BAKED COD TOPPED WITH BASIL PESTO – CHOPPED TOMATO – FETA CHEESE

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

–basil pesto (in a jar)

–basil (bottled)

–tomato (1, fresh, small, chopped)

–feta cheese (packaged, crumbled)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a very little amount of clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 small tomato, and then season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of basil pesto and 2 tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese to the bowl.  Stir gently.  Then place atop the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil, if desired.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta or couscous (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by a dinner of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN & PASTA IN CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE WITH RED WINE – CHOPPED MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC

Note:  The small bit of creamer cuts the sharp flavor of tomato, creating a savory and mild sauce for the chicken and pasta.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (or plain)

–pasta (of your choice, boxed)

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose – free; or dairy)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce; I used Newman’s Own Sockarooni)

–red wine

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

1 – Place 1 cup of uncooked pasta in a small, uncovered baking dish with water to cover, plus another inch.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place one-fourth cup of red wine in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half jar of marinara sauce.  Add 3 tablespoons of almond or soy creamer (or dairy).  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Stir into the heated sauce.  Then microwave for 1 minute.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the pasta.  Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.

–recipe original.

BRANDY SALMON WITH BROWN SUGAR – TERIYAKI MARINADE – GINGER – LIME JUICE – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH SESAME SEEDS – GREEN ONION

Note:  If you are a salmon enthusiast, this is a recipe not to miss.  One of the best I have ever served, and I serve salmon twice a week.

For 4:

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

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–brown sugar

–teriyaki marinade

–ginger

–lime juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped fine)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Pour in one-third cup of teriyaki marinade.  Add 3 tablespoons of brandy.  Season with ginger and black pepper.  Dot the top of the salmon with minced garlic.  Spoon 3 tablespoons of brown sugar atop the salmon.  Sprinkle sesame seeds generously.  Finish with 2 chopped green onions.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Do not overcook.

3 – Serve the salmon with sauce hot, atop white or brown rice, quinoa, or couscous (recipes, the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

An Encore Simple Dinner:  CHILLED SHRIMP ON CRUSHED ICE WITH COCKTAIL SAUCE

For 4:

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 60 to 80 small shrimp)

–crushed ice (from your ice dispenser on your refrigerator)

–cocktail sauce (bottled)

 

1 – Place the thawed shrimp in a large, covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.  Drain in a colander.

2 – Fill individual serving bowls with crushed ice from your refrigerator dispenser.  Divide the shrimp among the bowls, resting atop the ice.  (There is no reason to season the shrimp.)

3 – Serve cold, with cocktail sauce.

–shrimp adapted from Weidman’s restaurant, Meridian, Mississippi, a recipe from 20 years ago.

CHICKEN TARRAGON WITH CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS – CELERY IN A CREAM SAUCE WITH WHITE WINE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–carrot chips (fresh, 1 handful)

–green onions (fresh, 4 stalks, chopped)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose-free; or dairy)

–milk (almond for lactose-free; or dairy; soy does not microwave well)

–white wine

–flour (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 handful of carrot chips in a covered baking dish.  Add 4 stalks of green onions, chopped; and 2 stalks of celery, chopped.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – In a microwaveable cup, place one-half cup of almond milk (or dairy), one-fourth cup of almond or soy creamer (or dairy), and one-fourth cup of white wine.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk/creamer/wine have heated, very slowly add to the flour, beating vigorously and constantly.  Then pour the sauce over the carrots/green onions/celery.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken in the sauce with the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil (a few drops only).  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot. 

–chicken inspired by Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook.

COD SYLVESTRE WITH TARRAGON – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE – TOMATO SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–white wine

–spaghetti sauce (I used Newman’s Own, original)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 3 stalks of green onions, and place in a covered baking dish.  Then place 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, sliced, in the dish.  Set aside.

2 – In a microwaveable cup, place 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce.  Slowly add 1 cup of white wine, stirring constantly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the white wine/tomato has heated, slowly add to the flour, beating briskly.  Then pour the sauce atop the green onions and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then stir well.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some sauce atop the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop white or brown rice, couscous, quinoa, or pasta (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook (from her television series).

