CHILLED SHRIMP SALAD WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES – EGG OMELET – FETA CHEESE – FRESH TOMATO – ICEBERG LETTUCE – CHICKPEAS DRIZZLED BY SESAME SAUCE WITH LEMON JUICE & MINCED GARLIC

Note:  Assemble the salad on 2 dinner plates and serve. 

For 2:

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

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–eggs (2)

–olive oil (drop or 2)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 1 tablespoon)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, broken)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, cut into 4 slices)

–iceberg lettuce (broken, 2 handfuls)

–chickpeas (one-half can, rinsed and drained)

–sesame sauce (bottled, 5 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons)

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

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 2 eggs in a small covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add 1 tablespoon of milk and a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir briskly.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, divide the egg into 2 parts, and place 1 part in the center of each dinner plate.

2 – Rinse and place the thawed shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water, but no seasoning.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, drain and place the shrimp in the refrigerator to cool while preparing the rest of the salad.

3 – Fan the other food around the egg:  sliced tomato (2 slices each plate) topped by feta cheese, black olives (one-half can each plate), chickpeas (one-quarter can each plate), iceberg lettuce (1 handful each plate), and shrimp (15 per plate).   

4 – In a small mixing bowl, place sesame dressing, lemon juice, minced garlic, and one-eighth cup of water.  Stir well.

5 – Serve the prepared dinner plates with the sesame dressing drizzled on top.

–salad adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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CHICKEN TOPPED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PARSLEY AND ACCOMPANIED BY A WARM SAUCE OF APPLE JUICE – HONEY – DIJON

Note:  The original recipe used orange juice rather than apple juice.

Note 2:  Sauce is to be room temperature.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–apple juice (bottled, one-half cup)

–honey (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle the minced garlic and parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon mustard in a small mixing bowl.  Stir together the honey and apple juice, and very, very slowly add to the Dijon, stirring briskly.  (Dijon should not be lumpy.) 

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the accompanying sauce on top, room temperature.

–chicken and sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

WARM COD SALAD WITH BLACK OLIVES – ONION – OREGANO – PARSLEY – CAYENNE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & COOKED IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–onion (medium, one-half, sliced)

–oregano (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, transfer the cod (but not the clam juice) to another dish.  Break into chunks.  Gently stir in black olives, one-half sliced onion, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Sprinkle oregano and cayenne pepper on top. 

2 – Serve the cod salad room temperature.

–cod salad adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

GARLIC – DILL SALMON TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

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

–dill (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon (fresh, sliced with a very sharp knife)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and minced garlic (the garlic spread on top).  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Place sliced lemon on top.

2 – Microwave the salmon for 7 minutes.  Salmon is best not overcooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipes, by Cristi Davis (kindle e-book).

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH GREEN OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC – ONION IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, Italian (flat-leaved), 1 handful, chopped)

–green olives (about a dozen, sliced in half)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion and garlic in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place the green olives on top.  Finish with parsley and a few extra drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

SALMON WITH ONION & MINCED GARLIC IN LEMON – TERIYAKI – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–teriyaki sauce (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, boxed)

–basmati rice

–pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the onion and minced garlic in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Add the chicken broth and teriyaki sauce.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Spoon the sauce on top. 

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot atop basmati rice (for the rice, follow directions for microwaving on the package; brands vary).

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

HONEY – GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH GREEN ONIONS & BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS TOPPED BY PARMESAN IN A RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, 2 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, sliced, fresh)

–Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons, shredded)

–red wine

1 – Place the green onions and mushrooms in the red wine sauce, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Dribble honey on top, to taste.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top, including the top of the sauce.  Finish with a few more drops of olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Comfort Dish:  PARSLEYED COD SEASONED WITH GARLIC & OLIVE OIL ATOP POTATOES – MUSHROOMS – FRESH TOMATO – SLICED ONION

For 4:

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

–parsley (Italian flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped)

–olive oil

–potatoes (red, 6 or 7 small, quartered)

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

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the potatoes and onion in a large, deep, covered baking dish with one-quarter cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and tomato to the dish.  Continue microwaving for 3 minutes.  When finished, place minced garlic in the baking dish and gently fold into the vegetables. 

