First course salad medley:  RED LEAF ORGANIC LETTUCE WITH FRESH ORGANIC BLUEBERRIES – CHOPPED AVOCADO – PECAN BITS – CHOPPED FRESH BARTLETT PEAR –– SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE IN A SALTED DRESSING OF RED WINE & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

A fruit & nut combination, aided by avocado. . .

For 4:

–red leaf lettuce (6 leaves, broken apart, bite-sized)

–Bartlett pear (1, fresh, chopped)

–blueberries (fresh, one-half cup)

–avocado (1, fresh, chopped)

–pecan bits (one-quarter cup)

–shredded Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup)

–salt (to taste)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–extra virgin olive oil (to taste)

1 – Wash, and then place all salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Stir together red wine and extra virgin olive oil, salt to taste, and then add to the ingredients.  Toss.

2 – Serve the salad chilled.

–salad inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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SALMON CILANTRO WITH CHILLED SALSA OF FRESH TOMATO – AVOCADO – GREEN ONIONS – BANANA PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – CILANTRO – LIME JUICE – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–avocado (1, fresh, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–banana pepper (medium, fresh, 3-inches, chopped)

–lime juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–olive oil (to taste)

–salt and pepper

1 – To prepare the salsa, gently fold chopped tomato, chopped avocado, green onions, chopped banana pepper, minced garlic, 3 squirts of lime juice, 3 stalks of fresh cilantro (chopped), and olive oil to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to dinner, in order to allow the salsa to season.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, several chopped stalks of cilantro, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky; do not overcook.

3 – Serve the salmon hot with the chilled salsa on the side.

–inspired by Real Simple magazine.

SALMON TOPPED WITH AVOCADO – DILL – CORIANDER IN APPLE CIDER SAUCE & SERVED WITH GREEN BEANS

For 4:

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

–avocado (fresh, half avocado, cut into large chunks, room temperature)

–dill (one-half teaspoon)

–coriander (one-half teaspoon)

–apple cider (one-quarter cup; or apple juice and balsamic vinegar, mixed

–green beans

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the apple cider over it.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, coriander, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes; salmon should flake when separated with a fork.

2 – Place the avocado on top of the salmon.  Serve green beans with the entrée.

–salmon and green beans adapted from the Real Simple prepared meals.

MARINATED COD WITH HONEY – APPLE JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE – LEMON ACCOMPANIED BY SALSA OF PEACH – AVOCADO – GREEN ONION – BANANA PEPPER – CILANTRO – LIME ATOP QUINOA

Note:  For best results, marinate the cod for 1 to 3 hours in the refrigerator.

For 4:

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

The marinade:

–honey (bottled)

–apple juice (organic, bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Salsa:

–peach (1, fresh, chopped)

–avocado (1, diced)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped)

–banana peppers (bottled; diced)

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped; or parsley, fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lime juice (bottled)

1 – Place 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 cup apple juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 2 squirts of lemon juice in a mixing bowl large enough for the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Submerge the cod.  Place, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.

2 – Place 1 chopped fresh peach, 1 diced avocado, 2 chopped stalks of green onion, 12 chopped banana pepper rings, 1 chopped handful of cilantro (or parsley), and 2 spirts of lime juice in a small mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Fold ingredients gently.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

3 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Cover with the marinade.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, salsa on the side, atop quinoa (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–fish (originally swordfish) and salsa adapted from Juli at the blog, paliOMG.  Check her out; she has some great recipes plus lots more, too; cookbooks available.

A Simple Dinner:  SMOKED SALMON NATURALLY WITH CHILLED SALAD OF AVOCADO – FRESH BASIL TOMATO – FETA IN BALSAMIC & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

For 2:

–smoked salmon (packaged, ready-prepared)

–avocado (1, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, sliced)

–feta cheese

–balsamic vinegar (bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

1 – Slice the smoked salmon into two pieces.  That’s all to do!

2 – Cut apart an avocado and discard the pit.  Slice in horizontal strips, and place on a serving plate.  Slice a medium fresh tomato, and add to the plate.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Sprinkle feta cheese over the avocado and tomato.  Season with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Serve the smoked salmon with the salad as a side.

–menu and salad original.

SALMON WITH PAPRIKA – LIME – BROWN SUGAR & SALSA OF AVOCADO – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONION – LIME

Note:  This is recommended for company.  For four people, double the food and the cooking time.

