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Lean and mean Thanksgiving meals

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and it's time to take a healthy approach to your menu with some healthy recipes. Chef Leticia is sharing some healthy cooking tips and delicious recipes the entire family will enjoy this Thanksgiving.

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Black Bean and Turkey Sausage Soup Recipe:
Ingredients (yield: 4 servings)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 turkey or chicken sausages (about 1/2 lb)
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
Half onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 scallions (white and green parts), chopped
2 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup chicken stock
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 1/2 lb or 1 cup dry black beans)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Nutrition information (1 serving)
Calories 260
Fat 12 g
Saturated fat 2.3 g
Cholesterol 45 mg
Sodium 460 mg
Carbohydrates 23 g
Fiber 7 g
Protein 16 g

1.In a skillet over medium low heat, warm the olive oil. Remove the sausage from the case, and add in chunks to the pan, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Cook the sausage all the way through, until it just starts to brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and cover to keep moist.

2.Using the same pan, add a little bit more oil if necessary, add the garlic and cook until it just starts to turn lightly golden brown, then add the onion and scallions, and cook until soft for about 5 minutes.

3.Add the tomatoes and oregano, and continue cooking, over low heat, until the mixture looks soft and flavorful. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

4.Add the broth and water, and bring it to a boil. Add the beans, sausage, and juices that have accumulated in the bowl; bring to a boil again, and immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Partially cover and cook gently for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.