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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Chicken/avacado Rice Salad

salads, vegetables, chicken, beans

1 pkg wild/brown rice mix; (cook)
1 large ripe avacado
1 or two medium-size avocado
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 scallions; chopped
12 pitted black olives; sliced
3 cup chicken; cooked, bite-size
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoon dijon-style mustard
1/2 cup light vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh parsley; chopped
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 or pine nuts; toasted
12 cherry tomatoes

Refrigerate cooked rice until cold. Peel the avacado and slice lengthwise into 1/2 inch-thick strips. Coat with lemon juice, and refrigerate until well chilled. In a large mixing bowl, combine the scallions, olives, chicken and rice. Toss gently just until mixed. In small bowl, mix vinegar, mustard, veg. oil, sugar, and parsley. Whisk together vigorously until completely combined. Just before serving, add the avocado slices to the chicken and rice mixture. Pour on dressing and toss gently to combine thoroughly. Serve sprinkled with toasted nuts and cherry tomatoes.