2 – Place cod on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with parsley.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY – DIJON SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon and honey in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add the mayonnaise, and stir vigorously until smooth.  After six minutes of cooking the salmon, pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Sprinkle chopped onions on top.  Return the salmon to the microwave for 1 minute more.  (Brief heating of the mayonnaise-based sauce will keep the mayonnaise from disintegrating.)

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BAKED COD WITH ORANGE SLICES – ORANGE ZEST – CHIVES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  For a sweeter taste, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar atop the cod.

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

–orange (fresh, 1, break into segments)

–orange zest (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–chives (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Section an orange, and then cut each piece in half.  Place in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the orange segments.  Season with cod with salt, pepper, orange zest, chives, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

SALMON WITH FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place chopped tomato and chopped green onions on top of the salmon.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the salmon with vegetables hot.

–salmon adapted from Pierre Franey, chef, NYT Cooking web site.

SPICY SHRIMP WITH MINCED GARLIC – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE & WITH A SIDE OF ASPARAGUS

For 2:

–shrimp (small, thawed from frozen, quantity 30)

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–clam juice sauce (one-eighth cup)

–basmati rice (packaged; follow package instructions for microwave)

–asparagus (I used signature PicSweet frozen, microwave in package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the washed and drained shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, minced garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Gently stir.  Then sprinkle with cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Prepare basmati rice; it will take about 15 minutes.  Brands differ, and so follow the instructions on the package.  When finished microwaving keep covered to preserve warmth.  No need to use salt, pepper, or olive oil.

3 – Microwave the asparagus in its package.  Times differ in various sizes of microwave; follow package instructions.  When finished, turn out in a serving bowl, season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

5 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop the rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–shrimp and asparagus inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

BAKED CHICKEN MARINATED IN ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON AND SERVED WITH A WARM COUNTRY – STYLE SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – BASIL – PARSLEY – LEMON – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

The marinade:

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 teaspoon)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

The sauce:

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

1 – Place the chicken with the marinade in a plastic bag.  Leave in the refrigerator for several hours prior to dinner.  Then place the chicken with marinade in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water for steaming.  Set aside.

2 – Cut the tomato into two halves.  Place in a small, covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Then place the tomato, basil, chopped parsley, lemon juice, minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  Keep warm until time for dinner.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 7 and one-half minutes.  Test a center piece to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the warm sauce on the side.

–chicken and sauce adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

SPICY MINT – GARLIC COD WITH CAYENNE – CAPERS – LEMON – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–mint (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

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

–cayenne pepper (optional, one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–capers (bottled, 10 to 12)

–lemon (juice, bottled, 3 squirts)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and then add white wine.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle with capers and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Cod is ready when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

BONE-IN CATFISH WITH FRESH TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – BASIL – CAYENNE – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 2:

–catfish (2, medium, whole)

–tomato (medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–basil (bottled, dried, 1 teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

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

–minced onion (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tomato, garlic, and red bell pepper in a large, long covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Add white wine.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the catfish in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Turn the catfish over, spoon some sauce on top, and then microwave for 5 minutes more.

3 – Serve the catfish hot, atop basmati rice (follow directions for microwaving on the package; brands differ).

–catfish inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CRAB CAKES SUBMERGED IN A MUSHROOM – WHITE WINE SAUCE & ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILLED MARINARA – HORSERADISH – MINCED GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE

For 2:

–crab cakes (2, ready-prepared, from the deli counter)

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

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

Marinara sauce:

–spaghetti sauce (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–horseradish sauce (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive (1 tablespoon)

1 – Place the horseradish sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Slowly add spaghetti sauce to it, stirring vigorously.  Stir until smooth.  Add minced garlic and olive oil, and stir again.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the mushrooms and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

3 – Place the crab cakes in the sauce, spooning some sauce with mushrooms on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the crab cakes with sauce hot, accompanied on the side by the marinara sauce.

