CHICKEN WITH STEWED APPLE & VIDALIA ONION IN CINNAMON – BROWN SUGAR – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–apple (peeled, chopped, medium)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half, sliced)

–cinnamon (bottled)

–brown sugar

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–bowtie pasta (dry, two-thirds cup)

1 – Place the bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Cover to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minute; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Peel and chop an apple, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Peel and slice one-half Vidalia onion, and place in the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the apple and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon a little sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, test the chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the apple and onion sauce atop the pasta.

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.

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BOWTIE PASTA WITH CHICKEN MARINARA SAUCE TOPPED WITH PARMESAN

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato sauce (one-half small can)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–green onions (chopped, 2 stalks)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4, sliced)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–hot sauce (optional; 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, boxed)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

1 – Place the chicken in a slow cooker.  Add one-half can of tomato sauce.  Chop a tomato, season with salt and pepper, and microwave for 5 minutes; then add to the cooker.  Add 2 chopped stalks of green onions; one-half chopped onion; 3 or 4 sliced mushrooms; 1 stalk of chopped celery; and 2 slices of red bell pepper, chopped.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce (optional), and olive oil.  Add chicken broth to not quite cover the chicken and vegetables.  Cook on low for 5 hours.  Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks; return the chicken to the cooker, and cook for 1 hour more.  When finished, place the setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, drain pasta in a colander.

3 – Serve the chicken marinara hot atop the pasta, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

–chicken marinara sauce adapted from To the Taste of a King; pasta original.

FLOUNDER MEDITERRANEAN / BOWTIE PASTA AL DENTE / GARLIC BROCCOLI

–2 fillets of flounder (medium, fresh)

–tomato (1, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–capers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–Parmesan cheese

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–garlic salt

–oregano, basil, bay leaf

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry)

–broccoli (1 head)

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the tomato and onion and add to a covered baking dish. Place capers and black olives over the tomato and onion.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and then stir the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then add the flounder to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Set aside.

3 – Separate the florets and stems of the broccoli from the stalk.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder and vegetables for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the flounder and vegetables on top of the pasta, with the broccoli as a side.

–flounder adapted from allrecipes.com; broccoli original.