BREADED COD SPRINKLED WITH ROSEMARY & PARSLEY AND PLACED ON A BED OF ITALIAN TOMATOES – GREEN PEAS – CHOPPED ONION ATOP POLENTA

This is a choice combination for Edward Giobbi, my favorite chef. . .

For 4:

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

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–Italian tomatoes (I used Pomi; 1 cup, boxed)

–green peas (frozen; 1 cup)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–polenta (follow package instructions; a generous amount of polenta will result, but excess can be frozen in meal-size servings)

1 – Place the tomatoes, green peas, and chopped onion in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place one-half cup breadcrumbs on a large plate.  Place cod atop the breadcrumbs.  Generously sprinkle with olive oil.  Turn the cod to coat with breadcrumbs. 

3 – Place the breaded cod atop the vegetables in the baking dish.  Sprinkle with parsley, rosemary, and olive oil.  Spoon some of the sauce atop the cod.

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

5 – Serve the cod hot, atop polenta.

–recipe inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

CHEESE – GARLIC – LEMON CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SHREDDED PARMESAN – SHREDDED MOZZARELLA – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON PEPPER – LEMON JUICE – SUGAR – PARSLEY

The sweetness of sugar eliminates the “bite” of the lemon, creating a sweet and sour flavor that pleases. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–Parmesan cheese (one-eighth cup, packaged)

–mozzarella cheese (one-eighth cup, packaged)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon pepper (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 4 or 5 squirts)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenderloins in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, sugar, and garlic.  Sprinkle the cheese on top.  Then finish with parsley and a drop or two of olive oil (the cheese will create the fat in the recipe).

2 – Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cut into the center piece to check for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 30 seconds more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

CHILLED ARTIFICIAL CRAB LEGS SALAD SEASONED WITH LEMON PEPPER AND STIRRED WITH ASPARAGUS – BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ONION – MAYO

Artificial crab legs are actually cod, and a half pound of cooked cod, broken apart, can be substituted. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (packaged, 8 ounces, cut apart)

–lemon pepper (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–asparagus (cooked from frozen, 8 ounces, cut into 1 – inch lengths)

–button mushrooms (5 or 6, canned)

–onion (one-quarter cup, chopped, raw)

–mayonnaise (1 heaping tablespoon; do not use too much)

–salt and pepper

1 – Cook the asparagus according to package instructions.  Let cool in the refrigerator.

2 – Place the cut artificial crab legs in a serving dish.  Add cold asparagus, button mushrooms, raw onion, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and mayonnaise.  Fold ingredients gently.

3 – Top the dish with a sprinkle of lemon pepper.

4 – Serve the salad chilled.

–recipe original.

PARSLEYED BAKED COD SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND TOPPED WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS & MINCED GARLIC IN A WHITE WINE VINEGAR SAUCE

Any white fish will do just fine. . .the garlic makes the dish with mushrooms work best. . .

For 2:

–cod (room temperature, size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

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

–mushrooms (button, bottled, 4 or 5)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine vinegar (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine vinegar, pouring over the cod.  Season the cod with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs and minced garlic on top.  Add mushrooms.  Finish with parsley and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes and 20 seconds.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod with mushrooms hot.

–recipe original.

A Comfort Dish:  CHICKEN BAKE WITH SHREDDED MOZZARELLA & PARMESAN CHEESES – TOMATOES – PARSLEY – BROWN RICE

This has the flavor, almost, of a chicken pizza. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (room temperature)

–mozzarella cheese (one-quarter cup)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–tomatoes (one-half can, do not drain)

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–brown rice (cooked, two-thirds cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place in a large, covered baking dish, in order, first the brown rice, then tomatoes, then both cheeses.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and just a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and, again, just a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, check the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–recipe original.

CHILLED COD SALAD TARRAGON WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ENGLISH PEAS – SHREDDED CARROTS – CHOPPED ONIONS – MAYO

I chose all ingredients that meld together well on the palate. . .

–cod fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tarragon (to taste, 1 to 2 tablespoons, dried, bottled)

–button mushrooms (one-third cup, bottled)

–English peas (green peas, one-half cup, frozen)

–shredded carrots (fresh, one-half cup)

–chopped onions (one-quarter cup)

–mayonnaise (to taste, do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and extra virgin olive oil; do NOT add water or other liquid.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, break apart while in the baking dish.  This will be your serving dish.

2 – Place peas and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add to the cod.

3 – Add shredded carrots to the cod and vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper.

4 – Gently fold 1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise into the cod and vegetables.  Finish with a sprinkling of tarragon on top.

5 – Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.  Serve the cod salad cold.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN TOMATO PESTO WITH BASIL – TOMATOES – BASIL PESTO – CHOPPED ONION – CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE – MINCED GARLIC

Choose a different cheese if feta is not your thing. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–tomatoes (half a can; do NOT drain)

–basil pesto (ready prepared in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–onion (chopped, one-quarter cup)

–feta cheese (crumbled, one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–basil (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the basil pesto, onion, feta, minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste, in a small mixing bowl.  Gradually add the tomatoes, with their juice, stirring constantly.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenderloins in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

PARSLEYED WILD COD TARRAGON SPRINKLED BY LEMON JUICE AND TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS PIECES & STEMS – DICED TOMATOES ON GLUTEN – FREE PASTA

Tarragon works well with cod, as would a side dish of green peas seasoned with the same herb. . .

For 2:

–wild cod (room temperature, size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tarragon (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–mushrooms (3 tablespoons, canned, drained)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–gluten-free pasta (1 cup; microwave in salted water for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes; keep covered for warmth)

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Top with mushrooms and tomatoes.  Then season the whole with tarragon and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–recipe original.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN L’ORANGE ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – SPRINKLED WITH ORANGE ZEST & SESAME SEEDS AND PLACED IN A SAUCE OF ORANGE JUICE – SOY SAUCE – RED WINE – MINCED GARLIC – SUGAR – BROTH – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

A bit of trouble, but if you like orange flavor, you will like this. . . delicious. . . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenders (room temperature)

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

–orange zest (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–orange juice (one-quarter cup)

–soy sauce (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–red wine (1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil

–salt and pepper

–sugar (2 tablespoons)

–chicken broth (boxed, 3 tablespoons)

1 – Place orange juice, soy sauce, red wine, minced garlic, sugar, and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place the chicken in the sauce.

3 – Sprinkle with sesame seeds, orange zest, and parsley.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe inspired by Rasa Malaysia, from the web.

SALMON FILLET TOPPED BY RIBBONS OF HONEY DIJON MUSTARD & PURE HONEY – CHIVES – CHOPPED ONION AND PLACED IN A SAUCE OF CLAM JUICE – LEMON – SOY SAUCE

Soy sauce (or teriyaki) gives the salmon a little extra “kick”. . .

For 2:

–salmon (room temperature, size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–honey Dijon mustard (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–pure honey (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–chives (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–soy sauce (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour in clam juice and soy sauce.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste.  Make ribbons of Dijon mustard (if you have a squeeze bottle) and honey atop the salmon.  Then place chopped onions and chives on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe original.