CHILLED ARTIFICIAL CRAB LEGS SALAD WITH APPLE – TOASTED WALNUTS – MAYO & SPRINKLED WITH PAPRIKA

These seasoned crab legs are actually cod, and they work very well with apple and walnuts. . .the original recipe uses tuna, and I have also used, many times, chicken. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (1 package, 8 legs, ready-cooked)

–apple (medium, peeled and chopped)

–toasted walnuts (2 handfuls; toast for one-half minute in microwave)

–mayonnaise (1 tablespoon; do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–paprika (one-half teaspoon, dried, bottled)

1 – Chop the crab legs into one-quarter inch slices.  Place in a mixing bowl.

2 – Peel and chop the apple, finely.  Then place in bowl.

3 – Add toasted walnuts to the mixing bowl.  Season the whole with salt and pepper.  Use 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.  Fold all ingredients gently.

4 – Finish with a light sprinkling of paprika.

5 – Chill for at least an hour before serving.  Serve cold.

–recipe from my husband’s college experience.

ATLANTIC COD WITH CHOPPED APPLE & GOLDEN RAISINS TOPPED WITH YELLOW & GREEN ONIONS IN APPLE JUICE SAUCE

For best flavor, marinate in apple juice for a couple of hours. . .

For 4:

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

–apple (fresh, chopped skin on)

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–yellow onions (chopped, packaged, one-quarter cup; or one-half onion, chopped)

–green onions (chopped, packaged, one-quarter cup; of 3 stalks, chopped)

–apple juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chopped apple and raisins in a covered baking dish.  Add apple juice.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some over top.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place yellow and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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.

CHICKEN WITH STEWED APPLE & VIDALIA ONION IN CINNAMON – BROWN SUGAR – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–apple (peeled, chopped, medium)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half, sliced)

–cinnamon (bottled)

–brown sugar

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–bowtie pasta (dry, two-thirds cup)

1 – Place the bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Cover to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minute; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Peel and chop an apple, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Peel and slice one-half Vidalia onion, and place in the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the apple and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon a little sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, test the chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the apple and onion sauce atop the pasta.

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH APPLE & TOASTED WALNUTS

–tuna steaks (2; or 2 cans of tuna fish in water)

–apple (1, fresh)

–toasted walnuts (2 handfuls; toast half a large package on high in the microwave for 2 minutes; stir; then toast again for 2 minutes)

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 tuna steaks 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.  When finished, flake the tuna with a fork.  Place in a mixing bowl.

2 – Wash and then chop 1 apple into fine pieces.  Add to the mixing bowl.

3 – Add 2 handfuls of walnuts to the mixing bowl.  Add mayonnaise to taste.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the tuna salad warm or cold.

–tuna salad adapted from my husband’s college roommate’s mother’s recipe.

TARRAGON BAY SCALLOPS & CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & ONION IN WINE WHITE SAUCE & TOPPED WITH PARMESAN / WHITE RICE / HERBED BUTTER PEA – PASTA SOUP WITH CARROTS & ONION IN BROTH / GREEN SALAD WITH PEAR – APPLE – RAISINS – PECANS IN GINGER – SESAME DRESSING

Note:  Shrimp can be substituted for scallops.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–bay scallops (tiny, one-half cup, thawed from frozen)

–tarragon (bottled)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–onion (1, divided, chopped)

–white wine (use the real stuff)

–flour

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice

–butter peas (1 package, frozen)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marjoram, 2 bay leaves (bottled)

–miniature carrots (6 to 8, chopped)

–garlic powder

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

–apple (one-half, chopped)

–pear (one-half, chopped)

–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)

–raisins (one-half cup, golden)

–ginger – sesame salad dressing (to taste)

1 – Place the butter peas in a slow cooker.  Peel and chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Chop 6 to 8 miniature carrots, and add to the cooker.  Add chicken broth to 1 inch above the vegetables.  Season with pepper, marjoram, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 5 hours and 45 minutes.  Then add 1 cup of penne pasta.  Cook on low for 15 minutes more.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Chop one-half apple and one-half pear.  Add one-half cup of golden raisins, with the other fruit, to a mixing bowl.  Add one-half small package of chopped pecans.  Add salad greens to the vegetables and nuts.  Set aside until just before dinner.  At that time, add ginger sesame dressing to taste, and stir well.  Serve immediately.

