PARSLEYED SEA SCALLOPS TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS & WITH MINT – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE – SLICED VIDALIA ONION – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF LEMON – SEASONED ASPARAGUS SPEARS

For 4:

–sea scallops (fresh, 8)

–parsley (fresh, Italian, 1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–mint (1 teaspoon, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–Vidalia onion (1, medium, sliced

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–lemon juice (4 squirts, divided, bottled)

–asparagus (packaged, PicSweet signature)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Microwave the asparagus according to package instructions, leaving it in the package for microwaving.  When finished, cut open, and place in a covered serving dish.  Season with salt, pepper, 2 squirts of lemon juice, and olive oil.  Set aside until dinner.

2 – Place the sliced onion in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the scallops in the dish.  Use 2 squirts of lemon juice on the scallops.  Season with mint, cayenne, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Top with green onions and parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes (do not overcook).

3 – Serve the scallops hot, with the asparagus as a side.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

Advertisements

CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS ROSEMARY WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – ONION – MINCED GARLIC IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–asparagus (1 package for steaming; I used PictSweet signature asparagus)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, quartered, fresh)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rosemary (dried, 2 tablespoons)

1 – Steam the package of asparagus for 2 minutes only.  Let cool.  Set aside.

2 – Place the mushrooms, onion, and minced garlic in the red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – After the asparagus have cooled a bit, remove from package and slice into 1-inch pieces.  Place atop the other vegetables in the red wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Then place the chicken on top. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, place back in the microwave and cook for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken, asparagus, and other vegetables hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

BASIL – MINT COD ATOP ASPARAGUS SPEARS & WITH LEMON SLICES – MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE ACCOMPANIED BY SEASONED BABY DUTCH POTATOES

For 4:

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

–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon, divided)

–mint (dried, 1 teaspoon, divided)

–asparagus spears (frozen, 1 package)

–lemon (fresh, sliced cold)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon, divided)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, divided)

–baby Dutch potatoes (fresh, 8)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes in one-eighth cup of clam juice, and in a covered baking dish.  Season with half the mint, half the basil, and half the minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the asparagus spears in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of clam juice.  Place the cod on top.  Season with the remaining half of basil, half of mint, half of garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a cold lemon, and place the slices atop the cod.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and asparagus hot, with hot potatoes.

–cod, asparagus, and potatoes inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

SPICY SHRIMP WITH MINCED GARLIC – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE & WITH A SIDE OF ASPARAGUS

For 2:

–shrimp (small, thawed from frozen, quantity 30)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–clam juice sauce (one-eighth cup)

–basmati rice (packaged; follow package instructions for microwave)

–asparagus (I used signature PicSweet frozen, microwave in package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the washed and drained shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, minced garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Gently stir.  Then sprinkle with cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Prepare basmati rice; it will take about 15 minutes.  Brands differ, and so follow the instructions on the package.  When finished microwaving keep covered to preserve warmth.  No need to use salt, pepper, or olive oil.

3 – Microwave the asparagus in its package.  Times differ in various sizes of microwave; follow package instructions.  When finished, turn out in a serving bowl, season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

5 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop the rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–shrimp and asparagus inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ASPARAGUS – BAY LEAVES – GREEN ONIONS IN BRANDY SAUCE / ITALIAN MINESTRONE SOUP SEASONED WITH BASIL PESTO

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–asparagus (1 small handful, fresh)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–green onions (3 stalks, sliced)

–brandy (purchase a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basil pesto (bottled, 2 heaping tablespoons)

–mixed vegetables (frozen package)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

1 – Place a package of mixed vegetables in a slow cooker.  Add chicken broth to cover.  Then add one-half sliced onion and 2 heaping tablespoons of basil pesto.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place slow cooker on low, and cook for 5 and one-half hours.  When finished, place setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Cut off ends of the asparagus, and then cut into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little brandy.  Add more water to dilute brandy.  Add 3 chopped stalks of green onions and 2 bay leaves.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

4 – Add the chicken to the asparagus and green onions.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the soup as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with vegetables of your choice.

