Ooooh, the cold weather is starting to roll in. I call this the “Time to stay comfy, cozy” weather. For us in Silicon Valley the days are still pretty nice (60-65) but the nights and early mornings are cooling down a lot. We may even have frost this week.
For me it’s a time when I like to be all wrapped up in soft cuddly clothes and eat nice hot soups and pots of beans, usually with cornbread. I usually make the cornbread from a mix using my eggbeaters and shedd spread so it’s not too fat and calorie laden.
I think I’ll visit “A Year of Crockpotting” and see if she soaks her beans before she puts them in the crockpot, or if you can just put them in there with water. I usually use a big old pot, so I’m not sure how to do it in the crockpot, and I think I would like to do that more often this year. I came across what looks like a really good recipe for a lentil soup, but haven’t made it yet.
Here’s a recipe for a Ministone I got from a supermarket magazine. I just love it. The flavor is so good, it’s vegetarian (for my daughter) and it’s only 2 points for a whole cup, which is pretty filling.
Hearty Minestrone Soup
3 stalks celery, sliced
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 (32-oz.) cans beef broth
1 (8.75-oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
1 cup Nob Hill Trading Co. Burgundy Marinara
2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning
3/4 cup Sunny Select small shell pasta
Prepared basil pesto
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Nutrition Per Serving: 127 calories, 7 g protein, 3 g fat, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 775 mg sodium
Place all ingredients except pasta and pesto in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add pasta and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes longer. Spoon into large bowls and swirl a teaspoon of pesto into each.
Makes 8 servings.
We use regular Classico Spaghetti sauce instead of the Marinara, but I love it. Thank you Railey’s Nob Hill for your great recipes!
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