COD PESTO WITH GREEN PEAS & ONION IN WHITE WINE / RED POTATOES / SPINACH SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES – HONEY – TOASTED WALNUTS IN RED WINE & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–pesto sauce (traditional type of basil & garlic in olive oil)

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–white wine

–red potatoes (2, small, peel left on)

–spinach (one-third package, fresh)

–strawberries (6 to 8, sliced, fresh)

–honey

–toasted walnuts (1 handful; toast half a large package on high in microwave for 2 minutes; stir; then microwave 2 minutes more)

–red wine

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place one-third package of fresh spinach in a mixing bowl.  Add 6 to 8 sliced strawberries and 1 handful of toasted walnuts.  Season with pepper and honey, to taste.  Set aside.  Just before serving dinner, add a small amount of red wine and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir.

2 – Scrub the potato skins, and then slice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, leave covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Chop one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, place one-half package of green peas in the white wine.  On a cutting board, make a slit vertically in the cod.  Nestle the cod amid the peas and onion.  Spoon pesto sauce all along the slit.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the spinach salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod with green peas and onion hot, with the potatoes as a side.

–dinner planned by Edward Giobbi in Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; cod adapted from Giobbi.  Salad and potatoes original.

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CHICKEN MARINATED IN LEMON – GARLIC – ROSEMARY & THEN OVEN FRIED WITH FLOUR & NUTMEG / PENNE PASTA WITH MARJORAM – BROCCOLI – ONION – POTATO IN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–garlic powder

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–flour

–nutmeg

–egg whites (2)

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry)

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–potato (1, small, cut in bite-sized pieces)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–marjoram (fresh if possible)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Marinate the chicken in a plastic bag in lemon juice, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, pepper overnight or all day long in the refrigerator.  When ready to prepare dinner, place 2 egg whites in a cup, and then beat to a foam.  Add the chicken.  Then place the chicken in a plastic bag with flour.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a tiny bit of water.  Sprinkle nutmeg, to taste, on top of the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Place the pasta in a small, uncovered, baking dish with a generous amount of water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Set aside.

3 – Wash and then cut the potato, with peeling, into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a small, uncovered, baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Set aside.

4 – Wash and cut the florets in bite-sized pieces from half a head of broccoli.  Peel and slice one-half onion.  Add florets and onion to a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, marjoram, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add the drained pasta and potato to the dish.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.  Just before dinner, stir the pasta, potato, and vegetables together.  Add more olive oil if desired.

5 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the chicken with a vegetable of your choice.

–pasta and chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

PESTO COD / ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH BROCCOLI – BLACK OLIVES – BASIL – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN MARINARA SAUCE / WASABI GREEN PEAS

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

–pesto sauce (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–angel hair pasta (one-fourth box)

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–black olives (half a small can)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce; I used Ragu chunky)

–wasabi green peas (frozen, ready prepared)

1 – Cut a slit vertically on the cod.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Spoon pesto sauce into the slit.  Then mix a little pesto sauce with water, and pour over the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-fourth box of angel hair pasta in a long, uncovered,  baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Wash and then cut florets from half a head of broccoli.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add half a small can of sliced black olives.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon about half a dozen tablespoons of marinara sauce over the top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, lift out the angel hair pasta from its bowl, and add to the sauce.  Cover to preserve warmth.  Just before dinner, stir together the pasta and the sauce.

3 – Microwave wasabi green peas for 5 minutes on high.  Let sit 1 minute.  Then place in a covered baking dish.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the dinner Italian-style, with the pasta as a first course, followed by the cod and green peas.

–cod and pasta adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; peas, follow directions on the package.

LEMONY SHRIMP SALAD WITH DIJON – HORSERADISH – MAYONNAISE / BACON-FLAVORED AVOCADO DIP WITH PAPRIKA & LEMON / OVEN FRIED GARLIC – HERB EGGPLANT

–shrimp (half a package, thawed from frozen)

–lemon juice

–Dijon mustard

–horseradish sauce (bottled)

–mayonnaise

–avocado (1, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–paprika

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–eggplant (one-half, large, no peel)

1 – Place one-half package of thawed shrimp in 1 layer in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, drain the shrimp in a colander.  Place the shrimp in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of horseradish sauce, and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Season with salt.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Cut open an avocado and remove the pit.  Cut the avocado while still in the shell, and then turn out on a cutting board.  Mash the avocado with a fork.  Place in a small mixing bowl.  Season with Bac’n pieces, paprika, and lemon juice.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Cut 3 large slices of eggplant, and the cut around the peel.  Discard the peel.  Slice the eggplant in pie-shaped pieces.  Place in a plastic bag with a very tiny amount of water and some olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the eggplant in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add more olive oil if desired.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the avocado dip as an appetizer.  Then serve the shrimp salad cold, with the eggplant as a side.

–avocado dip and shrimp salad from To the Taste of a King; eggplant original.

WARM MUSHROOM – COD SALAD WITH FRESH TOMATO & SEASONED WITH OREGANO – CAYENNE – GARLIC / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH NECTARINE – STRAWBERRIES – BLUEBERRIES – TOASTED WALNUTS IN HONEY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

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

–mushrooms (8 to 10 baby bellas, quartered)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, sliced and then halved)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spring mix salad (one-third package)

–nectarine (1, fresh, ripe, sliced)

–strawberries (fresh, 4 to 6, sliced)

–blueberries (fresh, 1 handful)

–toasted walnuts (to toast, microwave half a package for 2 minutes; stir; then microwave for 2 minutes more; use 1 handful in this recipe)

–honey

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Quarter the 8 to 10 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then place the cod amid the mushrooms.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  On a cutting board, slice 1 medium, fresh tomato, and then halve the slices.  When the cod and mushrooms have cooked, break apart the cod into large chunks, and stir in the fresh tomato.  Let sit uncovered until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-third package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 peeled and sliced nectarine, 4 to 6 sliced strawberries, 1 handful of blueberries, and 1 handful of toasted walnuts.  Drizzle honey over the top of the salad.  Just before dinner is served, add balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Serve the spring mix salad with fruit as a first course.  Then serve the cod salad warm, with the sliced tomato cold.

–cod salad inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; spring mix salad original.

CREAMY TURMERIC CHICKEN & RICE WITH GREEN ONION & DIJON IN BROTH & WHITE WINE  

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy)

–turmeric

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–olive oil

–brown rice (two-thirds cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

1 – Place one-half sliced onion in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Add two-thirds cup of brown rice and two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Then add one-fourth cup of white wine.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Stir well, and then microwave for 5 minutes more. 

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with 2 stalks of chopped green onion.  In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, a little white wine, and a little chicken broth.  Pour over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken atop the rice.  I also served purple hull peas and broccoli with pesto sauce (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–rice adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; chicken adapted from Nigelli.com web site.

WALNUT SALMON WITH PARSLEY – GARLIC  – DIJON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–walnuts (1 handful, halves and pieces)

–garlic powder

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season the salmon with garlic powder, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop dabs of Dijon mustard atop the salmon to taste.  Place walnuts atop the salmon, with some in the sauce.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served a salad, beans, and corn (recipes, see the search box).

–salmon sauce adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

CRAB CAKES & MEDLEY OF BROCCOLI – EGGPLANT – GREEN ONION IN WHITE WINE – SOY SAUCE – GINGER – GARLIC – DIJON SAUCE

–crab cakes (ready – prepared or make your own; use search box on this blog for a “simple dinner” recipe for crab cakes)

–broccoli (one-half head)

–eggplant (2 slices of a large eggplant)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine

–soy sauce

–ginger

–garlic powder

–Dijon mustard

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish.  Add a little white wine and soy sauce.  Season with ginger, garlic powder, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop a dab of Dijon mustard on top of each crab cake.  Set aside.

2 – Cut off the stalk of the broccoli, and then cut the head into two pieces, reserving one-half for later.  Cut apart the florets and upper part of the stem.  Arrange in a circle in a covered baking dish.  Wash and the cut off 2 slices of eggplant.  Cut away from the skin, and then discard the skin.  Slice the eggplant into 1-inch pieces, and then lay the eggplant in the middle of the broccoli.  Wash and slice 2 stalks of green onion.  Sprinkle over the top of the broccoli and eggplant.  Add a small amount of white wine and soy sauce.  Season with ginger, garlic powder, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop dabs of Dijon mustard on top, to taste.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the crab cakes for 2 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the crab cakes hot, with the vegetable medley as a side.  I also served butter peas with Bac’n pieces (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–vegetable medley adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; sauce for crab cakes also adapted from Giobbi.

CHICKEN TOPPED WITH MINCED PINE NUTS / PENNE PASTA & WILTED BUTTER LETTUCE IN MARINARA SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – MINCED PINE NUTS – GARLIC

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pine nuts (half a small package, minced in food processor)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–penne pasta (1 cup uncooked)

–butter lettuce (one-third package)

–tomatoes (2, fresh, medium)

–garlic powder

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place one-half small package of pine nuts in a food processor.  Mince almost to a paste.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spread a small amount of the minced pine nuts atop the chicken.  Set aside.

3 – Place 1 cup of uncooked penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to generously cover.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.  Then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  Set aside.

4 – Chop the tomatoes on a cutting board.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Add to the minced pine nuts in a food processor.  Season with olive oil.  Process to a liquid.  When finished, pour the sauce into a mixing bowl.  Add drained pasta.  Add one-third package of butter lettuce.  Stir well.  Place in a serving bowl.

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

6 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the cool pasta and butter lettuce with marinara sauce.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

BARBECUED SALMON WITH LEMON SLICES & ONION RINGS / BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD WITH TOASTED WALNUTS – CARROTS – SUMMER SQUASH – SEASONED CROUTONS IN ITALIAN DRESSING

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

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

–lemon (fresh, cut horizontally)

–onion (one-half, cut horizontally)

–butter lettuce (one-third package)

–toasted walnuts (toast in microwave for 2 minutes per large plate; then stir and toast 2 minutes more)

–miniature carrots (8 to 10, sliced)

–summer squash (1, small, sliced)

–croutons (packaged; seasoned; I use Texas Toast brand)

–Italian salad dressing (bottled; I use Paul Newman’s)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Slice the one-half onion horizontally, and lay the slices on either side of the salmon.  Slice the lemon horizontally, and lay the slices atop the salmon.  Pour one-third cup of barbecue sauce atop the salmon, onion, and lemon.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Add one-third package of butter lettuce to a mixing bowl.  Add a handful of toasted walnuts; 8 to 10 sliced miniature carrots; 1 small, sliced summer squash; and a generous amount of croutons.  Wait until just before dinner to add the Italian salad dressing to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot.  I also served field peas with snaps and corn seasoned with olive oil (recipes, see the search box on this blog).  Corn is especially good with salmon.

–recipes original.