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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?
It's time for me to start thinking of healthy eating habits. I'm back to USANA shakes, but really the family can't eat those with me and they still expect something on their dinner plate.
I found this recipe on my diabetes online cookbook. It's still cold here and this sounds like a good warm meal.
Bon Appetite!!
Tuscan Bean Soup With Spinach Recipe
Nutritional Info (Per serving):

Calories: 169, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 608mg, Dietary Fiber: 8g, Total Fat: 3g, Carbs: 22g, Sugars: 4g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Protein: 13g

Exchanges: Vegetable: 1.5, Starch: 1, Lean Meat: 1

Carb Choices: 1

Recipe Source:

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Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 2 h

Rest Time: 1 h

Total Time: 2 h 30 mins


8 ounce(s) beans, white kidney, dry

6 cup(s) water

1 pounds beef, crosscut shanks

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper, black

1 tablespoon oil, olive

3 medium onion(s), chopped

3 medium carrot(s), chopped

1 cup(s) fennel wedges

2 teaspoon garlic, minced

12 ounce(s) ham hock

1 tablespoon bouillon, beef, instant granules

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried, or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme

2 teaspoon rosemary, fresh, or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

14 1/2 ounce(s) tomatoes, diced, undrained

4 cup(s) spinach

1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Rinse beans. In a 4 1/2- or 5-quart Dutch oven, combine beans and 6 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in Dutch oven. Cover and let soak in a cool place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.) Drain in colander; set aside.

2. Sprinkle beef with the 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper. In a 4 1/2- to 6-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook about 5 minutes or until brown, turning once. Transfer to a plate.

3. Add onions, carrots, fennel or celery, and garlic to drippings in Dutch oven. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Return beef to Dutch oven; add drained beans, 6 cups water, ham hocks, bouillon granules, bay leaf, dried thyme (if using), dried rosemary (if using), and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in undrained tomatoes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes more or until beans and meats are tender.

4. Remove ham hocks and beef; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; return to soup. Discard bones and bay leaf. Skim off fat. Stir in spinach and fresh herbs (if using). Heat through.

Be healthy, be happy, live well,

1 comment:

  1. It's really cold here too and that sounds really good.