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Orzo Chicken Soup

For a twist on traditional chicken noodle soup, try orzo!

1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp butter
3 cans (14-1/2 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1/4 tsp pepper
Minced fresh parsley

In a large saucepan, saute the onion in butter until tender. Add 1 can broth, carrot and celery; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the chicken, orzo, pepper and remaining broth; return to a boil. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer 25-30 minutes or until the orzo and veggies are tender.

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Brain Strain Thursday 2

One out of ten photographs ever taken in human history were taken in BLANK.

Incorrect Guesses: error, color, black and white, digitally, nude, daytime, kodachrome, the last ten years, space, bathtub, selfie in the mirror

Correct Answer: the past 12 months
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Tomato Basil Salmon

So easy, so delicious, so GOOD FOR YOU!

4 salmon steaks (about 6 oz each)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 large plum tomatoes, peeled, sedded and chopped
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp minced fresh basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Hot cooked linguine (or your favorite pasta)

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook salmon in oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, cook and stir onion until crisp-tender. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, water, basil, salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; carefully return salmon to the pan. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with linguine.
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Brain Strain Wednesday 1

About half of Americans have THIS for dinner once a month, but for households with kids it's at least twice a month.

Incorrect Guesses: macaroni and cheese, pizza, spaghetti/pasta, meatloaf, burgers, hot dogs

Correct Answer: breakfast
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Ginger Chicken with mushrooms

Easy enough for a weeknight meal even though it tastes like a fancy Saturday night dish!

1 cup fresh snow peas
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup milk
3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
3 tsp canola oil, divided
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 tsp minced fresh gingerroot
2 cups hot cooked brown rice
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Place snow peas in a small saucepan; cover with water.  Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute.  Drain and set aside.  In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, salt, pepper and milk until smooth; set aside.

In a wok (or large saucepan) coated with cooking spray, stir-fry chicken in 1 tsp hot oil for 5 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove and keep warm.  In the same pan, stir-fry mushrooms and ginger in remaining oil for 2 minutes.  Add snow peas; stir-fry 2 minutes longer.

Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan.  Return chicken to pan.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Serve with hot cooked rice.  Sprinkle with parsley.
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Brain Strain Tuesday 30

According to Men's Health Magazine, only 4% of guys across the world own one of THESE.

Incorrect Guesses:  onesie, dog, outhouse, airplane

Correct Answer:  a reptile
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Potato Soup with roasted red peppers

Simple soup for a Meat-Free Monday!  And it's fast too--on the table in 30 minutes.

2 medium onions, chopped
2 tbsp canola oil
1 jar (7 oz) roasted red peppers, undrained and chopped
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies, drained
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
3 cups diced peeled potatoes
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp minced fresh cliantro
1/2 cup cream cheese, cubed

In a large saucepan, saute onions in oil until tender.  Stir in roasted peppers, chilies, cumin, salt and coriander.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Stir in potatoes and broth; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Stir in cilantro.  Cool slightly.  In a blender, process the cream cheese and half of the soup until smooth.  Return all to the saucepan and heat through before serving.

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Brain Strain Monday 29

THIS was the #1 reason you fought with your siblings when you were a kid.

Incorrect Guess:  who's the favorite

Correct Answer:  where you sat in the car
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Rice Pudding

Swap savory for sweet...rice is very versatile!  Makes 4 servings; easy to double if you need more.

1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 cinnamon stick ( 3 inches)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp raisins

In a small saucepan, combine the water, rice and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Stir in milk and raisins.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until thick and creamy, stirring frequently.  Discard cinnamon.  Serve warm or cold.

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Brain Strain Friday 26

22% of workers have one of THESE

Incorrect Guesses:  Boss's son is a co-worker, uniform, work email account, badge for security, motorcycle, green card, calculator, key, company phone, office romance, crush on the boss, company credit card

Correct Answer:  candy jar
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