Quick and easy soups can be prepared in 20 minutes with a few easy steps. Be sure to cut up the vegetables into small pieces while cooking them in stock. Broccoli works well as a starter. Sauté onion & celery in olive oil and some butter for 8 minutes, add flour and cook for 5 minutes. Add cooked veggie & stock and simmer for 5 minutes. Purchase a hand blender that can be put into the stockpot and blend. You can also use a little lowfat milk to lighten & heighten this soup. Season with S & P.
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Chicken Picatta is an easy and quick dinner entrée. You’ll need skinless/boneless chicken breasts, capers, butter, white wine, lemon juice, S & P. Make sure the chicken breasts are thin, so pound them to ¼ inch and dredge in flour. Cook in butter and olive oil until lightly brown. Keep warm in oven. Add wine, butter & lemon juice to pan drippings and add capers. Simmer for 10 minutes until lightly thickened. Season with S & P. Pour over warmed chicken & serve with rice or side of choice.
Prepare fresh crepes first; 2 eggs, 1t salt, 1 cup water or milk, 1 ¼ cups flour & parsley. Spoon onto well oiled sauté pan and coat entire pan by turning until coated. Cook until dry and turn with spatula. Filling: Fresh ricotta, 1 egg, 2 T olive oil, garlic powder, parsley, basil, oregano, S & P. Spoon mixture onto crepe and roll and place in sprayed pan. (Use Pam) Cover with tomato sauce of choice and bake for 20 minutes.
A very sensible way to get some fiber, protein and other wonder flavours in a healthy, low calorie treat. Cut up chicken, shredded beef or pork, grilled vegetables, bean sprouts or any combination of your favourite items. Just add a zesty sauce that’s not too high in sugar or fat.