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Cranberry Bean Pasta Fagioli

I saw this recipe in a magazine while I was waiting for a doctor’s appointment.  I’m really glad I found it, because the final result after making it was a really good soup for a cold day.

I altered the recipe a bit based on what I had on hand yesterday.  I didn’t have a piece of parmesan cheese rind, but I did have a pretty good size piece of parm, so I threw that it.  I didn’t have any small pasta, so I used Dreamfields elbow macaroni.  My use of the Dreamfields pasta cut the carbs by about 70%.  No matter what you use as substitutes, please try this soup.  I think you’ll really enjoy it :).  It will be a staple on my table this winter.

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Holiday Temptations

Two experiences I had this past week are prompting this post.

On Tuesday, one of my fifth graders told me that she had a blood test done earlier that day.  That prompted me to ask her why she had to have the test done.  “To check my blood sugar.  I have to change what I eat, because my doctor said I’m on the road to diabetes.”  Wow.  This girl is not obese, and to me, she appears to be just a little overweight.  But diabetes runs in her family, and her doctor was concerned about the extra pounds she is carrying.  Fifth grade.  Ten years old.