SPICY GARLIC – PEPPER CHICKEN WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – RED ONIONS – WHITE MUSHROOMS – CAYENNE IN A BLENDED CHICKEN BROTH – SOY SAUCE

Thai meets the Mediterranean. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–red onions (one-half, chopped, medium)

–white mushrooms (4 or 5, quartered, fresh)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

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

–soy sauce (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–pepper (no salt)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the shredded carrots and chopped onions in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth and soy sauce.  Season with extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders in the sauce.  Place minced garlic and quartered white mushrooms on top.  Season with cayenne pepper and black pepper (the latter generously).   Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, cut into the center piece to check for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–inspired by the garlic – pepper chicken recipe at Pick Thai, Oxford, Mississippi.

A First Course:  SWEET ‘N SPICY SUMMER SQUASH SOUP PUREED WITH A MULTITUDE OF DRIED HERBS – RED ONION – MINCED GARLIC – MAPLE SYRUP – UNDILUTED VEGETARIAN VEGETABLE SOUP – LEMON JUICE – AND A BASE OF MILK

For 4:

–squash (2 large, or 4 small, fresh, sliced)

–ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper (1 teaspoon each, except for cayenne, which is one-half teaspoon)

–red onion (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–maple syrup (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–vegetarian vegetable soup (undiluted, 1 can)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 1 cup)

1 – Slice the squash and onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add the herbs (see above for amount), garlic, maple syrup, soup, olive oil, and lemon juice.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, let cool for 5 minutes (food is too hot to work with).

2 – Place the ingredients in a food processor.  Puree until smooth.

3 – Add 1 cup of milk.  Stir. Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Let the soup stand for 5 minutes, covered, before serving.

5 – Serve hot.

–adapted from the Mississippi Daily, newspaper of the University of Mississippi