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Friday, April 17, 2009

DINNER IS SERVED -ROTISSERIE CHICKEN, RICE PILAF AND SALAD

HOW TO COOK RICE:
Bring to boil two cups of water with one tablespoon of butter or margarine and one teaspoon of salt. Stir in one cup rice. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
INGREDIENTS FOR RICE PILAF:
2 cups rice,
1 cup chopped onion,
1 cup diced carrots,
1 cup diced celery,
1/4 cup olive oil,
1 teaspoon salt,
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper,
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder;
DIRECTIONS:
Saute onion,carrots and celery in 1/3 cup olive oil ; add salt pepper and garlic powder; add 5 cups of chicken broth (water is fine) ; cover and simmer for 20 minutes on low heat.
INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD:
2 hand full of lettuce
2 green onions,
4,5 radishes,
1/2 English cucumber,
2 tablespoons olive oil,
1/2 teaspoon salt,
2 tablespoons white vinegar;
Mix and serve !
Thanks to the Supermarket's fresh aromatic rotisserie chicken !!! These beauties really saved my time in the kitchen tonight. All I had to do was the rice pilaf and salad.
For dessert we had chocolate ice cream topped with strawberry syrup and roasted peanuts.
Have a nice weekend!

PORK AND BEANS STEW

INGREDIENTS:
1 LB.cooked pork meat,
3 cups cooked red beans,
1 cup chopped celery,
1 cup chopped carrots,
1 cup chopped onion,
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce,
1 spoon Taco Seasoning,
1 teaspoon garlic powder,
1/2 teaspoon red crushed pepper,
1/2 spoon thyme,
2,3 bay leaves,
1/3 cup olive oil,
salt to taste;
DIRECTIONS:
In a large cooking pan, heat the oil on medium high heat; saute onion, celery and carrots for few minutes or until tender; add pork meat, cooked beans and all the remaining ingredients at once. Add broth (or water) enough to cover all, stirring few times. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes on low heat, stirring few more times. Taste for salt.
I added a nice and fresh cabbage and carrot salad next to this delicious stew, but any other salad will be just fine and welcomed! Hope you like it!
Enjoy!
Have a nice day!