|1||pkg (20 oz or 700 g) refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini|
|1||pkg (6 oz/175 g) fresh baby spinach leaves (about 8 cups/2 L)|
|1||8-oz (250-g) piece cooked ham steak|
|1||large red bell pepper|
|1/4||cup (50 mL) butter (do not substitute margarine)|
|Coarsely ground black pepper (optional)|
Yield: 6 servings
Nutrients per serving: Calories 380, Total Fat 13 g, Saturated Fat 7 g, Cholesterol 65 mg, Carbohydrate 48 g, Protein 19 g, Sodium 1050 mg, Fiber 5 g
U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving: 3 starch, 2 medium-fat meat (3 carb)
Cook's Tips: Getting the butter to brown evenly is easy if you melt the butter over moderate heat and swirl the pan occasionally. Adding finely diced red bell pepper to the butter as soon as it reaches a deep brown color cools the butter and prevents burning, preserving the delicate, nutty flavor.
A ham steak is a great way to savor all the flavor of a traditional bone-in ham without buying a whole ham. Ham steaks come from the center of the ham and are 94% lean, the leanest part of the ham.
Ravioli can be substituted for the tortellini, if desired.
Diced cooked chicken can be substituted for the ham, if desired.