GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS ON A BED OF SMALL RED POTATOES – SLICED ONION – FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO – CHOPPED CELERY STALKS – SHREDDED CARROTS – MINCED GARLIC – NUTMEG IN MARINARA – RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–small red potatoes (1-inch in size, with jackets, 5 or 6)

–sliced onion (one-half)

–fresh chopped tomato (medium, fresh)

–chopped celery stalks (2, fresh)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–nutmeg (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–marinara sauce (I used Ragu “Mama’s” garden variety, 3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

1 – Place the potatoes, onion, tomato, celery, carrots, garlic in a large, covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.  Add marinara sauce and red wine.  Stir well.  Finish with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs to coat.  Shake well.

3 – When the vegetables have cooked for 5 minutes, place the breaded chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot atop the vegetables.

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

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BAKED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO – SEASONED WITH BASIL & PARSLEY – AND ON A BED OF BABY DUTCH POTATOES – SWEET ONION – CHOPPED CELERY IN GARLIC – WHITE WINE SAUCE

 For 4:

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–basil, parsley (dried, 1 teaspoon each)

–baby Dutch potatoes (6 – 8, sliced into bite-sized pieces)

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

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes, onion, celery, and garlic in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Chop the tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and parsley.

3 – Place the cod atop the vegetables.  Then place the tomato atop the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

5 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

BAKED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & RED BELL PEPPER AND SEASONED WITH OREGANO – GARLIC – BASIL – PARSLEY – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – MINT IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

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

–oregano, basil, rosemary, mint (one-half teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–parsley (chopped, fresh, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (extra virgin)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour white wine on top.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, parsley, and olive oil.  Add bay leaves to the white wine sauce.  Top with chopped tomato and chopped red bell pepper. Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

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

A Celebratory Entree for Two:  GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – THYME – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES IN MARSALA WINE – BRANDY SAUCE

–6 chicken tenders

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, chopped in large pieces)

–thyme (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–bay leaves (3, dried)

–marsala wine (one-fourth cup, cooking wine is fine)

–brandy (4 tablespoons; buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenders in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the breadcrumbs and shake well.

2- Place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with thyme and minced garlic.  Add marsala wine and brandy.  Place the bay leaves in the sauce.  Top with chopped mushrooms.  Finish with a couple of drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  PARSLEYED ITALIAN – STYLE SALMON WITH RED WINE – MARINARA SAUCE

Note:  My husband had seconds on this, something he almost never does!

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–marinara sauce (6 tablespoons; I used Ragu “Mama’s” garden variety)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the red wine over the salmon.  Then spoon on the marinara sauce.  Finish with parsley and a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the salmon hot, with sauce on the top.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

CAJUN SALMON WITH HOMEMADE SEASONING OF PAPRIKA – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE – ONION BITS – THYME – OREGANO – SALT – PEPPER – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–paprika (1 tablespoon, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon, or more to taste)

–onion bits (bottled, 1 tablespoons)

–thyme (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–salt

–pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with paprika, minced garlic, cayenne, onion bits, thyme, oregano, salat, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Salmon is best if not overcooked.)

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from the Salmon Cookbook (a kindle e-book).

SPICY BROCCOLI FLORETS & SWEET POTATO CHUNKS WITH GREEN ONIONS & CAYENNE IN CHICKEN BONE BROTH

For 4:

–sweet potato (5” by 3”, fresh)

–broccoli (2 heads, florets only, fresh)

–green onions (fresh, 3 stalks, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-half teaspoon)

–chicken bone broth (organic, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the sweet potato, and pierce all around with a fork.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high; then turn over and microwave for 5 minutes.  Let cool about 5 minutes.

2 – Cut off broccoli florets.  Chop green onion.

3 – Remove sweet potato pulp from the jacket, getting chunks in bite-sized pieces. 

4 – Place broccoli in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken bone broth.  Place sweet potato chunks all around the broccoli.  Place green onions on top.  Season with cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

5 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the broccoli dish hot, with chicken or seafood.

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

MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLE MEDLEY BASIL WITH GREEN BEANS – ZUCCHINI – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – RED POTATOES

For 4:

–basil (1 tablespoon, divided, dried, bottled)

–green beans (frozen, 1 cup, loosely packed)

–zucchini (1, sliced on the diagonal)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–red potatoes (2, medium, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the bite-sized potatoes in a covered baking dish with one-half cup water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – While the potatoes are cooking, slice the zucchini, and chop the tomato and green onions.  When potatoes have cooked for 5 minutes, place green beans on top, following by zucchini, tomato, and green onions (in this order).  Sprinkle the basil on top of the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave the vegetables for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the vegetables hot, with chicken or seafood.

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

 

SPICY ZUCCHINI OREGANO WITH CAYENNE AND MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–zucchini (two, fresh, sliced on the diagonal)

–oregano (1 teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the zucchini in a covered baking dish.  Add the wine.  Sprinkle zucchini with oregano, cayenne, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes (5 if softer zucchini is desired).

3 – Serve the zucchini, hot, with chicken or fish.

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

SPICY BAKED COD WITH CAYENNE IN GARDEN MARINARA – RED WINE SAUCE & TOPPED WITH FETA

For 4:

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

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–marinara sauce (I used Ragu garden; one-half bottle)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the marinara sauce and red wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with cayenne and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, and spoon some of the sauce on top.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice (place 1 cup rice and 1 and three-fourths water in a covered baking dish; microwave on high for 5 minutes, and then microwave for 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.