Mississippi on the Menu

Mississippi Pork

In 2014, Mississippi’s pork producers contributed a production value of $153 million dollars to our state’s economy. Farm raised pork is ideal for the calorie conscious. Pork’s high ratio of nutrients to calories is termed “high nutrient density”. A three ounce serving of lean pork has only 165 calories. Besides being comparatively low in calories, three ounces of cooked lean pork contains only a moderate amount of cholesterol; just 67 mg.

Enjoy this recipe for a delicious dinner.

BLT Soup

8 slices bacon, crisply-cooked

1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes

1 14 1/2-oz can chicken broth

1 15-oz can white beans, (cannellini or navy)

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 cup leaf lettuce, shredded

1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

Coarsely crumble bacon & set aside. In 2-quart saucepan, stir together tomatoes, broth, beans and seasoning. Bring to a simmer; stir in vinegar.

In small bowl, toss together lettuce & basil.

Ladle soup into large soup plates or bowls; garnish each serving with crumbled bacon and lettuce & basil.

Recipe Source: PorkBeInspired.com

Information prepared by Nancy Freeman, Consultant, msunancyf@bellsouth.net

Information provided by Farm Families of Mississippi