Minestrone Soup by Chris Woodyard Prep time 25 mins. Cook time 45 mins.Minestrone soup 1 ½ cups diced carrot 1 ½ cups sliced celery 1 ½ cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic crushed 3 tablespoons Olive oil 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, not drained 1 ½ tablespoons of Italian blend seasoning (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory sage, oregano, and basil) 3 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons of seasoned black pepper 3 (14 ounce) cans of beef broth or 1 ½ (32 ounce) stock ½ pound of ground turkey brown 1 (15 ounce) can of navy beans rinsed & drained 1 (15 ounce) can of red kidney beans rinsed & drained 1 cup of uncooked elbow macaroni ½ cup of chopped fresh parsley or fresh basil Freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional) Chris Woodyard graduated from the school of Health Sciences in 1981 in Wichita Falls Texas on SheppardSauté ground turkey with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, season AFB, as a Psychiatric Technician. He worked as a Crisiswith 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of seasonedblack pepper until crumble and brown drain and set aside. Counselor & Crisis Case Manager at Solano County Mental Health for 13 years. Shortly thereafter, ChrisSauté first 4 ingredients in Dutch oven over medium-high moved to Sacramento and worked with adults with Co-heat 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables Occurring disorders in Private and Non-Profit agenciesare crisp tender. for the past 13 years. He attended The Breining InstituteAdd tomatoes, Italian seasoning blend, remaining salt and in 2004 and graduated as a Certified Alcohol & Drugpepper, bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 min- Counselor. Chris is presently working at CORE Medicalutes stirring occasionally. clinic as a Mental Health Counselor and BuprenorphineStir in beef stock, turkey, beans and macaroni. Bring to a Program Supervisor. Eventually Chris would like to openboil, cover, simmer 15 minutes or until macaroni is tender, his own restaurant and provide healthy, tasty nutritionalserve with chopped parsley or fresh chopped basil and meals such as Chris’s Minestrone Soup. Enjoy!grated parmesan cheese. Yields: 14 cupsMary Jo’s Revised French Chocolate Cake Now you can have your cake and eat it too! 1 cup organic unsalted butter (or) ½ cup with ¼ cup Beat eggs/substitute and sugar until blended and begins Wonderslim (fat substitute) to thicken. 5 large organic eggs (or) 1 ¼ cup egg substitute Sift flour and baking power over eggs and fold in. Gradu- 1 ¼ cups Xylodal; sugar - available in bulk in health ally fold in chocolate mixture. food stores Transfer into pan. 5 Tbsp’s of flour (or) 5 Tbsp’s of almond flour Bake 20 minutes - - - then cover pan with foil. Bake until 1 ½ tsp balking power tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs 8 to 10 oz’s of bittersweet 85% chocolate still attached; approximately 45 minutes longer, depend-Preheat oven to 325 degrees. ing on pan size.Butter and flour 10 inch spring form pan. Uncover, cool in pan on rack. Cake will fall. Can be pre-Stir chocolate and butter in heavy medium sauce pan pared a day before. Dust with powder sugar. Serve withover low heat till melted and smooth. a dollop of low sugar whipped cream. ENJOY!