecue sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 tbsp peanut oil
2 tbsp finely chopped shallots
2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh chiles

2 tbsp rice wine or dry sherry
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp sesame oil (the dark toasted type)
1 tbsp grated orange zest
2 tbsp chinese chili sauce
2 tsp tomato paste

1 tsp chinese white-rice vinegar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Heat wok or large skillet and add peanut oil. Quickly add shallots, green onions, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry 20 seconds and add cilantro, chiles, wine, hoisin sauce, sugar, sesame oil, orange zest, chili bean sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, orange juice, soy sauces, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Allow sauce to cool before using to baste grilled pork ribs during the last 5- 10 minutes per side. Makes enough for about 3 1/2 lbs of ribs, serving 4-6.

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