3 – Place one-half chopped onion in a covered baking dish.  Add 4 or 5 sliced baby bella mushrooms to the dish.  Set aside.  Place one-half cup of white wine (the real stuff) in a measuring cup.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Microwave the white wine for 1 minute on high.  When finished, slowly add the wine to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then pour the sauce into the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

4 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

5 – Microwave one-half cup of thawed bay scallops on high for 2 minutes in a covered baking dish.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

6 – Add chicken to the baking dish with mushrooms and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, pour the cooked scallops into the dish.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

7 – Serve the butter pea soup as a first course, and then serve the salad as a second.  Serve the chicken hot, atop the white rice.

–chicken and scallops adapted from “taste of home” web site; soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN WITH APPLES – ONION – CINNAMON – BROWN SUGAR IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–apple (fresh, peeled, and chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–cinnamon (bottled)

–brown sugar

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 peeled and chopped apple and one-half chopped onion in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and olive oil.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, place the chicken atop the apple and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Serve the chicken hot.  I also served a salad and Brussel sprouts (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from the food.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH APPLE – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN SOY SAUCE / RICE STICKS / GARLIC KALE

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

–apple (one-fourth, fresh, medium)

–garlic salt

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–soy sauce (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice sticks (or rice noodles, packaged)

–kale (fresh, packaged)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Dice one-fourth apple and place on top of the salmon.  Season with salmon with salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place 1 handful of rice sticks in a covered baking dish.  Submerge in water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of kale in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the rice sticks, with the kale as a side.

–salmon inspired by the food network web site; other recipes original.

ENCORE CHICKEN SALAD WITH APPLE & TOASTED WALNUTS ON BIBB LETTUCE / TOMATO – AVOCADO SLAW WITH GREEN OLIVES & GREEN ONIONS / SWEET FRESH PEACHES

Note:  A summertime chilled supper to prepare ahead of time if desired.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–apple (three-fourths of the apple)

–toasted walnuts (toast large package of walnuts in 2 batches in the microwave:  microwave 2 minutes; stir; microwave 2 minutes more)

–mayonnaise

–bibb lettuce (2 leaves)

–angel hair slaw (one-half package)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–avocado (1)

–green olives (about a dozen, sliced in half)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–peaches (2, fresh)

–sugar

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Wash the apple (peeling is optional).  Chop three-fourths of the apple.  Place in a mixing bowl.

3 – After the chicken has cooled a little, dice finely.  Add to the mixing bowl.

4 – Place 2 handfuls of toasted walnuts in the mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Stir apple, chicken, and walnuts well.  Chill until ready to serve.

5 – Rinse the slaw in a colander and place in a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper,  and add to the slaw in a mixing bowl. 

6 – Cut open the avocado and discard the pit.  Slice into one-half inch pieces.  Set the avocado aside.

7 – Slice a dozen green olives in half, and add to the mixing bowl.

8 – Slice green onions into one-half inch pieces, and add to the mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise to the bowl.  Stir slaw, olives, green onions thoroughly.  Fold in the avocado.  Chill until time to be served.

9 – Peel and slice the peaches.  Place in a mixing bowl with a little water.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Stir well.  Chill until time to be served.

10 – Serve the chicken salad atop bibb lettuce leaves, with the slaw and peaches as sides.

–chicken salad adapted from my husband’s college roommate’s mother’s recipe; peaches from my mother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s recipe; slaw original.

COLD SHRIMP WITH FRESH APPLE SALSA / DILLED CARROTS / GARLIC SPINACH

–shrimp (one-half package, thawed from frozen, peeled, deveined, tail off)

–apple (peeled and chopped finely)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, medium, finely chopped)

–lime juice

–banana pepper (fresh, one-fourth pepper, chopped finely)

–ginger

–salt

–sugar (1 tablespoon)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–miniature carrots (one-half package, fresh)

–spinach (fresh, package)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Thaw the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.  Rinse well.  Place in a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish in 1 layer.  Add a little water.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, submerge the shrimp in cold water.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Peel and chop, finely, 1 apple.  Peel and chop finely 1 Vidalia onion.  Place apple and onion in a mixing bowl.  Sprinkle with lime juice.  Chop finely one-fourth banana pepper, and add to the bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts to the bowl.  Season with ginger, salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and cilantro.  Stir well.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.  (If making the salsa ahead, do not add walnuts until just before dinner.)

3 – Place the carrots in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with dill, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes (longer if want more tender carrots).

4 – Place the spinach in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the shrimp cold, with the salsa, and the carrots and spinach as sides.

–salsa adapted from Christine Muhlke’s web site; other recipes original.