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.

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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).

BAKED COD & BROCCOLI WITH MINCED GARLIC & SLICED BLACK OLIVES IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–broccoli (2 heads, florets and stems only, fresh)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–black olives (1 small can, do NOT drain)

–clam juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the broccoli around the edge of a large baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place the cod in the center.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Pour in the clam juice.

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

3 – Serve the cod and broccoli hot.

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

SPICY COD OREGANO WITH BABY DUTCH POTATOES – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – CAYENNE – PARSLEY

For 4:

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

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–baby Dutch potatoes (sliced, 6 or 7)

–oregano (dried, one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–tomato (medium, chopped, fresh)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced potatoes in a covered baking dish with one-quarter cup of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Add the chopped tomato and sliced onion to the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce with the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

SALMON STEAK PATTIES WITH GREEN ONION – PARSLEY – GARLIC-HERB BREADCRUMBS – ONION – EGG – OLIVE OIL SERVED WITH HOMEMADE SPICY SEVEN – INGREDIENT TARTAR SAUCE

Note:  Make the tartar sauce ahead of time, and refrigerate, so that the flavors can blend.

For 4:

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

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, chopped)

–egg (1)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

Homemade tartar sauce –

–mayonnaise (3 tablespoons)

–horseradish sauce (2 tablespoons, mild)

–sriracha sauce (2 squirts or 1 teaspoon)

–sweet pickle relish (2 tablespoons, drained)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (1 stalk, chopped)

1 – Chop the green onion.  Then place in a small mixing bowl.  Add mayonnaise, horseradish sauce, sriracha sauce, sweet picklet relish, Dijon mustard, and minced garlic.  Stir well.  Refrigerator at least an hour to let flavors blend.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes on high.  (You want to undercook, as the salmon patties will also be microwaved.)

3 – When the salmon has initially been microwaved, shred it in a mixing bowl, discarding the skin.  Chop the green onion, and add to the bowl.  Finely chop the onion, and also add.  Add remaining ingredients of parsley, egg (beaten), and season with olive oil.  Fold all ingredients well.  In a large, flat baking dish, place 4 salmon patties, smoothed to form a ball and then flattened.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon patties hot, with the chilled tartar sauce.

–salmon patties adapted from Genius Kitchen web site; tartar sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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.

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.

INDIAN TANDOORI COD WITH YOGURT – LIME – MINCED GARLIC – CURRY – GREEN ONIONS

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

–yogurt (4 heaping tablespoons)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–curry (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench the cod in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, curry, and minced garlic (spread the garlic on top).  Place yogurt, smoothed over the top of the cod.  Sprinkle green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–cod adapted from a recipe for stir-fried shrimp in Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES & SEASONED WITH WORCESTERSHIRE & MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–Worcestershire sauce (5 or 6 squirts)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, in a jar)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Drench in Worcestershire sauce.  Dot with minced garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice the lemon (refrigerated lemon slices best).  Place the lemon atop the chicken.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the lemon chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from the original recipe of a friend, years ago, in Tallahassee, Florida.

A Simple Dinner:  COD TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS – CORIANDER – CUMIN IN A LIME – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–cumin (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Add white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and coriander.  Top with green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop couscous (use package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

–cod inspired by Real Simple magazine.

CHILLED SHRIMP SALAD WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES – EGG OMELET – FETA CHEESE – FRESH TOMATO – ICEBERG LETTUCE – CHICKPEAS DRIZZLED BY SESAME SAUCE WITH LEMON JUICE & MINCED GARLIC

Note:  Assemble the salad on 2 dinner plates and serve. 

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shelled, deveined)

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

–eggs (2)

–olive oil (drop or 2)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 1 tablespoon)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, broken)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, cut into 4 slices)

–iceberg lettuce (broken, 2 handfuls)

–chickpeas (one-half can, rinsed and drained)

–sesame sauce (bottled, 5 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 2 eggs in a small covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add 1 tablespoon of milk and a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir briskly.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, divide the egg into 2 parts, and place 1 part in the center of each dinner plate.

2 – Rinse and place the thawed shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water, but no seasoning.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, drain and place the shrimp in the refrigerator to cool while preparing the rest of the salad.

3 – Fan the other food around the egg:  sliced tomato (2 slices each plate) topped by feta cheese, black olives (one-half can each plate), chickpeas (one-quarter can each plate), iceberg lettuce (1 handful each plate), and shrimp (15 per plate).   

4 – In a small mixing bowl, place sesame dressing, lemon juice, minced garlic, and one-eighth cup of water.  Stir well.

5 – Serve the prepared dinner plates with the sesame dressing drizzled on top.

–salad adapted from Real Simple magazine.

CHICKEN TOPPED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PARSLEY AND ACCOMPANIED BY A WARM SAUCE OF APPLE JUICE – HONEY – DIJON

Note:  The original recipe used orange juice rather than apple juice.

Note 2:  Sauce is to be room temperature.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–apple juice (bottled, one-half cup)

–honey (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle the minced garlic and parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon mustard in a small mixing bowl.  Stir together the honey and apple juice, and very, very slowly add to the Dijon, stirring briskly.  (Dijon should not be lumpy.) 

