Mango Raisin Couscous ( Cous-Cous)

Ingredients: 1 cup couscous ( measure before cooking)1 cup water1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon butter2 tablespoons olive oil ( divided)1 garlic cloves, minced1 mangoes, chopped about 1 inch ( about a cup)1 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped1/2 cup raisins1 ripe tomatoes, chopped2 tablespoons lime juice ( fresh would be nice)1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)1/4 cup...

Saffron Couscous

Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed2 tablespoons olive oil1 1/2 cups uncooked couscous1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper1/3 cup chopped green onion tops Directions: Bring broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add saffron, stirring to dissolve. Cover and keep warm.Heat...

Sausage Pasta

Ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil3 cups marinara sauce1 garlic cloves, minced1/4 teaspoon sage1 tablespoon fresh oregano3/4 cup heavy cream2 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded2 ounces provolone cheese, shredded1 lb hot Italian sausages1 1/4 lbs rigatoni pasta, cooked1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated for garnish (optional) Directions: Brown sausage in 2 T...

Chipotle’s Basmati Rice

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon vegetable oil2/3 cup white basmati rice1 limes, juice of1 cup water1/2 teaspoon salt2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped Directions: In a 2-qt. heavy saucepan, heat oil or butter over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted.Add rice and lime juice, stir for one minute.Add water and salt, bring to a full rolling boil....

Kielbasa and Kale Soup

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups chicken broth1 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped kale or 1 (10 ounce) packages collard greens (I like to use spinach) or 1 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach ( I like to use spinach)8 ounces kielbasa or 8 ounces other fully cooked smoked sausage1 (19 ounce) cans cannellini (white kidney...

Rice Pilaf

Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups water1 tablespoon butter1 bay leaves1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground white pepper1 1/3 cups rice1 teaspoon butter1/4 cup chopped celery1/4 cup chopped onions1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers1/2 teaspoon minced garlic Directions: Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan.Add rice, cover and cook until rice is tender and water is...

Bow Ties With Palamino Sauce

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine1 small onions, chopped1 banana peppers, chopped2 garlic cloves, chopped1 tablespoon all-purpose flour3/4 cup whole milk1/2 cup heavy cream ( or whipping cream)1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/4 cups spaghetti sauce ( jarred)1 (16 ounce) packages bow tie pasta ( farfalle)1/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated1/4 cup fresh basil...

Pasta Primavera

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil2 garlic cloves, crushed6 green onions, sliced diagonally1 red peppers, coarsely chopped1 green peppers, coarsely chopped4 cups cauliflower florets3 tablespoons flour1 1/2 cups 2% low-fat milk1 1/2 cups chicken broth1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, freshly ground1 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated1 roasted red peppers, choppedlinguine1/2 cup slivered...

Spiral Pasta Salad

Ingredients: 10 ounces garden spiral shaped pasta, cooked and drained1 small onions, chopped1 bell peppers, chopped1 (4 ounce) cans chopped black olives1 (4 ounce) jars chopped pimiento1/4 cup red wine vinegar1/2 cup mayonnaise1/4 cup olive oil2 tablespoons Dijon mustardsalt and pepper Directions: Mix pasta and next 8 ingredients until well blended.Add salt and pepper...