SESAME SALMON WITH LIME – HONEY – BANANA PEPPERS – MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS IN TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon)

–lime juice (3 tablespoons)

–honey (2 tablespoons)

–banana peppers (2 tablespoons)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–teriyaki marinade (one-quarter cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour teriyaki marinade in dish.  Drench the salmon with lime juice.   Season with pepper.  Spread the minced garlic on the salmon.  Then top the salmon with honey, banana peppers, and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil and sesame seeds.  Microwave the salmon for 7 minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot, atop rice (follow directions for microwaving on the package; brands differ).

–salmon adapted from bon appetit web site.

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POACHED COD AND POTATO CHOWDER WITH THYME & GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–baby Dutch potatoes (half a package, or 3 medium – sized potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–thyme (1 teaspoon)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy, 2 cups)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cut potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes, then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the milk in an uncovered baking dish, wide-mouthed.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes, and then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  When hot, place the cod in the milk.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Top with green onions.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

3 – Spoon the warm potatoes into the cod dish. 

4 – Serve the cod and potato chowder hot, in bowls.  (Leave the cod in large pieces.)

–cod and potato chowder adapted from bon appetit web site.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WITH PAPRIKA – CUMIN – TURMERIC IN LIME JUICE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–paprika (one-quarter teaspoon)

–cumin (one-half teaspoon)

–turmeric (one-half teaspoon)

–lime juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Drench the chicken in lime juice.  Then sprinkle salt, pepper (to taste), cumin, turmeric, and paprika on top of the chicken.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from the bon appetit web site.

SPICY SHRIMP PAPRIKA WITH GREEN ONIONS & LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP CREAMY PARMESAN COUSCOUS

For 2:

–shrimp (about 30 small, 20 medium, or 10 large; thawed from frozen)

–paprika (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–green onions (4, sliced)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–white wine (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed; followed package directions)

–yogurt (non-fat, plain, boxed, 2 heaping tablespoons)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged, 2 heaping tablespoons)

1 – Prepare the couscous according to package instructions.  Then stir in yogurt and Parmesan cheese, and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the shrimp in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish, all in one layer.  Add white wine, and then drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.  Top with green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  Shrimp are done when they have a tinge of pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop the couscous.

–shrimp and couscous inspired by Real Simple magazine.

CHILLED TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH FRESH BASIL TOMATO – ROMAINE LETTUCE – SHREDDED CARROTS – BROCCOLI FLORETS – GREEN ONIONS – CHICKPEAS IN YOGURT – MAYO – BASIL – LEMON DRESSING

–tuna steak (1, large size or 2, small)

–tomato (medium, chopped)

–romaine lettuce (6 leaves, broken into bite-sized pieces)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–broccoli florets (florets cut from 1 head of broccoli)

–green onions (4, chopped, fresh)

–chickpeas (canned, rinsed and drained, one-third can)

–yogurt (5 heaping tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (3 tablespoons)

–basil (3 teaspoons, dried, divided)

–lemon (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the tuna steak in a covered baking dish with one-quarter cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  (Tuna steak is best if a little rare.)

2 – Place the romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, broccoli florets, green onions, tomato (seasoned with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of basil), and chickpeas in a large salad bowl.  Cut apart the cooked tuna steak into bite-sized pieces, and place on top.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of basil in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

3 – Serve the tuna steak salad chilled with the chilled dressing.

–tuna steak salad original; salad dressing inspired by Real Simple magazine.

SEA BASS WITH FRESH TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – CHIVES – LEMON – GREEN ONION IN SHERRY – WHITE VINEGAR SAUCE ATOP COUSCOUS IN CHICKEN BROTH

–sea bass (1, large, thawed from frozen)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, in a jar)

–chives (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons)

–green onion (1, chopped)

–sherry (one-eighth cup)

–white vinegar (distilled, one-eighth cup)

–couscous (two-thirds cup, uncooked)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, 1 and one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then place the couscous in the broth and stir.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the bass in a covered baking dish with the sherry and vinegar.  Drench in lemon juice.  Spread the minced garlic on top.  Season with salt and pepper.  Then top with chopped tomato (seasoned with salt and pepper), green onion, and chives.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Serve the sea bass and sauce hot, atop the couscous.

