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Friday, February 1, 2013

Thurs. Jan 31st

Red Cabbage White Bean Salad for Lunch (before I added the Yogurt!)

Daily Tidbit:  So a couple nights ago I made Spicy Tilapia Tacos (YUM) so there were various containers of Taco add-ins leftover in my fridge today, and I decided to use them to create a Red Cabbage White Bean Salad (pictured here).  I quickly realized it was a bit too spicy and that I needed something cool or creamy to balance it.  Problem was, I was out of my usual go-to Avocado.  So I decided to add a large dollop of Low Fat Plain Yogurt and guess what - it worked  like a charm - creamy deliciousness!

Plain Yogurt is a great way to add a healthier creaminess to dishes.  Here are some other ideas of ways to use it: 


Shredded Wheat Cereal with Banilla & Carrot Smoothie

Breakfast: Shredded Wheat Cereal with Banilla & Carrot Smoothie 

1 cup Plain Shredded Wheat Cereal
1 cup Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp plain chopped Walnuts
Banilla & Carrot Smoothie (recipe below)
Regular Coffee, splash Fat Free Milk 

Red Cabbage White Bean Salad

Lunch: Red Cabbage White Bean Salad
Salad thrown together with:
Sliced Red Cabbage
Sliced Scallions
Sliced Red Onions
Chopped Cilantro
1/2 cup White Beans
1/2 cup Quickie Homemade Salsa (recipe here:
1/4 cup Plain Low Fat Yogurt (mixed in after the picture was taken)
Decaf Coffee, splash Fat Free Milk    


Snack:  1/4 cup dry roasted, lightly salted Peanuts, Fat Free Milk


Mushroom, Bean & Sausage Rigatoni

Dinner:  Mushroom, Bean & Sausage Rigatoni
Mushroom, Bean & Sausage Rigatoni (as pictured - recipe below), topped with freshly grated Pecorino Romano Cheese

Red Wine 


Braeburn Apple

Dessert:  1 Local Braeburn Apple, Water


Mushroom, Bean & Sausage Rigatoni Recipe:
This recipe makes 2 servings, so double it if you wish to feed 4!

Cook Rigatoni according to package directions, saving 1 cup of Pasta Water before draining.
Saute 1 container of sliced Mushrooms & 1/4 Onion, diced until beginning to brown.  Then add 4 cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced and Red Pepper Flake to taste, saute for a couple minutes, or until fragrant.  Add precooked sliced Sweet Turkey Sausage (2 links worth) and 1 cup Rigatoni along with 1/2 cup of the Pasta Water.  Remove from heat and add 1 large handful of Spinach and cover.  Once Spinach has wilted, stir dish and add additional Pasta Water if necessary.
Serve with freshly grated Pecorino Romano Cheese!


Banilla & Carrot Smoothie Recipe:

Into Blender put:

1 cup All Natural Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
8 Baby Carrots

Blend until Carrots are pureed, then add:

3 Bananas
1 cup Orange Juice

Blend and serve!    


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