–crab cakes and marinara sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON SEASONED WITH LEMON & TOPPED WITH BASIL – TOMATO SLICES – PARMESAN IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–basil (1 teaspoon, bottled, dried)

–tomatoes (2, medium, sliced)

–Parmesan cheese (if shredded, one-eighth cup; if ground, 3 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place sliced tomatoes on top.  Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper.  Finish with Parmesan cheese and a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Savory Salmon Recipes (kindle cookbook).

PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARINATED IN SOY SAUCE – GARLIC – CAYENNE AND COOKED ON A BED OF ONION – FRESH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI ATOP BASMATI RICE

Note: Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour prior to cooking.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

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

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

–onion (one-quarter, medium, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–zucchini (one-half, sliced and then halved)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with the soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Marinate for 1 hour, at least, in the refrigerator. Set aside.

2 – Place the onion, tomato, and zucchini in a covered baking dish with the remainder of the minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the marinated chicken (with marinade) in the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.  Check for doneness on a center piece.  Return to the microwave for a minute more, if needed.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, atop basmati rice (use microwave instructions on the package; brand differ).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

ITALIAN SAN BENEDETTO COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – CAPERS – MINCED GARLIC – ONION – PARSLEY – POTATOES – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–capers (bottled, drained, 1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon, bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped, fresh)

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

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 squirt)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cut the potatoes in bite-sized pieces, and place in an uncovered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Potatoes should not yet be soft.  Set aside.

2 – Place the tomato and onion in a large covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – When the tomato and onion are ready, add the potatoes to the dish.  Make a trough in the middle for the cod, and add the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle capers on top.  Finish with parsley.

4 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it is flaky.

5 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

PARSLEYED SALMON & SHRIMP WITH LEMON – THYME – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–shrimp (8 to 10, small, deveined, tail-off, shelled, thawed from frozen)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts on salmon and 1 on shrimp)

–thyme (bottled, 1 teaspoon on salmon and one-quarter teaspoon on shrimp)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon on salmon and a spritz on shrimp)

–clam juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the shrimp in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup that you cover.  Season with lemon juice, thyme, cayenne, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Microwave the covered shrimp on high for 1 minute.  Stir, and microwave for 30 seconds more if any are not pink (done).  When finished, pour the shrimp atop the salmon.

4 – Serve the salmon and shrimp hot.

–shrimp and salmon adapted from Pierre Franey, chef, NYT Cooking web site.

CREAMY STRAWBERRY – VANILLA COD WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES – STRAWBERRY PRESERVES – VANILLA CREAMER ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–strawberries (fresh, quartered, 5 or 6)

–strawberry preserves (3 tablespoons)

–vanilla creamer (soy, packaged, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish. 

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place the strawberry preserves.  Slowly add creamer, stirring until smooth.

3 – Quarter the strawberries, and add to the sauce.  Pour the sauce atop the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave the cod on high for 8 minutes.  Cod should be flaky.

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

–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

CHICKEN GRECIAN SUPREME WITH OREGANO – FETA – SLICED ONION – BLACK OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC – FRESH TOMATO – ORANGE ZEST – OLIVE OIL IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–feta cheese (one-eighth cup)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–black olives (half a small can, drained)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–tomato (fresh, 1, small, chopped)

–orange zest (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, oregano, and orange zest.  Place sliced onions, black olives, minced garlic, and chopped tomato on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–chicken adapted from Nick’s Bistro, recipe for Greek chicken (from the web).

