THYME CHICKEN WITH APPLE / BUTTERY PASTA / SQUASH WITH ONION AND FAUX BACON

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–apple (1, medium)

–butter or margarine (Promise Activ is heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

–pasta

–squash (4 small)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water just to the top of the pasta.  Season with salt (1 teaspoon) and butter (or margarine).  Cook on high in the microwave for 2 and one-half minutes; then cook on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Slice apple and add to covered baking dish.  Season with salt (minimal amount) and butter (or margarine).  Add one-fourth cup water to the dish.  Cook on high in microwave for 4 minutes.  When finished, add chicken to the dish, nestling the chicken among the apple slices.  Season with thyme, salt, pepper, and more butter (or margarine).  Set aside.

3 – Chop squash and onion, and layer in covered baking dish with Bac’n pieces, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in microwave for 5 minutes.

4 – Cook chicken on high in microwave for 5 minutes.

5 – Drain the pasta in a colander.

6 – Serve the chicken and apples on top of the pasta, with the squash as a side.

–chicken adapted from Real Simple; squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

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