PARSLEYED LEMON COD SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS IN CLAM JUICE AND ACCOMPANIED BY COLD SPICY & SMOOTH PEPPER SAUCE WITH RED BELL PEPPER – BANANA PEPPER – FRESH TOMATO – SWEET ONION – SRIRACHA – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, chopped, 1 handful)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

–red bell pepper (one-half, chopped)

–banana peppers (bottled, about a dozen rings)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–onion (sweet, one-fourth, chopped, medium)

–sriracha sauce (1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop one-half red bell pepper, 1 fresh tomato, one-fourth medium sweet onion, and add to a food processor.  Add 12 rings of banana peppers, 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drop of olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a sprinkling of plain breadcrumbs.  Finish with chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the pepper sauce on the side.

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

COD NATURALLY & CHILLED SALSA WITH PEACH – TOMATO – ONION – BANANA PEPPERS – CILANTRO – GARLIC – CAYENNE – HONEY – LEMON

Note:  Microwave the salsa ahead of time, let cool, and then serve.

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–peaches (2, fresh, chopped)

–tomato (1, medium, copped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–banana peppers (pickled, from a jar, have a dozen rings)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder (bottled)

–cayenne pepper

–honey

–lemon juice (bottled)

1 – Peel and chop the 2 peaches, chop the tomato, chop one-half onion, and mince the have dozen rings of banana peppers.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Season with cilantro, garlic powder, cayenne, lemon juice (2 squirts), honey (2 tablespoons), salt, and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave in a covered baking dish for 5 minutes.  Then let cool.  Chill in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a few plain breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the cold salsa beside it on the plate. 

–salsa adapted from food.com web site; cod original.

CHICKEN MOLE (CHOCOLATE!) WITH TOMATO – ALMONDS – SESAME – CINNAMON – CLOVES – PEPPERS – GARLIC – OREGANO AND ATOP FAJITA BREAD

Note:  This is an easy-to-cook version of an exotic dish, with my husband giving it 5 stars out of 5.  Mole sauce originated in Mexico and is part of traditional cuisine in Central America and the Caribbean.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–cinnamon

–ground cloves

–almonds (minced in a food processor, about 12)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–sesame seeds

–pickled banana peppers (in a jar)

–oregano

–garlic powder

–dark chocolate (1 2” by 2” square, broken apart)

–salt and pepper

–fajita bread (small size)

1 – Place the chicken in a slow cooker.  Chop 1 medium tomato, and place in the cooker.  Add 2 chopped tablespoons of pickled banana peppers.  Mince 12 almonds in a food processor, and add to the cooker.  Add one-fourth cup of chicken broth to the cooker.  Season with sesame seeds, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and ground cloves.  Stir well.  Cook on low for 5 hours.  After 5 hours, remove the chicken to a plate, and shred with 2 forks; then return to the cooker.  Break apart a 2” by 2” square of dark chocolate, and add to the cooker.  Stir all ingredients very well.  Continue cooking on low for 30 more minutes, making for 5 and one-half hours in all.  Place setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – For 2 people, microwave 2 slices of fajita bread on high for 30 seconds.  Keep warm.

3 – Ask dinner guests to place the fajita bread on their plate, and top with the chicken mole, spreading the chicken mole across the bread.  Serve additional sesame seeds for a garnish.

–chicken mole adapted from Eating Well magazine (May/June 2016).

OVEN FRIED COD TACOS WITH SEASONED SAUCE – SLAW – CHUNKY TOMATO SALSA / BAKED NAVY BEANS WITH CATSUP & BROWN SUGAR

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

–corn tortilla shells

–mayonnaise

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–cumin

–oregano

–dill

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–banana peppers (bottled, cut)

–lime juice

–cayenne pepper

–capers

–angel hair slaw

–chunky tomato salsa (your favorite degree of spicy, bottled)

–navy beans (dried; soak overnight)

–onion (one-half)

–catsup (one-half cup)

–brown sugar (2 generous tablespoons)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of navy beans in a slow cooker.  Slice one-half onion and add to the cooker.  Place one-half cup of catsup and 2 generous tablespoons of brown sugar in the cooker.  Add chicken broth just to cover the beans and sauce.  Cook in a slow cooker for 7 hours; do not remove lid to cover, because cooking will be compromised.  When finished, keep setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of yogurt in a small bowl.  Add half a dozen cut portions of banana peppers and about a dozen capers.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, dill, cayenne pepper, and a squirt of lime juice.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of angel hair slaw in a colander and rinse well.  Then place in a bowl for serving.

