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To quickly thaw frozen vegetables to add to a pasta dish, drain the hot water from cooking the pasta over frozen veggies in the colander! Or, add the frozen vegetables to the pasta cooking water for the last few minutes of cook time then drain along with the pasta.
Leeks are grown in sandy soil and must be washed well before using. To prepare leeks, trim the roots and remove the dark green portions. Only the white portion of the leek is used. Chop or slice the white sections, then rinse in water to remove any soil or sand.
The easiest way to ensure that cooked meat or poultry is done is to check the internal temperature. Using an accurate food thermometer will take away the guesswork. Simply insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat or poultry, avoiding any bones if present. For whole poultry, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of one of the thighs, again taking care to avoid any bones.
This satisfying main dish has a lot going for it. It's low in fat, low in calories, low in sodium, and high in vitamin A, thanks to the carrots.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.