–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)
–celery (fresh, 1 stalk)
–tomato (fresh, medium, 2 slices chopped)
–sweet onion (three fourth’s, divided, medium)
–cayenne pepper (optional)
–parsley (fresh if possible)
–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)
–white wine (cooking wine is fine)
–salt and pepper
–brown rice (fast cooking)
–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)
–crowder peas (canned)
–butter lettuce (one third package)
–green grapes (seedless, 1 small bunch, sliced in half lengthwise)
–avocado (fresh, 1)
–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4, sliced, fresh)
–croutons (seasoned, 1 handful)
–Italian salad dressing
1 – Chop 1 stalk of celery and add to a covered baking dish. Add 2 slices of fresh tomato, chopped. Add one-fourth chopped onion. Pour in a little white wine and 3 tablespoons of brandy. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and olive oil. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. When finished, nestle the cod among the vegetables. Season the cod with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and olive oil. Sprinkle parsley on top. Set aside.
2 – Measure two-thirds cup of fast-cooking brown rice in a covered baking dish. Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth. Season with salt and olive oil. Stir well. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
3 – Place one-third package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl. Slice and add to the bowl 1 small bunch of seedless green grapes; add 3 or 4 sliced baby bella mushrooms, and 1 chopped avocado (pit removed). Add Italian salad dressing and stir gently. Sprinkle the top with 1 handful of seasoned croutons.
4 – Rinse canned crowder peas in a colander. Pour into a covered baking dish and add a little water. Slice one-half onion, and add to the dish, stirring. Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
5 – Microwave the cod and vegetables for 7 and one-half minutes.
6 – Serve the salad as a first course. Then serve the cod hot, stop the rice, with the peas as a side.
–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.