Using herbs and spices for flavoring decreases the need for added salt. Tomato paste is a highly concentrated version of tomatoes. It contains the carotenoid lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to have cancer preventing properties.
Serves: 4 slices
1/2lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (6oz) tomato paste
3/4 cup water
4.5 tsp minced fresh oregano (or 1.5 tsp dried oregano)
1.5 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
36 slices snack rye bread
1/2 cup grated parmasean cheese
In a skillet, brown beef, onion, green pepper and garlic; drain. Add tomato paste, water and seasonings; cook over low heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Spread 1 Tablespoon on each slice of bread. Place on ungreased baking sheet; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes, or until heated through.
Tip: Whenever a recipe calls for fresh herbs, you may use approximately 1/3 the amount of dried herbs.