PARSLEYED COD FISH STEW WITH TOMATO – VIDALIA ONION – RED BELL PEPPER IN WHITE WINE ATOP ENGLIGH MUFFIN / BACON – FLAVORED TURNIP GREENS / BACON – FLAVORED BLACK – EYED PEAS

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

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–red bell pepper (one-half)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–whole wheat English muffin (1)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–turnip greens (fresh, packaged)

–black-eyed peas (fresh)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of black-eyed peas in a slow cooker.  Add 2 cups of water.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours; place setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Chop tomato, onion, and red bell pepper.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, nestle cod in sauce.  Season cod with salt, pepper, parsley, and olive oil. Set aside.

3 – Place 2 handful of turnip greens in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

5 – Microwave the muffin for 30 seconds.

6 – Serve the cod hot with sauce on top of the muffin, with turnip greens and black-eyed peas as sides.

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

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CHILLED LEMONY SALMON – COUSCOUS SALAD WITH CORN – GREEN PEAS – BASIL – OREGANO – DILL – PARSLEY / BACON – FLAVORED BIBB LETTUCE SALAD

Note:  This is a make-ahead dinner.

 

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–couscous (three-fourths cup measure; boxed)

–corn (one-half can)

–green peas (one-half can)

–lemon juice

–basil, oregano, dill, parsley (fresh if possible)

–bibb lettuce (half a package)

–Bac’n pieces

–salad dressing of your choice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place three-fourths cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with one-fourth teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.  Let set.  Chill in refrigerator.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, dill, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of bibb lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and Bac’n pieces.  Add salad dressing of your choice, to taste.  Chill until time for dinner.

4 – Season the chilled couscous with basil, oregano, dill, and parsley.  Break apart the salmon in large chunks, discarding the skin.  Fold very gently into the couscous.  Chill the salmon and couscous until time for dinner.

5 – Serve the salads cold, on the same plate.

–salmon salad adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; bibb lettuce recipe original.

TUMERIC – ONION CHICKEN & POTATOES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / GREENS TRIO IN BROTH WITH GARLIC

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tumeric (bottled)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, sliced)

–small yellow Dutch potatoes (half a package)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–greens trio (packaged kale, turnip greens, and collards)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle chicken amid the sauce.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Rinse the potatoes, and place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 3 handfuls of greens in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken with sauce, hot, with the greens as a side.

–chicken adapted from “Imamother” web site; other recipes original.

BAKED FLOUNDER WITH LEMON PEEL & GARLIC / OKRA & TOMATO STEW WITH GARLIC / BACON – FLAVORED BUTTERY LETTUCE SALAD WITH CAESAR DRESSING

–2 flounder fillets (thawed from frozen)

–lemon peel (bottled; found in spice section of supermarket)

–garlic salt

–okra (3 handfuls, fresh)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–buttery lettuce (one-half package)

–Bac’n pieces

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Caesar salad dressing

1 – Wash okra; slice off ends, and then slice okra in one-half inch pieces.  Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Place the okra and tomato in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season more with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place flounder fillets in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon peel, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place buttery lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and Bac’n pieces.  Add Caesar dressing to taste.

4 – Microwave the flounder for 4 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the lettuce as a first course.  Then serve the flounder hot with the okra and tomato as a side dish.

–flounder adapted from “my recipes” web site; other recipes original.

FETA SALMON WITH TARRAGON & LEMON PEPPER / LEMONY ASPARAGUS / BABY SALAD GREENS WITH PEANUTS – TOMATO – BROCCOLI – BANANA PEPPER IN HONEY & OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–feta cheese (one-half small container)

–asparagus (fresh, 1 bunch)

–baby salad greens (one-half package)

–peanuts (1 handful)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–broccoli (one-half head, florets only)

–banana pepper (one-half, minced, small size

–honey

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Dump one-half package of baby salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of peanuts.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and add to the bowl.  Cut the florets from one-half head of broccoli, and break apart to be bite-sized; add to the bowl.  Mince one-half banana pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, honey, and extra virgin olive oil.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Spread one-half container of feta cheese on top.  Set aside.

