Note: This is a holiday dinner for two people.
–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips
–bay leaf (1)
–baby bella mushrooms (divided, half each, 8)
–onion (one-half, medium)
–white wine (cooking wine is fine)
–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)
–sweet potatoes (fresh, 3 medium or 2 large)
–marshmallows (6 or 8 large)
–milk (dairy, soy, or almond)
–green peas (frozen)
–cornbread stuffing (boxed)
–green onions (divided, 2 bunches)
1 – Cut the mushrooms (4) in one-half pieces. Chop one-half onion. Place mushrooms and onion in a covered baking dish. Just cover with chicken broth and a very small portion of white wine. Season with thyme, bay leaf, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes. Set aside.
2 – Scrub the sweet potatoes thoroughly. Using a fork, pierce the skins all over. Place on paper towels in the microwave. Cook on high for 7 minutes; turn over the potatoes, and cook on high for 8 minutes. Place on large plates. Cut the potatoes lengthwise, and then slice through the meat of the potatoes several times, sideways. Using 2 spoons, transfer to a food processor. Add 2 inches of milk. Gently pulse at first, and then pulse thoroughly. Spoon the potatoes into a covered baking dish. Set aside.
3 – Place one-half package of green peas in a covered baking dish. Add one bunch of green onions, chopped, and 4 mushrooms, chopped. Stir well. Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil. Cook on high in the microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.
4 – Fill 2 individual, microwaveable bowls with to one-half with stuffing. Chop 1 bunch of green onions, and place one-half of the bunch on top of the stuffing. Fill with stuffing, and the remainder of the green onions. Add chicken broth and a drop of olive oil. Set aside.
5 – Warm the potatoes in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Add the marshmallows on top, spread out, and then microwave for 1 minute. When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.
6 – Heat the stuffing for 2 minutes in the microwave on high. When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.
7 – Cook the chicken on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.
8 – Serve the dinner hot.
–chicken adapted from 60 Minute Gourmet, Pierre Franey, chef; other recipes original.