LEMON – GARLIC CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – MINT – SLICED ONION IN BROTH

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–garlic (minced, in a bottle, 1 tablespoon)

–rosemary (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–mint (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (sliced, one-half)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion in broth, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the onion.  Squirt lemon juice on top.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, rosemary, and olive oil.  Dot the chicken with the minced garlic.  With a very sharp knife, slice the lemon.  Place atop the chicken.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

TARRAGON – MUSTARD COD WITH SAUCE OF DIJON MUSTARD – LEMON – MAPLE SYRUP – TARRAGON – MILK – OLIVE OIL – FAUX BUTTER – CHICKEN BROTH ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–Dijon mustard (2 tablespoons)

–chicken broth (2 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–maple syrup (2 teaspoons)

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

–salt (one-quarter teaspoon)

–pepper (to taste)

–olive oil (2 teaspoons)

–faux butter (Promise margarine, heart-healthy, 1 tablespoon, dotted on cod)

1 – In a small mixing bowl, stir vigorously the Dijon mustard, adding the chicken broth very gradually.  Then add lemon juice, maple syrup, tarragon, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir vigorously.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce on top.  Dot with Promise margarine.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce atop jasmine rice (for the rice, use the package instructions for microwaving, as brands differ).

–cod adapted from Dr. Gourmet web site.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON SPRINKLED WITH ONION BITS & IN MAPLE SYRUP – TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

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

–onion bits (bottled, 1 to 2 tablespoons)

–maple syrup (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–teriyaki marinade sauce (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Stir together the maple syrup and teriyaki marinade, and the pour over the salmon.  Season with salmon with salt, pepper, onion bits, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

–salmon inspired by Genius Kitchen web site.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN & BROCCOLI WITH TOMATOES – ONION – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  This dish makes a good presentation.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–broccoli (florets only, 1 head)

–tomatoes (fresh, 2, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

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

–white wine (one-eighth cup, no more)

–jasmine rice (boxed)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary (1 teaspoon), and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken atop the sauce.  Place broccoli florets in a circle around the chicken.  Season with salt, pepper, the remainder of the rosemary, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more on high.

4 – Serve the chicken tenders, vegetables, and sauce hot atop jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving the rice, as brands differ).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Simple Dinner:  PARSLEYED COD WITH CREAMY CHERRY – VANILLA SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–cherry preserves (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–vanilla soy creamer (one-quarter cup)

–jasmine rice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cherry preserves in a small mixing bowl.  Slowly add vanilla soy creamer, stirring constantly. 

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour the cherry – creamer sauce over the top.  Season with salt, pepper, and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BAKED CHICKEN WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – ONIONS – CELERY IN BROTH & ACCOMPANIED BY A COOL PUREED GREEN SAUCE OF MINT – PARSLEY – GARLIC – PINE NUTS – GREEN ONIONS – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shredded carrots (1 handful, packaged)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Green sauce:

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–pine nuts (3 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons, bottled)

1 – Place the mint, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, green onions, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Plan to serve room temperature.

2 – Place shredded carrots, onion, and celery in broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables and in the broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot with the cool green sauce on the side.

–chicken and sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

GARLIC – LEMON SALMON WITH PARSLEY & GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

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

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Spread the minced garlic on top.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle parsley and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the salmon for 7 minutes.  Do not overcook; salmon should be flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

BAKED COD SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS – BASIL – PARSLEY – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE & ACCOMPANIED BY COLD PRIMAVERA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES – BASIL – PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

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

–basil (bottled, 1 teaspoon, dried)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

Primavera sauce (pureed in food processor):

–tomatoes (fresh, 2, medium, chopped, room temperature)

–basil (1 teaspoon, dried)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

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

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the chopped tomatoes, basil, chopped parsley, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, with salt and pepper to taste, in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Keep at room temperature for serving.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs, basil, parsley, and green onions. Finish with a few drops of olive oil. 

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

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef; primavera sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

An Appetizer:  CHILLED SALMON PATE WITH MINT – ITALIAN PARSLEY – GREEN ONIONS – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – CAYENNE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – CLAM JUICE

Note:  Make ahead and refrigerate.

