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Posted May 11 2011 7:16pm
Today's Recipe: Black Bean & Ham Penne

You'll Need:

  • 1 box of whole wheat penne
  • 1 jar of tomato basil sauce ( I used president's choice blue menu tomato basil sauce)
  • 7 whole mushroom (sliced)
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1 medium spanish onion
  • 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans (rinsed and drained to remove excess sodium)
  • 2 slices of pre-sliced frying ham 
  • 1 tsp basil
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion, red peppers, mushrooms, baby spinach, basil and ham in 1 tbsp olive oil. Stir in the black beans and tomato sauce.
  • Drain pasta; top with the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
  •  Yield: 3-4 servings 
*This dish is packed with veggies and is super healthy :) So enjoy!

I have a new found love to share with you. 

It's soy milk. Vanilla Silk to be exact. I love it because it makes my coffee absolutely perfect and it makes my morning cereal extra delicious. I will never go back to cow's milk.

Bonus: One cup of Silk only has 7g sugar whereas skim cow's milk has 13g of sugar...that's almost twice the amount! For some reason the Silk tastes creamier and sweeter than the cow's milk even though it has less sugar. When I put silk in my coffee I use a generous amount. I fill my coffee cup up almost half way with silk and microwave it. Then I add the other half with brewed coffee. Soooooo good! It doesn't even need any sugar or any kind of sweetener. I normally drink my coffee black but sometimes I crave a nice cup of creamy, sweet coffee and this vanilla silk definitely does the trick. Love is a strong word but yes, I love it. :)

Silk: 1 Cup = only 1.5 g fat, only 80 calories, 7g sugar, 6 g protein.
Compared to Skim Cow's Milk it has:
more vitiman C
more Iron (Cow's milk= 0% Iron Silk=10% Iron)
more fibre (Cow's milk= 0% fibre, Silk= 4% dietary fibre)
less sodium
less carbohydrates
more Folate
It's lactose free
 10 less calories!

However, it does have a little more fat (but those are good fats), and a little less protein but nothing worth mentioning...and besides, with all of those extra vitamins and minerals that Silk has to offer, it's worth it.

This is my own personal opinion. I'm not trying to convert anyone over to Soy Milk, I'm just expressing my new found love for Vanilla Silk. :) Try it in your coffee, you'll love it.

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