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Antipasto

This easy dish makes a nice light summer supper. Use some or all of the ingredients listed here, adjusting quantities as necessary.

Ingredients

  • Wedges of cantaloupe
  • Salami
  • Boiled ham
  • Pepperoncini (mildly hot salad peppers, available in jars near the pickles and olives)
  • Halved or quartered hard-boiled eggs
  • Marinated mushrooms
  • Black and green olives (get the good ones)
  • Strips of canned pimento
  • Solid-pack white tuna, drizzled with olive oil
  • Sardines
  • Marinated artichoke hearts (available in cans)

Directions

Simply arrange some or all of these things decoratively on a platter, put out a stack of small plates and some forks, and dinner is served.

Yield: Varies with your taste and needs, but here are the basic nutritional breakdowns for the items on your antipasto platter:

Cantaloupe, l/S of a small melon: 4.5 grams of carbohydrates and 0.5 grams of fiber, for a total of 4 grams of usable carbs and 0.5 grams of protein

Salami, 1 average slice: 0.5 grams of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber, and 3 grams of protein

Boiled ham, 1 average slice: a trace of carbohydrates, no fiber, and 3.5 grams of protein

Pepperoncini, 1 average piece: 0.5 grams of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber, and no protein

Hard-boiled eggs, 1/2: 0.3 grams of carbohydrates, no fiber, and 3 grams of protein

Marinated mushrooms, 1 average piece: 1 gram of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber, and no protein

Black olives, 1 large: 0.5 grams of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber, and no protein

Green olives, 1 large: a trace of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber, and no protein

Pimento, 1 slice: a trace of carbohydrates, a trace of fiber, and no protein

Tuna,3 ounces: no carbohydrates, no fiber, and 22 grams of protein

Sardines,2 average: no carbohydrates, no fiber, and 5 grams of protein (not to mention 91 milligrams of calcium)

Artichoke hearts, 2 quarters: 2 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and no protein

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