CREAMED & BRANDIED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS ON SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & CARROT CHIPS IN BRANDY – APPLE JUICE – CREAMER SAUCE & TOPPED WITH MINCED GREEN ONIONS

–6 chicken tenderloins (or breast strips)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–carrot chips (packaged, 1 handful)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–apple juice

–creamer (almond or soy for lactose-free; or dairy whipping cream)

–green onions (2 stalks, finely chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 handful of ready-prepared carrot chips (or 2 peeled carrots, sliced).  Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of brandy, one-fourth cup of apple juice, and one-fourth cup of almond or soy creamer (or dairy).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenderloins in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Slice 2 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top of the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil, if desired.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  Check during cooking to be sure that dish is not bubbling up; if so, take remaining time and double it, then use 50 percent power for the remainder of the cooking.

4 – For testing, cut apart one of the chicken tenderloins from the center of the dish.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more on high.

5 – Serve the chicken, vegetables, and sauce hot, atop couscous (my choice), white or brown rice, quinoa, or pasta (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon, White House chef during the Kennedy administration in the sixties, from The White House Chef Cookbook.

A Simple Dinner:  CURRIED COD SPRINKLED WITH GREEN ONIONS & BREADCRUMBS IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  The original recipe calls for scallops, but the ingredients work well with cod, or (I would recommend) any mild – flavored white fish.

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–white wine

–curry (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and curry (generously).  Sprinkle the cod with plain breadcrumbs, and 2 stalks of chopped green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook (chef during the Kennedy administration).

CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH GINGER & TOPPED BY LEMON SLICES IN A SHERRY – LEMON – TERIYAKI MARINADE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–ginger

–lemon (fresh, 1)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in a small amount of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place in a covered baking dish with a little sherry and a little teriyaki marinade.  Drench the chicken in lemon juice.  Sprinkle ginger on top.

2 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the lemon slices atop the chicken.  If desired, add a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop white or brown rice, couscous, pasta, or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken inspired by John and Jacqueline Kennedy’s chef, Rene Verdon, from his book, The White House Chef Cookbook.

SALMON SMOTHERED IN MOCK HOLLANDAISE – DIJON SAUCE

Note:  This sauce has a very delicate flavor, just what my husband and I like.  If your family prefers a more robust flavor, use 3 tablespoons of Dijon rather than 2 tablespoons.

For 4:

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

–salt and pepper

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–clam juice (or fish broth, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–egg yolk (1)

–creamer (soy or almond for lactose-free; or dairy)

–Dijon mustard

–flour (2 level tablespoons)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Assemble 3 microwavable bowls (uncovered), with the second and third bowls at least 1 and one-half cup size.

3 – In the first bowl, place 4 tablespoons of Promise margarine.  Microwave for 10 seconds on high.  Stir to complete melting. 

4 – In the second bowl, place 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  Add, very slowly and stirring briskly, three-fourths cup of clam juice, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of soy or almond creamer.  Then add the melted Promise margarine (Step 3) and stir again.  Microwave the bowl for 1 and one-half minutes on high.

5 – In the third bowl, place 2 level tablespoons of flour.   Very slowly add the liquid from Step 4 to the flour, stirring briskly.  Set aside.

6 – Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

7 – Microwave the sauce (Step 5) for 2 minutes on high.  When finished, add 1 egg yolk, and stir very well.  Pour the completed sauce on top of the salmon.

8 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop white (preferably jasmine) or brown rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–mock hollandaise and Dijon sauce adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

A Simple Dinner: PARMESAN COD WITH GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

For 4:

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water (more if much sauce is desired).  Drench in lemon juice. 

2 – Place 2 tablespoons of Promise margarine in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 10 seconds.  Stir.  Pour over the cod.  Season the cod with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, generously, on top.  To finish, chop (fine) 2 stalks of green onions, and place on top of the cod.