–sea bass adapted from the “my recipes” web site.

CILANTRO – LIME SALMON TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–lime juice (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish, and add the clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic.  Place the chopped tomato (seasoned with salt and pepper) on top, followed by the chopped cilantro.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes. 

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from the Mediterranean Dish cooking blog.

LEMON COD TOPPED WITH CORNBREAD DRESSING SEASONED WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – PAPRIKA – OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–cornbread dressing (one-half cup, I used Pepperidge Farm stuffing)

–paprika (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–coriander (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–cumin (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–clam juice (one-fourth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (5 tablespoons)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and then add clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

2 – Measure one-half cup of cornbread stuffing.  Add paprika, coriander, cumin, and olive oil and stir well.  Place the stuffing atop the cod.

3 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod with dressing topping hot.

–cod inspired by the Mediterranean Dish blog.

CHICKEN SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS IN BROTH AND SERVED WITH A CHILLED GREEN DIPPING SAUCE OF PARSLEY – CILANTRO – OREGANO – WHITE WINE – CAYENNE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, one-third cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cilantro (fresh, one-half handful, chopped)

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–white wine (1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (one-fourth cup, for dipping sauce)

1 – Place the parsley, cilantro, oregano, white wine, cayenne pepper, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with broth.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a very light sprinkle of garlic-herb breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cut into one of the inner pieces to check for doneness.  If not done, microwave on high for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the dipping sauce on the side.

–dipping sauce adapted from Real Simple magazine.

COMFORT CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH FAUX BACON – MINCED GARLIC – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – SLICED ONION IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCEF

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed, one-half cup)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, 1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, in a jar)

–rosemary (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–bay leaves (dried, 2)

–sliced onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (one-fourth cup)

–chicken broth (one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place white wine and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Add sliced onion, minced garlic, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with rosemary, bay leaves, and Bac’n pieces.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  Test a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, return to the microwave for 1 minute more on high.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from bon appetit web site.

SWEET ORANGE CHICKEN WITH GREEN ONIONS – CAYENNE – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – ORANGE ZEST & IN APPLE JUICE – TERIYAKI – WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  The original recipe called for orange juice rather than apple juice.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–ginger (one-half teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–orange zest (1 generous teaspoon)

–apple juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–teriyaki marinade & sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–white wine (3 tablespoons)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add the apple juice, teriyaki marinade sauce, and white wine.  Season with sugar, pepper, orange zest (generously), minced garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger.  Place green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Check a center piece for doneness.   If not done, microwave on high for 2 minute more.

2 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken inspired by the Panda web site.

PARSLEYED COD TOPPED BY SLICED GREEN OLIVES – CAPERS – GREEN ONIONS – CAYENNE – LEMON SLICES & IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

 

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–green olives (about a dozen, halved, bottled)

–capers (about a dozen, bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–lemon (1, sliced)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Place on top the green olives, capers, green onions, and lemon.  Finish with the parsley and a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod on high for 6 and one-half minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod inspired by the bon appetit web site.

SESAME CHICKEN & SHREDDED CARROTS WITH SOY SAUCE – SRIRACHA – WHITE VINEGAR – SUGAR & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

Note:  The original recipe used 2 tablespoons of Sriracha sauce, for a spicier taste.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–sesame seeds (toasted, 1 tablespoon)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons)

–Sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon)

–white vinegar (distilled, 2 tablespoons)

–sugar (1 tablespoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, white vinegar, and sugar in  small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with pepper.  Place the shredded carrots on top.  Pour the sauce in.  Sprinkle green onions on top.  Season with olive oil.  Sprinkle sesame seeds to finish.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken inspired by the bon appetite web site.

