BREADED COD WITH CILANTRO & GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – LEMON SAUCE / BACON – FLAVORED BLACK – EYED PEAS IN BROTH / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON ZEST / BUTTERY LETTUCE WITH BASIL TOMATO – ZUCCHINI – SWEET ONION IN BALSAMIC VINEGAR – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–cilantro (better if fresh)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

–black – eyed peas (fresh)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (fresh)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–buttery lettuce (packaged)

–tomato (fresh, one-half)

–basil

–zucchini (one-half, fresh, peeled)

–sweet onion (one-half)

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place 2 cups of fresh black-eyed peas in a slow cooker.  Cover with chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours; then keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add a little white wine.  Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs, just a little, on top of the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, cilantro, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Cut the tough ends off the asparagus.  Then place the stalks and tips in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes, longer if you desire more tender asparagus.

4 – Place one-half package of buttery lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Chop one-half tomato, and then season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Add the tomato to the bowl.  Peel and slice, finely, one-half zucchini.  Peel and chop one-half sweet onion.  Place the zucchini and onion in the bowl.  Season the salad with salt and pepper.  Add balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

6 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot, with the peas and asparagus as sides.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

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