SPICY PARSLEYED COD WITH FRESH SLICED BANANA PEPPER – CAYENNE PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS IN A WHITE WINE – LEMON SAUCE

Note:  Despite the hot spice, this is a delicately flavored dish.

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

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

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon, more to taste)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with banana pepper, parsley, and green onions.  Finish with a drop or two more of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–inspired by Edward Giobbi.

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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.

OVEN FRIED COD WRAPPED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND SERVED WITH CHILLED HOMEMADE CHUTNEY OF CRANBERRIES – PEAR – BROWN SUGAR – BANANA PEPPER – GOLDEN RAISINS – LIME JUICE

For 4:

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

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–cranberries (fresh, 2 cups)

–pear (1 fresh, chopped; or 1 can drained of liquid, chopped)

–banana peppers (from a jar, 3 or 4 rings, chopped)

–brown sugar (three-fourths cup, packed)

–golden raisins (one-half cup)

–lime juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cranberries in 1 cup water in an uncovered baking dish, and microwave on high for 5 minutes, until simmering and the berries start to pop.  Add the pear, banana pepprs, brown sugar, golden raisins, and lime juice.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Let cool, cover, and then place in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour one-third cup of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Microwave in a covered baking dish on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the chutney beside it.

–chutney adapted from Real Simple magazine.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH GARLIC – BANANA PEPPER – BAY LEAF IN WHITE WINE / BACON – FLAVORED NAVY BEANS WITH SPRING ONIONS / GARLIC – HERB SUMMER SQUASH WITH SPRING ONIONS / EGGPLANT DIP WITH BLACK OLIVES – SESAME SEEDS – GARLIC

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–banana pepper

–bay leaf

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Bac’n pieces

–navy beans (dried; soak overnight)

–spring onions (8 stalks, divided)

–garlic-herb breadcrumbs

–eggplant (large; cook ahead of time so can cool)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–sesame seeds

–lemon juice

1 – Place two-thirds cup of navy beans in a slow cooker.  Add 2 cups of water.  Dice 4 stalks of spring onions, and add to the cooker.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, generous sprinkling of pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Cook for 6 hours on low.  When finished, place setting on warm until dinnertime.

2 – Wash and then pierce the eggplant all around with a fork.  Microwave for 5 minutes; turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool, either on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, rake out the pulp, discarding the skin.  Cut two ways across the eggplant pulp.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Add one-half can of slice black olives, a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds, a few drops of lemon juice, and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with salt, parsley, and garlic salt.  Stir well.  Place in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Dice one-half banana pepper and place on top of the chicken.    Set aside.

4 – Slice 3 small squash and 4 stalks of spring onions.  Place in two layers in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

5 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the eggplant dip with crackers as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the squash and beans as sides.

–eggplant dip adapted from food.com web site; chicken adapted from Italian Family Cooking (author Edward Giobbi); squash and navy beans original.

BAKED COD WITH MUSHROOMS – CARROTS – GREEN ONION IN BROTH GRAVY / SPRING GREEN SALAD WITH SQUASH – BANANA PEPPER – FETA – GREEN ONIONS

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

–mushrooms (4 or 5, baby bellas)

–miniature carrots (6 to 8, fresh)

–green onions (3, divided)

–flour

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–spring mix (salad greens, one-half package)

–squash (2, small, fresh)

–banana pepper (one-half, sliced small)

–feta cheese (one half small container)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place one-half cup of chicken broth in a microwaveable cup; microwave for 45 seconds.  Add 1 heaping teaspoon of flour to another cup.  Slowly add the heated broth to the flour, and stir briskly.  Slice mushrooms and carrots, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add the chicken broth with flour.  Microwave the mushrooms and carrots for 3 minutes.  Place the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Slice 1 green onion, and place on top of the cod.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half package of spring greens for salad in a mixing bowl.  Peel and slice the squash into small pieces.  Dice one-half banana pepper.  Slice 2 green onions into one-half inch pieces.  Add squash, banana pepper, and green onion to the spring greens.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add a small amount of red wine to the salad.  Sprinkle generously with extra virgin olive oil.  Add one-half small container of feta cheese to the salad.  Stir well.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course; then serve the cod hot.  I also served oven fried okra and great Northern beans (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; salad original.

FETA SALMON WITH TARRAGON & LEMON PEPPER / LEMONY ASPARAGUS / BABY SALAD GREENS WITH PEANUTS – TOMATO – BROCCOLI – BANANA PEPPER IN HONEY & OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–feta cheese (one-half small container)

–asparagus (fresh, 1 bunch)

–baby salad greens (one-half package)

–peanuts (1 handful)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–broccoli (one-half head, florets only)

–banana pepper (one-half, minced, small size

–honey

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Dump one-half package of baby salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of peanuts.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and add to the bowl.  Cut the florets from one-half head of broccoli, and break apart to be bite-sized; add to the bowl.  Mince one-half banana pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, honey, and extra virgin olive oil.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Spread one-half container of feta cheese on top.  Set aside.