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the accompanying sauce on top, room temperature.

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

WARM COD SALAD WITH BLACK OLIVES – ONION – OREGANO – PARSLEY – CAYENNE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & COOKED IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

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

–onion (medium, one-half, sliced)

–oregano (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, transfer the cod (but not the clam juice) to another dish.  Break into chunks.  Gently stir in black olives, one-half sliced onion, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Sprinkle oregano and cayenne pepper on top. 

2 – Serve the cod salad room temperature.

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

GARLIC – DILL SALMON TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–dill (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

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

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and minced garlic (the garlic spread on top).  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Place sliced lemon on top.

2 – Microwave the salmon for 7 minutes.  Salmon is best not overcooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipes, by Cristi Davis (kindle e-book).

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH GREEN OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC – ONION IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, Italian (flat-leaved), 1 handful, chopped)

–green olives (about a dozen, sliced in half)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion and garlic in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place the green olives on top.  Finish with parsley and a few extra drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and hot.

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

SALMON WITH ONION & MINCED GARLIC IN LEMON – TERIYAKI – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–teriyaki sauce (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, boxed)

–basmati rice

–pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the onion and minced garlic in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Add the chicken broth and teriyaki sauce.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Spoon the sauce on top. 

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot atop basmati rice (for the rice, follow directions for microwaving on the package; brands vary).

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

HONEY – GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH GREEN ONIONS & BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS TOPPED BY PARMESAN IN A RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, 2 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, sliced, fresh)

–Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons, shredded)

–red wine

1 – Place the green onions and mushrooms in the red wine sauce, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Dribble honey on top, to taste.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top, including the top of the sauce.  Finish with a few more drops of olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

A Comfort Dish:  PARSLEYED COD SEASONED WITH GARLIC & OLIVE OIL ATOP POTATOES – MUSHROOMS – FRESH TOMATO – SLICED ONION

For 4:

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

–parsley (Italian flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped)

–olive oil

–potatoes (red, 6 or 7 small, quartered)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, quartered)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the potatoes and onion in a large, deep, covered baking dish with one-quarter cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and tomato to the dish.  Continue microwaving for 3 minutes.  When finished, place minced garlic in the baking dish and gently fold into the vegetables. 

2 – Place cod on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with parsley.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY – DIJON SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon and honey in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add the mayonnaise, and stir vigorously until smooth.  After six minutes of cooking the salmon, pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Sprinkle chopped onions on top.  Return the salmon to the microwave for 1 minute more.  (Brief heating of the mayonnaise-based sauce will keep the mayonnaise from disintegrating.)

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BAKED COD WITH ORANGE SLICES – ORANGE ZEST – CHIVES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  For a sweeter taste, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar atop the cod.

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

–orange (fresh, 1, break into segments)

–orange zest (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–chives (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Section an orange, and then cut each piece in half.  Place in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the orange segments.  Season with cod with salt, pepper, orange zest, chives, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

SALMON WITH FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place chopped tomato and chopped green onions on top of the salmon.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the salmon with vegetables hot.

–salmon adapted from Pierre Franey, chef, NYT Cooking web site.

SPICY SHRIMP WITH MINCED GARLIC – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE & WITH A SIDE OF ASPARAGUS

For 2:

–shrimp (small, thawed from frozen, quantity 30)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–clam juice sauce (one-eighth cup)

–basmati rice (packaged; follow package instructions for microwave)

–asparagus (I used signature PicSweet frozen, microwave in package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the washed and drained shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, minced garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Gently stir.  Then sprinkle with cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Prepare basmati rice; it will take about 15 minutes.  Brands differ, and so follow the instructions on the package.  When finished microwaving keep covered to preserve warmth.  No need to use salt, pepper, or olive oil.

3 – Microwave the asparagus in its package.  Times differ in various sizes of microwave; follow package instructions.  When finished, turn out in a serving bowl, season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

5 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop the rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–shrimp and asparagus inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

BAKED CHICKEN MARINATED IN ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON AND SERVED WITH A WARM COUNTRY – STYLE SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – BASIL – PARSLEY – LEMON – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

The marinade:

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 teaspoon)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

The sauce:

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

1 – Place the chicken with the marinade in a plastic bag.  Leave in the refrigerator for several hours prior to dinner.  Then place the chicken with marinade in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water for steaming.  Set aside.

2 – Cut the tomato into two halves.  Place in a small, covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Then place the tomato, basil, chopped parsley, lemon juice, minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  Keep warm until time for dinner.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 7 and one-half minutes.  Test a center piece to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the warm sauce on the side.

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

SPICY MINT – GARLIC COD WITH CAYENNE – CAPERS – LEMON – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–mint (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (optional, one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–capers (bottled, 10 to 12)

–lemon (juice, bottled, 3 squirts)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and then add white wine.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle with capers and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Cod is ready when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

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

BONE-IN CATFISH WITH FRESH TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – BASIL – CAYENNE – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 2:

–catfish (2, medium, whole)

–tomato (medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–basil (bottled, dried, 1 teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

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

–minced onion (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tomato, garlic, and red bell pepper in a large, long covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Add white wine.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the catfish in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Turn the catfish over, spoon some sauce on top, and then microwave for 5 minutes more.

