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MINTY PASTA-VEGGIE DISH

1 lb whole-wheat rotini pasta3 tbsp olive or canola oil1/2 cup chopped walnuts1 lb mixed yellow and zucchini squash, sliced in half lengthwise then slice into half circlesdash of freshly ground black pepper1/2 tsp salt1 can (15 1/2-oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed2 tbsp chopped fresh mint3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water according to package …

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Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts & Parmesan

I saw an orecchiette and Brussels sprouts dish on Pinterest, and thought it was so pretty, the way the Brussels sprouts leaves echoed the size and shape of the pasta. Of course, when I then made a dish with orecchiette and Brussels sprouts, it wasn’t anything of the sort, because I used our home-grown Brussels sprouts ranging in size from …

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FOUR CHEESE WHOLE-WHEAT LASAGNA

Yes, lasagna!  Diabetics whose blood sugar is controlled can usually have lasagna. Just be sure you use whole-grain lasagna noodles and not the regular ones.  Read the label and use spaghetti sauce with no sugar or very little sugar in it.  Do not try to save a little money by using less than the 1 pound of ground meat.  You need …

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DIABETIC-FRIENDLY PASTA PRIMAVERA

Note: This recipe may not work for all diabetics. But for those who have their blood sugar under control and have a pasta craving, give this a try. You can improve the nutritional numbers by using your favorite low-carb pasta or zucchini noodles. You can also substitute chicken broth for the vegetable broth to add more protein. And only one …

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DOUBLE MEAT SPAGHETTI SAUCE

1 lb lean ground beef1 lb Italian sausage links, cut into bite-size pieces2 garlic cloves, minced1 large onion, chopped2 cans (15-oz each) tomato sauce*1 can stewed tomatoes1 can (6-oz) tomato paste3/4 cup water1 can (4-oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained1/2 cup green, stuffed olives, optional2 tsp Italian seasoning1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce1 tsp Splenda Granulated1/2 tsp chili powder1/4 tsp dried …

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Pasta with Bacon, Broccoli, Leeks, & Cream

I’m on a kick with leeks and broccoli! I’ve done plenty of versions of pasta in a cream sauce with some cheese, too. This all comes together very nicely, and in pretty much the usual time to get pasta on the table, which is to say not very long at all. Three leeks seems like a lot, but it’s amazing …

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BEEF AND PASTA – ASIAN STYLE

3/4 top beef sirloin steak, i-inch thick4 oz whole-wheat thin spaghetti2 tbsp orange juice +enough water to make 1/4 cup2 tbsp hoisin sauce1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce1/2 tsp toasted sesame oildash ground red pepper1 garlic clove, minced10-oz fresh asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces1 medium carrot, cut into thin strips1 small red onion, cut into wedges Trim fat from the …

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VEGGIE SPAGHETTI WITH SHRIMP

6 ounces uncooked whole-wheat thin spaghetti1/2 lb raw peeled, deveined shrimp1 1/2 cups small broccoli florets1/2 cup tiny tomatoes, quarted16 pitted ripe olives, chopped1/4 cup fresh chopped basil2 tbsp olive oil2 tsp grated lemon peel2 garlic cloves, minced1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp red pepper flakes Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions but leave out salt and butter or oil.  …

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Pasta with Smoked Trout, Fennel, Leeks, & Dried Tomatoes

Smoked trout is rather expensive but a little bit goes a reasonably long way. Here it is mixed with some glamorous vegetables for quite a fancy pasta dish, but like most pasta dishes it is quick and easy enough for a week-night dinner. And yes, it’s pasta again. We do tend to live on the stuff. This is the time …

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Pasta with Spinach, Roasted Squash, Shallots & Ricotta

You’ll have noticed that I haven’t mixed squash and pasta before, or I don’t know, maybe you haven’t noticed. I have to say my instinct that they rarely go together still stands. Yes, squash is vegetable, but a starchy/solid one, and I think the combination is usually just a little too stodgy. That said, this was enjoyable.  Sometimes some good …

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