Apple and Pear Soup

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour
Servings: 7

INGREDIENTS:
1 tbsp reduced-fat margarine
3 tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
3 pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
5 cups vegetable broth
1/2 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, pureed
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt the margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir the apples and pears in the melted margarine for about 5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, sage, pepper, and bay leaf to the pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Place a cover on the saucepan and allow the mixture to simmer until hot and the apples and pears are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour about 1/3 of the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold the lid of the blender in place with a towel and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth; pour into a clean pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup right in the saucepan. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan and warm over medium heat until completely reheated. Garnish with parsley to serve.


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Cool Beans Salad

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min
YIELD: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:
3 cups basmati rice, cooked
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
4 green onions, sliced
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced

DRESSING:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients; pour over salad and toss to coat. Chill until serving.

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Finnish Berry Dessert

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
YIELD:8 servings

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
1 cup unsweetened raspberries
3 tbsps sugar, divided
2 tbsps cornstarch
1 1/2 cups apple-raspberry juice cocktail
Lowfat vanilla frozen yogurt, optional

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine fruit and 2 tablespoons sugar. In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool for 10 minutes. Pour over fruit; toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in individual dessert dishes; top with frozen yogurt if desired.


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