3 – Serve the catfish hot, atop basmati rice (follow directions for microwaving on the package; brands differ).

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

CRAB CAKES SUBMERGED IN A MUSHROOM – WHITE WINE SAUCE & ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILLED MARINARA – HORSERADISH – MINCED GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE

For 2:

–crab cakes (2, ready-prepared, from the deli counter)

–mushrooms (5 or 6, baby bellas, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

Marinara sauce:

–spaghetti sauce (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–horseradish sauce (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive (1 tablespoon)

1 – Place the horseradish sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Slowly add spaghetti sauce to it, stirring vigorously.  Stir until smooth.  Add minced garlic and olive oil, and stir again.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the mushrooms and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

3 – Place the crab cakes in the sauce, spooning some sauce with mushrooms on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the crab cakes with sauce hot, accompanied on the side by the marinara sauce.

–crab cakes and marinara sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON SEASONED WITH LEMON & TOPPED WITH BASIL – TOMATO SLICES – PARMESAN IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–basil (1 teaspoon, bottled, dried)

–tomatoes (2, medium, sliced)

–Parmesan cheese (if shredded, one-eighth cup; if ground, 3 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place sliced tomatoes on top.  Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper.  Finish with Parmesan cheese and a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Savory Salmon Recipes (kindle cookbook).

PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARINATED IN SOY SAUCE – GARLIC – CAYENNE AND COOKED ON A BED OF ONION – FRESH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI ATOP BASMATI RICE

Note: Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour prior to cooking.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

–onion (one-quarter, medium, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–zucchini (one-half, sliced and then halved)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with the soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Marinate for 1 hour, at least, in the refrigerator. Set aside.

2 – Place the onion, tomato, and zucchini in a covered baking dish with the remainder of the minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the marinated chicken (with marinade) in the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.  Check for doneness on a center piece.  Return to the microwave for a minute more, if needed.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, atop basmati rice (use microwave instructions on the package; brand differ).

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

ITALIAN SAN BENEDETTO COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – CAPERS – MINCED GARLIC – ONION – PARSLEY – POTATOES – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–capers (bottled, drained, 1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon, bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–potatoes (2 medium, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 squirt)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cut the potatoes in bite-sized pieces, and place in an uncovered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Potatoes should not yet be soft.  Set aside.

2 – Place the tomato and onion in a large covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – When the tomato and onion are ready, add the potatoes to the dish.  Make a trough in the middle for the cod, and add the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle capers on top.  Finish with parsley.

4 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it is flaky.

5 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

PARSLEYED SALMON & SHRIMP WITH LEMON – THYME – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–shrimp (8 to 10, small, deveined, tail-off, shelled, thawed from frozen)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts on salmon and 1 on shrimp)

–thyme (bottled, 1 teaspoon on salmon and one-quarter teaspoon on shrimp)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon on salmon and a spritz on shrimp)

–clam juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the shrimp in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup that you cover.  Season with lemon juice, thyme, cayenne, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Microwave the covered shrimp on high for 1 minute.  Stir, and microwave for 30 seconds more if any are not pink (done).  When finished, pour the shrimp atop the salmon.

4 – Serve the salmon and shrimp hot.

–shrimp and salmon adapted from Pierre Franey, chef, NYT Cooking web site.

CREAMY STRAWBERRY – VANILLA COD WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES – STRAWBERRY PRESERVES – VANILLA CREAMER ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–strawberries (fresh, quartered, 5 or 6)

–strawberry preserves (3 tablespoons)

–vanilla creamer (soy, packaged, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish. 

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place the strawberry preserves.  Slowly add creamer, stirring until smooth.

3 – Quarter the strawberries, and add to the sauce.  Pour the sauce atop the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave the cod on high for 8 minutes.  Cod should be flaky.

5 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (follow instructions on the package for microwaving; brands differ).

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

CHICKEN GRECIAN SUPREME WITH OREGANO – FETA – SLICED ONION – BLACK OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC – FRESH TOMATO – ORANGE ZEST – OLIVE OIL IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–feta cheese (one-eighth cup)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–black olives (half a small can, drained)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–tomato (fresh, 1, small, chopped)

–orange zest (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, oregano, and orange zest.  Place sliced onions, black olives, minced garlic, and chopped tomato on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–chicken adapted from Nick’s Bistro, recipe for Greek chicken (from the web).

LEMON – GARLIC CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – MINT – SLICED ONION IN BROTH

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–garlic (minced, in a bottle, 1 tablespoon)

–rosemary (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–mint (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (sliced, one-half)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion in broth, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the onion.  Squirt lemon juice on top.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, rosemary, and olive oil.  Dot the chicken with the minced garlic.  With a very sharp knife, slice the lemon.  Place atop the chicken.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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