3 – Cut undesirable ends off the asparagus.  Place the tips and some stalk in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot, with the asparagus as a side.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; other recipes original.

CRUNCHY OVEN FRIED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH CRUSHED ITALIAN HERB PITA / SPICY BARBECUED NAVY BEANS / TOMATO – AVOCADO – MUSHROOM – GREEN ONION SALAD PLATE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Italian herb pita crackers (Town House, about a dozen crackers)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–navy beans (dried; soak overnight)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–barbecue sauce (bottled, your favorite, one-third cup)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–Bac’n pieces

–cayenne pepper

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–tomato (1, fresh, large)

–avocado (1, medium)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, about six to eight)

–green onion (1 stalk)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of navy beans in a slow cooker.  Add 2 cups of chicken broth.  Add one-third cup of barbecue sauce.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Season with Bac’n pieces, one-half teaspoon of salt, pepper to taste, parsley, and cayenne pepper).  Cook for 6 hours on low, and then cook until dinnertime on high (for more tender beans).

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  In a separate plastic bag, crush a dozen pita crackers with the back of an ice cream spoon.  Pour in the bag with the chicken.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Set aside.

3 – Slice the tomato and place on a serving plate.  Slice the avocado, and also place on the plate.  Quarter the mushrooms, and place on the plate.  Slice the green onion into one-half inch pieces, and add to the plate.  Season with salt, pepper, herbs de provence, and extra virgin olive oil.  Refrigerate until dinner.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

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

–recipes original.

SCALLOPS WITH LEMON ATOP SPINACH & MUSHROOMS

–4 scallops

–lemon juice

–spinach (one-half package, fresh)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, about 12)

–salt and pepper

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–olive oil

1 – Slice each mushroom into 4 pieces, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place spinach on top of the mushrooms; add a little more water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Place scallops on top of the spinach.  Drench in lemon juice.  Sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs.  Season with salt, pepper, and just a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Serve the scallops atop the spinach and mushrooms.  I served tomato pie with the entrée.

–scallops adapted from “good food” web site.  Tomato pie can be found by using the search box on this blog.

COD WITH CRUSHED ALMONDS – PARSLEY – LEMON IN FAUX BUTTER SAUCE / SMALL YELLOW DUTCH POTATOES WITH DILL / JAPANESE EGGPLANT IN DIP WITH PARMESAN – TOMATO SAUCE – PARSLEY – BANANA PEPPER – ONION – GARLIC

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

–almonds (crushed in food processor, 2 tablespoons crushed)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–Promise margarine (heart healthy)

–small yellow Dutch potatoes (half a package, fresh)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Japanese eggplant (3, fresh)

–Parmesan cheese

–tomato sauce (one-fourth cup, canned)

–banana pepper (1 inch, chopped finely)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–garlic salt

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–crackers (for eggplant dip)

1 – Wash the Japanese eggplants, and then pierce all around with a fork.  Line up the three eggplants on a plate, and then microwave for 5 minutes on high; turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool (in the refrigerator if in a hurry).  When eggplants have cooled, cut off the stem, and then cut lengthwise.  Rake out the pulp, discarding the skin.  Cut the pulp from the eggplants two ways on a cutting board.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Add to the bowl one-fourth cup of tomato sauce, 1 inch of banana pepper chopped finely, one-half Vidalia onion chopped finely, garlic salt to taste, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Stir well.  Place in a serving bowl and then refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Wash the Dutch potatoes, and then cut in 2 pieces any that are larger than an inch.  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.

3 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  In a food processor, pulse about a dozen almonds until minced to make 2 tablespoons.  Spread the almonds on top of the cod.  Microwave 1 tablespoon of margarine for 20 seconds, covered.  Pour the margarine over the cod.  Chop the parsley and add on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes, while the first course of eggplant dip is being served.

4 – Serve the Japanese eggplant dip as a first course, with crackers.  Serve the cod hot, with the Dutch potatoes as a side.

–cod adapted from a trout recipe in The Best of French Cooking; other recipes original.

