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    Recipes to Ring in the New Year


    Slow Cooker Brown Rice

    • 5 c water r vegetable broth
    • 2 c brown rice
    • 1 t salt


    Place all ingredients in slow cooker; stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

    Yields 6-8 cups to use in Vegetable Hopping John and Red Beans and Rice.


    Vegetable Hopping John

    • 1 T vegetable oil
    • 1/2 c onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 c frozen corn, thawed
    • 1 c carrots, chopped
    • 1 c celery, chopped
    • 2   15-oz cans black eyed peas
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 1 t marjoram
    • 1 T parsley flakes


    Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic; sauté until tender. Stir in corn, carrots and celery; sauté until vegetables are tender, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in rice, black-eyed peas, and tomato. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in marjoram and parsley.

    Serves 8.


    Winter Fruit & Cheese Salad

    • 1/4 c apple juice
    • 1 T olive oil
    • 1 T brown mustard
    • 2 T brown sugar
    • 1/2 t pepper
    • 8 c green leaf lettuce or Romaine lettuce, washed and torn
    • 2 apples, cored and sliced
    • 1 pear, sliced
    • 1/4 c cheddar cheese, shredded


    In a small bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients to make dressing. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, apples and pear. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

    Serves 8.


    A Planned-Over Meal

    Red Beans & Rice

    • 1/2 lb turkey sausage
    • 1 bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves, garlic, chopped
    • 2 15-oz cans dark red kidney beans
    • 3 c brown rice, cooked


    Cut sausage into 1/2 inch patties. In a skillet, brown until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic; sauté until tender. Add beans; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Serve over hot rice with a glass of low-fat milk.

    Serves 6.


    Broiled Grapefruit

    • 3 grapefruit, halved
    • 1 banana, sliced
    • Honey*
    • ground cinnamon


    Preheat broiler. Place grapefruit halves fruit side up on a baking sheet. With a paring knife, cut around each section to loosen the fruit. Top each grapefruit half with 3-4 banana slices. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of each. Broil about 4 inches from the burner until bubbly and slightly browned on top, about 4-6 minutes.

    Serves 6.


    * Honey should not be fed to infants under 1-year-old.


    Brown rice, onion, garlic, corn, carrots, celery, black-eyed peas, tomato, apple juice, lettuce, apples, pear, cheddar cheese, bell pepper, kidney beans, grapefruit and banana are all WIC-approved foods.