Note: Shrimp can be substituted for scallops.
–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips
–bay scallops (tiny, one-half cup, thawed from frozen)
–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)
–onion (1, divided, chopped)
–white wine (use the real stuff)
–Parmesan cheese (shredded)
–salt and pepper
–butter peas (1 package, frozen)
–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)
–marjoram, 2 bay leaves (bottled)
–miniature carrots (6 to 8, chopped)
–penne pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)
–apple (one-half, chopped)
–pear (one-half, chopped)
–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)
–raisins (one-half cup, golden)
–ginger – sesame salad dressing (to taste)
1 – Place the butter peas in a slow cooker. Peel and chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker. Chop 6 to 8 miniature carrots, and add to the cooker. Add chicken broth to 1 inch above the vegetables. Season with pepper, marjoram, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil. Cook on low for 5 hours and 45 minutes. Then add 1 cup of penne pasta. Cook on low for 15 minutes more. When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.
2 – Chop one-half apple and one-half pear. Add one-half cup of golden raisins, with the other fruit, to a mixing bowl. Add one-half small package of chopped pecans. Add salad greens to the vegetables and nuts. Set aside until just before dinner. At that time, add ginger sesame dressing to taste, and stir well. Serve immediately.
3 – Place one-half chopped onion in a covered baking dish. Add 4 or 5 sliced baby bella mushrooms to the dish. Set aside. Place one-half cup of white wine (the real stuff) in a measuring cup. In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour. Microwave the white wine for 1 minute on high. When finished, slowly add the wine to the flour, stirring briskly. Then pour the sauce into the baking dish. Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Set aside.
4 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice, and place in a covered baking dish. Add two-thirds cup of water. Season with salt and olive oil. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.
5 – Microwave one-half cup of thawed bay scallops on high for 2 minutes in a covered baking dish. Keep covered to preserve warmth.
6 – Add chicken to the baking dish with mushrooms and onion. Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. When finished, pour the cooked scallops into the dish. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
7 – Serve the butter pea soup as a first course, and then serve the salad as a second. Serve the chicken hot, atop the white rice.
–chicken and scallops adapted from “taste of home” web site; soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.