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Recipe: Harvest Chopped Salad

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Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. Spring has sprung and tender greens are poking through the ground.  Colorado grows a wide variety of greens, both field and greenhouse, such as arugula, kale, collard and different types of lettuce. Romaine lettuce is sodium free, high in Vitamin A and a good source of folate. Look for Colorado greens at your local grocery store, farmers' market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.

Recipe - Applesauce

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Cook time: 35 minutes

Makes:   10 servings 

Homemade applesauce, an easy treat to make, is a wonderful side dish or dessert option.

Ingredients

7 apple (cut in quarters)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

Directions

1. Wash and then cut apples in quarters. Apples can be peeled, but fiber will be decreased.

2. Combine apples and water in saucepan. Heat to boiling. Turn heat to low as soon as the water is boiling.

Recipe - Easy Beef Supper

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Makes:   6 Servings 

This is a favorite southwestern dish. Serve with vegetables for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 onion (small,chopped)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
2 cans low-sodium tomatoes (diced, drained, about 30 ounces)
1 cup macaroni (uncooked)
2 1/2 cups low-sodium tomato juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano (optional)
1 can low-sodium kidney beans (drained)

Directions

Recipe - Anytime Pizza

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Makes:   2 servings 

Make your own pizza topped with green peppers, mushrooms, or other vegetables.

Ingredients

1/4 mini baguette or Italian bread (split lengthwise, or 2 split English muffins)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese (part-skim, shredded)
1/4 cup green pepper (chopped)
1/4 cup mushrooms (fresh or canned, sliced)
  vegetable toppings (other, as desired, optional)
  Italian seasoning (optional)

Directions

Recipe - Crunchy Potato Casserole

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Makes:   8 Servings 

Want a side dish for your meal? This recipe uses corn flakes in a creative potato-based dish to make it crunchy. 

Ingredients

2 cups corn flakes cereal (crushed into crumbs)
2 pounds potatoes (peeled and grated)
1/4 cup margarine (melted)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 onion (chopped)
1 can low-sodium cream of chicken soup (about 10 ounces)
3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese (shredded)

Directions

Recipe - Beef Stroganoff

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Makes:   5 servings 

Mushrooms, nutmeg, and white wine make a delicious yogurt-based sauce for the pasta in this beef recipe.

Ingredients

1 pound beef (lean, top round)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3/4 tablespoon onion (finely chopped)
1 pound mushroom (sliced)
1/4 teaspoon salt
  black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon basil (dried)
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup yogurt (plain, low-fat)
6 cups macaroni (cooked in unsalted water)

Directions

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