For 4:

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

–mint (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–Italian parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Place green onions and Italian parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, let cool five minutes with cover off.  Then flake with a fork.  Place in a food processor, and pulse until smooth.  Add more clam juice if needed to reach desired consistency.

3 – Place in the refrigerator; let chill.

4 – Serve the salmon pate cold, with crackers.

–salmon pate inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

ROSEMARY – GARLIC CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH PARSLEY & SMOTHERED WITH VEGETABLES OF ONION – MUSHROOMS – ZUCCHINI – POTATO – CELERY – FRESH TOMATO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, chopped)

–zucchini (one-half, small, sliced)

–potato (red, small, chopped into bite-sized pieces, skin on)

–celery (one-half stalk, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, one-half, medium, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the bite-sized potato in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Add the other vegetables (onion, mushrooms, celery, tomato, zucchini) to the dish with the potato.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, and a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place parsley on top.

4 – Microwave the chicken and vegetables for 8 minutes.  When finished, check an inside piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave on high for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken tenders and vegetables hot.

–chicken and vegetables inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

OVEN FRIED COD WRAPPED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND SERVED WITH CHILLED HOMEMADE CHUTNEY OF CRANBERRIES – PEAR – BROWN SUGAR – BANANA PEPPER – GOLDEN RAISINS – LIME JUICE

For 4:

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

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–cranberries (fresh, 2 cups)

–pear (1 fresh, chopped; or 1 can drained of liquid, chopped)

–banana peppers (from a jar, 3 or 4 rings, chopped)

–brown sugar (three-fourths cup, packed)

–golden raisins (one-half cup)

–lime juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cranberries in 1 cup water in an uncovered baking dish, and microwave on high for 5 minutes, until simmering and the berries start to pop.  Add the pear, banana pepprs, brown sugar, golden raisins, and lime juice.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Let cool, cover, and then place in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour one-third cup of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Microwave in a covered baking dish on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the chutney beside it.

–chutney adapted from Real Simple magazine.

A Celebratory Dinner:  HONEY – GARLIC SALMON WITH TARRAGON – GREEN ONIONS – SESAME SEEDS – WHITE VINEGAR IN TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–white vinegar (distilled, bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the vinegar and teriyaki marinade over the top of the salmon.  Spread minced garlic over the salmon.  Season with pepper, tarragon, and honey.  Sprinkle chopped green onions and sesame seeds on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with sauce spooned over the top.

–salmon inspired by wild Alaska seafood web site.

BUTTERY COD WITH DILL & CAPERS IN LIME – VODKA SAUCE

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

–Promise margarine (heart healthy, 4 one-half inch pats)

–dill (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–vodka (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the vodka.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Place bits of margarine and capers on top. 

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

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from “Recipes Randy Cooks; Good Food for Everyday People.”

A Simple Dinner:  CUMIN – CORIANDER CHICKEN TOPPED WITH BANANA PEPPERS & BREADCRUMBS IN LIME JUICE SAUCE

Note:  This super – easy chicken takes only 1 to 2 minutes to get ready for the microwave. 

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cumin, coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon each)

–banana peppers (bottled, half a dozen, plus 2 tablespoons of liquid)

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

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Squirt lime juice on top.  Season with cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs lightly on chicken.  Place banana peppers and their liquid on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Check a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

Note:  This super – easy chicken takes only 1 to 2 minutes to get ready for the microwave. 

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cumin, coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon each)

–banana peppers (bottled, half a dozen, plus 2 tablespoons of liquid)

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

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Squirt lime juice on top.  Season with cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs lightly on chicken.  Place banana peppers and their liquid on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Check a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BREADED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO – CAPERS – PARSLEY – SRIRACHA IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-third cup)

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–capers (2 tablespoons)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon; if want very spicy, 2 tablespoons)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag with a little olive oil.  Massage to cover with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add breadcrumbs; shake well.  Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.

