ITALIAN COD BASIL WITH MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH FRESH BASIL – RED WINE – MINCED GARLIC ATOP SMALL SHELL PASTA

Fresh basil makes this recipe sing!

For 4:

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

–basil (fresh, 5 or 6 medium leaves, cut up)

–marinara sauce (half a bottle; I used Ragu “Mama’s Special Garden”)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–small shell pasta (1 cup, dry)

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup water and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with 1 teaspoon salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes for al dente.  Cook on 50 percent power for 4 minutes for softer pasta.

2 – Place the marinara sauce, red wine, minced garlic, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and cut-up basil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop the pasta.

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

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MARINATED WILD SALMON HOISIN WITH FRESH LEMON – CLAM JUICE – HOISIN – GINGER – TOASTED SESAME SEEDS – SESAME OIL – TERIYAKI SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

This Asian dish is tangy and delectable, quick to prepare and tastes like a million dollars. . .

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

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–clam juice (1 tablespoon)

–hoisin sauce (1 tablespoon)

–ginger (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–teriyaki sauce (2 tablespoons)

–sesame oil (bottled)

–sesame seeds (2 tablespoons, toasted, bottled)

–jasmine rice

1 – Place clam juice, hoisin sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and teriyaki sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add sauce.  Sprinkle sesame seeds and ginger atop the salmon.  Finish with a few more drops of sesame oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a chilled lemon.  Place atop the salmon.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Salmon is best if a little undercooked.  Should be flaky.

4 – Serve the salmon with sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

–salmon recipe inspired by Les Ilagan’s Salmon Recipe Book:  Delightful Salmon Recipes Made Easy for Beginners (a kindle e-book).

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE WITH FRESH BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – PINE NUTS – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Really delicious with chicken.  Must be made with fresh basil. . .

For 4:

–fresh basil (1 cup, packed leaves, then chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–pine nuts (3 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

1 – Pick the basil just before preparing pesto, or keep it in water.  Place in a measuring cup, pack firmly, 1 cup.  Then chop the basil.

2 – Place chopped basil in a food processor.  Add minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, and salt and pepper.  Pulse until relatively smooth.

3 – Serve room temperature.

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

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – RED ONION – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – FRESH PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC IN RED WINE – PUREED TOMATOES – MARINARA SAUCE

Worthy of company. . .

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–red onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, chopped, fresh)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon))

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–pureed tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–marinara sauce (I used Ragu “Mama’s garden” variety; 3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the red onion, mushrooms, parsley, minced garlic, red wine, pureed tomatoes, marinara sauce in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED COD WITH CORIANDER – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

An unusual flavor that works. . .

For 4:

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

–coriander (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–ginger (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine.  Season the cod with coriander, ginger, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave for 9 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

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

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS ROLLED IN PLAIN PANKO CRUMBS AND SERVED IN A SAUCE OF CREAM SHERRY – GREEN ONIONS – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC

Note:  The cream sherry makes this recipe.  Use the real stuff!

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–panko crumbs (one-third cup, boxed)

–cream sherry (one-quarter cup)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, chopped, fresh)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the panko crumbs.  Shake well.  Set aside.

2 – Place the sherry and minced garlic in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken in the sherry sauce.  Top with green onions and mushrooms.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, cut into a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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

A Simple Side Dish:  MARINATED PEPPER – SALT BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS WITH WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Note:  A recent research study out of China indicates that eating a serving of mushrooms twice a week will help to keep the mind keen.  This is an easy and flavorful way to enjoy mushrooms.

For 4:

–baby bella mushrooms (fresh, 8 to 10, chopped into 5 or 6 pieces each; the smaller the pieces, the more marinated flavor)

–Worcestershire sauce (bottled, one-third cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chopped mushrooms in the Worcestershire sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before microwaving.

2 – Microwave the mushrooms and sauce for 2 minutes on high.  Watch to be sure that sauce does not overflow; mushrooms can be microwaved on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.

3 – Serve the mushrooms and sauce hot.

–mushrooms inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WITH A WARM SIDE SAUCE OF BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – MINCED DRIED ONION – FRESH PARSLEY – FLOUR – MARSALA WINE

Note:  This is a way to upgrade a simple dish to something really spectacular!

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–chicken bone broth (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Sauce:

–4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms (fresh, sliced fine)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–minced onion (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped very fine)

–flour (1 teaspoon)

–marsala wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the bone broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

2 – While the chicken is cooking, place mushrooms, garlic, onion, parsley, flour, and wine in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  If wine has been in the refrigerator, you may want to heat the sauce for 30 seconds in the microwave on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot; place the sauce as a side on the table, to be spooned over the chicken before dining.

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

CRABMEAT PATTIES WITH BROCCOLI – GREEN ONIONS – ZUCCHINI & TOPPED WITH A SAUCE OF TERIYAKI – GINGER – DIJON – MINCED GARLIC – WHITE WINE

Note:  For ease of cooking, I used ready-prepared crab cakes.

For 4:

–crabmeat patties (4)

–broccoli (half a head, divided by stems)

–green onions (4 stalks, chopped)

–zucchini (1, small, sliced, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

Sauce:

–teriyaki sauce (one-eighth cup)

–ginger (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the teriyaki sauce, ginger, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, and white wine in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Set aside.

2 – Place the broccoli around the edge of a large baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drizzle some of the sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Place the zucchini in the middle of the large baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle some of the sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes (this includes the broccoli as well).

4 – Place the crabmeat patties on top of the vegetables.  Top with green onions.

5 – Microwave the dish for 1 and one-half minutes more.

6 – Serve 1 crabmeat patty per person, hot, with vegetables and sauce.

–crabmeat patties and vegetables with sauce adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WRAPPED IN CRISPY PANKO CRUMBS SEASONED WITH BASIL AND TOPPED WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN A SAUCE OF MARSALA WINE – BASIL PESTO – GOLDEN RAISINS

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–panko crumbs (crispy, plain, packaged, one-third cup)

–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–baby bella mushrooms (chopped, fresh, 3 or 4)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–marsala wine (cooking wine, one-quarter cup)

–basil pesto (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the basil pesto in a small mixing bowl.  Add marsala wine slowly, stirring constantly.  Then pour sauce into a covered baking dish.  Add raisins.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Add olive oil to coat.  Pour in panko breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place chicken in the sauce.  Top with mushrooms and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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