COD WITH THYME AND BLACK OLIVES / CAESAR SALAD

–cod (the size of three decks of cards)

–black olives (one small can)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–mixed salad greens (pre-packaged)

–walnuts

–onion (one-half)

–croutons

–Caesar salad dressing

 

1 – Place cod in covered baking dish.  Add a little water.  Snip small bits of thyme on top of the cod.  Drench the cod in lemon juice.  Place the black olives on either side of the cod (but not on top, which would affect cooking time).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Dump half a package of mixed salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 2 handfuls of walnuts.  Chop one-half onion, and then add to salad.  Add croutons (whatever number desired).  Salt and pepper the salad.  Add Caesar dressing, amount desired.  Stir well.

3 – Cook the cod for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.  

4 – Serve the cod hot and the salad cold.

–adapted from Food Network; salad original.

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GARLIC TILAPIA / FAUX CREAMED SPINACH / COUSCOUS WITH PARSLEY AND TOMATO

 

 –fillets of tilapia (2 medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

-olive oil

–salt and pepper

–garlic powder

–spinach (one package fresh)

–yogurt

–mayonnaise

–couscous

–tomato (1 medium)

–parsley

 

1 – Place the 2 tilapia in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of white wine and drench with lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside to marinate.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of couscous in a measuring cup.  Place in a baking dish.  Measure one and one-eighth cup of water and add to the couscous.  Season with one-eighth teaspoon of salt.  Cook on high for 1 minute in microwave.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place spinach in large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add one inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Chop tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 2 minutes.  Set aside.

5 – Chop 2 tablespoons of parsley.  Set aside.

6 – Mix 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise with one-third cup of yogurt.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

7 – Cook the tilapia for 5 minutes in the microwave.

8 – While tilapia is cooking, stir tomato and parsley into couscous.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

9 – Drain spinach in a colander.  Stir mayonnaise and yogurt mixture into the drained spinach.  Cover to preserve warmth.

10 – Serve dinner when tilapia has cooked.  Place tilapia on top of couscous, with spinach as a side.

–tilapia and couscous adapted from Real Simple; faux creamed spinach original.

MUSHROON – CHEESE – WINE APPETIZER / CILANTRO SHRIMP / GREEN BEANS / WHITE RICE

–flatbread

–baby bella mushrooms (about 8, small)

–Parmesan cheese

–onion (one-half medium)

–white cooking wine

–shrimp (frozen, 60 to 80, tail off, de-veined, uncooked)

–green beans (frozen)

–white rice (instant)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–lime juice

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Defrost the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.  When thawed and ready to cook, place in large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Season with salt, pepper, a dash of lime juice, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with cilantro.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in microwave.  Keep covered to retain warmth.

2 – Place two handfuls of green beans in baking dish with cover.  Season with cilantro, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes (less if you like crispy beans).

3 – Place two-thirds cup of instant white rice in large, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Fold in cilantro.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.

4 – Chop one-half onion and place in baking dish with cover.  Chop mushrooms.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine to the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes in microwave.

5 – Sprinkle generous amount of Parmesan cheese on flatbread.  Add mushroom – onion mixture on top, including some wine.  Finish with more cheese.  Cook on high for 1 minute in microwave.  Serve immediately.

6 – Serve shrimp, green beans, and white rice while still warm.

–adapted from Real Simple.

LEMON COD / BROCCOLI / ZUCCHINI AND SCALLOP SQUASH BAKE

–cod fish (size of 3 decks of cards)

–lemon juice

–onion (medium)

–broccoli

–zucchini (2)

–scallop squash (3)

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–cayenne pepper

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Chop one-half onion and place in bottom of baking dish, covered, with a little water.  Cook on high in microwave for 2 minutes.  Place cod on top.  Drench cod in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Peel zucchini and squash with vegetable peeler.  Slice.  Chop one-half onion.  Place one half of zucchini, squash, and onion in baking dish (covered).  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Add remainder of vegetables to dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes in microwave.

3 – Cut off stalk on one bunch of broccoli.  Slice the florets and some stem into large pieces.  Season with cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes in microwave.

4 – Cook cod for 5 minutes.  If cod has partially broken apart, it is done. 

5 – Serve meal hot.

–adapted from Real Simple.

 

PAPRIKA CHICKEN / HERBED CARROTS WITH ALMONDS / BAKED POTATO WITH YOGURT

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–paprika

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–shredded carrots

–coriander

–dill (fresh if possible)

–almonds

–red potatoes (2 medium)

–yogurt (plain)

 

1 – Scrub red potatoes with a kitchen brush.  Prick generously with fork.  Place on paper towel in microwave.  Cook 4 minutes on high.  Then turn over the potatoes, and cook for 4 more minutes.

2 – While the potatoes are cooking, place the chicken in a baking dish with cover.  Add a little water.  Sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

3- Place one-half of the carrots in a baking dish with cover.  Season with coriander, tiny snips of dill, salt, pepper, and add almonds.  Then add second half of carrots.  Season similarly, and add olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes on high in microwave.

4 – When vegetables are done, cook chicken for 5 minutes on high in microwave.

5 – Serve potatoes in their jackets with yogurt as dressing (instead of sour cream).  Salt and pepper the potatoes.

6 – Serve dinner hot.

–adapted from Real Simple.

SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN / STEWED OKRA WITH TOMATOES / BLACK-EYED PEAS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–herbed stuffing (pre-packaged)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–cayenne pepper

–okra (fresh)

–diced tomatoes (canned)

–garlic powder

–onion (medium)

–black-eyed peas (frozen)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Using a slow cooker, start black-eyed peas with salt and pepper, chicken broth to cover, and olive oil to season, when you leave the house at 8 or 9 in the morning.  Let cook on low all day until 5 or 6.

