Pasta e Fagioli (Vegetarian Dish)

¼ cup olive oil
1 15-oz can whole plum tomatoes (cut into bite size pieces)
2 cups cooked and drained ditalini pasta
2 cups cooked white beans
4 leaves of fresh basil (1 tsp. dried)
1 T. fresh chopped parsley (1 tsp. dried)
4 buds of fresh chopped garlic (or 1 T. garlic powder)
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
2/3 cup fresh-grated Parmesan cheese

*Optional: add 1 cup cooked ground beef or top with strips of rare roast beef

Directions: In large iron skillet, sauté tomatoes in olive oil frying pan; add herbs, beans, pasta, pepper and cheese. Stir mixture together and simmer until heated.

Get Your Iron UP↑: Serve with fresh spinach salad and lemonade(vitamin C rich beverage) to enhance iron absorption. *Note: Without the accompaniment of meat, this dish contains only non-heme iron which is not easily absorbed. Therefore, an oral iron supplement may be necessary to get the desired amount of iron.

Get Your Iron DOWN↓: Enjoy coffee or tea with the meal to block iron absorption. 

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