3 – Microwave the cod on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop white (preferably jasmine) or brown rice.

–recipe inspired by the recent dinner of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

ORANGE CHICKEN ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & IN A MARMALADE – WHITE WINE SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–orange marmalade (half a jar)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place one-half jar of orange marmalade.  Add a small amount of white wine (sauce will be thinner after cooking).  Stir well.  Spoon the orange sauce over the chicken.

3 – Chop 2 stalks of green onions, and sprinkle over the chicken.  Add a few additional drops of olive oil if desired.

4 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop rice or quinoa.

–recipe original.

ASIAN SALMON WITH HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – BLACK PEPPER – SRIRACHA SAUCE & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & SESAME SEEDS

Note:  I thought this was the best salmon with soy sauce that I have ever served.

For 4:

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

–honey

–ginger

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–soy sauce

–lemon juice

–black pepper

–Sriracha sauce (optional)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–sesame seeds (toasted, if you have them)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  In a small mixing bowl, place one-quarter cup of honey, a sprinkling of ginger, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, one-quarter cup of soy sauce, a sprinkling of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce (optional.  Stir well, and then pour over the salmon.  Finish the salmon with 3 stalks of chopped green onions and a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds.

2 – Microwave for 6 minutes on high.  Do not overcook.

–salmon adapted from the cooking blog, “Delicious,” by the chef Chungah.

BASIL – OREGANO – PARSLEYED COD WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN MARINARA SAUCE

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own basil tomato sauce)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce (ready-prepared) in a covered baking dish.  Serve in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and chopped green onions on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta (1 cup of pasta is microwaved for 6 minutes in water, uncovered, and then microwaved for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power).

–recipe original.

POT – AU – FEU:  CHICKEN STEW IN A POT WITH CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS – CELERY SEASONED WITH THYME – GROUND CLOVES – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC IN CHICKEN BROTH GRAVY

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–carrots (2, fresh, peeled and sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–celery (2, fresh, chopped)

–thyme, ground cloves, bay leaves (2) (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–flour

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – In a slow cooker, place the chicken, 2 peeled and sliced carrots, 3 stalks of chopped green onions, and 2 stalks of chopped celery.  Season with thyme, ground cloves (one-fourth teaspoon), 2 bay leaves, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth just to cover the chicken and vegetables.  Cook on low in the cooker for 5 hours. 

2 – Then remove the chicken to a plate, and shred with 2 forks. 

3 – Scoop out with a ladle one-half cup of broth, placing the broth in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When broth has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.

4 – Place the broth/flour and the chicken back in the cooker.

5 – Cook on low for one-half hour more.

6 – Serve the chicken stew hot, in a bowl, atop quinoa, pasta, couscous, or rice.

–chicken inspired by Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook.

A Simple Dinner:  FROM – SCRATCH CAJUN SALMON WITH CAJUN SPICE – BLACK PEPPER – ONION POWDER – MINCED GARLIC – PAPRIKA – CAYENNE IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  For a tad more effort, use real sliced onion in the sauce.  Microwave initially for 3 minutes; then add salmon and spices.

For 4:

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

–Cajun seasoning (I used New Orleans – based “Slap Ya Mama”)

–onion powder

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–lemon juice

–clam juice

–black pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with Cajun spice, black pepper, onion powder, minced garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Healthy & Delicious Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON – OREGANO CHICKEN ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS

Note:  This is an easy variation on traditional Grecian chicken.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–oregano (bottled or fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish (no water).

2 – Season the chicken with oregano.

3 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the slices atop the chicken.  Then add a few more drops of olive oil (if desired).

4 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into one piece of chicken near the center of the dish to test doneness.  If not done, replace in microwave for 1 and one-half minutes (approximate).

–variation original, based on traditional Grecian recipes.

COD TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & IN A BLUEBERRY – RED WINE SAUCE

Note:  This has a delicately-flavored sauce.  If more taste is desired, I would recommend seasoning with thyme.  But my husband and I enjoyed with the recipe given below:

For 4:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–blueberries (1 cup, fresh)

–red wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of fresh blueberries and one-half cup of red wine in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod in the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.