4 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and generously with olive oil.  Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

6 – Microwave 2 tortilla shells for 30 seconds.

5 – Use a buffet to serve dinner.  Have guests place a portion of cod within a tortilla shell, then add slaw and sauce.  Finish with salsa.  Serve the beans as a side.

–cod tacos adapted from allrecipes.com; recipe for beans original.

CURRIED COD CHOWDER WITH BASIL – CORN – ONION – BANANA PEPPERS IN BROTH & COCONUT MILK / QUINOA IN BROTH / BABY SALAD GREENS WITH MUSHROOMS – RED ONION – PARMESAN

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

–green curry paste

–basil (fresh if possible)

–corn (frozen, one-half package)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–banana peppers (sliced, 6 to 8)

–coconut milk (canned, one-third cup)

–quinoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–baby salad greens (one-half package)

–mushrooms (10 to 12, sliced baby bellas)

–red onion (one-half)

–Parmesan cheese

–salad dressing

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-third cups of chicken broth.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a little olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes. 

2 – Slice one-half onion; place in covered baking dish.  Place one-third cup of coconut milk in a measuring cup; add one-third cup of chicken broth.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of green curry paste.  Add the milk – broth to the baking dish with the onion.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle the cod in the milk – broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place 6 to 8 slices of banana peppers on top.  Place one-half package of corn on either side of the cod.  Stir gently.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of baby salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 10 to 12 sliced baby bella mushrooms.  Slice one-half red onion, and add to the salad greens and mushrooms.  Generously add Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in your favorite salad dressing.

4 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the salad as an appetizer.  Then serve the cod and corn on top of the quinoa.

–cod adapted from Real Simple; other recipes original.

COLD SHRIMP WITH AVOCADO – PEACH SALSA / OVEN FRIED SQUASH WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS / SPRING MIX WITH DRIED BERRIES – PECANS – FETA IN HONEY – WINE SALAD DRESSING

Note:  The salsa is very, very tasty.

–shrimp (one-half package, frozen, tails off, deveined, shelled)

–avocado (1, fresh)

–peach (1, fresh, medium)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, finely diced)

–red bell pepper (1 slice, finely chopped)

–banana peppers (bottled, 6 or so, sliced)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–garlic salt

–summer squash (5, very small)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

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

–dried berries (packaged)

–pecans (1 small package)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

–honey

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Thaw and rinse the shrimp.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Submerge in water to cool.  Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

2 – Cut open an avocado, remove the pit, and cut the flesh into small squares.  Set aside.  Peel the peach, and then slice into small squares.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Finely dice the onion, banana peppers, and red bell pepper.  Add to the mixing bowl.  Season with cilantro and olive oil.  Stir well.  Then fold in the avocado, being careful not to stir too vigorously.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for serving.

3 – Place one-half package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add one-third cup of dried berries, the pecans, and the feta to the spring mix.  Season to taste with honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of red wine.  Stir well.

4 – Wash and peel the squash.  Cut lengthwise, one time, each squash.  Place in a plastic bag, about one-half of the squash at a time.  Add olive oil.  Pour in a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the squash in one layer of a wide-mouthed covered baking dish.  Add a very small amount of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Serve the cold shrimp with the salsa, using the squash as a side.

–salsa adapted from allrecipes.com; other recipes original.

GARLIC COD WITH BROWN SUGAR – ONION – BANANA PEPPERS / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS

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

–garlic powder

–clam juice

–brown sugar

–onion (one-half, medium)

–banana peppers (one-half dozen, bottled)

–green peas (frozen, one-half package)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, sliced, 8 to 10 pieces)

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, place the cod amid the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and banana peppers.  Set aside.

2 – Place the green peas in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add mushrooms on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.  When finished, test to see that that cod breaks apart easily.

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the green peas as a side.

–cod adapted from a recipe in the Millsaps College magazine, winter 2014; green peas original.