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Leigh's Low Fat Recipes

Leigh has to cook for a bunch of folks everytime she sets pan to fire.

But wanting to keep her girlish figure, and wanting to make sure everybody else keeps their own figures, she's "figured" out ways to cook delicious meals without adding so much girth to the diners.

Her column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back to see what's doing in "Boggie"'s kitchen.


Serves 6.

1-1/2 lb fresh asparagus
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
3-1/2 cups fat-free chicken broth
1 potato, peeled and diced
Salt to taste
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
Cut off and reserve about 24 asparagus tips.
Chop remaining spears into small pieces.

Heat oil in a large saucepan.
Add onion and celery; cook until softened, stirring often.
Add chicken broth, chopped asparagus, and potato.

Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
Puree soup in batches in a food processor or blender.
Return soup to pan; heat through.
Salt to taste.

Steam or microwave asparagus tips until tender-crisp.
Drain well.

Serve soup garnished with asparagus tips and basil.

Per serving: 102 calories, 2 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 17 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein, 314 mg sodium.

CookWare Sampler

The folks from "Cooking Light" magazine offer this inexpensive ($6.98 list price) recipe software.

It includes the CookWare recipe management software, 100 recipes, and a sample of CookPac (a month of "Cooking Light" recipes).

Their goal is to introduce you to the monthly CookPac subscription.

The nutritional analysis of each recipe may make this CD attractive to persons with special dietary needs.

More information is available at - Cooking software.

Do you have a recipe to share?

You can Write to Leigh!

Include your first initial and last name and put the word LOWFAT in the subject.

I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

(Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

For those of you with fast metabolisms....the HECK with you. But if you'd rather have recipes that are more traditional, then, all you need do is to visit Boggie's Cooking Tips page, then a quick visit to my mother-in-law Betty Jean's pages for some Traditional Recipes, or, Vegetarian Recipes.

AND, if you want to see how to grow all your own vegetables for the recipes and flowers for the table, visit Uncle Ernie's Gardening page. If you see Ernest, please tell him Boggie said supper will be ready soon and to get on out of the garden so he can get cleaned up.


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