ORANGE CHICKEN IN SAUCE WITH THYME – BROCCOLI – CARROTS – ONION / WHITE RICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange sauce (Chinese; I used the brand Panda Express)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–miniature carrots (about a dozen)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

1 – Break the florets off half a head of broccoli, and place in a covered baking dish.  Cut miniature carrots in small pieces, about half an inch each, and add to the dish.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Add one-half of the bottle of orange sauce to the dish.  Stir.  Cut apart chicken into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive.  Pour plain breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in 1 layer atop the vegetables.  Season with a little more olive oil and with thyme.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice and place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes, still covered.

3 – Microwave the chicken and vegetables for 9 minutes on high.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables atop the rice.

–recipes original.

BACON – FLAVORED CHICKEN WITH APPLE SLICES IN BRANDY SAUCE / SPINACH WITH LEMON PEPPER / SCALLOP SQUASH CASSEROLE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–apple (1, fresh)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–spinach (package)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–scallop squash (4, medium)

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Peel and slice 1 apple.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little brandy.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle the chicken in the midst of the apples. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the spinach in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Peel and slice the scallop squash.  Peel and slice the Vidalia onion.  Place the squash and onion in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes.

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

–chicken adapted from The Best of French Cooking; other recipes original.

COD WITH PARSLEYED BREADCRUMBS IN WORCESTERSHIRE & LEMON SAUCE / ANGEL HAIR SLAW WITH TOMATO – CHICKPEAS – VIDALIA ONION 

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

–Italian parsley (fresh is possible)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–Worcestershire sauce

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–angel hair slaw (raw cabbage)

–sugar

–tomato (1, medium)

–chickpeas (one-half can)

–Vidalia onion (1, small)

–mayonnaise

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Drench in lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.  Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and minced parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Empty half a package of angel hair slaw into a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place in bowl.  Add one-half can of chickpeas.  Slice 1 small Vidalia onion, and add to bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Add mayonnaise to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

–cod adapted from The Guardian web site; slaw original.

CREAMED & HERBED SALMON WITH ONION & CARROTS IN WHITE WINE – BRANDY SAUCE / OVEN FRIED OKRA / BACON – FLAVORED BLACK – EYED PEAS WITH ONION / GREEN SALAD WITH SQUASH – TOMATO – FETA – GREEN ONIONS – WALNUTS

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

–mayonnaise

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–herbes de provence (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, savory, lavender)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, small)

–miniature carrots (6 to 8, fresh, packaged)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–brandy (buy a very small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–okra (fresh, 3 handfuls)

–whole wheat chicken stuffing mix

–black-eyed peas (canned)

–Bac’n pieces

–minced onion (bottled)

–baby salad greens (one-half package)

–summer squash (1, small)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton)

–walnuts (1 handful)

–green onions (2 stalks, fresh)

–tomato (1, small)

–salad dressing (your favorite, bottled)

1 – Wash and cut off the stalks of the okra.  Then cut the okra into one-half inch pieces.  Place in an uncovered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave (uncovered) for 9 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half package of baby salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Chop a small tomato; then season with salt and pepper and add to the bowl.  Slice 1 small summer squash; add to the bowl.  Empty one-half small carton of feta cheese into the bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts.  Chop 2 stalks of green onions into one-half inch pieces, and add to the bowl.  Finally, add salad dressing of your choice to taste.  Stir well. 

3 – Rinse a can of black-eyed peas in a colander.  Pour into a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with Bac’n pieces, minced onion, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

4 – Slice an onion and chop 6 to 8 miniature carrots into one-half inch pieces; add to a covered baking dish with a little white wine and 3 tablespoons of brandy.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle the salmon in the white wine – brandy sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, herbs de provence, and cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

5 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small, microwaveable bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 45 seconds.

6 – Add a generous amount of stuffing to the okra.  Stir well.  Microwave in a covered baking dish for 1 minute.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

7 – Microwave the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.  Spoon the faux cream sauce over the salmon.

8 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot, with the peas and okra as sides.

