CREAMY ATLANTIC COD WITH WHIPPED SAUCE OF CASHEW NUTS – TOMATOES – FRESH BASIL – FRESH MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

A rich sauce that delights. . .

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

–cashew nuts (one-quarter cup)

–tomatoes (1 can, drained)

–fresh basil (4 or 6 medium leaves, broken up)

–fresh minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 or 4 drops)

–salt and pepper

1 – Prepare the sauce first:  Place cashew nuts, tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Then season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is ready when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop pasta if desired.

–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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ITALIAN COD BASIL WITH MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH FRESH BASIL – RED WINE – MINCED GARLIC ATOP SMALL SHELL PASTA

Fresh basil makes this recipe sing!

For 4:

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

–basil (fresh, 5 or 6 medium leaves, cut up)

–marinara sauce (half a bottle; I used Ragu “Mama’s Special Garden”)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–small shell pasta (1 cup, dry)

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup water and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with 1 teaspoon salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes for al dente.  Cook on 50 percent power for 4 minutes for softer pasta.

2 – Place the marinara sauce, red wine, minced garlic, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and cut-up basil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop the pasta.

–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE WITH FRESH BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – PINE NUTS – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Really delicious with chicken.  Must be made with fresh basil. . .

For 4:

–fresh basil (1 cup, packed leaves, then chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–pine nuts (3 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

1 – Pick the basil just before preparing pesto, or keep it in water.  Place in a measuring cup, pack firmly, 1 cup.  Then chop the basil.

2 – Place chopped basil in a food processor.  Add minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, and salt and pepper.  Pulse until relatively smooth.

3 – Serve room temperature.

–pesto sauce 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.

BAKED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & RED BELL PEPPER AND SEASONED WITH OREGANO – GARLIC – BASIL – PARSLEY – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – MINT IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half, medium, chopped)

–oregano, basil, rosemary, mint (one-half teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–parsley (chopped, fresh, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (extra virgin)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour white wine on top.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, parsley, and olive oil.  Add bay leaves to the white wine sauce.  Top with chopped tomato and chopped red bell pepper. Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

SPICY COUNTRY CHICKEN TENDERS SEASONED WITH GARLIC – BASIL – CAYENNE & SURROUNDED BY BROCCOLI FLORETS – RED ONION – FRESH TOMATO IN BROTH SAUCE ATOP ZITI PASTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–basil (1 teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–broccoli florets (cut from 1 fresh head)

–red onion (one-half, sliced, medium)

–fresh tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–ziti pasta (1 cup, dry)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the ziti pasta in water to cover, seasoned with salt to taste.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; and then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the red onion and fresh tomato in a large, covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Surround with broccoli florets.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 9 minutes on high.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables atop the pasta.

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

CHICKEN WITH BASIL – PARSLEY – NUTMEG – PURPLE ONION SPRINKLED WITH SHREDDED PARMESAN & BREADCRUMBS AND IN A MILK & WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil (1 teaspoon, divided, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–nutmeg (bottled, divided, one-quarter teaspoon)

–purple onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–shredded Parmesan (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–breadcrumbs (one-quarter cup, boxed, plain)

–milk (one-eighth cup, dairy or almond, not soy)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced purple onion in a covered baking dish.  Add the milk and white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and half the basil and nutmeg.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with basil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs and Parmesan, in this order, atop the chicken.  Drop chopped parsley over.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 7 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

COD BASIL WITH FRESH TOMATO – PEPPERS – GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–basil (if fresh, 3 minced leaves; if dried, 1 tablespoon)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half fresh, sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tomato and red bell pepper in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with half the basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop green onions on top.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

ITALIAN COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC IN A MILK – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–basil (3 fresh leaves, torn; or 1 tablespoon, dried)

–oregano (3 fresh sprigs, leaves only; or 1 tablespoon, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–milk (one-eighth cup)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–tomato (fresh, medium chopped)

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brand differ)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil. 

2 – Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, basil, and oregano.  Place the tomato on top of the cod.  Add milk and white wine to the dish.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

EASY MEDITERRANEAN COD WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–basil, oregano (1 teaspoon each, divided)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place the chopped tomato and green onions on top of the cod.  Sprinkle minced garlic on the dish.  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 hot.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.