Before retiring and moving to North East, we lived in the Harrisburg area. During this time I appeared on a cooking show on PBS television and we did one particular show  featuring Quick and Easy Recipes. On that show, I made Shrimp, Orzo and Broccoli  and Red Beans and Rice.  So in keeping with our quick recipes theme,  I decided that those recipes would fit the bill perfectly.

SHRIMP, ORZO AND BROCCOLI

2 1/2 cups canned chicken broth

1 (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes

12 oz. fresh broccoli, cut into small florets

1 cup uncooked orzo (rice shaped pasta)

12 oz. medium shrimp, shelled*

1 teas. salt

1/4 teas, pepper

2 oz. feta cheese (1/2 cup)

2 tsp. basil

*you may use frozen, cleaned shrimp, but using fresh is really worth the extra time

Bring broth and tomatoes to a boil in a 12” skillet.  Add orzo, cover and simmer for 6-7 minutes.  Add broccoli, shrimp, salt and pepper, return to simmer, cover and cook  about 3-4 minutes until shrimp is pink and broccoli and pasta are tender.  Remove from heat, stir in feta and sprinkle with basil.

RED BEANS AND RICE

2 large cans red kidney beans, undrained*

1 lb. leftover ham or smoked sausage or kielbasa, sliced**

1 bay leaf

3-4 sliced carrots, thinly sliced

1 onion, minced

1 Tables. olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Hot Sauce (optional) or about 1/2  teas. dried hot pepper flakes,

2 cups cooked rice

* Use one can of black beans and one can of red bean

** Use Hillshire Farms brand smoked sausage or kielbasa

Warm beans in their liquid until heated through. Add meat, bay leaf , carrots onion and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and hot sauce or hot pepper flakes. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.

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