HERB GRECIAN CHICKEN WITH OREGANO – TARRAGON – BASIL – THYME – GARLIC ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano, tarragon, basil, thyme (one-quarter teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed)

–lemon (fresh, 1, sliced)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the breadcrumbs and shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish.

2 – Pour in the white wine.  Season the chicken with oregano, tarragon, basil, thyme, and minced garlic.  Use a few drops of olive oil.  Top with sliced lemon (slice refrigerator cold with a very sharp knife).

3 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by The Manship restaurant, Jackson, Mississippi.

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BASIL COD IN A SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – RED WINE – MARINARA ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–marinara sauce – ready prepared, one-third jar; I used Paul Newman’s “fire tomato – basil”

–basmati rice (packaged, 1 cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 1 – Prepare microwaveable basmati rice according to package instructions; brands differ.

2 – Place the chopped tomato, minced garlic, red wine, and marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Season with basil and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (You want the tomato to disintegrate.)

3 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

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

–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

ITALIAN CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ONION – CAYENNE – PINE NUTS – CHIVES IN A HONEY – RED WINE – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BABY DUTCH POTATOES

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed, plain)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (1 cup dry)

1 – 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 the potatoes for 10 minutes on high.

2 – Place the honey, red wine, and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Add sliced onion.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Meanwhile, place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.  Pour in breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

4 – Place the breaded chicken in the sauce.  Season with cayenne.  Top with pine nuts and chives.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the potatoes.

–chicken adapted from “chicken agrodulce” at the Bravo! restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi.

PARSLEYED COD & GREEN PEAS WITH GREEN ONIONS – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–green peas (frozen, 1 and one-half cups)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged, 1 cup uncooked rice)

1 – Prepare the basmati rice by package instructions for microwaving; brands differ.

2 – Place the green peas and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the green peas.  Season with salt and pepper.  Top with parsley and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

5 – Serve cod and green peas hot, atop the rice.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CHICKEN TENDERS & SLICED FRESH PEAR SPRINKLED WITH FETA & PINE NUTS IN A SAUCE OF HONEY – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – WHITE WINE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pear (medium, fresh, retain skin, slice)

–feta cheese (3 tablespoons, packaged)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the white wine in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place chicken tenders in the wine, leaving enough room between to add pear slices.  Place the pear slices between each piece of chicken.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place balsamic vinegar and honey.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle feta cheese and pine nuts on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Prepare basmati rice according to package instructions, because brands differ.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 9 minutes on high.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for at least 1 and one-half minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and pear atop the basmati rice.

–chicken, pear, and sauce inspired by “The Cookie Rookie” cooking blog.

CHICKEN WITH SAUCE OF DIJON – BRANDY – ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC TOPPED WITH SLICED LEMON

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Dijon mustard (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle; 3 tablespoons)

–rosemary (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon (fresh, refrigerated, sliced with a very sharp knife)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – In a small mixing bowl, place the Dijon, and then add a little brandy at a time, stirring vigorously.  Add minced garlic to the sauce, and stir.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Spread the sauce over the top.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.

3 – With a very sharp knife, slice a refrigerated lemon carefully.  Place atop the chicken.

4 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CHICKEN SEASONED BY MINT – GARLIC – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES WITH ONION – MUSHROOMS – FRESH TOMATO – TURKEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

Note:  This is a very special dish designed by Edward Giobbi for pheasant, here with chicken substituted.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–rosemary (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–bay leaves (bottled, 2)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–turkey (2 slices, chopped; or ham slices, chopped)

–red wine (use the real stuff, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, mint, and rosemary.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add chopped mushrooms, sliced onion, chopped turkey (or ham) to the dish.  Season with minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Add red wine to the dish.  Turn over all vegetables and herbs in the red wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and rosemary.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness; if not done, microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

GLAZED SALMON WITH GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – SESAME SEEDS IN TERIYAKI – HONEY – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  A return to the microwave.

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

–ginger (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–teriyaki sauce (one-third cup)

–honey (one-third cup)

–clam juice (one-third cup)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place the teriyaki sauce, honey, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir in minced garlic.  Stir well.  Then pour over the salmon.

