CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ASPARAGUS – BAY LEAVES – GREEN ONIONS IN BRANDY SAUCE / ITALIAN MINESTRONE SOUP SEASONED WITH BASIL PESTO

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–asparagus (1 small handful, fresh)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–green onions (3 stalks, sliced)

–brandy (purchase a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basil pesto (bottled, 2 heaping tablespoons)

–mixed vegetables (frozen package)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

1 – Place a package of mixed vegetables in a slow cooker.  Add chicken broth to cover.  Then add one-half sliced onion and 2 heaping tablespoons of basil pesto.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place slow cooker on low, and cook for 5 and one-half hours.  When finished, place setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Cut off ends of the asparagus, and then cut into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little brandy.  Add more water to dilute brandy.  Add 3 chopped stalks of green onions and 2 bay leaves.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

4 – Add the chicken to the asparagus and green onions.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the soup as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with vegetables of your choice.

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

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BASIL COD & SHRIMP WITH RED BELL PEPPER – ONION – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – PARMESAN IN WHITE WINE & CREAM SAUCE ATOP GARLIC – OLIVE OIL COUSCOUS

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (6 to 8, small)

–basil

–red bell pepper (1, medium, sliced)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–parsley (chopped, 1 handful)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–white wine

–soy creamer (or dairy cream)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic – olive oil couscous (in a box)

1 – Place 1 and one-fourth cups of water in a covered baking dish.  Add contents of herb package and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, stir in the couscous.  Let stand, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Slice the red bell pepper and place in a covered baking dish with a little soy creamer (or dairy cream) and a little white wine.  Stir.  Add one-half medium sliced onion to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce with pepper and onion.  Spoon sauce on top of the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Place 6 to 8 small shrimp in a microwaveable cup.  Drain any water.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  After the cod has cooked, microwave the shrimp, covered, for 1 and one-half minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp atop the cod.

5 – Serve the cod, shrimp, vegetables, and sauce, hot, atop the couscous.

–cod inspired by “Little Broken” cooking blog, by Katya.

MAHI – MAHI WITH LEMON – GREEN ONIONS – MAYO – BREADCRUMBS

For 4:

–mahi – mahi (swordfish, size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–lemon juice

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mayonnaise

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the mahi – mahi in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spread the top of the fish with mayonnaise.  Sprinkle lightly with plain breadcrumbs.  Finely chop 3 stalks of green onions, and sprinkle on top. 

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the mahi – mahi hot.  (The fish will still be firm.)

–mahi – mahi adapted from food.com web site.

PARSLEYED SALMON – SHRIMP – ASPARAGUS SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PAPRIKA IN FAUX BUTTER SAUCE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 8 to 10 small)

–asparagus (1 handful, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–paprika

–parsley (fresh)

–salt and pepper

–margarine (Promise, heart-healthy)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add asparagus on each side, not covering the salmon.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and dots of Promise margarine.  Set aside.

2 – Place 8 to 10 small, thawed shrimp in a covered microwaveable bowl.  Season with minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and a little Promise margarine.  Set aside.

3 – Microwave the salmon and asparagus for 7 and one-half minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes.  Then pour over the salmon and asparagus.

5 – Serve the salmon, shrimp, and asparagus hot.

–recipe adapted from Valentino’s Corner blog.

THYME CHICKEN WITH CELERY – ONION – CARROTS IN BROTH

Note:  These are the seasonings for Real Simple’s favorite roast turkey for Thanksgiving 2016.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 stalk of celery, and place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Add one-half, sliced onion.  Then add 1 handful of shredded carrots.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the vegetables.

–chicken adapted from turkey recipe from Real Simple magazine.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – ONION – PARMESAN – PINE NUTS – PARSLEY IN BROTH – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–Parmesan cheese

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–parsley (fresh)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth and a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Add breadcrumbs, and shake well.  Then place the breaded chicken in the mushroom and onion sauce.

3 – Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, one-half package of pine nuts, and chopped parsley on top.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN TENDERLOINS WITH LEMON SLICES & ZEST – GREEN ONIONS – PARSLEY IN BROTH

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon (fresh)

–lemon zest (lemon peel; optional; use for sharper taste of lemon)

–green onions (2 stalks, sliced)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest (optional).  Sprinkle sliced green onions (2) and 1 handful of chopped parsley on top.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place atop the chicken.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON GLAZED WITH BROWN SUGAR & DIJON

Note:  This recipe ranked 5 out of 5 stars with 1500 ratings.

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–brown sugar (one-half cup)

–Dijon mustard

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Measure one-half cup of brown sugar in a measuring cup.  Add 3 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and a drop of olive oil.  Stir until smooth.  Pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

CATALINA COD WITH ONIONS – HORSERADISH SAUCE – PARSLEY ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  This recipe was originally intended for shrimp.

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–horseradish sauce (bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine

–parsley (fresh)

–Catalina salad dressing (1 cup)

–jasmine rice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and three-fourths cup of water.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  (You can freeze any rice that is left over.)

2 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  In a mixing bowl, place 1 tablespoon of horseradish sauce.  Slowly add 1 cup of Catalina salad dressing, stirring constantly.  Place the sauce in the baking dish.  Add white wine to make sauce your desired consistency.  Stir well.  Place cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, 2 stalks of chopped green onions, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–cod inspired by To the Taste of a King (fifties cookbook from Louisiana).

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WITH TOMATO – ONION – MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON ZEST ATOP BROWN RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomatoes (2, medium, chopped)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–marinated artichoke hearts (in a jar)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–brown rice (boxed, quick-cooking)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave for 5 minutes.

2 – Chop 2 medium tomatoes and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 sliced onion to the dish.  Place 5 or 6 artichoke hearts in the dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Sprinkle with lemon zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the tomato and onion sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the brown rice.

