A Tasty & Economical Dinner:  DICED ASIAN TOFU WITH PARSLEY AND A VEGETABLE MEDLEY OF CROWDER PEAS – YELLOW CORN – BROCCOLI FLORETS – CARROT PENNIES IN HOISIN – BROTH SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

The next best thing to a stir – fry. . .

For 2:

–diced tofu (one 3-inch by 2-inch square, cut up)

–crowder peas (one-half cup, canned)

–yellow corn (one-half cup, frozen)

–broccoli florets (frozen, half a dozen florets)

–carrot pennies (one-half can, drained)

–hoisin sauce (one-quarter cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

1 – Dice the tofu after draining.  Place in a large, covered baking dish.

2 – Add the vegetables of your choice (the title gives what I used), one-half cup each.

4 – In a cup, place the hoisin sauce.  Slowly add chicken broth to the hoisin sauce, stirring briskly.

3 – Season the tofu and vegetables with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Add the hoisin/chicken broth sauce.  Fold the ingredients together gently.

4 – Sprinkle parsley on top.

5 – Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

6 – Serve the tofu and vegetables hot, atop jasmine rice.

–recipe original.

One-Dish Dinner:  SPICY SALMON FILLET ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – TOPPED BY POWDERD GARLIC – CAYENNE – PARSLEY AND WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES & BROCCOLI FLORETS IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

Worthy of a small celebration. . .

For 2:

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

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

–powdered garlic (1 tablespoon, sprinkled; be generous)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–broccoli florets (1 cup, frozen)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the broccoli florets around a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add white wine.  Set aside.

2 – Place the salmon in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Pour in the garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place the breaded salmon in the middle of the broccoli florets, center of baking dish.

3 – Season the salmon with cayenne and parsley.  Pour on the drained and sliced black olives.  Sprinkle powdered garlic over the entire dish, generously.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Cooking takes longer because of the amount of food being cooked.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

5 – Serve the salmon, black olives, and broccoli hot.

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

BAKED COD FILLET OREGANO ON A BED OF ITALIAN TOMATOES – MINCED GARLIC – PLAIN BREADCRUMBS

The breadcrumbs smooth the consistency of the tomatoes. . .

For 2:

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

–oregano (dried, 2 tablespoons; be generous)

–tomatoes (packaged; I used Pomi; one-half package)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–plain breadcrumbs (one-quarter cup, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the tomatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add garlic, breadcrumbs, and 1 tablespoon of oregano.  Also season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the cod fillet atop the bed of tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 1 tablespoon of oregano on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  (Fillets take longer to cook.)

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop rice, pasta, polenta, or quinoa (follow package instructions for microwaving).

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

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY – GLAZED SALMON FILLET TOPPED BY PECAN CHIPS AND IN A LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

If you like pecans and have them on hand, this recipe is an easy, tastes-gourmet, choice for the end of a busy day. . .

For 2:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, drizzled, bottled)

–pecan chips (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon fillet in a covered baking dish.  Pour in the clam juice.  Then squirt lemon juice directly on the salmon.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place pecan chips on top.  Then drizzle honey to taste.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave the salmon for 3 minutes.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked; it should be flaky but not red.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe original

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.

INDIAN – SPICED SALMON FILLET GLAZED IN HONEY & SPRINKLED WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – TURMERIC – CAYENNE – GINGER – PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE VINEGAR SAUCE

Honey is the secret ingredient that makes this recipe outstanding. . .

For 2:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–white wine vinegar (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon fillet in a covered baking dish.  Pour the white wine vinegar over the salmon.  Sprinkle with coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Drizzle honey over the top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 20 seconds.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

3 – Serve the salmon 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.