3 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop rice, pasta, couscous, or quinoa.

–recipe original.

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN ALMANDINE WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – CAYENNE IN CREAM SAUCE ATOP BROWN RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–sliced almonds (one-half small package)

–coriander, cumin, cayenne (bottled)

–almond creamer (or dairy or soy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a small amount of almond (or dairy or soy) creamer in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the creamer.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle one-half small package of sliced almonds on top of the chicken.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave for 5 minutes on 50 percent power (to prevent creamer from bubbling out of the dish).

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop brown rice (place two-thirds cup of brown rice and two-thirds cup of water, with salt and olive oil, in a covered dish and microwave for 5 minutes)

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner: HERB COD IN BASIL – TOMATO CREAM SAUCE

For 4:

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

–basil – tomato spaghetti sauce (I used Newman’s Own)

–almond creamer (or dairy or soy)

–herbs of your choice (be generous; I used basil, thyme, oregano, and herbs de provence)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Pour one-half container of basil – tomato spaghetti sauce in a mixing bowl.  Add one-fourth cup of almond creamer (or dairy or soy).  Stir well.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir again.

2 – Place cod in the tomato – creamer sauce, spooning some sauce on top.  Sprinkle herbs of your choice on top of the cod, being generous.  Then season with olive oil.

3 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop white (preferably jasmine) or brown rice.

–recipe original.

CRAB CAKES VALENTINE ATOP ASPARAGUS IN PARMESAN WHITE SAUCE SEASONED WITH SHERRY

Note:  For an easier dinner, use ready-prepared crab cakes.

For 4:

–crab cakes (4)

–asparagus (frozen, 1 package)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy, three-fourth’s cup)

–flour

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine, one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place three-fourth’s cup of almond or dairy milk in a microwaveable cup.  Add one-fourth cup of sherry.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk/sherry has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.  Stir one-fourth cup of shredded Parmesan cheese into the milk/sherry.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, stir well.

2 – Microwave the asparagus, seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil in a covered baking dish for 4 minutes.

3 – Place the sherry/milk/Parmesan sauce in the dish with the asparagus.  Place crab cakes in the sauce, spooning sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the crab cakes hot, atop the asparagus and covered with sauce.

–crab cakes inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

A Celebratory Dinner for 2:  LOBSTER THERMIDOR WITH THYME – BAY LEAF – TARRAGON – CAYENNE – CELERY – CARROT – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS – LEMON JUICE – PARSLEY – PARMESAN IN A DIJON – BUTTER – OLIVE OIL – WHITE WINE – MILK – CREAMER – BRANDY SAUCE

Note:  This is Julia Child’s lobster thermidor made easy in the microwave.  And my husband and I found the dish delicious.  Just get organized with the various ingredients, and all will work swiftly.

For 2:

–2 lobster tails (uncooked, fresh)

–thyme, bay leaf, tarragon, cayenne (bottled)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–carrot (1, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, chopped)

–lemon juice

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–olive oil

–white wine

–milk (almond or dairy not soy, which doesn’t microwave well)

–creamer (soy or dairy)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

1 – In a microwaveable cup, place 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.  Add a little almond or dairy milk, and stir until blended.  Then add more almond or dairy milk to make one-half cup, plus one-third cup of white wine, 2 tablespoons of brandy, and a few drops of soy creamer.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf (1), tarragon, cayenne pepper, chopped parsley, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes. 

2 – In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the sauce has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then place the sauce in a covered baking dish.

3 – Chop 1 stalk of celery, 1 carrot, 1 handful of baby bella mushrooms, and 2 stalks of green onions.  Add to the sauce.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, stir very thoroughly. 

4 – Place 1 tablespoon of Promise margarine in a small microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 10 seconds.  Then stir.

5 – Using a sharp knife, cut horizontally through the “soft” side of the lobster tails.  Then add the lobster to the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drench the lobster in lemon juice.  Pour the margarine on top of the lobster.  Then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

6 – Microwave the completed dish for 5 minutes on high.