MINT SALMON WITH FRESH TOMATOES – VIDALIA ONION – MINCED GARLIC ATOP COUSCOUS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–mint (1 tablespoon, dried)

–tomatoes (fresh, 2, medium, chopped)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed, two-thirds cup)

1 – Place the chopped tomatoes, sliced onion, and minced garlic in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil (to taste).  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the sauce.  Season with mint, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce atop couscous (follow package directions for the couscous, brand differ).

–salmon original.

SALMON WITH THYME & MUSHROOMS IN CABERNET RED WINE SAUCE SEASONED WITH GARLIC & HERBS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–thyme (one-fourth teaspoon, dried)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, quartered)

–Cabernet red wine (one-fourth cup)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (4 tablespoons, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the red win in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Stir well.  Place the mushrooms in the sauce.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the mushrooms and in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the sauce with mushrooms on top.

–salmon inspired by an Alaskan Seafood advertisement.

COD SPRINKLED BY GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH YOGURT – SRIRACHA SAUCE SERVED WITH A SIDE SALAD OF SHREDDED CARROT – GREEN ONIONS – LIME JUICE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, 3 tablespoons)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat, 3 tablespoons)

–Sriracha sauce (bottled, 2 teaspoons)

–shredded carrot (1 cup, raw)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–lime juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Stir together the yogurt and Sriracha sauce briskly.

3 – Stir together the carrots, green onions (chopped), and lime juice. 

4 – Serve the cod hot, with cold sauce on the side, and the cold carrot salad on the side as well.

–cod inspired by Real Simple magazine.

OPEN – FACED CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH PESTO – TURKEY SLICES – FETA – PARMESAN – OLIVE OIL ATOP CIABATTA BREAD

For 2:

–2 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pesto (ready-prepared, in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–turkey slices (luncheon meat, 2 slices)

–feta cheese (4 tablespoons)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 4 tablespoons)

–olive oil

–ciabatta bread (2 halves)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place turkey slices in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Place the chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil, to taste.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Microwave 2 halves of a ciabatta roll for 30 seconds.  Spread with pesto.  Place a turkey slices, and then the chicken on top.  Sprinkle with feta and Parmesan cheeses.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  If desired, you can microwave again for 20 seconds on high.

3 – Serve the open-faced chicken sandwiches hot.

–sandwiches adapted from Real Simple magazine.

STEAMED SHRIMP WITH OREGANO – RED POTATOES – ORANGE BELL PEPPER – GREEN ONIONS – FRESH LEMON

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shell-off, deveined)

–oregano (1 teaspoon dried, divided)

–red potatoes (3 small, cut into 1-inch pieces, jacket on)

–orange bell pepper (one-half, medium, cut in strips)

–green onions (3, chopped)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces, and place in a covered baking dish with water to reach one-half the height of the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, one-fourth teaspoon oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the thawed shrimp, orange bell pepper, green onions, and sliced lemon on top of the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for just 3 minutes, until the shrimp have turned pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp and vegetables hot.

–shrimp recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tomato (small, chopped, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–basil (1 teaspoon dried)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–green onions (2, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour wine in the dish.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place minced garlic on top, spreading over the whole.  Place tomato and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice (read package to determine microwaving instructions; brands differ).

–cod inspired by the recipe of a friend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

MARINATED HAWAIIAN CHICKEN WITH PAPRIKA – GINGER – CAYENNE – OREGANO – ONION SLICES IN BROWN SUGAR – MINCED GARLIC – SOY SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  Marinate the chicken in soy sauce for two hours in the refrigerator ahead of preparation.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–paprika, ginger, oregano (one-fourth teaspoon each)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half, medium, sliced)

–brown sugar (one-quarter cup, packed)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–water (one-quarter cup)

–jasmine rice

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Slice the onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Place brown sugar, soy sauce, water, and minced garlic in a small mixing bowl and stir.  Add the sauce to the onion.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with pepper, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (brands differ; follow instructions for microwaving on the package).

