A First Course:  SPLIT GREEN PEA SOUP WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – SLICED RED ONION – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC ATOP QUINOA AND IN CHICKEN BONE BROTH

For 4:

–dried split green peas (1 cup)

–shredded carrots (fresh, packaged, 2 handfuls)

–sliced red onion (1, sliced)

–bay leaves (2)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–quinoa (two-thirds cup)

–chicken bone broth (low sodium, for the quinoa, 1 and one-third cups)

–chicken bone broth (low sodium, for the split pea soup, 4 cups)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the dried split green peas, shredded carrots, sliced red onion, bay leaves, minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 4 cups of chicken bone broth in a slow cooker.  Season, to taste, with salt and pepper (very little salt will be needed).  Cook on low in the slow cooker for 5 and one-half hours.  When cooked, place setting on warm.

2 – For the quinoa:  Place the quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken bone broth.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 3 generous tablespoons of cooked quinoa in each serving bowl.  Laddle soup on top.

4 – Serve the soup hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

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A Comfort Entrée:  CHICKEN ROSEMARY – BASIL WITH SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – SLICED ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – CHICKEN BROTH & WITH A SIDE OF CREAM PEAS

Note:  To make a fancier recipe, substitute white wine for the chicken broth.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–fresh tomato (medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (fresh, 4 or 5, quartered)

–sliced onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–cream peas (1 package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Bac’n pieces (1 tablespoon, bottled)

1 – Place the cream peas in a slow cooker.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

2 – Place the tomato, onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and chicken broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with basil, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (The tomato will disintegrate, making for a sauce, and this is why you don’t need more than one-eighth cup of chicken broth.)

3 – Nestle the chicken with the vegetables and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

–chicken and peas adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CREAMY CHICKEN & BROWN RICE CASSEROLE SEASONED BY THYME AND COOKED WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS – ONION – CHEDDAR CHEESE BITS – SHREDDED PARMESAN IN BROTH

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–milk (one-third cup; almond or dairy, not soy)

–brown rice (5 – minute cook, 1 cup dry)

–thyme (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–broccoli florets (1 head, fresh)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cheddar cheese (size of 3 matchboxes, crumbled)

–Parmesan cheese (2 tablespoons, shredded)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the brown rice in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Then add onion and broccoli florets on top of the rice.  Add the cheddar cheese.  Season with thyme, salt, and pepper.  Place the chicken on top.  Cover with Parmesan cheese.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Add chicken broth and milk to cover one-half the chicken.

2 – Cook for 5 and one-half hours on low.

3 – Serve the casserole hot.

–chicken and rice dish adapted from Kristine’s Kitchen web site.

HERB COD AND BROWN RICE WITH RED BELL PEPPER – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – MINCED GARLIC IN BROTH

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–brown rice (5 – minute cook, boxed, two-thirds cup dry)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, chopped, 1, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon (one-half teaspoon each, bottled)

1 – Place brown rice in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Place red bell pepper, onion, and tomato on top.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Then top with cod.  Season with minced garlic, cayenne pepper, rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in chicken broth to the level of one-half of the cod.

2 – Cook on high for 1 and one-half hour.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

–cod and rice adapted from “fit slow cooker” web site.

CHICKEN WITH THYME – BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – SHREDDED CARROTS – SWEET ONION – BOWTIE PASTA IN BROTH

Note:  Thyme and basil work together as herbs very well.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme, basil (bottled, one-half teaspoon each)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–pasta (bowtie, 1 cup)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Then add shredded carrots.  Place chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, basil, and garlic, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth until the chicken is almost submerged.  Cook on low setting for 5 hours.

2 – Place 1 cup of pasta in the cooker.  Cook for one-half hour (for al dente pasta, 20 minutes) more, for a total of 5 and one-half hours.  (Cooking times may vary with the brand and model of your slow cooker.)

3 – Serve the chicken pasta and vegetables hot.

–chicken adapted from the Magical Slow Cooker (web).

SALMON SPRINKLED WITH CHIVES & COOKED WITH SWEET SLICED ONIONS IN APPLE JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–chives (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (1, medium, sweet, sliced)

–apple juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice and place the sweet onion in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Place the salmon on top.  Pour apple juice into the cooker just until the salmon begins to float.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, and olive oil.

2 – Cook on high for 1 and one-half hours. 

3 – To serve, remove from cooker, and slice the salmon.  Serve the salmon with some apple juice and the onions.

–salmon adapted from Emma Christensen’s “Kitchn” web site.

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH FRESH TOMATO – SLICED ONION – CUMIN – PAPRIKA – PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC ATOP BROWN RICE & IN BROTH

Note:  This recipe starts a two-week unit on the best slow cooker recipes for chicken, cod, shrimp, and salmon that I can find—while I wait for a new microwave to be delivered and installed.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–cumin (bottled; 1 teaspoon))

–paprika (bottled; 1 teaspoon)

–parsley (bottled, dried; 1 tablespoon; don’t try to use fresh)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–brown rice (two-thirds cup dry)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, 1 and one-half cups)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the brown rice on the bottom of the slow cooker. 

2 – Place tomato, onion, cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and 3 drops of olive oil in a mixing bowl.  Stir well, and then place atop the brown rice in the cooker.

3 – Place the chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.

4 – Add the chicken broth.  Finish with parsley on top.

5 – Cook on low for 5 and one-half hours.

6 – Serve the chicken and rice hot.

–chicken adapted from Diethood, the eating effect blog.