7 – Serve the lobster hot, atop brown or white rice.

–lobster thermidor adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

PARSLEYED COD ARLESIENNE WITH MUSHROOMS – TOMATO – ARTICHOKE HEARTS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–artichoke hearts (marinated, in a jar, 3 or 4, chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, 1 medium tomato, and 3 or 4 marinated artichoke hearts.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When the vegetables have cooked, place the cod in the center of the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.

3 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta, couscous, rice, or quinoa.

–cod adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

CHICKEN FRANCAISE ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS – THYME – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN RED WINE & BRANDY SAUCE

Note:  Chopped ham slices can be added to this recipe.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–thyme

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–red wine

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs and shake well.  Then place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish with a little red wine and 3 tablespoons of brandy.

2 –  Chop 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and sprinkle on top of the chicken.  Chop 3 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top, also.  Chop 1 handful of chopped fresh parsley and place on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN MANDARIN WITH LEMON JUICE – HONEY – GINGER IN BRANDY – BROTH – SOY SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–honey

–ginger (ground, bottled)

–brandy (buy an inexpensive, small bottle)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–soy sauce

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little brandy (3 tablespoons), chicken broth, and soy sauce.  Drench the chicken in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and ginger.  Drizzle honey on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop white rice (preferably jasmine).

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

LEMON BUTTER COD TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS IN A CREAMY TURMERIC SAUCE

Note:  There is speculation that turmeric protects against dementia.  This is based in part on the fact that people in India often live long lives with clear minds, and they frequently enjoy curcumin in turmeric and curry sauces for their dining.  Turmeric, often substituted for expensive saffron, has much more curcumin than curry.

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–flour

–milk (dairy or almond)

–turmeric (bottled)

1 – Place 1 cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk to the flour, beating vigorously.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add a generous amount of turmeric.  Microwave the sauce for 3 minutes on high.  Stir well.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some sauce over the top of the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.  Chop 2 stalks of green onions and place on top of the cod.  Season with 1 tablespoon of melted healthy margarine.  With a sharp knife, cut the lemon into slices.  Place the lemon slices atop the cod.  End with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop white rice (preferably), couscous, pasta, or quinoa.

–cod adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Turmeric Recipes.

SALMON TOPPED WITH BREADCRUMBS – MINT – PARSLEY – LEMON – SUGAR IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–mint

–parsley (fresh)

–lemon juice

–sugar

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Sprinkle sugar and plain breadcrumbs on top.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, chopped parsley, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

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

A Simple Dinner:  CRAB CAKES CARIB WITH HOT SAUCE – GARLIC – PARMESAN – LEMON JUICE – CAPERS IN CREAM SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF AVOCADO

Note:  Buy packaged crab cakes for an easy dinner. 

For 4:

–crab cakes (4, ready-prepared)

–hot sauce

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–Parmesan cheese

–lemon juice

–capers

–soy creamer (or dairy)

–olive oil

–avocados (2, fresh, medium)

1 – Place a small amount of soy or dairy creamer in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place the ready-prepared crab cakes in the creamer.  Drench in lemon juice.  Place a few drops of hot sauce on top, half a teaspoon of minced garlic on each cake, a few capers (without liquid), and sprinkle Parmesan cheese to finish.  Add a drop or two of olive oil atop each crab cake.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Serve the crab cakes, with sauce, hot, with a side of half an avocado per person..

–crab cakes inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

COQ AU VIN / CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – THYME – BAY LEAVES IN BRANDY – RED WINE – BROTH – MARINARA SAUCE THICKENED WITH FLOUR

Note:  Only 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce tweaks the flavor of this otherwise traditional chicken in wine sauce recipe.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–brandy

–red wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti or tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon)

–thyme

–bay leaves (2)

–flour (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half cup of red wine and a few drops of brandy in a microwaveable cup; add one-half cup of chicken broth and 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place 1 tablespoon of flour in a separate cup.  When the wine/brandy/broth/marinara sauce has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Then stir well.

