CAJUN SALMON / CILANTRO – AVOCADO SALSA WITH PINEAPPLE – TOMATO – ONION / SPINACH WITH GARLIC / SQUASH WITH ONION & FAUX BACON

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–Cajun seasoning (I use New Orleans-based “Slap Ya Mama,” available on the web; or use Creole seasoning)

–avocado (1, ripe, chopped)

–pineapple (one-half small can of chunk)

–tomato (3 slices, chopped)

–onion (1, divided, chopped)

–cilantro (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach (fresh, half a package)

–garlic salt

–squash (2 small, fresh)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Chop the avocado, pineapple, tomato, and one-half onion, and add to a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, cilantro, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator to chill for dinner.

3 – Place the spinach in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Slice the squash and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Microwave the salmon on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If done, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

6 – Serve the salmon with the salsa, with the squash and spinach as sides.

–avocado salsa adapted from food.com; other recipes original.

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COD STEW WITH TOMATO – ONION – PEPPERS IN WHITE WINE ATOP CIABATTA BUN / GREEN BEANS AU NATURAL

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tomato (1, chopped, medium)

–onion (1, chopped, medium)

–red bell pepper (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–ciabatta buns (2, whole wheat)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–green beans (fresh, one-half package)

 

1 – Place the chopped tomato, onion, and red bell pepper in the bottom of a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Place the cod on top of the vegetables.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Drench the cod in a small amount of wine.  Set aside.

2 – Place the green beans in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high (more because of the vegetables).

4 – Microwave the ciabatta buns for 50 seconds. 

5 – Serve the cod and vegetables, with wine, atop the buns, with the green beans as a side.

–cod, Benedetto style, adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); green beans original.

OVEN FRIED CHICKEN WITH CATSUP – DEJON – ONION – PICKLES ON CIABATTA BUN / BARBECUED BEANS WITH MAPLE SYRUP / BUTTERED CORN

Note:  This was intended to be an indoor picnic.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–plain breadcrumbs

–catsup

–Dejon mustard

–sweet pickle relish

–onion (one and one-half, divided, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–ciabatta buns (whole wheat, 2)

–great Northern beans (dried, soak overnight, 1 cup)

–maple syrup

–Bac’n pieces

–corn (one-half package, frozen)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

 

 

1 – Place 1 cup of soaked beans in a slow cooker.  Add 3 cups of water and one-half cup of maple syrup.  Chop 1 onion, and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of Dejon, one-fourth cup of catsup, and olive oil.  Cook all day long, at least 8 hours (the longer, the better).

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour one-third cup of plain breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Set aside.

3 – Place the corn in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and margarine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Place bowls of catsup, Dejon mustard, chopped onion, and sweet pickle relish on the buffet.  Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes. 

5 – Microwave the 2 ciabatta buns for 50 seconds.

6 – Allow your dinner guest to make his/her own sandwich with chicken and the condiments on a ciabatta bun.  Serve the beans and corn as sides.

–recipes for beans adapted from food.com web site; other recipes original.

LEMON SHRIMP WITH MINT – GARLIC – PARSLEY / NEW DILLED WHOLE POTATOES / BROCCOLI WITH HOT SAUCE

Note:  Thaw frozen shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.

–shrimp (frozen, one-half package)

–lemon juice

–mint (bottled)

–garlic salt

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (6 to 8)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–broccoli (1 stalk)

–hot sauce (such as tabasco)

 

1 – Wash and scrub the small potatoes.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Separate broccoli stalk from stems and florets, discarding the stalk.  Break apart the remainder.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Rinse the shrimp in a colander.  Place in one layer in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with mint, garlic salt, salt and pepper, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Serve the shrimp hot, with the broccoli and potatoes as sides.  Serve hot sauce with the broccoli.

–shrimp adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); potatoes adapted from Real Simple; broccoli original.

BASIL SALMON WITH PEPPERS – TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS / GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES & GREEN ONION IN TANGY DRESSING

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–green onions (10 stalks, divided

–spinach (fresh, one-third package)

–spring mix (fresh greens, one-third package)

–strawberries (sliced, about 10)

–balsamic vinegar

–white wine

–sugar (one-third cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil,

1 – Slice the red pepper (one-half) and chop the tomato.  Slice 4 green onions in one-half inch pieces and place pepper, tomato, and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the salmon on top of the pepper, tomato, and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the spinach and spring greens in a mixing bowl.  Slice the strawberries and add to the bowl.  Slice 6 green onions in one-half inch pieces and place in the bowl.  Season the salad with balsamic vinegar, wine, and olive oil.  Add the sugar.  Stir well.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 and one-half minutes on high (more because of the vegetables).

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the cold salad as a side.

–salmon adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); salad adapted from allrecipes.com.

CHICKEN WITH TOMATO – ROSEMARY – GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS IN WINE SAUCE / QUINOA IN BROTH / FRESH GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (1, medium)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–green onions (5 stalks)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–quinoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–green beans (fresh, 2 handfuls)

–almonds (sliced, one-half package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half teaspoon of salt and a little olive oil.  Then add one and one-third cups of chicken broth.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the tomato and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Add a little white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Chop the green onions I one-half inch pieces.  When the tomatoes have finished, place the green onions on top.  Then nestle the chicken among the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Rinse the green beans and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of almonds on top.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken and vegetables on top of the quinoa, with the green beans as a side.

–chicken adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); other recipes original.

LEMON CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY – ROSEMARY – GARLIC / KALE WITH CHILI SAUCE / HERBED CREAMED POTATOES

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–kale (fresh, one-half package)

–Sriracha sauce

–Bartlett potatoes (6 to 8 small)

–marjoram, basil, oregano, parsley, chives, thyme (fresh if possible)

–milk (dairy, soy, or almond)

 

1 – Wash and scrub potatoes; cut in 1-inch squares.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench with lemon juice.  Season with rosemary, garlic salt, parsley, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of Sriracha sauce in a half cup of water.  Stir well.  Place kale in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour Sriracha sauce with water on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Warm the milk for 1 minute in the microwave.  Using a food processor, pulse the potatoes with the milk.  Season the potatoes with all the herbs.  Then pulse to combine.  Place in a covered baking dish, and microwave for 1 minute.

5 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the chicken hot, with the spicy kale and herbed potatoes as sides.

–chicken adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); kale adapted from allrecipes.com; potatoes original.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH PARMESAN & GARLIC / GREEN PEAS WITH PARMESAN – GARLIC – ONION – TOMATO / BACON – FLAVORED SUMMER SQUASH WITH ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–Parmesan cheese

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–onion (1, divided)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–summer squash (4, small)

–Bac’n pieces

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with rosemary, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Set aside.

2 – Slice one-half onion and chop the tomato.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir in the frozen peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

3 – Peel and slice the squash, and place in a covered baking dish.  Slice one-half onion.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the peas and squash as sides.

–chicken and green peas adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

BEER – BATTERED COD WITH PAPRIKA & GARLIC / FARMERS’ MARKET POTATOES / BACON – FLAVORED KALE

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–beer (can)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–paprika

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (young, small, about 8)

–kale (fresh, packaged)

–Bac’n pieces

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, beer, and olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little beer.  Set aside.

2 – Wash and scrub the young potatoes.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the washed kale in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes (longer because of the beer in the dish).

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the potatoes and kale as sides.

–cod adapted from food.com; vegetables original.

COLD BOILED SHRIMP WITH HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE / PAPRIKA POTATOES / BROCCOLI WITH BLACK OLIVES & TOMATO

–shrimp (frozen, one-half package, deveined, tail-off)

–mayonnaise

–lemon juice

–sweet pickle relish

–onion (one-half, small)

–paprika

–Bartlett potatoes (4, small)

–black olives (1 small can)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–broccoli (1 small head)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Pour half of the package of shrimp into a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Drain and cool in the refrigerator.

2 – Place about one-half cup of mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish.  Chop, in fine pieces, one half of an onion; then add to the bowl.  Season with 1 squirt of lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Stir well.  Let sit in the refrigerator to season.

3 – Wash and scrub the potatoes.  Chop into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Cut florets and stems from the stalk of broccoli, and discard the stalk.  Arrange in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Chop a tomato, season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt, and add to the baking dish.  Also add 1 small can of sliced black olives.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Serve the shrimp cold, with the tartar sauce.  Serve the hot potatoes and broccoli casserole as sides.

–broccoli recipe adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); other recipes original.