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

–paprika (bottled)

–lime juice (bottled)

–brown sugar

–avocado (one-half, diced)

–tomato (one-half, medium, diced)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Dice one-half avocado, and place in a mixing bowl.  Dice one-half medium fresh tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place in the bowl.  Chop 2 stalks of green onion, and place in the bowl.  Season with lime juice to taste.  Stir gently but thoroughly.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of brown sugar on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the salsa on top or just beside.

–salmon and salsa adapted from the “Random Food I Make” blog site.

MINT – LEMON CHILLED COD SALAD WITH AVOCADO – FRESH TOMATO – VIDALIA ONION – BLACK OLIVES & SEASONED WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Note:  This recipe was originally designed for tuna fish.

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

–mint (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–avocado (half)

–tomato (medium, vine-ripened if possible)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–black olives (one half small can, drained)

–extra virgin olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Let cool with the lid off the dish.

2 – Chop the tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, and mint.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Slice half a Vidalia onion, and place in the mixing bowl.  Place one-half small can of drained black olives in the bowl.  Add mint and stir well.

3 – Chop one-half avocado.  Then break apart the cod.  Gently fold both avocado and cod into the vegetables in the mixing bowl.  Add a few drop of extra virgin olive oil on top.  Place the salad in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

4 – Serve the salad chilled.

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

MARINATED CILANTRO – LIME CHICKEN ATOP TURMERIC JASMINE RICE & WITH SALSA OF AVOCADO – PEACH – ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – FRESH PARSLEY – LIME JUICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–lime juice (bottled)

–turmeric (or saffron)

–jasmine rice (sticky white rice)

–avocado (one-half, chopped)

–peach (1, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-fourth, chopped)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with cilantro and lime juice.  Let marinate at least three hours (or overnight).

2 – Place two-thirds cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with turmeric (generously) and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then microwave for 10 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Peel and chop 1 fresh peach, scoop out pulp of one-half avocado, chop 2 slices of red bell pepper, and peel and chop one-fourth onion.  Add to a mixing bowl.  Season with lime juice.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the bowl.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.  (Better if done ahead.)

4 – Pour the contents of the plastic bag with chicken into a covered baking dish.  Add a little more water.  Season chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the turmeric rice, with chilled salsa to the side of the chicken.

–chicken, rice, and salsa inspired by “my recipes” web site.

HERBED CHICKEN WITH SALSA OF ORANGE – AVOCADO – GREEN ONIONS IN HONEY – LIME DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Mrs. Dash seasoning (I used original variety)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–orange (1, fresh)

–avocado (one-half, fresh)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–honey

–lime juice

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with Mrs. Dash, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Cut open the orange, and break apart the sections.  Cut each section into 2 pieces.  Cut open the avocado, discard the pit, and chop one-half; add to the orange in a mixing bowl.  Chop 2 stalks of green onions and add to the bowl  Season with a small amount of honey and lime juice.  Stir gently.

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

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the salsa to the side.  I also served a salad, crowder peas, and asparagus with lemon pepper (recipes, see search box).

–salsa adapted from Martha Stewart web site; chicken original.

SALMON RISOTTO IN TOMATO SAUCE / PEAR – AVOCADO GREEN SALAD WITH GINGER – SESAME DRESSING / GREEN PEAS WITH RAW ONION

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

–rice (instant, boxed)

–sweet onion (divided, 1, fresh)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–tomato sauce (one-half small can)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled)

–paprika

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–pear (1, fresh, chopped)

–avocado (1, fresh, chopped)

–butter lettuce (one-half package)

–ginger-sesame salad dressing (Paul Newman)

–green peas (steamable package)

 

1 – Wash and chop the pear and avocado.  Place one-half package of green salad in a mixing bowl.  Add the pear.  Season with salt and pepper. Add, to taste, the ginger-sesame salad dressing.  Fold in the avocado. 

2 – Steam the green peas in the package for 5 and one-half minutes.  Let cool for a bit.  Set aside.

3 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice into a covered baking dish with two-thirds cup of water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a little olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Slice one-half onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and one-half can of tomato sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the salmon on top of the onion.  Season with lemon zest, paprika, salt, pepper, and olive.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, break apart the salmon (large chunks), discarding the skin.  Add the white rice to the salmon, stirring gently.  Set aside.

5 – Cut open the package of green peas, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half chopped onion on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

6 – Microwave the salmon risotto for 1 minute.

7 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon risotto hot, with the green peas and onion as a side.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; other recipes original.