2 – Place 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, sliced, and one-half onion, sliced, in the baking dish with the sauce.  Microwave for 3 minutes.

3 – Place chicken in the sauce with the mushrooms/onion.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaves (2), and olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

5 – Serve the coq au vin hot, atop rice.

–coq au vin adapted from Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook.

TARRAGON – PARSLEYED COD AMERICAINE ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH GREEN ONIONS – CARROTS – CELERY – GARLIC IN SAUCE OF BRANDY – WHITE WINE – BROTH

Note:  This recipe was originally intended for lobster but works well with cod.

For 4:

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tarragon

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–carrots (1 handful, chips)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–white wine

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Chop 2 stalks of green onions, 1 stalk of celery, and 1 handful of carrot chips, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine, a little chicken broth, and a few drops of brandy.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in breadcrumbs and shake well.  Then place in the sauce.  Sprinkle tarragon and chopped parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop pasta, quinoa, couscous, or rice.

–cod inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook (from the sixties, the Kennedy administration).

CREAMED CHICKEN & NOODLES WITH WHITE SAUCE SEASONED BY PAPRIKA – ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – POWDERED ONION

Note:  This is a tasty comfort chicken dish.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–flour

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy because it doesn’t microwave well)

–paprika

–Italian salad dressing

–lemon juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–powdered onion (bottled; or onion bits, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Microwave 1 cup of almond or dairy milk for one and one-half minutes on high.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then season with paprika, onion powder (or onion bits), 3 tablespoons of Italian salad dressing, 1 or 2 squirts of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Place this sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When heated, stir well.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce, spooning some sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into one of the tenderloins that is the center of the dish to be sure that the chicken has cooked.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 more minutes of cooking on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop pasta.  (Microwave pasta in water and salt for 6 minutes; then 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.)

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

 

MINT – CHIVES SALMON WITH CHOPPED APPLE – HONEY – LEMON – BROWN SUGAR IN APPLE JUICE

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–mint, chives (bottled)

–apple (1, fresh, chopped)

–honey

–lemon juice

–brown sugar

–apple juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Peel and chop an apple into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little apple juice.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle salmon amid the apple.  Drench in lemon juice.  Then season with salt, pepper, mint, chives, and olive oil.  Drizzle honey on top.  Then sprinkle brown sugar on top.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon and apples hot, with sauce, atop quinoa, rice, pasta, or couscous.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  COD WITH GREEN ONIONS & MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  Very easy and tastes so gourmet.

For 4:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

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

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season the cod with salt and pepper.  Slice finely 3 stalks of green onions, and place on top of the cod.  Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and also place on top of the cod.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 4 minutes on 50 percent power.  (If wine is microwaved for more than 6 minutes in a typical dinner, the wine will bubble up, overflowing in the oven.)

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

CHICKEN TARRAGON ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH THYME & BAY LEAVES TOPPED WITH PARSLEY & GREEN ONIONS IN A WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE AND ACCOMPANYING CREAM SAUCE

Note:  A favorite chicken dish of the Kennedys in their family dining, and often served at important White House functions.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–tarragon, thyme, bay leaves (2)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–green onions (fresh, chopped, 2 stalks)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–soy creamer (or dairy creamer)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (the chef used butter)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place the chicken in a covered baking dish with enough white wine and chicken broth to form a sauce after cooking.  Season the chicken with tarragon, just a little thyme, and 2 bay leaves.  Top with chopped parsley and chopped green onions (2 stalks).  Add a drop or two of additional olive oil, if desired.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – Place one-fourth cup of soy creamer (or dairy creamer) in a small, microwaveable bowl.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  (Be careful that it doesn’t bubble up.)

