TOMATO CHICKEN WITH GARLIC & ROSEMARY IN MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH BEER & DEJON / BARLEY

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (1, medium, fresh, chopped)

–garlic powder

–rosemary (bottled)

–beer

–Dejon mustard

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce)

–barley (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 tomato, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil, and place in a covered baking dish.  In a small bowl, stir together one-third cup of Italian sauce, 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard, and 3 tablespoons of beer.  Pour into the baking dish and stir.  Nestle the chicken amid the tomato sauce.  Season the chicken with rosemary, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Add two-thirds cup of barley to a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-third cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Watch to be sure that barley does not bubble up; if so, microwave on 50 percent power for twice the remaining time.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop the barley.  I also served broccoli (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

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

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BEER – BATTERED COD WITH PAPRIKA & GARLIC / FARMERS’ MARKET POTATOES / BACON – FLAVORED KALE

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–beer (can)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–paprika

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (young, small, about 8)

–kale (fresh, packaged)

–Bac’n pieces

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, beer, and olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little beer.  Set aside.

2 – Wash and scrub the young potatoes.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the washed kale in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes (longer because of the beer in the dish).

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the potatoes and kale as sides.

–cod adapted from food.com; vegetables original.