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Baked Chicken Breasts with
Angel Hair Pasta & Tomato Artichoke Sauce

Maple Orange Baked Bananas with Cinnamon, Raisins &
Pecans

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Dear Fans,

Times Change, Tastes Change, Styles Change, but one thing will endure...  the desire, the love for delicious food. Simply put, what a waste not to enjoy, not to derive pleasure, from something you do three times a day, EVERY DAY ... period! ... end of subject!

It is interesting to note how tastes in food are changing.  Like any art form, there are always trail blazers, who forge ahead, forever striving to find some exciting and different expression of their art.  And cooking is, indeed, an art.

For me, it is especially challenging, because (as you already know), I start with simple, everyday ingredients and rearrange them to produce a new dish with unique depth and balance and character.  I don't use exotic ingredients like pink peppercorns or black truffles.  I do use ingredients you will find in your cupboard at any time.

However, the world of food is forever stimulating, for it is forever changing.  And the beautiful aspect of all this is, that while we are excited by the new, we are still enthusiastic and ready to enjoy old favorites...so, in a sense, we have the very best of 2 worlds.

One of the happiest thoughts for me, is how Americans have developed and are continuing to develop the most discriminating palates.  Consider the vast number of foods that were once considered exotic and with which we are totally familiar...Caesar salad, from Mexico, Shish Kebab, from Russia or Turkey, Sushi, from Japan; Paella from Spain; Bouillabaisse, from France; Kung Pao chicken from China; Tortellini from Italy; Cous Cous from Morocco... I could go on and on.  Americans can discuss the many cuisines of the world with NO apology.  Consider, also, the vast number of restaurants springing up everywhere and featuring every imaginable foreign cuisine.  How fortunate we are to have this excitement and pleasure available to us at every turn.

I have spent the major part of my adult life writing, lecturing and teaching ... sharing the pleasure and excitement that I felt about good food, and hoping the pleasure would be yours, too.

Today, I am going to share an incredibly delicious dish that is very new and different.  Not the least of its virtues, it is very low in calories, but you would never guess it from the taste.  It is Chicken Breasts in Tomato & Artichoke Sauce with Angel Hair Pasta.  It is a symphony of flavors, harmoniously blended together.  And imagine, the entire dish only adds up to about 330 calories.  And with it, an interesting dessert, that is very delicious...Maple Orange Baked Bananas with Cinnamon, Raisins & Pecans.  At only about 110 calories, you can add a delicious cookie, around 50 calories, and dessert will still be in the very low range.

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Baked Chicken Breasts with
Angel Hair Pasta & Tomato Artichoke Sauce

This is especially easy to prepare and can be made, literally, in minutes.   The sauce is light and delicious and very flavorful.   Sauce can be prepared earlier in the day and stored in the refrigerator.   Bake chicken before serving.

4 whole chicken breasts, skinned, boned and cut into halves (about
         4 ounces, each).   Sprinkle with garlic powder and paprika.

Tomato Artichoke Sauce:
1 can  (1 pound) stewed tomatoes, chopped.   Do not drain.
1 jar (6 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or a little more to taste)
   pinch of red pepper and white pepper to taste

In a 9x13-inch pan, place the chicken breasts in one layer.  Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or until breasts are cooked through.  Do not overbake.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat together the sauce ingredients and simmer mixture for 10 minutes.  Pour sauce over the chicken breasts and bake for another 5 minutes.  Serve on a bed of angel hair pasta cooked al dente, and spoon the sauce on the top. Serves 8.
(About 230 calories per serving)

To prepare Angel Hair Pasta: 
In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water and 1 tablespoon oil to a boil.  Add 8-ounces of angel hair pasta and cook until pasta is tender, but firm, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Drain. 
(About 110 calories per serving)

Note: - Sauce can be prepared earlier in the day and heated at serving time.
             However, bake chicken breasts just before serving to make certain
             they are not overccoked, because if they are overcooked, they will
             toughen up.

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Maple Orange Baked Bananas with
Cinnamon, Raisins & Pecans

This dessert sounds like a true luxury, and at 110 calories per serving, you can feel quite indulged.  This dish also prepares in under 30 minutes, so it is a good choice when you are running late.

3 bananas, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch thick slices (on the diagonal is nice)

2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped yellow raisins (1 ounce)
4 pecan halves, chopped

Lay bananas flat in a shallow 9-inch porcelain baker.  Stir together the remaining ingredients and pour over the bananas and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve warm, not hot. Serves 4.
(About 110 calories per serving)

ENJOY WITH LOVE, 
RENNY DARLING

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