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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COD SPRINKLED BY GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH YOGURT – SRIRACHA SAUCE SERVED WITH A SIDE SALAD OF SHREDDED CARROT – GREEN ONIONS – LIME JUICE

For 4:

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

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, 3 tablespoons)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat, 3 tablespoons)

–Sriracha sauce (bottled, 2 teaspoons)

–shredded carrot (1 cup, raw)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–lime juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Stir together the yogurt and Sriracha sauce briskly.

3 – Stir together the carrots, green onions (chopped), and lime juice. 

4 – Serve the cod hot, with cold sauce on the side, and the cold carrot salad on the side as well.

–cod inspired by Real Simple magazine.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH POTATOES – MUSHROOMS – SHREDDED CARROTS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potato (1, medium, skin on)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4)

–carrots (shredded, 2 handfuls)

–white wine (use the good stuff)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and then cut 1 medium potato into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a large, covered baking dish with white wine just to cover the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

2 – Wash and slice 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms.  When potatoes have cooked for the 5 minutes, place the potatoes and the mushrooms around the edge of the cooking dish.  Place the chicken in the middle.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place 2 handfuls of shredded carrots on top.  Season with parsley.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.  I also served a salad with goddess dressing and zipper peas (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–recipe adapted from Southern Living magazine from several decades ago.