–salmon adapted from The Best of French Cooking; other recipes original.

OVEN FRIED COD ROLLED IN WHOLE WHEAT BREADCRUMBS ACCOMPANIED BY HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE WITH CHIVES – TARRAGON – PARSLEY – CAPERS / PARSLEYED BABY DUTCH POTATOES / BROCCOLI / BARBECUED PINTO BEANS WITH VIDALIA ONION IN CHICKEN BROTH

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

–whole wheat chicken stuffing (boxed)

–chives (bottled)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–Italian parsley (fresh if possible)

–capers (12 or so, bottled)

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (1 head, fresh)

–baby Dutch yellow potatoes (one-half package)

–pinto beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–barbecue sauce (bottled; I use Bull’s Eye Original)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of pinto beans in a slow cooker.  Add 2 cups of chicken broth and 1 cup of barbecue sauce.  Slice an onion and add to the cooker.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a little olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 hours.  When finished, keep on warm setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place a generous amount of whole wheat chicken stuffing on a plate.  Place the cod on top.  Drizzle olive oil generously.  Roll the cod in the breadcrumbs.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very tiny amount of water (just for steaming).  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of baby Dutch potatoes in a mixing bowl.  Rinse well.  Then place on cutting board, cutting into 1-inch size pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 12 minutes on high.

4 – Place 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small bowl.  Season with chives, tarragon, capers, and minced parsley.  Stir well.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

5 – Cut the stalk from a head of broccoli, leaving the stems and florets.  Arrange in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

6 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

7 – Serve the cod accompanied by the tartar sauce, hot, with the beans, broccoli, and potatoes as sides.

–recipe for tartar sauce from The Best of French Cooking; other recipes original.

HERBED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS IN RED WINE SAUCE / QUINOA / GARLIC KALE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–herbes de provence (blend of basil, marjoram, oregano, thyme, savory, lavender)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, quartered)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–quinoa (boxed)

–kale (fresh, packaged)

–garlic salt

1 – Quarter the mushrooms and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, herbes de province, and olive oil.  Add a little red wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken tenderloins in the wine and mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, herbes de provence, and a little more olive oil. Set aside.

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

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

4 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the quinoa, with the kale as a side.

–recipes original.

OPEN – FACED GARLIC & HERB CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH BASIL – FETA – TOMATO – WHOLE WHEAT MUFFIN / BIBB LETTUCE SALAD WITH CHICKPEAS & TOMATO / BACON – FLAVORED BABY BUTTER BEANS

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–whole wheat muffins (one-half for each sandwich)

–2 chicken tenderloins or breast strips (for 2 sandwiches)

–garlic & herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–feta cheese (half a small container)

–mayonnaise (optional)

–tomato (divided:  2 thick slices; 1 slice, chopped)

–bibb lettuce

–chickpeas (garbanzo beans, one-half can)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of baby butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add 2 and one-half cups of water.  Season with Bac’n pieces, olive oil, and one-half teaspoon of salt.  Cook in the slow cooker for 6 hours.  When finished, keep on warm setting until time for dinner.

2 – Break apart half a bunch of bibb lettuce into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Chop 1 slice of tomato.  Add one-half can of chickpeas.  Pour, to taste, Caesar dressing in the bowl.  Stir well.

3 – Divide 1 muffin, and place in a covered baking dish.   Spread a little mayonnaise on each muffin (this is optional).  Place 1 thick slice of tomato on each muffin (be sure that tomato entirely covers the muffin, so that the muffin will not toughen as you cook).  Top the tomato with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with feta cheese (one-half container).  Place 2 pieces of chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil, and cover the chicken well.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add garlic and herb breadcrumbs, generously, to the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken atop the tomato muffin.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken sandwiches hot, with the baby butter beans as a side.

–chicken caprese inspired by surfing the web; other recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH APPLE – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN SOY SAUCE / RICE STICKS / GARLIC KALE

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

–apple (one-fourth, fresh, medium)

–garlic salt

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–soy sauce (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice sticks (or rice noodles, packaged)

–kale (fresh, packaged)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Dice one-fourth apple and place on top of the salmon.  Season with salmon with salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place 1 handful of rice sticks in a covered baking dish.  Submerge in water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of 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 salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the rice sticks, with the kale as a side.

