WILD ATLANTIC COD WITH MINT – ROSEMARY – ARTICHOKE HEARTS – SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

The flavors meld together very well. . .

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

–mint (bottled, dried, 1 teaspoon)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–artichoke hearts (canned, 3 hearts, chopped, no seasoning)

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

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (organic is possible)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour on the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and rosemary.  Place the artichoke hearts, baby bella mushrooms, and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–cod 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.

CHICKEN MARSALA BREAST FILLET ROLLED IN OLIVE OIL & GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH THYME – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC IN A SAUCE OF MARSALA WINE – BREADCRUMBS – CHICKEN BONE BROTH

For 2:

–chicken breast fillet (1, sliced breast meat)

–olive oil

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup)

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

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

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

–chicken bone broth (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the Marsala wine, bone broth, and two tablespoons of breadcrumbs in a covered baking dish.  Add mushrooms, minced garlic,  and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken breast fillet in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Add garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well to cover.  Place the breaded chicken in the sauce.

3 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, cut the chicken into two pieces to ensure doneness, and then to share the fillet.  (Portion is for a small appetite.)

4 – Serve chicken and mushroom sauce hot.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

HOT OPEN – FACED CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – PARMESAN – FAUX BACON – PAPRIKA IN MILK WHITE SAUCE ATOP BUTTERED & SPLIT WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFINS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (baby bella, 6 to 8, sliced)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–paprika

–milk (half cup, dairy or almond, not soy)

–flour (1 heaping tablespoon)

–whole wheat English muffins (6)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–margarine (Promise margarine is heart-healthy)

1 – Place one-half 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 heaping tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add it to the flour, stirred very briskly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Add the white sauce.  Slice 6 to 8 baby bella mushrooms, and add on top of the chicken.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, sprinkle Bac’n pieces on top (the Bac’n pieces will be crispy if not cooked).

3 – Split 6 whole wheat English muffins, and spread with Promise margarine.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop the English muffins.

–chicken sandwiches adapted from To the Taste of a King.

CHICKEN TETRAZZINI WITH DICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS IN MILK – EGG WHITE SAUCE & TOPPED WITH PARMESAN & HERB CORNBREAD CRUMBS / FARFALLE PASTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby bella mushrooms (6 to 8, diced)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy doesn’t do well in the microwave)

–flour

–egg yolk (1)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cornbread crumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm herb cornbread crumbs)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–farfalle pasta (bowtie)

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

2 – Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, and add to a covered baking dish.  Be careful to clean surfaces that chicken has touched.  Dice 6 to 8 baby bella mushrooms, and add to the dish.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place 1 heaping tablespoon of flour in a another cup.  Slowly add the heated milk to the flour, stirring briskly.  Add 1 egg yolk, still stirring briskly.   Then season with salt and pepper.  Pour the white sauce on top of the chicken and mushrooms. 

4 – In a small cup, place one-half cup of cornbread crumbs, and one-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese.  Season with a generous amount of olive oil.  Stir.  Spoon the crumbs and Parmesan on top of the chicken and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

5 – Drain the pasta.

6 – Serve the chicken tetrazzini hot, atop the pasta.

–chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties New Orleans cookbook).

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – ONION – BANANA PEPPER IN WHITE WINE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–banana pepper (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Finely slice one-half onion, and place in the dish.  Slice one-half banana pepper, and place in the dish.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King (a fifties New Orleans cookbook).

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED COD WITH MUSHROOMS & MARINARA SAUCE

Note:  Sometimes we come in from a hard day, and just don’t feel like cooking.  My “simple dinner” (use search box) will help solve that problem.

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

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

–marinara sauce (I used Paul Newman’s “Newman’s Own” marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half cup of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in the sauce.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce, spooning some over the top.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.