Using sherry as a cooking liquid produces moist and tender chicken. Mushrooms and a little cream finish the sauce. It takes only minutes to make. This dish can be made ahead and rewarmed.

Fresh herbs add color and flavor to microwaveable brown rice. Here’s how to make it:

Herbed Rice: Cook 1 package microwaveable brown rice according to package instructions. Measure out 1ƒ cups and save the rest for another use. Stir in « cup chopped parsley, « cup sliced chives, 1 teaspoon olive oil and salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Makes 2 servings.