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED SHRIMP SEASONED WITH OREGANO – PEPPER –  CAYENNE IN LEMON JUICE SAUCE

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small shrimp, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shelled, deveined)

–oregano (bottled, 1 teaspoon dried)

–salt and pepper

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–water (one-eighth cup)

–olive oil

1 – Rinse the shrimp and place in one layer in a covered baking dish.  Squirt with lemon juice.  Add one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper (to taste), oregano, and cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Be sure that all shrimp have turned pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

SALMON TOPPED WITH AVOCADO – DILL – CORIANDER IN APPLE CIDER SAUCE & SERVED WITH GREEN BEANS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–avocado (fresh, half avocado, cut into large chunks, room temperature)

–dill (one-half teaspoon)

–coriander (one-half teaspoon)

–apple cider (one-quarter cup; or apple juice and balsamic vinegar, mixed

–green beans

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the apple cider over it.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, coriander, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes; salmon should flake when separated with a fork.

2 – Place the avocado on top of the salmon.  Serve green beans with the entrée.

–salmon and green beans adapted from the Real Simple prepared meals.

A Simple Dinner:  BONE – IN CATFISH TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 2:

–catfish (whole, medium)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–teriyaki marinade (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, generously)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Pour teriyaki marinade over the catfish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Turn over.  Place green onions on top.  Microwave for 3 minutes more.  When finished, cut the catfish into two pieces with a very sharp knife.

2 – Serve the catfish hot, with the marinade spooned over it.

–recipe original.

ASIAN SALMON WITH HONEY – SOY SAUCE – WHITE VINEGAR – SESAME SEEDS – CHIVES – MINCED GARLIC

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–honey (one-quarter cup)

–soy sauce (one-eighth cup)

–white vinegar (one-eighth cup)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon)

–chives (1 tablespoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–minced garlic (in a jar; 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the soy sauce and white vinegar over the salmon.  Then drizzle honey over the salmon.  Using 2 spoons, spread the minced garlic over the salmon.  Finish with sesame seeds, chives, pepper (to taste), and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  (Salmon should flake apart.)

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from RecipeTin Eats cooking blog (Nagi, chef).

A Simple Dinner:  NEW ORLEANS – INSPIRED CREOLE OVEN FRIED COD

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–Creole seasoning (1 tablespoon)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–olive oil

–pepper (no salt)

1 – Place 2 plates on the counter before you.  Place cod on one of the plates, and one-quarter cup of plain breadcrumbs on the second plate.  Season the cod with Creole seasoning, pepper, and olive oil, on both sides.  Then place the cod on top of the breadcrumbs; turn to coat.

2 – Place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

CREOLE CREAMED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS TOPPED WITH FAUX BACON – CHOPPED FRESH TOMATO – PARMESAN

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, 2 tablespoons)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy, three-fourths cup)

–flour (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Louisiana hot sauce (1 teaspoon)

1 – Place the milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place the flour in a separate cup.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk, stirring vigorously.  Then place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add Louisiana hot sauce; stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When heated, stir well.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Top with mushrooms and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Add the sauce atop the chicken.

3 – Place chopped tomato, Bac’n pieces, and Parmesan on top of the chicken.  Cover to heat.  Keep covered until time for dinner.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken and sauce inspired by the Commander’s Palace restaurant cookbook (New Orleans).

ZESTY BONE – IN CATFISH WITH PAPRIKA – BASIL – TARRAGON – CAYENNE – LEMON JUICE & SEASONED WITH OLIVE OIL

For 2:

–catfish (1, medium, bone-in)

–paprika (1 tablespoon, divided)

–basil (1 teaspoons, divided)

–tarragon (1 teaspoon, divided)

–cayenne (one-half teaspoon, divided)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, divided)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Sprinkle a few drops of olive oil.  Season with paprika, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Turn the catfish over, and repeat the entire procedure.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then turn the catfish over, and microwave for 3 minutes more.

3 – Serve the catfish hot.

