Quick Turkey and RiceThe short ingredient list for “Quick Turkey and Rice,” from Allrecipes.com, appealed to me. I customized the recipe to yield 6 servings, using 1 lb. of boneless turkey breast. I like using turkey breast cutlets now. I used brown long-grain rice, so my rice cooking time more than doubled, to 45 minutes. My initial turkey sauté was for 4 minutes. I drained the canned stewed tomatoes, as the recipe suggested, but my final dish was too dry. Don’t bother draining the canned tomatoes; use the whole wet mess. In fact, you could double the amount of tomatoes and do well here.

My final simmer was for 5 minutes. I added 2 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp. of black pepper to the dish. Even though the final result was a bit too dry, I had a nice turkey flavor.

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter SauceThe “Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce,” also from Allrecipes.com, was a very pleasant way to prepare a bunch of asparagus. I snapped the ends off my asparagus spears, drizzled and massaged them with olive oil, shook salt and pepper on them, then laid them on a foil-lined baking sheet to go into that hot oven. I baked them for 14 minutes. The rich, salty sauce of butter-soy sauce-balsamic vinegar was fantastic atop the browned and flavorful asparagus. Asparagus needs little help to be charming; you’ll appreciate this method for a change of pace.

RECIPES: an odd couple? homey turkey and slightly decadent asparagus
rice takes the longest time; turkey sauté and asparagus take less than 30 minutes
dry but tasty turkey; buttery roasted asparagus

Next time, I’ll cook chicken again. Let’s try “Ginger-Minted Chicken,” from Mix ‘n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes, served over the “California Cherry and Walnut Salad,” from Allrecipes.com. An interesting combo? Come back to my site on Sunday, May 11, to see if this works.