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

PARSLEYED SALMON – SHRIMP – ASPARAGUS SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PAPRIKA IN FAUX BUTTER SAUCE

For 4:

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

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

–asparagus (1 handful, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–paprika

–parsley (fresh)

–salt and pepper

–margarine (Promise, heart-healthy)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add asparagus on each side, not covering the salmon.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and dots of Promise margarine.  Set aside.

2 – Place 8 to 10 small, thawed shrimp in a covered microwaveable bowl.  Season with minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and a little Promise margarine.  Set aside.

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

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes.  Then pour over the salmon and asparagus.

5 – Serve the salmon, shrimp, and asparagus hot.

–recipe adapted from Valentino’s Corner blog.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH FRESH BASIL & CHOPPED TOMATO / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON PEPPER / PIMIENTO – STUFFED GREEN OLIVES

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–basil (fresh, 2 leaves, minced)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (half a bunch, fresh)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–green olives (pimiento-stuffed, about 6 per plate)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chop a tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place on top of the salmon.  Mince the fresh basil and sprinkle on the tomato.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Wash and place one-half bunch of fresh asparagus in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes (longer if prefer very tender asparagus).

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with green olives on the side, and the asparagus.  (Asparagus and olives are always a good combination with salmon.)  I also served a salad and tomato pasta with the dinner.

–salmon adapted from NYT cooking web site; asparagus original.

BREADED LEMON CHICKEN WITH LEMON SLICES – ZEST – PARSLEY IN A BROTH & JUICE SAUCE / STEAMED ASPARAGUS WITH ZEST

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–2 lemons (fresh)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (fresh, one-half bundle)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in a small amount of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth and lemon juice.  Season with lemon zest.  Place lemon slices atop the chicken.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Add a little more olive oil, if desired.  Set aside.

2 – Rinse and place one-half bundle of asparagus in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the lemon chicken hot, with the asparagus as a side.

–lemon chicken adapted from “my recipes” web site; asparagus original.

COLD BOILED SHRIMP WITH PESTO DIPPING SAUCE / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON ZEST / PARSLEYED BABY LIMA BEAN SOUP WITH CORN – TOMATOES – ONION IN BROTH

–shrimp (60, small, for 2 servings)

–pesto sauce (in a jar)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–asparagus (one-half bunch, fresh)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–baby lima beans (frozen, 1 cup)

–corn (frozen, one-third cup)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–tomatoes (2, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of baby lima beans in a slow cooker.  Add one-third cup of corn.  Chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Chop 2 tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and add to the cooker.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and season the soup.  Season also with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 6 hours on low.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Rinse 60 small thawed shrimp in a colander.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.   Drain the water.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce.  Stir well.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

4 – Place one-half bunch of fresh asparagus in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes (longer if desired for more tender asparagus).

5 – Place ice cubes in 2 soup bowls.  Arrange the shrimp atop the ice.  Serve the pesto in small cups, on a plate with the soup bowls filled with shrimp.

6 – Serve the bean and corn soup as a first course.  Then serve the shrimp ice cold, with the asparagus as a side.

–bean and corn soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

CURRIED CHICKEN WITH FAUX BACON – EGG – MINCED PEANUTS – PARSLEY IN COCONUT MILK / WHITE RICE / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON ZEST / BUTTER LETTUCE WITH BASIL TOMATO – AVOCADO – FAUX BACON IN CAESAR DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–curry powder (boxed)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–minced peanuts (use a food processor)

–parsley (fresh)

–eggs (2)

–coconut milk (lite, canned)

–white rice (instant)

–asparagus (one-half bunch, fresh)

–lemon zest (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–butter lettuce (half a package)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–basil

–avocado

–Caesar salad dressing

1 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of coconut milk to 2 tablespoons of curry powder.  Stir well.  Add this sauce to the chicken.  Sprinkle minced peanuts and parsley over the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Chop 1 tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and basil; then add to the bowl.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice to a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes to allow water to be absorbed.

4 – Place one-half bunch of asparagus to a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Break 2 eggs in a shallow, covered baking dish.  Stir, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  When finished, chop the egg and keep covered to preserve warmth.

6 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, sprinkle chopped egg and Bac’n pieces on top.

7 – Add Caesar dressing to the salad.  Stir well.  Then fold in 1 chopped avocado.

8 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the curried chicken atop the white rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–curried chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King; other recipes original.