–chicken adapted from Alicia’s cooking blog, The Irreverent Kitchen.

RED CURRIED COD WITH GREEN ONIONS ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–red curry paste

–flour

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–jasmine rice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Then add 1 and three-fourths cup of water and a little olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Place one-half cup of chicken broth in a microwaveable cup; microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a separate cup, place 1 heaping tablespoon of flour and 1 heaping tablespoon of red curry paste.  When the broth has heated, very slowly add to the flour/curry, stirring briskly.  Then pour the sauce over the cod.

3 – Finely chop 2 stalks of green onions, and place over the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop the rice.

–cod adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties Louisana cookbook by the Colonial Dames).

SALMON WITH CHIVES – TARRAGON – PARSLEY – LEMON SLICES IN CLAM JUICE & ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–chives, tarragon (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–lemon juice

–lemon (fresh)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–bowtie pasta (1 and one-half cups, farfalle)

1 – Place 1 and one-half cups of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little calm juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, tarragon, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon; place atop the salmon.  Finish with chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the pasta.

–salmon adapted from the recipe of Jan Bly, a friend from Marion, Illinois.

HOT OPEN – FACED CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – PARMESAN – FAUX BACON – PAPRIKA IN MILK WHITE SAUCE ATOP BUTTERED & SPLIT WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFINS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (baby bella, 6 to 8, sliced)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–paprika

–milk (half cup, dairy or almond, not soy)

–flour (1 heaping tablespoon)

–whole wheat English muffins (6)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–margarine (Promise margarine is heart-healthy)

1 – Place one-half cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 heaping tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add it to the flour, stirred very briskly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Add the white sauce.  Slice 6 to 8 baby bella mushrooms, and add on top of the chicken.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, sprinkle Bac’n pieces on top (the Bac’n pieces will be crispy if not cooked).

3 – Split 6 whole wheat English muffins, and spread with Promise margarine.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop the English muffins.

–chicken sandwiches adapted from To the Taste of a King.

CHILLED COD WITH THYME – BAY LEAVES – LEMON SLICES – CAYENNE – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – FLUFFY EGG SALAD

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–thyme and 2 bay eaves

–lemon (fresh)

–cayenne pepper

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

Egg salad:

–3 eggs

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond)

–mayonnaise (3 heaping tablespoons)

–stuffed green olives (6 to 8, sliced)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–garlic (minced, one-half teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (just a dash)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, 2 bay leaves, and a little cayenne pepper.  (Do not season with olive oil.)  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, let cool, and then place in the refrigerator, for more preparation later on.

2 – Remove the cod from the refrigerator.  Slice one-half onion and a medium fresh tomato, and place on each side of the cod.  Set aside.

3 – Place 3 eggs in a small baking dish.  Add 3 teaspoons of milk (dairy or almond).  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir briskly.  Microwave for 2 and one-half minutes on high.  When finished, break apart the omelet with a knife and fork.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the egg.  Add 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, one-half teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 3 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise, 6 to 8 sliced green olives, and a dash of cayenne pepper.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the cod, tomato, and onions cold, with the egg salad beside the cod on a plate.

–cod and egg salad adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties New Orleans cookbook)

CHICKEN TETRAZZINI WITH DICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS IN MILK – EGG WHITE SAUCE & TOPPED WITH PARMESAN & HERB CORNBREAD CRUMBS / FARFALLE PASTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby bella mushrooms (6 to 8, diced)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy doesn’t do well in the microwave)

–flour

–egg yolk (1)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cornbread crumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm herb cornbread crumbs)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–farfalle pasta (bowtie)

1 – Place 1 cup of farfalle (bowtie) pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, and add to a covered baking dish.  Be careful to clean surfaces that chicken has touched.  Dice 6 to 8 baby bella mushrooms, and add to the dish.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place 1 heaping tablespoon of flour in a another cup.  Slowly add the heated milk to the flour, stirring briskly.  Add 1 egg yolk, still stirring briskly.   Then season with salt and pepper.  Pour the white sauce on top of the chicken and mushrooms. 

4 – In a small cup, place one-half cup of cornbread crumbs, and one-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese.  Season with a generous amount of olive oil.  Stir.  Spoon the crumbs and Parmesan on top of the chicken and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

5 – Drain the pasta.

6 – Serve the chicken tetrazzini hot, atop the pasta.

–chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties New Orleans cookbook).

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – ONION – BANANA PEPPER IN WHITE WINE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–banana pepper (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Finely slice one-half onion, and place in the dish.  Slice one-half banana pepper, and place in the dish.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King (a fifties New Orleans cookbook).

BALSAMIC SALMON WITH PARSLEY – LEMON – ONION – DILL IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, one pound)

–balsamic vinegar

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–dill (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (or fish broth)

1 – Chop one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When nestled, nestle the salmon in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice, and then drench in balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, chopped parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon and onions hot. 

–salmon original.

CAYENNE COD WITH GREEN ONIONS & PARSLEY IN WHITE SAUCE OF WHITE WINE & BROTH ATOP ROASTED RED PEPPER & BASIL QUINOA BLEND

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–cayenne pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, finely sliced)  

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–flour (1 heaping tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–quinoa blend (roasted red pepper & basil, quinoa & brown rice, Near East brand, 1 box)

1 – Place entire box of quinoa blend with seasonings in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-third cup chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place one-third cup of white wine in a microwaveable cup; add one-third cup of chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a separate cup, place 1 heaping tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the hot wine & broth to the flour, stirring briskly.  Set aside.

3 – Place 1 pound of cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour the white sauce over the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (to taste, not too much).  Finely slice 2 stalks of green onions, and then place atop the cod.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and place atop the cod.  Season the cod with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 12 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop the quinoa.

–cod original.