–salmon inspired by the food network web site; other recipes original.

PESTO COD ATOP TOMATO SLICES WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS / OVEN FRIED EGGPLANT WITH TOMATO & VIDALIA ONION

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

–pesto sauce (bottled)

–tomato (2, fresh, divided)

–garlic salt

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–eggplant (3 thick slices)

–Vidalia onion (1, small)

1 – Cut off 3 thick slices from a large tomato.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the cod atop the tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce in a small bowl.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of water.  Spread the pesto atop the cod.  Sprinkle lightly with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 tomato and 1 onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season the tomato and onion with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Cut off 3 slices of eggplant.  Place in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Place the eggplant atop the tomato and onion.  Add a little more olive oil on top.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Microwave the cod on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the eggplant as a side.

–cod adapted from “fine cooking” web site; eggplant original.

APRICOT SALMON WITH HONEY – DEJON – WHITE WINE / BACON – FLAVORED SPICY LENTILS / CREAMY PAPRIKA SUMMER SQUASH WITH VIDALIA ONION / POTATOES OREGANO

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

–apricot preserves

–honey

–Dejon mustard

–white wine

–lentils (dried; no need to soak)

–Creole seasoning (or Cajun)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–summer squash (5 or 6 small)

–paprika

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–mayonnaise

–potatoes (4 or 5 small)

–oregano

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of lentils in a slow cooker, well ahead of dinnertime.   Add 2 and one-half cups of chicken broth.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, Creole seasoning, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, keep slow cooker on “warm” until time for dinner.

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

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Slice the onion.  Place squash and onion in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  In a separate small bowl, place one-fourth cup of white wine, 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one-fourth cup of apricot preserves.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Microwave the salmon on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that the salmon is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 45 seconds.  Spoon the sauce over the squash just before serving.

6 – Serve the salmon hot, with the potatoes, squash, and lentils as sides.

–salmon adapted from “my recipes” web site (Randy Mayor); other recipes original.

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SWEET ONION BALSAMIC RELISH / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON / BROWN RICE WITH BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–balsamic vinegar

–thyme and oregano (fresh if possible)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–brown rice (boxed, 5 – minute cooking)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken tenders in the midst of the sauce.  Season the tenders with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the green peas in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish with two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the brown rice, with the peas as a side.

–chicken adapted from food network web site; other recipes original.

SWEET COCONUT FLOUNDER WITH BASIL – GINGER – BANANA PEPPER  – GREEN ONION / WHITE RICE / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

–2 flounder (thawed from frozen)

–coconut milk (lite)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–ginger

–green onions (2 stalks)

–lime juice

–sugar

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–almonds (sliced, one-half small package)

1 – Place one-third cup of coconut milk in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Place the flounder in the coconut milk.  Drench in lime juice.  Slice the green onion into small pieces and sprinkle atop the flounder.  Slice one-fourth banana pepper, and place on top of the flounder.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, basil, and ginger.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the flounder hot, on top of the white rice, with the green beans as a side.

–flounder adapted from the food network web site; other recipes original.

ENCORE CHICKEN SALAD WITH APPLE & TOASTED WALNUTS ON BIBB LETTUCE / TOMATO – AVOCADO SLAW WITH GREEN OLIVES & GREEN ONIONS / SWEET FRESH PEACHES

Note:  A summertime chilled supper to prepare ahead of time if desired.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–apple (three-fourths of the apple)

–toasted walnuts (toast large package of walnuts in 2 batches in the microwave:  microwave 2 minutes; stir; microwave 2 minutes more)

–mayonnaise

–bibb lettuce (2 leaves)

–angel hair slaw (one-half package)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–avocado (1)

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

–green onions (2 stalks)

–peaches (2, fresh)

–sugar

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Wash the apple (peeling is optional).  Chop three-fourths of the apple.  Place in a mixing bowl.

3 – After the chicken has cooled a little, dice finely.  Add to the mixing bowl.

4 – Place 2 handfuls of toasted walnuts in the mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Stir apple, chicken, and walnuts well.  Chill until ready to serve.

5 – Rinse the slaw in a colander and place in a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper,  and add to the slaw in a mixing bowl. 

6 – Cut open the avocado and discard the pit.  Slice into one-half inch pieces.  Set the avocado aside.

7 – Slice a dozen green olives in half, and add to the mixing bowl.

8 – Slice green onions into one-half inch pieces, and add to the mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise to the bowl.  Stir slaw, olives, green onions thoroughly.  Fold in the avocado.  Chill until time to be served.

9 – Peel and slice the peaches.  Place in a mixing bowl with a little water.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Stir well.  Chill until time to be served.

10 – Serve the chicken salad atop bibb lettuce leaves, with the slaw and peaches as sides.

–chicken salad adapted from my husband’s college roommate’s mother’s recipe; peaches from my mother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s recipe; slaw original.

CREAMY TOMATO – BASED MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WITH COCONUT MILK – BLACK OLIVES – FETA / RICE NOODLES / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil, oregano, bay leaves, garlic salt

–tomato sauce

–tomato (fresh, large, 2 slices)

–coconut milk (lite)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–feta cheese (one-half small container)

–rice noodles

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–sliced almonds (one-half small package)

1 – Slice two sections off the tomato, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of tomato sauce and one-fourth cup of coconut milk.  Add black olives.  Season with basil, oregano, bay leaves, and garlic salt.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with basil, oregano, garlic salt, salt, pepper.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place 2 handfuls of rice noodles in a long, covered baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle slices almonds on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes.

5 – Drain the rice noodles.

6 – Serve the chicken and its sauce atop the rice noodles, with the green beans as a side.

–recipes original.

COLD SHRIMP WITH FRESH APPLE SALSA / DILLED CARROTS / GARLIC SPINACH

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

–apple (peeled and chopped finely)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, medium, finely chopped)

–lime juice

–banana pepper (fresh, one-fourth pepper, chopped finely)

–ginger

–salt

–sugar (1 tablespoon)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–miniature carrots (one-half package, fresh)

–spinach (fresh, package)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Thaw the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.  Rinse well.  Place in a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish in 1 layer.  Add a little water.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, submerge the shrimp in cold water.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Peel and chop, finely, 1 apple.  Peel and chop finely 1 Vidalia onion.  Place apple and onion in a mixing bowl.  Sprinkle with lime juice.  Chop finely one-fourth banana pepper, and add to the bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts to the bowl.  Season with ginger, salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and cilantro.  Stir well.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.  (If making the salsa ahead, do not add walnuts until just before dinner.)

3 – Place the carrots in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with dill, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes (longer if want more tender carrots).

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

5 – Serve the shrimp cold, with the salsa, and the carrots and spinach as sides.

–salsa adapted from Christine Muhlke’s web site; other recipes original.

GARLIC SALMON WITH VIDALIA ONION IN TOMATO – COCONUT SAUCE / CREAMY WHITE RICE / FRESH TOMATO – AVOCADO SALAD WITH CAPERS & FETA

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

–garlic salt

–Vidalia onion (1, small)

–tomato sauce

–coconut milk (lite, canned)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy)

–tomato (1, large)

–avocado (1, medium)

–capers (bottled)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of tomato sauce and one-fourth cup of coconut milk.  Season with garlic salt, salt, and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then place salmon amid the sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of instant white rice into a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup water.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Set sit for at least five minutes.

3 – Measure one-fourth cup of coconut milk and one-fourth cup of plain milk into a measuring cup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Slice the tomato and avocado, and place on a serving plate.  Add about a dozen capers and one-half container of feta cheese.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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

6 – Stir the coconut milk/milk into the rice.

7 – Serve the salmon on top of the white rice, with the salad as a side.

–salmon and rice adapted from Pete Wells’s web site; salad original.