–catfish adapted from Taste of Home web site.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN TOPPED WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES IN A CREAMY BLUEBERRY – RED WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh, 1 6-inch sprig, rosemary clipped from stem)

–blueberries (fresh, one-quarter cup)

–soy creamer (3 tablespoons)

–blueberry preserves (3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice

1 – Place the red wine, soy creamed, and blueberry preserves with a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir well.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Place the blueberries on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 and one-half minutes on high.  Blueberry sauce will look dark, but the taste is not affected, and it is NOT burned.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop jasmine rice (use directions for microwaving on package; these differ with the brand).

–recipe original.

CREOLE COD ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN A WHITE WINE – GARLIC SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–Creole seasoning (1 teaspoon, boxed)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed, one-half cup approximate)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, chopped, fresh)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the white wine and garlic with a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 

2 – Place the cod in a large plastic bag.  Season with Creole spice and pepper.  Add olive oil and spread over the cod by manipulating the plastic bag.  Pour in plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Top with chopped mushrooms and chopped green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Serve the cod with sauce atop jasmine rice (follow instructions for microwaving on the package of rice; these vary).

–cod adapted from a redfish recipe in the Commander’s Palace restaurant cookbook, New Orleans.

ORANGE CHICKEN WITH ORANGE ZEST & GREEN ONIONS IN A MARMALADE – WHITE WINE SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange zest (orange peel, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–orange marmalade (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the marmalade and white wine in a covered baking dish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Stir well.  Then place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and orange zest.  Sprinkle the green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 and one-half minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

A Celebratory Dinner:  NEW ORLEANS ORANGE ROUGHY ROLLED IN CREOLE SEASONING & BREADCRUMBS WITH TOASTED PECAN BITS – FRESH PARSLEY – LEMON SLICES IN A SAUCE OF CLAM JUICE – WORCESTERSHIRE – LEMON JUICE – OLIVE OIL ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–orange roughy (thawed from frozen, 4 fillets of the size of 1 deck of cards each)

–Creole seasoning (boxed, 1 tablespoon for all 4 fillets)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed, one-half cup)

–toasted pecan bits (one-third cup; toast pecans for 1 minute on high, and then stir and toast 1 minute more)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–clam juice (one-half cup, bottled)

–Worcestershire sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–olive oil

–pepper (no salt, because the Creole seasoning has salt)

1 – Place the clam juice, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice, with a few drops of olive oil, in the large baking dish with cover.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Season the orange roughy with the Creole spice.  Place an orange roughy fillet in a plastic bag with a few drops of olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs and shake.  Repeat with each fillet.  Place the fillets in the sauce.  Top with pecan bits, parsley, and sliced lemon.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Place atop jasmine rice (follow microwave recipe for 1 cup on the package).

4 – Serve the orange roughy hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–recipe adapted from a trout recipe in the New Orleans – based Commander’s Palace cookbook.

SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SAUCE WITH HOMEMADE & CHILLED COCKTAIL DIPPING SAUCE OF CATSUP – HORSERADISH – SRIRIACA – LEMON JUICE – WORCESTERSHIRE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–catsup (1 cup, bottled)

–horseradish sauce (4 tablespoons, bottled)

–sriracha sauce (chili sauce, bottled, 2 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (2 squirt, bottled)

–Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Top with chopped green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, first place the horseradish sauce.  Add a bit of catsup, and stir well.  Continue adding the catsup, stirring all the while.   Then add lemon juice, sriracha sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.  Stir well.  Refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the dipping sauce on the side.

–cocktail sauce measurements original, with ingredients inspired by the food republic web site.

BAKED CHICKEN WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – CHOPPED TURKEY – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC IN BROTH SEASONED WITH MARINARA & WHITE WINE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, chopped)

–turkey (sliced luncheon meat; 2 slices, chopped)

–bay leaves (dried, 2)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, one-eighth cup)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken broth, marinara sauce, and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Add the minced garlic.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place bay leaves in the sauce around the chicken.  Place mushrooms and turkey atop the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with sauce.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

CRUNCHY COD AND SHRIMP TOPPED WITH HERB CORNBREAD STUFFING – PARMESAN – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, about 15, small)

–herb cornbread stuffing (I used Pepperidge Farm; 1 cup)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-half cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish (no water).  Season with salt and pepper.  Place the shrimp in a separate, small covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

2 – In a mixing bowl, place the herb cornbread stuffing, the Parmesan, and olive oil to taste.  Stir well.  Then place the stuffing/Parmesan/olive oil atop the cod and the shrimp.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.  Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, the shrimp piled atop the cod.