3 – Sprinkle pepper and ginger atop the salmon.  Finish with sesame seeds.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

–salmon adapted from “Sally’s Baking Addiction” web site.

CREAMY CHICKEN & BROWN RICE CASSEROLE SEASONED BY THYME AND COOKED WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS – ONION – CHEDDAR CHEESE BITS – SHREDDED PARMESAN IN BROTH

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–milk (one-third cup; almond or dairy, not soy)

–brown rice (5 – minute cook, 1 cup dry)

–thyme (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–broccoli florets (1 head, fresh)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cheddar cheese (size of 3 matchboxes, crumbled)

–Parmesan cheese (2 tablespoons, shredded)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the brown rice in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Then add onion and broccoli florets on top of the rice.  Add the cheddar cheese.  Season with thyme, salt, and pepper.  Place the chicken on top.  Cover with Parmesan cheese.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Add chicken broth and milk to cover one-half the chicken.

2 – Cook for 5 and one-half hours on low.

3 – Serve the casserole hot.

–chicken and rice dish adapted from Kristine’s Kitchen web site.

HERB COD AND BROWN RICE WITH RED BELL PEPPER – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – MINCED GARLIC IN BROTH

For 4:

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

–brown rice (5 – minute cook, boxed, two-thirds cup dry)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, chopped, 1, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon (one-half teaspoon each, bottled)

1 – Place brown rice in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Place red bell pepper, onion, and tomato on top.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Then top with cod.  Season with minced garlic, cayenne pepper, rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in chicken broth to the level of one-half of the cod.

2 – Cook on high for 1 and one-half hour.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

–cod and rice adapted from “fit slow cooker” web site.

CHICKEN WITH THYME – BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – SHREDDED CARROTS – SWEET ONION – BOWTIE PASTA IN BROTH

Note:  Thyme and basil work together as herbs very well.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme, basil (bottled, one-half teaspoon each)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–pasta (bowtie, 1 cup)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Then add shredded carrots.  Place chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, basil, and garlic, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth until the chicken is almost submerged.  Cook on low setting for 5 hours.

2 – Place 1 cup of pasta in the cooker.  Cook for one-half hour (for al dente pasta, 20 minutes) more, for a total of 5 and one-half hours.  (Cooking times may vary with the brand and model of your slow cooker.)

3 – Serve the chicken pasta and vegetables hot.

–chicken adapted from the Magical Slow Cooker (web).

SALMON SPRINKLED WITH CHIVES & COOKED WITH SWEET SLICED ONIONS IN APPLE JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–chives (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (1, medium, sweet, sliced)

–apple juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice and place the sweet onion in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Place the salmon on top.  Pour apple juice into the cooker just until the salmon begins to float.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, and olive oil.

2 – Cook on high for 1 and one-half hours. 

3 – To serve, remove from cooker, and slice the salmon.  Serve the salmon with some apple juice and the onions.

–salmon adapted from Emma Christensen’s “Kitchn” web site.

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH FRESH TOMATO – SLICED ONION – CUMIN – PAPRIKA – PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC ATOP BROWN RICE & IN BROTH

Note:  This recipe starts a two-week unit on the best slow cooker recipes for chicken, cod, shrimp, and salmon that I can find—while I wait for a new microwave to be delivered and installed.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–cumin (bottled; 1 teaspoon))

–paprika (bottled; 1 teaspoon)

–parsley (bottled, dried; 1 tablespoon; don’t try to use fresh)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–brown rice (two-thirds cup dry)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, 1 and one-half cups)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the brown rice on the bottom of the slow cooker. 

2 – Place tomato, onion, cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and 3 drops of olive oil in a mixing bowl.  Stir well, and then place atop the brown rice in the cooker.

3 – Place the chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.

4 – Add the chicken broth.  Finish with parsley on top.

5 – Cook on low for 5 and one-half hours.

6 – Serve the chicken and rice hot.

–chicken adapted from Diethood, the eating effect blog.