Pronto Penne Pasta (7.5 Points)

Serving Size = 1 cup
(This makes a very large amount of food. I chose not to put in the cayenne and served it and the Parmesan on the side. This made it much more kid-friendly.)

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups Whole wheat pasta uncooked
1 pound Italian turkey sausage links casings removed
1 medium Red onion chopped
1 medium Green pepper chopped
1 can (14 oz) Diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (14 oz) Chicken broth reduced-sodium
2 cloves Garlic minced
2 teaspoons Dried tarragon
2 teaspoons Dried basil
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
1/4 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup Skim milk
1/2 cup Reduced Fat Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions

1. Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile crumble sausage into skillet coated with cooking spray. Ad onion and green pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, and remaining spices.
2. In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth. Stir into sausage mixture. Bring to a boil, cook and stir fro 2 minutes or unitl thickened.
3. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Drain pasta. Toss with sausage mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese.

Healthy Cooking: Taste of Home April/May 2008

Red Beans & Rice (7.7 points)

(From my new favorite cookbook; Cooking Light Slow Cooker)

Serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 3/4 cup rice, 1 tbsp green onions
Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients

3 cups Water
1 cup Red kidney beans dried
1 cup Onion chopped
1 cup Bell pepper chopped
3/4 cup Celery chopped
1 teaspoon Dried thyme
1 teaspoon Paprika
3/4 teaspoon Red pepper ground
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
7 ounces Smoked turkey sausage thinly sliced
1 each Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Long grain rice cooked
1/4 cup Green onions chopped


Instructions
Combine the first 12 ingredients in a 2 quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours. Discrad bay leaf; stir in salt. Serve over rice in individual bowls; sprinkle evenly with green onions.