3 – Cut undesirable ends off the asparagus.  Place the tips and some stalk in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot, with the asparagus as a side.

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

COD WITH CRUSHED ALMONDS – PARSLEY – LEMON IN FAUX BUTTER SAUCE / SMALL YELLOW DUTCH POTATOES WITH DILL / JAPANESE EGGPLANT IN DIP WITH PARMESAN – TOMATO SAUCE – PARSLEY – BANANA PEPPER – ONION – GARLIC

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

–almonds (crushed in food processor, 2 tablespoons crushed)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–Promise margarine (heart healthy)

–small yellow Dutch potatoes (half a package, fresh)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Japanese eggplant (3, fresh)

–Parmesan cheese

–tomato sauce (one-fourth cup, canned)

–banana pepper (1 inch, chopped finely)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–garlic salt

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–crackers (for eggplant dip)

1 – Wash the Japanese eggplants, and then pierce all around with a fork.  Line up the three eggplants on a plate, and then microwave for 5 minutes on high; turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool (in the refrigerator if in a hurry).  When eggplants have cooled, cut off the stem, and then cut lengthwise.  Rake out the pulp, discarding the skin.  Cut the pulp from the eggplants two ways on a cutting board.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Add to the bowl one-fourth cup of tomato sauce, 1 inch of banana pepper chopped finely, one-half Vidalia onion chopped finely, garlic salt to taste, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Stir well.  Place in a serving bowl and then refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Wash the Dutch potatoes, and then cut in 2 pieces any that are larger than an inch.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  In a food processor, pulse about a dozen almonds until minced to make 2 tablespoons.  Spread the almonds on top of the cod.  Microwave 1 tablespoon of margarine for 20 seconds, covered.  Pour the margarine over the cod.  Chop the parsley and add on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes, while the first course of eggplant dip is being served.

4 – Serve the Japanese eggplant dip as a first course, with crackers.  Serve the cod hot, with the Dutch potatoes as a side.

–cod adapted from a trout recipe in The Best of French Cooking; other recipes 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.

PARMESAN – ALMOND FLOUNDER WITH MUSHROOMS & VIDALIA ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / QUINOA WITH BROTH / TOMATO EGGPLANT DIP WITH ONION – PARSLEY – BANANA PEPPER

–flounder (2, medium, thawed from frozen)

–Parmesan cheese

–almonds (sliced, one-half package)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 1 handful)

–Vidalia onions     (2, divided, small)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–parsley

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic salt

–quinoa (traditional, boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–tomato sauce (3 tablespoons)

–eggplant (large, 1, fresh)

–banana pepper (one-third, fresh, minced)

–pita chips

 

1 – Well before dinner, prepare the eggplant.  Wash and then pierce all around with a fork.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then turn over and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool, either on the counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, cut off the stalk, and then cut the eggplant lengthwise.  Rake out the pulp onto a cutting board.  Cut two ways.  Then place in a mixing bowl.  Finely dice 1 small Vidalia onion and one-third banana pepper.  Place in the bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce.  Season with salt, parsley, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-third cup chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Slice 1 small Vidalia onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Then wash and place 1 handful of sliced mushrooms in the dish.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle the flounder in the wine sauce.  Season the flounder with garlic salt, salt, and pepper.  Sprinkle sliced almonds and Parmesan cheese on top of the flouder.  Finish with parsley.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the eggplant dip as an appetizer, with pita chips.  Then serve the flounder hot atop the quinoa.

–eggplant and flounder adapted from the food network web site; quinoa original.

CHICKEN WITH PEACH – BANANA PEPPER – BALSAMIC VINEGAR RELISH / SUMMER SQUASH WITH ONIONS AND FAUX BACON / SPINACH SALAD WITH VIDALIA ONION – TOASTED WALNUTS – FETA CHEESE IN DEJON – RED WINE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–peach (fresh, 1)

–banana pepper (fresh, one-half)

–balsamic vinegar

–salt

–sugar

–summer squash (5, small)

–Vidalia onions (2, small)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–spinach (fresh, packaged)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

–Dejon mustard (1 tablespoon)

–red wine (3 tablespoons)

 

1 – Peel and chop (in small pieces) the peach, and place in a mixing bowl.  Mince one-half banana pepper and add to the bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Season with salt.  Stir well.  Refrigerator the relish until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice 1 Vidalia onion.  Make 2 layers in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle each layer with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Place one-half package of fresh spinach in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts and one-half package of feta cheese.  Peel and slice 1 Vidalia onion, and add to the bowl.  For the dressing, add 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard and 3 tablespoons of red wine to the spinach.  Season with olive oil and salt.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the spinach salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken with the relish, and the squash as a side.

–spinach salad and relish adapted from allrecipes.com; other recipes original.