SWEET & SPICY SALMON WITH SRIRACHA – MAYO – BROWN SUGAR – PAPRIKA – CHIVES – LEMON – CELERY – GREEN ONION IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–sriracha sauce (chili hot sauce, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–brown sugar (2 tablespoons)

–paprika, chives (bottled)

–lemon juice

–celery (2 chopped stalks)

–green onions (2 chopped stalks)

–clam juice (or fish broth, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 chopped stalks of celery in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the salmon in the sauce.  Set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.  Stir well.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, paprika, and lemon juice.  Stir again.  Pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Place 2 chopped stalks of green onion to finish, on top of the salmon.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop quinoa, brown or white rice, pasta or couscous.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

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A Simple Dinner:  COD WITH SAUCE OF FRESH STRAWBERRIES – STRAWBERRY PRESERVES – VANILLA CREAMER ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–strawberries (fresh, 5 or 6, chopped fine)

–strawberry preserves (one-half jar)

–vanilla almond creamer (or dairy; for dairy, add 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring)

–salt and pepper

–jasmine rice

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half jar of strawberry preserves in a small mixing bowl.  Add 5 or 6 finely chopped strawberries, a small amount of vanilla almond creamer, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Add more creamer for better consistency, if desired.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the sauce on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup rice and 1 and three-fourth’s cup water; microwave, covered, on high for 5 minutes; then on 50 percent power for 10 minutes).

–recipe original.

SALMON WITH ORANGE MARMALADE – SOY SAUCE – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – BALSAMIC VINEGAR TOPPED WITH SESAME SEEDS & GREEN ONIONS

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

–orange marmalade

–soy sauce

–ginger

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–balsamic vinegar

–sesame seeds

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–pepper

–olive oil

1 – In a mixing bowl, place one-half jar of orange marmalade, one-fourth cup of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a few drops of both balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Season with ginger and pepper.  Stir very well.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Finish with 2 chopped stalks of green onions.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop white or brown rice, or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

CHICKEN WITH SAUCE OF BLUEBERRIES – MAPLE SYRUP – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – ONION – ROSEMARY – BUTTER – OLIVE OIL ATOP ROSEMARY – OLIVE OIL QUINOA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–blueberries (fresh, 1 cup)

–maple syrup (one-fourth cup)

–balsamic vinegar (one-fourth cup)

–onion powder (bottled)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–rosemary – olive oil quinoa (boxed)

1 – Place 1 cup of fresh blueberries in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of both maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and rosemary.  Add 1 tablespoon of Promise margarine and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

2 – Add the chicken to the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop rosemary – olive oil quinoa (6 minutes on high; 9 minutes on 50 percent power).

–blueberry sauce adapted from Driscoll’s berries web site.

COD IN LEMON & WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF CHILLED STRAWBERRY SALSA SEASONED WITH HONEY – LIME – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – MINT – BLACK PEPPER

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

–lemon juice (bottled)

–white wine

–strawberries (fresh, 5 or 6, chopped)

–honey

–lime juice

–balsamic vinegar

–mint (fresh if possible)

–black pepper

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Prepare the salsa early so that the flavors will blend.  Chop 5 or 6 strawberries, and place in a small mixing bowl.  Add 1 tablespoon each of honey, lime juice, and balsamic vinegar.  Season, to taste, with mint and black pepper.  Stir gently.  Chill in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Then season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  (Cod is done when it starts to break apart.)

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, with the strawberry salsa on the side.

–strawberry salsa adapted from the “closet cooking” web site.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WRAPPED IN CORNFLAKE CRUMBS & TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES

Note:  This entree is a variation on oven fried chicken.  The corn flake crumbs absorb some of the lemon juice, enhancing the taste of lemon but retaining corn flake crunchiness. 

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon (fresh)

–cornflakes (or corn chex, 1 cup, crushed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  In a second plastic bag, place a generous amount of cornflakes or corn chex.  Using an ice cream scoop, crush the corn against the kitchen counter.  Then pour in the plastic bag with the chicken.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very little water (just to steam).

2 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the slices atop the chicken.

3 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.  Test a center piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with a lemon slice atop each piece.

–recipe original.

COD GLAZED WITH CHERRY PRESERVES & BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND TOPPED WITH SLICED ALMONDS & GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–cherry preserves (in a jar)

–balsamic vinegar (bottled)

–sliced almonds (one-fourth small package)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small mixing bowl, place 3 heaping tablespoons of cherry preserves.  Slowly add one-third cup of balsamic vinegar, stirring briskly.  Then pour the sauce over the cod.

2 – Sprinkle one-fourth small package of sliced almonds on top of the cod.  Finish with 3 chopped stalks of green onions.  Add a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop brown or white rice (preferably jasmine).

–cod adapted from Vital Choice web site.