2 – In a mixing bowl, place tomato seasoned with salt and pepper, capers, parsley, and sriracha sauce.  Add a few drops of olive oil. Stir gently.  Then place the tomato mixture atop the cod. Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.  Test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave, on high, for 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the cod with vegetables hot.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

SALMON WITH DILL AND LEMON IN CLAM JUICE & ACCOMPANIED BY PESTO SAUCE OF PARSLEY – PEANUTS – ORANGE ZEST – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

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

–dill (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (2 or 3 squirts, bottled)

Pesto sauce:

–peanuts (dry roasted, unsalted, one-quarter cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful = one-third cup of packed chopped leaves)

–orange zest (bottled, one-half teaspoon)

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

–salt (one-quarter teaspoon)

–water (one-quarter cup)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 or 3 drops)

1 – For the pesto sauce, place all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until smooth.  Pesto sauce should be room temperature.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the pesto sauce to the side of the salmon.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef; pesto sauce adapted from Real Simple magazine.

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN IN CREAMY & SPICY MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATO – MUSHROOMS – SRIRACHA – PARSLEY – BASIL – SUGAR – MILK

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce; I used Paul Newman’s cabernet; one-third jar)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, chopped)

–sriracha sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–basil (dried, one-half teaspoon)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy; one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place marinara sauce, chopped tomato, chopped mushrooms, sriracha sauce, sugar, milk, and a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil  Submerge the chicken in the sauce.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes more.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; it not done, replace in microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED COD SMOTHERED IN SWISS CHEESE & SEASONED WITH OREGANO IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–Swiss cheese (2 or 3 slices, enough to cover cod)

–oregano (fresh if possible, cut from 6 stems; or dried, one-half teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

1 – Pace the cod in a covered baking dish with clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place Swiss cheese slices on top to cover.  Top with oregano and a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe inspired by a friend in Boone, North Carolina.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES & GLAZED WITH HONEY – TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon (chilled, fresh, sliced with a very sharp knife)

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–teriyaki marinade sauce (one-quarter cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Using a small mixing bowl, place honey and teriyaki marinade, and stir very, very well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Pour the sauce over the chicken.  Place lemon slices on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the chicken hot, with sauce.

–recipe original.

ALMOND – ENCRUSTED OVEN FRIED CHICKEN TENDERS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–almonds (one-third cup crushed almonds; use a food processor)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the breadcrumbs and crushed almonds on a large plate.  Place the chicken in a plastic bag, season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Then roll the chicken in the crumbs.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Do NOT add water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done,

3 – Serve the chicken tenders hot.

–recipe original.

COMFORT SALMON – SLICED ONION – BABY DUTCH POTATOES TOPPED WITH CHIVES & DILL IN A MILK SAUCE

Variation:  Chop one-half fresh tomato, and place atop the salmon before cooking.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, dill, and olive oil.

For 4:

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

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–baby Dutch potatoes (5 or 6, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–chives (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–dill (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy because it doesn’t microwave well, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the baby Dutch potatoes in the milk.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then add sliced onion, stir, and microwave for 5 minutes more.

2 – Place the salmon amid the potatoes and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, dill, and olive oil.  Smooth some of the sauce on top of the salmon.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Test the center to be sure that the salmon is flaky and only a little rare.

3 – Serve the salmon with potatoes and onion, and sauce. 

–recipe original.

COD WITH SLICED FRESH PEAR – GINGER – ONION IN CLAM JUICE & SOY SAUCE

For 4:

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

–pear (fresh, sliced in small pieces, 1)

–ginger (bottled)

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

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion and sliced pear in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice and soy sauce.  Season with ginger, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season with pepper, ginger, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce on top.

–recipe original.

BASIL CHICKEN SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS & IN BROTH AND ACCOMPANIED BY COLD BASIL PESTO SALSA WITH FRESH TOMATO – CHOPPED ONION – PARSLEY – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

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

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

–olive oil

–basil pesto (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, small, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.  Follow with basil on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place the basil pesto, tomato, onion, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil in a small mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper (to taste).  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the pesto salsa beside it on the plate.

