CHICKEN OREGANO TOPPED BY MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS – SLICED BANANA PEPPERS – FRESH GRAPE TOMATOES IN BROTH

Oregano gives an extra boost to the veggies. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–oregano (1 teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–marinated artichoke hearts (3 or 4, halved and then chopped; bottled; ready-prepared in marinade)

–sliced banana peppers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–fresh grape tomatoes (6 to 8, halved)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Place chopped artichoke hearts, sliced banana peppers, and grape tomatoes on top.  Then sprinkle with oregano.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  HERB COD WITH ROSEMARY – PARSLEY – BASIL – THYME – CHIVES – MINT IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

This entrée looks as though it were dropped on the floor and stomped.  But it is mighty good.  Substitutions are possible, but I can vouch for the herbs mentioned. . .

For 2:

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

–rosemary, basil, thyme, chives, mint (1 teaspoon, dried)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in the clam juice.  Use a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle with rosemary, basil, thyme, chives, mint, salt, pepper, and parsley, in that order.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

GLAZED SWEET & SPICY SALMON WITH HONEY – SRIRACHA – SESAME SEEDS IN LEMON JUICE – CHICKEN BROTH

Vary the honey and Sriracha, depending on your taste for spicy. . .

For 2:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–Sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon, in ribbons, bottled)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

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

–salt and pepper

–sesame oil (to taste)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in the chicken broth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour on the honey, in ribbons, if possible.  Pour on the Sriracha sauce in ribbons.  Sprinkle with sesame oil.  Then sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop rice, if desired.

–recipe inspired by Southern Living magazine.

BAKED PARSLEYED SALMON WITH CORIANDER & CHOPPED ONION SPRINKLED WITH PEANUTS & BREADCRUMBS IN A LIME JUICE – WHITE WINE – SOY SAUCE

Don’t leave off the peanuts, which are a high point of this dish. . .

For 2:

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

–coriander (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–peanuts (1 handful)

–breadcrumbs (3 tablespoons, boxed)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Add soy sauce and white wine.  Season with coriander, salt, and pepper.  Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil.  Drop a handful of peanuts on top.

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

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

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

BAKED COD WITH CORIANDER – DICED TOMATOES – GARLIC – LIME JUICE – CAYENNE

Coriander is a favorite spice that works well with tomatoes. . .

For 2:

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

–coriander (1 teaspoon, dried)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, do not drain)

–garlic (powdered, 1 teaspoon)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, dried)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with coriander, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.  Spoon tomatoes on top.  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 sauce hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

ONE – DISH PARSLEYED CHICKEN DINNER WITH JASMINE RICE – DICED TOMATOES – ENGLISH PEAS – CHOPPED ONION IN MARSALA SAUCE

Simply layer, microwave, and enjoy. . .

For 4 small appetites:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–rice (cooked, three-fourth’s cup)

–tomatoes (diced, 1 can, do not drain)

–English peas (one-half cup, frozen)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–marsala wine (or sherry; one-third cup)

1 – Place the rice, tomatoes, English peas, and chopped onion, in this order, in a large, covered baking dish.  Pour in the marsala wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 2 minutes more.  (Note:  This dish takes a long time to cook.)

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

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

HERB – STEAMED COD FILLET ON A BED OF SLICED POTATOES & PETITE DICED TOMATOES AND SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC – THYME – ROSEMARY – PARSLEY

 

The original recipe calls for roasting the cod and potatoes, but steaming works well also. . . .

For 2:

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

–sliced potatoes (1 can, drained, then rinsed)

–tomatoes (1 can, do not drain; I prefer petite diced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–thyme (1 teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes and tomatoes in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Fold the ingredients.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod atop the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, and extra virgin olive oil.  Finish with parsley sprinkled over the whole dish.

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

4 – Serve the cod, potatoes, and tomatoes hot.

–cod inspired by Meredith Deeds, from the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 14, 2020.

CHICKEN TENDERS IN MOROCCAN SAUCE MADE OF TOMATOES – ONION – TURMERIC – CINNAMON – MINCED GARLIC – GOLDEN RAISINS AND SPRINKLED WITH PINE NUTS

A unique and good flavor. . .the cinnamon and turmeric work well together. . .and turmeric is a very healthy spice. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–tomatoes (one-third can of petite diced tomatoes)

–onion (chopped, one-quarter cup)

–turmeric (1 teaspoon, dried)

–cinnamon (1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup)

–pine nuts (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenderloins in a covered baking dish, and then set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place tomatoes, onion, turmeric, cinnamon, minced garlic, golden raisin, and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir briskly.  Season with salt and pepper, and stir again.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Then sprinkle with pine nuts.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken tenders with sauce, hot.

–recipe adapted from The Best of French Cooking.

COD AMERICAINE SPRINKLED WITH HERBS DE PROVENCE & CAYENNE AND FLOATING IN A SAUCE OF MARINARA – BRANDY – WHITE WINE – ONIONS – GARLIC PLACED ATOP JASMINE RICE

Delectable, apparently how the French think Americans eat cod. . .

For 2:

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

–herbs de provence (1 tablespoon; consists of basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram, oregano)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–marinara sauce (6 tablespoons; I used Bertolli with garlic, basil, and olive oil)

–brandy (2 tablespoons; buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–onions (one-quarter cup, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–jasmine rice (1 cup rice with 1 and three-fourths cup water; microwave on high for 5 minutes; then on 50 percent power for 10 minutes)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the marinara sauce, brandy, white wine, onions, minced garlic, and olive oil to taste in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Then place the cod in the middle of the dish.  Sprinkle cod with salt, pepper, cayenne, and herbs de provence.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with sauce, and atop the rice.

–cod adapted from The Best of French Cooking

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED HERB SALMON SPRINKLED WITH DILL – ROSEMARY – BASIL – PARSLEY IN A LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Use these herbs, if you have them, for a really good flavor. . . You can substitute canned salmon. . .moisten the salmon with clam juice and lemon. . .

For 2:

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

–dill, rosemary, basil, parsley (1 teaspoon each, dried, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, and then drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, rosemary, basil, and parsley.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 40 seconds.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, so that it is flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe original.