August 30th, 2000

Late for a Date Pasta

2 jars marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
1 can of black olives, chopped
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
parmesan cheese

Combine artichokes, olives, tomato and pepper. Chill in fridge. When your date arrives, boil up some angel hair pasta, spoon cold topping over hot noodles. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired. You're sure to get laid.

Black Beans and Rice

Wrap it up in some fat free tortillas and smother with salsa. Mmmmm...

1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup sliced green onion and tops
5 cloves minced garlic
1 cup long-grain rice
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion, green onion, and garlic in a little water until tender, about 5 minutes. (The slight added water prevents the stuff from sticking and avoids the use of cooking sprays.) Add rice (uncooked!) and stir over medium heat, until rice is lightly browned. Add stock to saucepan and bring to a boil. (Note: the better quality stock you have, the better the rice will taste.) Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add beans and continue cooking for 5 minutes, until rice is tender. Stir in cilanto and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Inspiration provided by "1,001 Low Fat Vegetarian Recipes", by Sue Spitler

Limey Tomato Salsa for the Weak

2 large tomatoes, chunked
1 small SWEET onion, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, seed and veins discarded, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
salt and pepper
lime juice (at least 1 whole squeezed lime)

Combine all ingredients, adding salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste. Ingredients can be tossed into a food processor for a more smooth salsa, but I like it straight up.

Inspiration provided by "1,001 Low Fat Vegetarian Recipes", by Sue Spitler