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Tuscan Style Bean Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2009
I decided to make this on the spur of the moment. I didn't have the thyme, so I used dried savory instead, and I threw in a little dried basil, too. No chicken broth, so I used a beef stock base, and 3 kidney bean cans of water. I omitted the pepper because I was saving that for something else. No shell or elbow pasta, so I used low cal, high fiber short cut fettucine. ( 2 cups) I added half a bag of frozen organic leaf spinach ( the closest to fresh and much easier to use). The result was a delicious lunch! It came out great. I packaged up the rest in individual plastic containers for a few fast and nutritious, low calorie, high fiber meals. This soup will become one of my staples. It has plenty of things I love: spinach, beans, tomatoes, and pasta. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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Outstanding Chicken Dinner

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2003
This recipe is very tasty. I lightened it up quite a bit by using fat free half and half and reduced fat butter. I also had to use the full amount of the flour, even though I tried to get by with less, based on what some other reviewers posted. Maybe it was because of the reduced fat ingredients I used needing a bit more bulk. Since I had some mixed color bell pepper strips to use up, I sauteed those along with the mushrooms, and threw in some frozen onion bits for good measure, too. I omitted the artichokes, although I will probably use them next time. We're not crazy about rosemary, so that got left out, too. I have to disagree with the poster who said this recipe was easy. Or, maybe my definition of easy is different. But a recipe that requires the vegetables to be cooked first, then the chicken, then a sauce made separately, then the whole thing baked isn't my idea of "instant". However, I didn't mind too much, because the dish tasted good and it was my day off, so I had the time to devote to this recipe. However, this isn't a dish I'd be able to whip up on most days after work. I served it over egg noodles with steamed asparagus on the side. A really delicious meal. I will make this one again.
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