BAKED CHICKEN LIGHTLY SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS ON A BED OF CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN BROTH & WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–carrots (2, fresh, sliced on the diagonal)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped in large pieces)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, sliced large)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–white wine

–jasmine rice (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and three-fourth’s cup of water.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; the microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  (Do not add salt or olive oil.)

2 – Slice 2 carrots on the diagonal, and place in a covered  baking dish with a little chicken broth and a little white wine.  Add 3 chopped green onions and 5 or 6 sliced baby bella mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes, longer if you have a large baking dish.  When finished, add the chicken, spacing the pieces apart from each other.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle very lightly with plain breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–recipe original.

ONE – DISH CHICKEN BOWTIE PASTA WITH PARMESAN – PINE NUTS – CREAMER – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–bowtie pasta (farfalle, 2 cups dry)

–Parmesan (shredded)

–pine nuts (packaged, one-half small)

–creamer (soy or almond for lactose – free; or dairy)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 cups of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish, with water to cover plus 1 inch above.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Do not drain yet.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of soy or almond creamer, 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, one-half small package of pine nuts, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the chicken in a fresh, covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.  Add to the seasoned marinara sauce.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the chicken pasta hot.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  CREAMY SALMON WITH PARMESAN – DIJON – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – MAYO IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–Dijon mustard

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–clam juice

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small mixing cup, place one-fourth cup of mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese, a squirt of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Pour over the salmon.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot, atop brown or white rice.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

MAPLE – GLAZED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – GINGER – BLACK PEPPER – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–maple syrup

–soy sauce

–lemon juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–ginger (bottled)

–olive oil

–black pepper

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add to the bag, 3 tablespoons or maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, a sprinkling of black pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Close the bag, and blend the flavors together.  Marinate between 2 and 24 hours. 

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the marinade poured over the chicken.  Add a few more drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from the food.com web site.

BAKED COD & CRAB MEAT TOPPING OF MINCED CELERY – ONION POWDER – MAYO – BLACK PEPPER – GARLIC-HERB BREADCRUMBS – WORCESTERSHIRE AND SPRINKLED WITH PAPRIKA IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–crab meat (one-half small can, drained)

–celery (1 stalk, finely chopped)

–onion powder

–mayonnaise

–black pepper

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–Worcestershire sauce

–paprika

–olive oil

–white wine

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place one-half can of drained crab meat, a generous sprinkling of garlic – herb breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with black pepper and onion powder.  Finely chop 1 stalk of celery, and add to the mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Spread the crab meat topping on the cod.  Sprinkle with paprika.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod with crab meat topping with couscous, pasta, white or brown rice, or quinoa.

–cod and crab meat topping adapted from Mr. Food Test Kitchen.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH BROWN SUGAR – MUSTARD SAUCE

For 4:

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

–brown sugar (one-third cup)

–Dijon mustard (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-third cup of brown sugar in a small mixing bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  Stir well.  Add more of either ingredient if you are not satisfied with the consistency.  Add a few drops of olive oil, and stir well.  Pour over the salmon.

3 – Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN SHERRY CREAM SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose – free; or dairy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Pour a little sherry and a little creamer in a covered baking dish.  Season lightly with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, stir the sauce, and then place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chop 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, 3 stalks of green onions, and 1 handful of parsley, and sprinkle atop the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  (Sauce will bubble up unless cooked on 50 percent power.)

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop rice or quinoa if desired.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration)>

BAKED COD WITH BLUEBERRY SAUCE

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

–blueberries (fresh, 1 cup)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 squirt)

–cinnamon (1 pinch)

–nutmeg (1 pinch)

–cornstarch (1 teaspoon)

1 – Place 1 cup of rinsed blueberries in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 pinch of nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the blueberry sauce, spooning some sauce on top.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes on high; then 7 minutes on 50 percent power.  Check to be sure that sauce does not bubble up.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop quinoa or rice.  Note:  Blueberries directly atop the cod will appear quite dark, but will not be burned.

–blueberry sauce adapted from food.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  HERB CHICKEN WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES & CAPERS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marjoram, thyme

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, marjoram, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olives on top.  Add 2 tablespoons of capers.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

CREAMED PARMESAN SALMON WITH CHOPPED GREEN ONION

Note:  My husband gave this a 5 out of 5 rating.

For 4:

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

–flour

–milk (almond for lactose – free or dairy, not soy)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–green onions (2 stalks, finely chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of almond or dairy milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and 40 seconds.  In a second cup, place 1 level tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, very slowly add to the flour, beating vigorously.  Then pour the milk into a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese generously on top.  Finely chop 2 stalks of green onions, and add atop the salmon.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop quinoa, white or brown rice.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN WITH LEMON SLICES

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey

–Dijon mustard

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard and 3 tablespoons of honey.  Squirt in a few drops of lemon juice.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.

2 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the lemon slices atop the chicken.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).