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Whole Wheat Pasta with Mushrooms, White Beans and Arugula
Serves 4 to 6
The deep earthy flavor and meaty texture of cremini mushrooms is the base of this hearty recipe. Add the arugula to the hot pasta just before serving to preserve some of the leafy texture and punch of the greens.
1 pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed, rinsed and quartered
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
4 sage leaves, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added white beans (1 1/2 cups), drained and rinsed
12 ounces whole wheat pasta
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch arugula, washed and tough stems removed (about 4 tightly packed cups)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat a large high-sided skillet over high heat. When the pan is very hot, add mushrooms and cook, stirring constantly, until mushrooms begin to soften, shrink and release their liquid, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup broth to the pan, scraping the brown bits up off the bottom as the liquid sizzles. Take care to avoid the hot steam that rises when the liquid hits the pan. Reduce the liquid by about half, stirring often for 2 minutes. Add garlic, vinegar and sage and cook 1 minute longer.
Add remaining 1 1/2 cups of broth and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. The sauce will thicken as the liquid reduces by about half and as the beans release some starches into it.
Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Drain pasta and add it to the mushrooms along with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and coat the pasta with the sauce. Stir arugula into the hot pasta just until the greens wilt slightly. Serve immediately.
Per serving: 370 calories (20 from fat), 2.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 70g total carbohydrate (11g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 15g protein
Grape Tomato and Avocado Salad
This delectable salad proves that fresh, high quality ingredients taste superb with little adornment. Halved grape tomatoes and avocados join onions, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt in this perfect side dish or simple appetizer with tortilla chips. Can be prepared up to four hours ahead of serving, making it convenient for those summer days when you’re constantly on the go.
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley or cilantro, or mixture of both
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 white onion, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
1/4 teaspoon high quality sea salt, such as Fleur de Sal
In a non-reactive glass bowl toss together tomatoes, parsley, oil, lemon juice, and onions. Add avocados and salt and toss gently. Chill if not serving immediately.
Per serving: 190 calories (140 from fat), 16g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 13g total carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium