PARMESAN – ALMOND FLOUNDER WITH MUSHROOMS & VIDALIA ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / QUINOA WITH BROTH / TOMATO EGGPLANT DIP WITH ONION – PARSLEY – BANANA PEPPER

–flounder (2, medium, thawed from frozen)

–Parmesan cheese

–almonds (sliced, one-half package)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 1 handful)

–Vidalia onions     (2, divided, small)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–parsley

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic salt

–quinoa (traditional, boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–tomato sauce (3 tablespoons)

–eggplant (large, 1, fresh)

–banana pepper (one-third, fresh, minced)

–pita chips

 

1 – Well before dinner, prepare the eggplant.  Wash and then pierce all around with a fork.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool, either on the counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, cut off the stalk, and then cut the eggplant lengthwise.  Rake out the pulp onto a cutting board.  Cut two ways.  Then place in a mixing bowl.  Finely dice 1 small Vidalia onion and one-third banana pepper.  Place in the bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce.  Season with salt, parsley, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

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

3 – Slice 1 small Vidalia onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Then wash and place 1 handful of sliced mushrooms in the dish.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle the flounder in the wine sauce.  Season the flounder with garlic salt, salt, and pepper.  Sprinkle sliced almonds and Parmesan cheese on top of the flouder.  Finish with parsley.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the eggplant dip as an appetizer, with pita chips.  Then serve the flounder hot atop the quinoa.

–eggplant and flounder adapted from the food network web site; quinoa original.

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CHICKEN WITH PEACH – BANANA PEPPER – BALSAMIC VINEGAR RELISH / SUMMER SQUASH WITH ONIONS AND FAUX BACON / SPINACH SALAD WITH VIDALIA ONION – TOASTED WALNUTS – FETA CHEESE IN DEJON – RED WINE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–peach (fresh, 1)

–banana pepper (fresh, one-half)

–balsamic vinegar

–salt

–sugar

–summer squash (5, small)

–Vidalia onions (2, small)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–spinach (fresh, packaged)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

–Dejon mustard (1 tablespoon)

–red wine (3 tablespoons)

 

1 – Peel and chop (in small pieces) the peach, and place in a mixing bowl.  Mince one-half banana pepper and add to the bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Season with salt.  Stir well.  Refrigerator the relish until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice 1 Vidalia onion.  Make 2 layers in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle each layer with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Place one-half package of fresh spinach in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts and one-half package of feta cheese.  Peel and slice 1 Vidalia onion, and add to the bowl.  For the dressing, add 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard and 3 tablespoons of red wine to the spinach.  Season with olive oil and salt.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the spinach salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken with the relish, and the squash as a side.

–spinach salad and relish adapted from allrecipes.com; other recipes original.

GARLIC – HERB FLOUNDER ATOP CRABMEAT WITH TOMATO & ONION IN COCONUT MILK / COUSCOUS / PARMESAN – BASIL TOMATO PIE WITH CRUMBLED WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFINS

–flounder (2, thawed from freezer)

–crabmeat (1 can)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–tomatoes (4, divided)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–coconut milk (lite, canned)

–couscous (boxed)

–Parmesan cheese

–whole wheat English muffins (2)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice one-half onion and 1 tomato, and place in a covered baking dish with a little coconut milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place crabmeat on top of the onion and tomato.  Then place the flounder on top of the crabmeat.  Season the flounder with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  Then pour one – third cup of coconut milk over the seafood.  Set aside.

2 – Break apart 1 whole wheat English muffin, and place in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Cut 3 tomatoes in half, and place over the muffin pieces.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and Parmesan cheese.  Then top with more pieces of a second English muffin.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

3 – Measure 1 cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the seafood for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the seafood atop the couscous, with the tomato pie as a side.

–recipes original.

CILANTRO SALMON WITH AVOCADO – PEACH – CILANTRO SALSA / NEW PAPRIKA POTATOES / OVEN FRIED OKRA WITH TOMATO – OLIVE OIL CRUSHED TRISCUITS

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

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–avocado (chopped)

–peach (chopped)

–red onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (2 slices)

–banana peppers (6 or 8, sliced)

–potatoes (8 small, new

–paprika

–okra (fresh, 10 or 12, sliced)

–tomato – olive oil triscuits (6 to 8)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

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

2 – Wash and peel peach.  Chop into one-half inch pieces.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Cut apart the avocado, removing and discarding the pit.  Slice into one-half inch pieces.  Set aside.  Chop one-half red onion, and place in mixing bowl.  Mince the banana peppers and place in the bowl.  Season the ingredients in the mixing bowl with cilantro, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Fold in the avocado gently.  Refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Wash and scrub the potatoes.  Chop into one-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 – Wash and chop the okra into one-half inch pieces.  Add to an uncovered baking dish with water to cover half the okra.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  Place the triscuits in a plastic bag.  Crush against the kitchen counter with an ice cream spoon.  Add the triscuits to the okra.  Microwave on high for 1 minute more.  Add a little more olive oil if the dish seems dry.

5 – Microwave the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, continue microwaving for 1 minute more.

6 – Serve the salmon hot with the cold salsa, potatoes and okra as sides.

–salsa adapted from allrecipes.com; other recipes original.

CHILLED COD SALAD WITH WHITE WINE – GREEN OLIVES – FRESH MUSHROOMS – ONION / EGGPLANT APPETIZER WITH PUREED TOMATO – RED BELL PEPPER – ONION

Note:  This dinner can be prepared ahead and refrigerated.

–eggplant (medium, fresh)

–tomato (large, 2 slices, chopped)

–red bell pepper (large, 2 slices, chopped)

–red onion (one-half, divided, large)

–garlic salt

–olive oil

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

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–green olives (or black olives, your taste)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, sliced, 1 handful)

–mayonnaise

–bibb lettuce (2 leaves)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Wash and then pierce an eggplant all around.  Place on a plate and microwave for 4 minutes; then turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool (refrigerator is OK).  When eggplant is cool, slice lengthwise on a cutting board, and remove the pulp.  Then cut two ways.  Set aside.  Dice 2 slices of a tomato, 2 slices of a red bell pepper, and one-fourth of a red onion.  Place in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Add the eggplant.  Season with garlic salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Drain almost all the wine.  Then break apart the cod into bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.

3 – Cut about 12 green olives (or black) into two pieces.  Add to a mixing bowl.  Slice the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces, and add to the bowl as well.  Season with tarragon, parsley, salt, and pepper.  Stir well.  Then fold the cod into the vegetables.  Add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and gently stir.

4 – Serve the eggplant dip as an appetizer.  Serve the cod on bibb lettuce leaves.

–cod adapted from The Elegant but Easy Cookbook; eggplant adapted from food.com web site (Ina Garten, chef).

CHICKEN TENDERS PIQUANT WITH RED WINE – TERIYAKI – GINGER – BROWN SUGAR / SQUASH CASSEROLE / BABY BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano

–garlic salt

–ginger

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–teriyaki sauce (bottled)

–Dejon mustard

–brown sugar

–olive oil

–summer squash (5, small)

–Vidalia onion (1, small)

–Bac’n pieces

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add water to 1 inch above the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Promise Activ margarine, and Bac’n pieces.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Then keep on “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with oregano, garlic salt, and ginger.  In a small bowl, mix one-half cup of red wine, 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well, and then pour around the chicken.  If time permits, let marinate for an hour before cooking.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice the onion.  Add half the squash to a covered baking dish.  Add half the onion also.  Then season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Bac’n pieces, and breadcrumbs (a small amount).  Add the remaining half of the squash and onion, and season as before.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

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

–chicken adapted from Elegant but Easy Cookbook; other recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED SALMON IN WHITE WINE & LEMON WITH TOMATO – ONION SALSA / COUSCOUS / TARRAGON SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH FAUX BACON & ONION

–split peas (dried; no soaking required)

–Bac’n piece

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

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

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

–salsa (hot or mild, from a jar)

–couscous

1 – Place two-thirds cup of split peas in a slow cooker.  Add 2 and one-half cups of chicken broth.  Slice one-half onion and add to the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, tarragon, and Bac’n pieces.  Cook on high for 6 hours.  Keep on “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and then add a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place 1 cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit to allow couscous to set up.

4 – Microwave the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the split pea soup as a first course.  Then serve the salmon atop the couscous.

–salmon adapted from Instant Gourmet (Ceil Dyer, author); other recipes original.

CHICKEN FINGERS ROLLED IN CRUSHED TEXAS TOAST CROUTONS ATOP HONEY MUSTARD GREEN SALAD WITH RAW BROCCOLI – SUMMER SQUASH – VIDALIA ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Texas Toast seasoned croutons

–Dejon mustard

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–honey

–lemon juice

–salad greens

–broccoli (florets only)

–summer squash (3, small)

–Vidalia onion (1, small, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 4 tablespoons of yogurt in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard and a squirt of lemon juice (to taste).  Add 2 tablespoons of honey.  Stir well.  Set aside.

2 – Place half a bag of croutons in a plastic bag.  Using the back of an ice cream spoon, crush the croutons against the kitchen counter.  Place the chicken in a separate plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour the crushed croutons on top of the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a very little water.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Peel and slice the squash, adding to the bowl.  Cut off the florets of the broccoli, and then slice, as needed, before adding to the bowl.  Slice the onion and add to the bowl.  Season the whole with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Then pour honey mustard salad dressing, to taste, atop the salad greens and vegetables, and then stir well.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, on top of the cold salad.

–chicken and salad original. 

PESTO COD / PARMESAN CORN PUDDING / EGGPLANT DIP WITH BASIL – TOMATO – ONION – BLACK OLIVES

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

–pesto paste

–mayonnaise

–lemon juice

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (small, fresh)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–tomato (3 slices, fresh, large)

–onion (1, divided)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–corn (frozen, 1 package)

–Parmesan cheese

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy)

–eggs (2, medium)

–cornbread stuffing (3 tablespoons)

 

1 – Ahead of time, pierce the eggplant with a fork all-around.  Place on a plate.  Microwave for 4 minutes; then turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool, either on the counter or in the refrigerator.  Then cut the eggplant vertically and scoop out the pulp.  On a cutting board, cut the eggplant two ways, then place the pulp in a mixing bowl.  Dice 3 slices of tomato and one-half onion, and place in the bowl.  Add one-half can of black olives.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench with lemon juice.  In a small bowl, measure 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of pesto paste.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir vigorously.  Spoon the sauce over the cod.  Set aside.

3 – Puree 1 cup of corn (thawed), 2 eggs, one-half cup milk, one-half cup of Parmesan cheese, and 3 tablespoons of cornbread stuffing in a food processor.  Empty into a wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Slice one-half onion and place in a small baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Add 1 cup of corn and the onion to the corn pudding.  Season with olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir.  Then microwave for 3 minutes more.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the eggplant dip as an appetizer; then serve the cod with the corn pudding as a side.

–cod adapted from Instant Gourmet (Ceil Dyer, author); corn pudding adapted from Real Simple; eggplant original.

FLOUNDER MEDITERRANEAN / BOWTIE PASTA AL DENTE / GARLIC BROCCOLI

–2 fillets of flounder (medium, fresh)

–tomato (1, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–capers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–Parmesan cheese

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–garlic salt

–oregano, basil, bay leaf

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry)

–broccoli (1 head)

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the tomato and onion and add to a covered baking dish. Place capers and black olives over the tomato and onion.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and then stir the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then add the flounder to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Set aside.

3 – Separate the florets and stems of the broccoli from the stalk.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder and vegetables for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the flounder and vegetables on top of the pasta, with the broccoli as a side.

–flounder adapted from allrecipes.com; broccoli original.