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Spring 2012

Botsford HealthSource Magazine


black bean, pasta and
artichoke heart medley

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 12
Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Person: 1

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup green onions, sliced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 14½ oz. cans no-added-salt whole
tomatoes, undrained and chopped
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups hot cooked pasta (any shape)
14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over
medium heat. 2. Add green onions and
sauté five minutes. 3. Add oregano, basil,
salt, peppers, garlic and tomatoes; cover
and simmer 10 minutes. 4. Add beans;
cover and simmer an additional five
minutes. 5. Combine bean mixture, hot
cooked pasta and artichoke hearts in a large
bowl. Toss well. Serve warm or at room

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe
120 Calories, 15 Calories from Fat

Amount per Serving (% DV ):*
2 g (3%) Total fat; 0 g (0%) Saturated fat;
0 mg (0%) Cholesterol; 330 mg (14%) Sodium;
21 g (7%) Total carbohydrate; 3 g (12%) Dietary
fiber; 2 g Sugars; 5 g Protein; 4% Vitamin A;
15% Vitamin C; 4% Calcium; 15% Iron

*Percent Daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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But hold off on purchasing that fast food. Remember, these estimated costs may not apply to all regions of the U.S. Here are tips for maintaining a healthy diet at a modest cost: