–bay scallops (half a package, thawed from frozen)
–mushrooms (fresh, baby bellas, 5 or 6, quartered)
–oregano & parsley (fresh if possible)
–strawberries (4 or 5, sliced, fresh)
–orange (1, fresh)
–banana (1, fresh)
–penne pasta (one-half cup dried)
–cauliflower (fresh, florets only)
–golden raisins (fresh, one-third cup)
–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)
–cayenne pepper (optional)
–salt and pepper
1 – Wash and peel 1 orange; separate into segments; and then cut once horizontally. Add to mixing bowl. Peel and slice 1 banana and add to the bowl. Wash 4 or 5 fresh strawberries, slice, and add to the bowl. Stir together 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and a little water. Then pour this sauce on the fruit. Stir gently. Refrigerate until time for dinner.
2 – Place one-half cup of dried pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover. Season with salt. Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power. When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.
3 – Cut off cauliflower florets from one-half head of cauliflower. Place in a covered baking dish. Add one-third cup of golden raisins. Spoon 6 to 8 tablespoons of marinara sauce into the dish. Season with olive oil. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. When finished, add the drained pasta to this dish. Recover. Just before dinner, stir together the pasta with the cauliflower and raisins.
5 – Place the thawed scallops from one-half package in a plastic bag. Rinse well, and then drain well. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Pour plain breadcrumbs into the plastic bag, and shake well. Set aside.
6 – Place one-half package of frozen green peas in a covered baking dish with a little white wine. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, and olive oil. Wash 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, quarter them, and add to the green peas. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Then add the bay scallops atop the peas and mushrooms. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
7 – Serve the pasta as a first course, the scallops as a second, and the fruit as a third.
–pasta and scallops adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; fruit original.