Friday, November 10, 2006

Tortellini with Hamburger Meat

Suggested Menu:
Spinach Tortellini with hamburger meat
Spinach
Sliced tomatoes
Spanish Cornbread
Fruit Cup

Tip: Tortellini and cornbread may be made ahead of time. Tortellini can be frozen and reheated when needed. May prepare gift/gourmet food basket on colorful paper plates and take to a shut-in or elderly neighbor. Food delivery during the holiday season brings cheer and delight to recipient and joy to the giver. If you select organic raw foods, wash in fruit wash or salt water and peel when possible.
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Family Meal Planning
From the Nutritionist
: This menu adds to a healthy food diet because it supplies needed nutrientsts without extra preparation at serving time. This is desirable during the busy holiday season.The tortellini dish is made with hamburger meat that provides protein. The cooked spinach, raw tomatoes and fruit cup provide valuable vitamins. In addition to carbohydrates, the cornbread can have corn and red peppers that will provide more vitamins. Both the tortellini and cornbread are sources of carbohydrates. If cheese sauces are added, calcium will be provided. Diet food meal planners will appreciate the sliced tomatoes and fruit cup that give nutrients without high calories.

Recipes
Tortellini Casserole
Cook spinach tortellini in boiling water about 17-20 minutes. Scramble hamburger meat and drain off grease. Make Alfredo sauce. Chop ½ cup tomatoes. Layer tortellini, meat, raw tomatoes and sauce. Top with buttered cracker crumbs and bake for 20 minutes at 350°. Cool slightly, cut into squares and serve on a bed of cooked spinach.


Spanish Cornbread
Mix 2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix in a food processor on low with 1 egg and ¼ cup of oil and liquid from cooked corn. Mix well. Add 1 cup of corn and ¼ cup of chopped red peppers. Add more milk if needed. Mix. Pour into a well-greased black skillet and bake 30 minutes at 350°.
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