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Caponata – Eggplant Relish

from 1/4 c. olive oil 1 lg. onion, chopped 1-1/2 c. celery, coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 c. peeled and diced eggplant 1 lg. red or green pepper, chopped 1/2 c. chopped black olives 2 tbsp. capers 4 lg. tomatoes, chopped 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce 1/4 c. red wine vinegar 1/4 c. sugar (or less of honey) 3 tsp. chopped fresh basil pepper to taste Heat oil in lg. fry pan – when hot, add garlic, onion and celery; sauté till soft.  Add tomatoes, eggplant and pepper and sauté 10 minutes. Add rest of ingredients, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes or more. Should be thick and condensed. Chill. Serve at room temperature with crackers or good Italian bread.

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Bell Pepper Sauté over Polenta

4 Servings — Low-fat 1 Tbs. olive oil 2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 x 1-inch strips 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 2 x 1-inch strips 1 tomato, cored, seeded and finely diced, or 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried 2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley Polenta 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 11/4 cups cornmeal 1 Tbs. unsalted butter 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions: 1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add bell peppers and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Cover and cook until peppers are soft and browned all over but not mushy, about 7 minutes. 2. Add tomato, garlic and salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, stirring often, about 7 minutes. Stir in basil and parsley. Keep warm over low heat. 3. Make polenta: In medium saucepan, bring broth and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Slowly drizzle in cornmeal, whisking continuously. Reduce heat and cook, whisking continuously, until polenta reaches the consistency of soft mashed potatoes, about 5 minutes. Whisk in butter and cheese. 4. Spoon mound of polenta on each serving plate and top with vegetables. PER Serving: 328 CAL; 9 G PROT; 9 G TOTAL FAT (4 SAT. FAT); 36 G CARB.; 13 MG CHOL; 321 MG SOD.; 4 G FIBER  

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Chimichurri Sauce

(sounds like something Mary Poppins would say, doesn’t it) 2 to 10 cloves garlic, peeled, and chopped coarse 1 or more hot peppers, stemmed, seeded, chopped coarsely 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves (optional) 1 cup fresh parsley leaves (use more!) 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt Combine garlic and jalapeno in food processor and pulse to mince finely. Add oregano and parsley; pulse to chop, but not too finely. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. Great as a sauce with just about any meat or fish dis

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