Sunday, May 4, 2008

new recipe anyone?

I know I have been posting a lot of recipes lately, but I have been finding so many yummy recipes that I just can't keep to myself!!
James has been dieting very strictly lately and has been losing a lot of weight. I have been trying my hardest to find good filling meals that he would enjoy but not feel guilty eating.
Judy (my wonderful mother in law) made a version of this a few months ago and James loved it, so I found one very very similar off of the Cooking Light website. And you wanna know what makes it even more appealing?! It only takes like 15 minutes max to make!!! Seriously!! and It only uses one pan!! No bowls, no multiple sauce pans.

Sausage and Spinach Soup

10 ounce sweet turkey Italian sausage
Cooking spray
1 cup prechopped onion
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 cup water
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can organic stewed tomatoes, undrained (I used one can of petite diced)
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups baby spinach (I used more like 5 cups because it really shrinks up and I like more)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons grated fresh Romano cheese (I used Parmesan)

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and 2 teaspoons garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, basil, and oregano. Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 4 bowls, and sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese.

**From advice from Judy, right after I got done browning the meat I added a couple of splashes of Fat Free Zesty Italian Dressing for a bit more kick and also so I wouldn't feel like I had to put any salt in the soup....and you really don't. She also served it with whole wheat noodles instead of the beans.**



Blogger Sara said...

Great Recipes, keep them coming.

May 5, 2008 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger sweet P said...

This sounds so yummy! A lot better than what we had for dinner last night. I'm not even going to tell you what it was, it's too embarrassing, but let's just say it has the word "helper" in it.

By the way, Gabe is so cute in Sunbeams. I love how every Sunday he has a special word that he uses for his answer to everything. He has such a great personality, and is very entertaining!

May 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger mommy to four j's said...

Sounds yummy keep them comming char

May 7, 2008 at 9:42 PM  

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