4 – Serve the chicken atop quinoa, rice, couscous, or pasta, with the creamer as an accompanying sauce to be added at the table.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

CHICKEN SAVANNAH WITH PASTA & MUSHROOMS TOPPED WITH CORNBREAD – PARMESAN DRESSING & SLIVERED ALMONDS AND IN A BROTH & SHERRY CREAM SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry)

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

–cornbread dressing (packaged)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–slivered almonds (one-half small package)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–cream sherry (optional)

flour

–soy creamer

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 1 cup of penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

3 – In a small mixing bowl, combine one-third cup of cornbread dressing with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  Add olive oil and then stir well.  Set aside.

4 – Place one-third cup of chicken broth, one-fourth cup of cream sherry (optional), and one-eighth cup of soy creamer in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the hot liquid, stirring briskly.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir well.

5 – Drain the pasta and place in the dish with the sauce.  Add the chicken.  Add 1 handful of sliced mushrooms.  Stir well.  Sprinkle the cornbread – Parmesan dressing on top.  Then finish with silvered almonds.

6 – Return to the microwave for 5 more minutes for heating well.

7 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

BASIL – LEMON TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH FRESH TOMATO – FETA – BROWN ONION – GREEN ONION – CLAM JUICE

For 4:

–tuna steak (1)

–basil (bottled)

–lemon juice

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–feta cheese

–brown onion (one-half, chopped very fine)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tuna steak in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  (Tuna steak will be rare in the middle.)  Set aside.

2 – Chop the tomato, one-half brown onion, 2 stalks of green onion, and place in a mixing bowl.   Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Stir.

3 – Flake the tuna steak, being careful to mix with the lemon juice and clam juice (to have moist tuna).  Add the flaked tuna to the vegetables in the mixing bowl.

4 – Add mayonnaise to taste.  Stir well.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

–tuna steak salad original.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & PARSLEY IN BALSAMIC VINEGAR & CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, finely chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–balsamic vinegar

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little balsamic vinegar and a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Finely chop 2 stalks of green onion and 1 handful of parsley, and place on top.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon original.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON – HERB SALMON WITH MINT – BASIL – OREGANO – LEMON ZEST IN CLAM JUICE – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–lemon juice

–mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest (bottled)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice and a little white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon original.

COD WITH LEMON – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–lemon juice (bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

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

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chop finely 2 stalks of green onions and 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms.  Place the onions and mushrooms on top of the cod.  Season with olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop quinoa, white rice, brown rice, or couscous (recipes, see the search box).

–cod adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES – PARSLEY IN BROTH

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–lemon (fresh, 1)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium1

 

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in breadcrumbs and shake.  Then place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Top with chopped parsley.

2 – With a very sharp knife, slice the lemon.  Place atop the chicken.  Then add a very few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, atop pasta, rice, or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy era).

TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH CELERY – ONION – MAYO – LEMON – CLAM JUICE  TOPPED BY SLICED BLACK OLIVES & FETA & SERVED IN FRESH TOMATO CUPS

For 4:

–tuna steak (1)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–mayonnaise

–lemon juice (bottled)

–clam juice (fish broth, bottled)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–feta cheese (packaged)

–tomatoes (2, medium, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place 1 tuna steak in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  (Tuna steak will be rare in the center.)  When finished, shred the tuna steak, being careful to mix with the liquid for moist tuna.  Place in a large mixing bowl.

2 – Chop 2 stalks of celery and one-half medium onion, and add to the mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper.  Add mayonnaise to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Cut 2 tomatoes in half.  Scoop out the pulp.  Fill the tomato cups with tuna stead salad.  Top with black olives, and then with feta cheese.  Sprinkle a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil on top.

4 – Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

5 – Serve the tuna steak salad chilled.

–tuna steak salad adapted from the Betty Crocker web site.

COMFORT SALMON & CREAMED POTATOES WITH PARMESAN

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

–baby Dutch potatoes (6 to 8)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged)

–soy creamer (or dairy)

–lemon juice

–milk (almond, dairy, or soy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the baby Dutch potatoes in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.   When finished, break apart the salmon. 

