A Simple Dinner: CHICKEN ROSEMARY WITH BLACK OLIVES & GREEN ONIONS IN APPLE JUICE SAUCE

Note:  I questioned whether these ingredients would work together well, but indeed they did.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–apple juice (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the apple juice.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Top with black olives and green onion.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

2 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

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GLAZED SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & SESAME SEEDS IN A SAUCE OF TERIYAKI MARINADE – LEMON – SESAME – MAPLE SYRUP – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–teriyaki (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–sesame sauce (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–maple syrup, bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

1 – Place the garlic, teriyaki marinade, sesame sauce, and maple syrup in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Pour sauce on top.  Finish with green onions and sesame seeds.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon adapted from food and wine web site.

BAKED MINT COD & STEAMED ASPARAGUS WITH FRESH TOMATO – CELERY – PARSLEY – LEMON ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–mint (1 tablespoon, bottled, dried)

–asparagus (1 frozen package; I used Pictsweet Signature)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–basmati rice (use the package instructions; brands differ)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

1 – Steam the asparagus in its package, according to directions.  Leave in package until time to serve.

2 – Chop the tomato; season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place tomato and celery in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (You want the tomato to break down into a sauce.)

3 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and asparagus, hot, atop basmati rice.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

A Simple Dinner:  ROSEMARY & GARLIC CHICKEN IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  This easy meal uses the most frequently selected ingredients in Edward Giobbi’s cooking: rosemary, garlic, and white wine.  Originally a recipe for rabbit.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

CHICKEN CACCIATORE WITH FRESH TOMATO – MUSHROOMS – BASIL – ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note;  This is a spicy and tart dish.  For a milder flavor, substitute chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium) for the white wine and leave off the cayenne.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–mushrooms (3 or 4 small, baby bellas, quartered(

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 2 teaspoons)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chopped tomato, mushrooms, basil, rosemary, garlic, and cayenne pepper in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, and cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Check a center piece to be sure that it is done.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

PARSLEYED COD & GREEN PEAS WITH RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – ROSEMARY – CAYENNE – BREADCRUMBS IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–green peas (frozen, 1 cup, packaged)

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–breadcrumbs (3 tablespoons, boxed)

–clam juice (bottled, one-half cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–basmati rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Place the green peas, red bell pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, and breadcrumbs in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add clam juice.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the green peas and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Top with parsley.

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

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

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

BACON – FLAVORED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – FRESH TOMATO IN RED WINE – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, 2 tablespoons)

–mushrooms (baby bella, 3 or 4, chopped, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–bay leaves (2, dried, bottled)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

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

–basmati rice (follow package instructions for microwaving)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place Bac’n pieces, mushrooms, minced garlic, rosemary, bay leaves, chopped tomato in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine and chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in microwave for 1 minute more.

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

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

COD PAPRIKA WITH TOPPING OF CRABMEAT – PARMESAN – SLICED ALMONDS – LEMON – MAYO ON JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–paprika (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–crabmeat (one-half small can, drained)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 2 tablespoons)

–sliced almonds (packaged, 2 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–mayonnaise (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crabmeat, Parmesan cheese, sliced almonds, lemon juice, and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Remove to a small covered baking dish; microwave on high for 1 minute, just to heat.  (If the crabmeat is not heated, it will interfere with microwaving the cod.)

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spread the crabmeat topping over the cod.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod/crabmeat topping for 9 minutes on high.  Check for doneness.  The cod is cooked when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and crabmeat hot, atop jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving of rice; brands differ).

–cod and crabmeat topping adapted from Taste of Home web site.

SEASONED SALMON ON A BED OF CRABMEAT – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – LEMON & CLAM JUICE ATOP MUSHROOM COUSCOUS

For 4:

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

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (2 tablespoons, boxed)

–crabmeat (half a small can, drained)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, half a handful, chopped)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–mushroom couscous (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Prepare the mushroom couscous; keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the crabmeat, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and garlic – herb breadcrumbs in a small mixed bowl.  Stir well.  Place in a covered baking dish. 

3 – Place the salmon atop the crabmeat dressing.  Pour clam juice on top, then drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Lightly dust with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Do not overcook.

5 – Serve the salmon and crabmeat dressing hot, atop mushroom couscous.

–salmon and crabmeat dressing adapted from Healthy and Delicious Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

CRUSTLESS SALMON QUICHE WITH PARMESAN – CHEDDAR – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – GREEN ONIONS – MILK – EGGS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 2 decks of cards; one-half pound)

–cheddar cheese (4 ounces, size of 2 fingers, cubed)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 4 tablespoons)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–eggs (2)

–milk (dairy or almond (not soy), 6 ounces)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–parsley (dried, one-quarter teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes, undercooked.  Then shred the salmon.

2 – Place the salmon in a mixing bowl.  Add cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onions, eggs, milk, minced garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir well.  Place the sauce with salmon in 4 covered compotes, dividing equally. 

3 – Microwave 2 compotes at a time.  Microwave for 7 minutes on high.  Then microwave the second set of compotes.  Leave time for cooling before serving.

4 – Serve the salmon quiche warm, but not too hot.

–salmon adapted from Healthy and Delicious Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).