–recipe original; inspired by a recipe for zucchini at the Olive Garden restaurant.

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WITH HERBS & FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–oregano (2 clipped stems, if fresh; one-half teaspoon, if dried)

–basil (6 leaves, clipped, if fresh; one-half teaspoon, if dried)

–rosemary (1 clipped stem, if fresh; one-half teaspoon, if dried)

–mint (2 clipped stems, if fresh; one-fourth teaspoon, if dried)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, just a light sprinkling, to taste)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped finely)

–red bell pepper (one-fourth pepper, chopped finely)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Pour the white wine over the top.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drop bits of minced garlic on top.  Sprinkle on tomato and red bell pepper.  Season with parsley, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, and cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 and one-half minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop quinoa, couscous, pasta, or rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

SALMON DRENCHED IN BALSAMIC – SPREAD WITH PEANUT BUTTER – TOPPED WITH  SESAME SEEDS – GINGER – DRY ROASTED PEANUTS

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–balsamic vinegar (4 tablespoons, bottled)

–peanut butter (2 tablespoons)

–sesame seeds (one-third small can)

–ginger (one-half teaspoon, bottled, optional)

–peanuts (a dozen, dry roasted, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.  With 2 spoons, spread peanut butter over the top; be generous.  Sprinkle with ginger (optional) and sesame seeds.  Place peanuts on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe original.

LEMON – BASIL PARSLEYED COD TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES AND IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE SAUCE SEASONED WITH FAUX BUTTER & OLIVE OIL

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–basil (fresh if possible, 2 tablespoons; or 1 teaspoon, if dried)

–lemon (sliced, fresh, medium)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped; or 1 teaspoons, dried)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and pour the white wine on top.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and parsley.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon and place the slices atop the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil and the margarine.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – OREGANO – BAY LEAVES – SHREDDED CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE SEASONED WITH MARINARA

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips)

–rosemary, oregano (fresh if possible, 2 tablespoons each fresh; 1 teaspoon each if dried)

–bay leaves (dried, 2)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–minced garlic (in a jar, optional, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

1 – Place the red wine in a covered baking dish.  Stir in the marinara sauce until blended.  Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, and garlic (optional).  Sprinkle shredded carrots and green onions on top.  Place bay leaves around the chicken, submerged in the sauce.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the sauce, atop quinoa, couscous, pasta, or rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

SALMON SMOTHERED IN HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING WITH WHITE WINE & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & PARSLEY / EGGPLANT DIP WITH FINELY DICED FRESH TOMATO & BASIL – PARMESAN – GREEN ONION – PARSLEY – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – RED WINE & SERVED ATOP WHEAT CRACKERS

Note:  Serve the eggplant dip as an appetizer.  Make ahead and chill.

For 4:

Eggplant dip–

–eggplant (small, about 6 inches long)

–tomato (small, chopped very fine)

–basil (chopped fine, 2 tablespoons fresh; or 1 teaspoon dried)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 2 heaping tablespoons)

–green onion (1 stalk, finely chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, finely chopped, fresh)

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–red wine (3 tablespoons)

–wheat crackers (or your choice)

Salmon–

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–honey mustard salad dressing (use a gourmet variety if possible; one-eighth cup)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (fresh if possible, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – For the eggplant dip, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir well.  Chill well before serving with wheat crackers.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the white wine over and around the salmon.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the honey mustard salad dressing on the salmon.  Sprinkle green onions and parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  (The dressing and wine will co-mingle for a good-tasting sauce.)

