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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Meals in Minutes for RV Travel

Janet Groene's
Meatless Minestrone
    Open some cans, combine ingredients in a big pot on your RV stove or campfire and cook a smokin’ hot feast for two or twenty. If campground neighbors show up, just add more cans and season to taste. Start with this basic recipe.
    Cook’s note: When buying canned goods for camping, choose low- and no-salt foods to avoid sodium overload. You can always add salt to taste later.
28-ounce can diced tomatoes
8-ounce can tomato sauce
Large onion, diced
1 each green and red sweet pepper, diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 or 2 medium zucchini, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cans condensed lentil soup
1 or 2 cans, 14.5 ounces each, kidney beans
½ to 1 cup broken spaghetti
1 tablespoon mixed Italian seasoning
Salt, pepper to taste
Parmesan (optional)

    Put tomatoes and tomato sauce in a large pot. Fill the 28-ounce tomato can with water and add it. Bring to a boil. Stir in vegetables, garlic, lentil soup and kidney beans. When it boils, stir in spaghetti and Italian seasoning. Cover and simmer 10-20  minutes or until vegetables and pasta are tender. Adjust seasonings. If soup is too thick, thin it to taste with tomato juice, water or broth.  Top each bowlful with a piece of shaved Parmesan if you wish. Serves 8 to 10.

Cook’s note: Wash, dry and dice the onion, peppers, zucchini and celery at home and keep cool and dry in the refrigerator or ice chest up to two days.

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