3 – Drain the potatoes, and place in a food processor.  Add a little soy creamer and a little milk.  Pulse.  Add more creamer/milk as needed to reach appropriate consistency.  Place the creamed potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Place the broken salmon on top.  Then sprinkle with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.

4 – Microwave for 2 minutes more.

5 – Serve the salmon and potatoes hot, with a chilled salad on the side.

–salmon and potatoes adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY TURMERIC – MARINARA SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–soy creamer (or dairy)

–turmeric (bottled)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own cabernet marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a small amount of soy creamer in a covered baking dish.  Add 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup of rice, 1 and three-fourths cup water; microwave 5 minutes on high; 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (French chef from the Kennedy administration).

COD & SHRIMP NATURALLY WITH ALMOND SAUCE ON THE SIDE

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

–shrimp (8 to 10, small, thawed from frozen)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Almond sauce:

–almonds (15)

–marinara sauce (2 tablespoons)

–green onions (4, chopped)

–capers (1 tablespoon)

–green olives (10, from a jar)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–flour (1 teaspoon)

1 – To make the sauce, place in a food processor, 15 almonds, 2 tablespoons marinara sauce, 4 chopped green onions, 1 tablespoon capers, 10 green olives, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  Cover; be prepared to serve at room temperature.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Set aside, still covered.

3 – Place 8 to 10 small, thawed, shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.

3 – Pour the shrimp on top of the cod.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, with the almond sauce on the side.

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

A Simple Dinner:  HERBED SPICY SALMON WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – PAPRIKA – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON ZEST IN LEMON JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–coriander, cumin, paprika, cayenne, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, lemon zest (bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, paprika, minced garlic, lemon zest (lemon peel), and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WITH SLIVERED ALMONDS & PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–slivered almonds (one-half small package)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle one-half package of slivered almonds on top.  Then sprinkle with 1 chopped handful of parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil. 

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (cookbook from the time of John and Jacqueline Kennedy).

SALMON OMELETS WITH FETA – PARMESAN – GREEN ONION – PARSLEY

For 2:

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–eggs (3)

–feta cheese

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–green onion (1 stalk, chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–milk (3 tablespoons, dairy or almond, not soy)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.

2 – Place 3 eggs in a mixing bowl.  Stir with 3 tablespoons of dairy or almond milk.  Add 2 tablespoons of feta cheese and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.  Add 1 chopped stalk of green onion, and 1 chopped handful of parsley.  Stir well.

3 – Break apart the salmon, and add to the egg mixture.  Fold in gently.  Place the salmon and egg in 2 individual microwaveable bowls.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon omelet hot.

–salmon omelet adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

CHICKEN PARMESAN WITH FRESH TOMATO IN HOMEMADE TOMATO – BASIL PESTO

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Pesto sauce:

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – To make the pesto sauce, place 1 chopped tomato, one-half small package of pine nuts, 1 tablespoon of basil, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste, in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Place in the refrigerator until time to cook dinner.

2 – Chop 1 tomato and place in a covered baking dish with the pesto.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle the chicken amid the tomato and pesto.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle, generously, Parmesan cheese on top.

3 – Microwave for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop pasta (submerge 1 cup pasta in salted water; microwave on high for 6 minutes; then on 50 percent power for 8 minutes; drain).

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.

COD SEASONED WITH CORIANDER & MINCED GARLIC WRAPPED IN ROMAINE LETTUCE AND SERVED WITH HOMEMADE TOMATO – BASIL PESTO

For 4:

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

–coriander

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–romaine lettuce (2 large leaves)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Pesto sauce:

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried)

1 – To make the pesto sauce, place one-half small package of pine nuts, 1 chopped, medium tomato, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of basil, a few drops of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste, in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Place the sauce in the refrigerator until time to serve.

2 – Place the cod on a bed of romaine lettuce.  Add a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Place broken lettuce pieces on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot with the pesto sauce on the side.

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

A Simple Dinner:  COD WITH CORIANDER – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES

For 4:

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

–coriander, oregano

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon; place the slices atop the cod.  Microwave the cod for 8 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

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