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop couscous, pasta, rice, or quinoa (see the search box on this blog for cooking directions).

–recipes original.

WHOLE CREOLE CATFISH ENCRUSTED WITH MINCED PECANS

For 2:

–catfish (bone-in, medium, 1)

–Creole seasoning (bottled)

–minced pecans (one-quarter cup)

–egg (1)

–pepper (note: no salt; Creole seasoning has this)

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 egg in a small mixing bowl.  Stir to break the yolk.  Submerge the catfish.  Place the catfish on a large plate.  Season both sides with pepper and Creole seasoning.  Using a food processor, mince one-quarter cup of broken pecans.  Press the minced pecans against the catfish.  Then turn over, and also press minced pecans against the catfish.  Reserve 2 tablespoons of minced pecans.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the catfish for 3 minutes.  Then turn over, press the 2 tablespoons of minced pecans against the top, and microwave for 3 minutes longer.

3 – When the catfish is done, use a sharp knife to cut into two pieces. 

4 – Serve the catfish hot.

–catfish inspired by the Essence web site.

A Simple Dinner:  COD CILANTRO WITH LEMON ZEST IN CLAM – LEMON SAUCE

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.  Sprinkle cilantro on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

A Company Dinner for 2:  SALMON ATOP EGGPLANT & MARINARA SAUCE AND TOPPED WITH PUREED WALNUT – GARLIC SAUCE

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–eggplant (4 slices one-half inch thick)

–marinara sauce (6 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

walnut sauce:

–15 whole walnuts, toasted

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil (3 tablespoons)

1 – Spread the marinara sauce on the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Place the eggplant slices on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the walnuts in a food processor.  Add garlic and olive oil.  Puree until smooth.

3 – Place the salmon atop the eggplant and marinara sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spread the walnut sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the eggplant and marinara sauce.

–eggplant/marinara sauce inspired by City Grocery restaurant, Oxford, Mississippi (John Currence, chef) with the current redfish entrée.

COD TOPPED WITH BANANA PEPPER & GREEN ONIONS IN HOMEMADE BARBECUE SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – BROWN SUGAR – LEMON – WORCESTERSHIRE – RED BELL PEPPER – RED WINE – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–banana pepper (fresh, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

barbecue sauce:

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–brown sugar (2 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (1 tablespoon)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 tablespoon)

–red bell pepper (one-half, medium, sliced)

–red wine (one-fourth cup)

–marinara sauce (bottled, one-quarter bottle)

–olive oil

1 – Place the chopped tomato, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, red bell pepper, red wine, marinara sauce, and a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the barbecue sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with banana pepper and green onions.

3 – Microwave the cod and sauce for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice, pasta, quinoa, or couscous (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod sauce adapted from the food.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN SEASONED WITH GINGER & TOPPED WITH PARSLEY & GREEN ONIONS IN A TERIYAKI MARINADE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–ginger (bottled, 1 teaspoon dry)

–parsley (fresh if possible, 1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the teriyaki marinade.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and ginger.  Top with parsley and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

BONE-IN HERB CATFISH WITH CHOPPED FRESH TOMATO & CAPERS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note: I used Mrs. Dash for seasoning, for ease of preparation, but a good combination of fresh herbs would be basil, oregano, and dried bay leaves.

For 2:

–catfish (whole, dressed, medium size)

–Mrs. Dash (bottled seasoning)

–salt and pepper

–tomato (fresh, 2 slices, chopped)

–capers (bottled, 1 to 2 tablespoons, to taste)

–olive oil

–white wine

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered, baking dish.  Season the top with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, and olive oil.  Fill dish with one-half inch of white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Turn over the catfish, carefully.  Season with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, and a few drops of olive oil.  Place chopped tomato and capers on top.  Microwave on high for another 3 minutes.

3 – Using a very sharp knife, cut the catfish into two pieces.  Serve one piece for each dinner guest. Serve the catfish hot, with some tomato and capers on top, and white wine sauce to moisten.

–recipe original.