2 – Place a cup of stuffing in a plastic bag.  Crush with fist to make very fine.  Place chicken in bag with olive oil, seasoning with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Shake well.  Place chicken in covered baking dish; pour remainder of stuffing over top.  Set aside.

3 – Select a large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Chop an onion; place in the bottom.  Cook on high for 2 minutes.  Add a full can of diced tomatoes, spreading out in the dish.  Chop the okra in one-half inch pieces.   Make one layer of okra.  (Do not allow okra to lie on top of each other.)  Add water just to cover.  Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in microwave for 15 minutes.

4 – Cook chicken for 5 minutes on high in the microwave.

5 – Serve hot.

–chicken and black-eyed peas original recipe; okra and tomatoes adapted from recipe distributed at farmers’ market, Oxford (Mississippi).

ASIAN SALMON WITH HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE / GREEN PEAS WITH PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS

 

–salmon (size of three decks of cards)

–olive oil

–basil, thyme (fresh if possible)

–Worcestershire sauce

–soy sauce

–garlic

–salt and pepper

–mayonnaise

–onion bits

–lemon juice

–dill (fresh if possible)

–Dejon mustard

–paprika

–pepper

–green peas (frozen)

–portabella mushrooms

 

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a small amount of water.  Place snips of basil and thyme on top.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add one-fourth cup of Worcestershire sauce and one-fourth cup of soy sauce.  Add a little olive oil on top.  Set aside.

2 – To make tartar sauce:  Place one-third cup of mayonnaise in small saucer.  Add a tablespoon of Dejon mustard.  Season with onion bits, dill, paprika and pepper.  Add two tablespoons of lemon juice.  Stir briskly.  Set aside.

3 – Cut portabella mushrooms in quarters.  Place in covered baking dish, with a little water and a little olive oil.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in microwave.  Add frozen green peas and stir.  Season with salt and pepper and olive oil.  Cook on high for five minutes.

4 – Cook salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.  Test center to be sure that salmon is done.  If not, return to microwave for 1 minute. 

5 – Serve salmon hot with the homemade tartar sauce, with green peas as a side.

–salmon adapted from a recipe no longer on the web.

BASIL CHICKEN / FRESH TOMATO / PESTO – AVOCADO PASTA

Note:  My husband Paul had seconds, something he almost never does.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–fresh tomatoes (2)

–penne pasta

–avocado

–garlic powder

 

1 – Measure 1 cup of penne pasta and place in an uncovered baking dish.  Add one teaspoon of salt.  Just cover with water.  Cook for 2 and one-half minutes on high in the microwave, and then cook for 8 and one-half minutes on 50 percent power.  When done, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place chicken in covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with tiny snips of basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes after the pasta has finished.

3 – Chop the tomatoes, and season with basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil. 

4 – Cut open an avocado, discarding the pit.  Cut across two ways, and then scoop out into a food processor.  Add generous amount of basil and one-fourth cup of olive oil, plus salt, pepper and garlic powder, and pulse.

5 – When the pasta is done (al dente), stir in the pesto – avocado sauce.

6 – Serve the chicken hot, the pasta warm, and the tomato cold.

–adapted from Allrecipes.

MOROCCAN CHICKEN / WHITE RICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato soup (can)

–onion (medium)

–garlic powder

–cinnamon

–curry powder

–raisins (one-third cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–chickpeas (garbanzo beans, 1 can)

–almonds (one-third cup)

–white rice (instant)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Chop one onion.  Place in covered baking dish, and season with onion oil.  Add a small amount of water.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Lay the chicken on top of the onion in the covered baking dish, and season with salt and pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder, curry powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice.  Pour into wide-mouthed baking dish.  Measure two-thirds cup of chicken broth and add to the rice.  Cook for 3 minutes on high.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

4 – Drain the can of chickpeas in a colander.  Empty undiluted tomato soup in a large baking dish, adding the chickpeas to it.  Add one-third cup of almonds and one-third cup of raisins.  Season with cinnamon, garlic powder, curry powder, and olive oil.  Cook for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

5 – Cook the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve with the chicken (with onion) and tomato sauce on top of the white rice.  Serve hot.

–adapted from a Campbell’s tomato soup advertisement.

NEW ORLEANS COD WITH CRABMEAT / WHITE RICE / SALAD WITH BRIE AND STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE

–cod (size of three decks of cards)

–crabmeat (canned, 1 can)

–diced tomato (canned)

–Cajun spices – basil, thyme (fresh if possible), paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant)

–bibb lettuce

–brie cheese

–strawberry vinaigrette

–pecan bits (one small package)

 

1 – Dip out one-half can of diced tomato in baking dish with cover.  Place the cod on top.  Spoon the crabmeat on either side of the cod (but not on top, for this would hinder cooking in the microwave).  Season with the Cajun spices (basil, thyme (fresh if possible), paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper), and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of instant white rice in wide-mouthed, large baking dish with cover.  Season with one teaspoon of salt.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Cook in microwave for 3 minutes.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Use food processor to puree 5 or 6 fresh strawberries.  Add 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and two tablespoons of sugar, and puree the whole.  Set aside.

4 – Break the bibb lettuce in small pieces.  Cut small pieces of brie cheese.  Mix lettuce, brie, and pecan bits.  Just before serving as a first course, add the strawberry vinaigrette to the salad. 

5 – Cook the cod for 8 minutes in the microwave, covered.

6 – While cod is cooking, serve the first course of salad.  Then serve the cod on top of the white rice, while still hot.

–cod adapted from the Black Bass (Lumberville, Pennsylvania); salad adapted from Zynodoa (Staunton, Virginia)