Tomato and Garlic Mussels

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Mussels are a great family food because they are easy to make, full of immune-boosting zinc, and are fun to eat! Kids love finger foods and the tomato and garlic make this a great comfort food in the colder months!

1/4 cup olive oil

1 onion, chopped fine

6 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

2 cups canned tomatoes, drained and chopped

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes (optional)

4 lbs mussels, scrubbed and debearded

1/8 tsp black pepper

Salt as needed

1. Heat oil over medium-low heat in large pot and sautee onion and garlic about 5 minutes.
2. Add parsley, tomatoes, thyme and red pepper flakes, and simmer partially-covered, for about 25 minutes.
3. Scrub mussels and throw out any broken shells or mussels that do not clamp down when tapped. Add mussels to pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until mussels open, about 3 minutes. Remove opened mussels and continue to cook and remove mussels asthey open. Discard any that do not open.
4. Stir black pepper and salt into broth. Ladle over mussels. Serve with toast and enjoy!

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