–recipes original.

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SALMON WITH PEANUT BUTTER – BLUEBERRY PRESERVES – PEANUTS – BLUEBERRIES – BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Note: This is good, though it may not sound it.  Also a good way to get your little ones to eat their healthy salmon.

For 4:

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

–peanut butter (creamy, 2 tablespoons)

–blueberry preserves (in a jar, 3 tablespoons)

–peanuts (1 handful)

–blueberries (1 handful)

–balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the peanut butter, blueberry preserves, and balsamic vinegar in a small mixing bowl.  Stir very well. 

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench with balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.  Then spoon the peanut – blueberry sauce directly over the salmon.  Add peanuts and blueberries on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the sauce.

–recipe original.

SWEET ‘N SOUR GLAZED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SLICED RED BELL PEPPER & SAUCED WITH APRICOT PRESERVES – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON JUICE – SOY SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–red bell pepper (one-half to three-fourths, sliced)

–apricot preserves (half a jar)

–balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (2 tablespoons)

–soy sauce (2 tablespoons)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the apricot preserves, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, lemon juice, and soy sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Then place in a covered baking dish.  Add the sliced red bell pepper and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with pepper.  Spoon some of the sauce over the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil directly on the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and peppers hot, with the sauce.

–recipe original.

EGG – BATTERED OVEN FRIED COD ROLLED IN PARMESAN & GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH A SIDE OF BROCCOLI – AVOCADO SALAD SEASONED WITH LEMON – DIJON – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

–egg (1)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (fresh, 1 head, chopped into bite-sized pieces)

–avocado (1, cut into one-half inch pieces)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–Dijon mustard (2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

1 – Cut off the stalk from a head of broccoli, but keep the stems and florets.  Place in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, remove lid to allow broccoli to cool to room temperature.  Set aside.

2 – When broccoli has cooled, remove from baking dish, and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Drain the water from the baking dish, and place Dijon, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of the dish.  Return the broken broccoli to the dish, and stir well in the sauce. 

3 – Cut the avocado into one-half inch pieces.  Then fold into the broccoli gently.  Allow broccoli – avocado salad to remain at room temperature until time for dinner.

4 – Place an egg in a small mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Beat the egg until smooth.  Add the cod to the bowl, and be sure that the egg thoroughly covers the cod.  Place the garlic – herb breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese on a large plate.  Roll the cod in the crumbs, both sides, and then place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water to the dish.  Finish a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the cool broccoli – avocado salad as a side.

–cod inspired by a friend in Boone, North Carolina; broccoli – avocado salad inspired by a friend in Minnesota and adapted from the Andrew Weil web site.

COLD SHRIMP ON ICE WITH HOMEMADE SPICY TARTAR SAUCE WITH MAYO – SRIRACHA – DIJON – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – GREEN ONION – LEMON JUICE

For 2:

–shrimp (small, 30 to 40, tail-off, deveined, shelled, thawed from frozen)

–mayonnaise (3 tablespoons)

–sriracha sauce (1 teaspoon; 1 tablespoon if very spicy is desired)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon)

–sweet pickle relish (1 tablespoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

1 – Place mayonnaise, sriracha auce, Dijon mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped green onions, and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.

2 – After thawing the shrimp, rinse well, and then microwave with one-quarter cup of water for 2 minutes.  Run tap water over the shrimp.  Then place ice cubes in bowls.  Divide the shrimp evenly between the bowls.

3 – Serve the shrimp cold, with spicy tartar sauce on the side.

–recipes original.

CHICKEN PARMESAN TENDERS WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 3 heaping tablespoons)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4, chopped small)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, one-quarter jar)

–olive oil

1 – Place the marinara sauce and red wine in a covered baking dish.  Add the mushrooms, green onions, Parmesan cheese, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

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

3 – Serve the chicken Parmesan hot, with marinara sauce.

–recipe original.