CHILLED TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH BASIL – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – FETA IN MAYONNAISE

For 4:

–tuna steak (1, medium size)

–basil (fresh if possible, 2 tablespoons fresh, 1 teaspoon dried)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–feta cheese (broken apart, 3 heaping tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tuna steak in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high. When finished, remove cover to allow to cool.

2 – Place chopped tomato, sprinkled with basil, and chopped green onions and feta cheese in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

3 – Flake the tuna with a fork/knife.  Add to the mixing bowl with the vegetables.

4 – Mix all with a light amount of mayonnaise (to taste).  Stir.  Place in refrigerator until time for dinner.

5 – Serve the tuna steak salad chilled.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARSLEY IN BROTH WITH A RAW CHILLED SAUCE OF PUREED BANANA PEPPERS – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–parsley (fresh if possible, 2 chopped tablespoons fresh OR 1 teaspoon dried)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, one-quarter cup)

–banana peppers (3 fresh, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice the banana peppers and place in a food processor.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs and the chopped parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the chilled pepper sauce on the side.

–sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

COD SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARSLEY IN CLAM JUICE SERVED WITH TOASTED WALNUT – GARLIC – PARSLEY PUREED SAUCE

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–walnuts (15 whole, toasted—in microwave for 1 minute; stir, 30 seconds more)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish, with one-fourth cup clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with plain breadcrumbs and chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place in a food processor:  15 whole toasted walnuts, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (1 tablespoon dried), and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Puree until smooth.  If too thick, add more extra virgin olive oil.  Then puree again.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the walnut sauce on the side.

–walnut sauce adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

SALMON WITH BALSAMIC AND MINCED GARLIC TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & ON A BED OF HERB MASHED POTATOES

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–balsamic vinegar (bottled, one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–potatoes (2, medium)

–herbs (I used parsley, marjoram, thyme, and oregano, but you can substitute your favorites; 1 teaspoon each, dried)

–milk (almond, soy, or dairy, 1 tablespoon to start pulsing, plus more for viscosity)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the potato jackets, but leave them on.  Cut up potatoes into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 8 minutes on high.  When finished, and have cooled a little, place the potatoes in a food processor, and add the herbs, salt and pepper to taste, and, gradually, milk to reach the right consistency.  Pulse until smooth.

2 – Spread the mashed potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Place the salmon on top.  Drench in balsamic vinegar.  Spread the minced garlic on top, and then salt and pepper to taste.  Finish with chopped green onions and a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon and potatoes hot.

–recipe original.

CHILLED SHRIMP SALAD WITH CELERY – GREEN PEPPER – GREEN ONIONS – EGGS – LEMON JUICE & DRESSED WITH LIGHT MAYONNAISE

For 4:

–shrimp (1 pound, medium, microwaved in Old Bay seasoning then shelled)

–celery (one-half cup, diced small)

–green bell pepper (one-half cup, diced small)

–green onions (2 stalks, diced)

–eggs (2, microwaved)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–light mayonnaise (I used Duke’s light mayonnaise, small amount to lightly coat)

–lemon juice (fresh, just a sprinkle)

1 – Place one-half cup of water in a large, uncovered, wide-mouthed baking dish.  Follow directions on the package for Old Bay seasoning.  Stir well.  Add shrimp to the seasoned water.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Let cool.

2 – When the shrimp have cooled, shell and cut each medium shrimp into about four pieces.  Place in a large mixing bowl.  Add celery, green bell pepper, and green onions. 

3 – In a small, covered, microwaveable bowl, place 2 eggs.  Break the egg yolk (very important to avoid exploding in the microwave).  Microwave the eggs for 1 minute on high.  When the eggs have cooled, criss-cross with a knife and fork to cut into small pieces.  Add the cooled, diced eggs to the salad.

4 – Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5 – Toss, to taste, a small amount of light mayonnaise with the salad.  Then sprinkle lightly with fresh lemon juice.

6 – Serve the salad chilled.

–shrimp salad adapted from the recipe of my sister-in-law and mother-in-law.