PESTO PASTA WITH HOMEMADE SAUCE OF FRESH BASIL – LETTUCE – TOASTED WALNUTS – PARMESAN – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–pasta (bowtie (farfalle), 2 cups, dry)

–basil (fresh)

–lettuce

–walnuts (toasted, 1 handful)

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 2 cups of farfalle pasta in an uncovered baking dish with a little salt and water to cover, above 1 inch.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Microwave 2 cups of water on high for 6 minutes (until boiling).  Add 1 handful of fresh basil, and microwave for just 5 seconds (yes, seconds).  Immediately plunge the basil in a bowl of ice water.  Repeat with 2 handfuls of chopped lettuce.

3 – Remove the basil and lettuce from the ice water, and, with paper towels, squeeze out the water.  Then place in a food processor.

4 – Add to the food processor, the following:  2 handfuls of toasted walnuts, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, one-half cup of extra virgin olive oil, one-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  If too thick a sauce, add more olive oil.

5 – Drain the pasta, and add the sauce to it, stirring well.  Pasta will be room temperature when served.

–pesto adapted from Real Simple magazine.

GARLIC & HERB – BREADED COD WITH SWEET ONION IN CLAM JUICE & SERVED WITH CHILLED & PUREED RAW SAUCE OF TOMATO – ONION – GARLIC –  BASIL – PARSLEY – ROMAINE LETTUCE – RED WINE – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed

–onion (one-fourth, Vidalia (or sweet), sliced)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

The sauce:

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-fourth, Vidalia (or sweet), sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–basil, parsley (fresh if possible, 1 handful each)

–romaine lettuce (1 small handful, broken up)

–red wine (2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Add to a food processor:  1 medium chopped tomato, one-fourth medium, sliced, sweet onion, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 handful of chopped basil; 1 handful of chopped parsley, 1 small handful of chopped romaine lettuce, 2 tablespoons of red wine, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Puree until smooth. Place in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Slice one-quarter medium sweet onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Place the cod in the dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with garlic – herb breading.  Microwave on high for 8 minute.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the raw sauce beside the cod.

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

COD SOUP WITH POTATOES – ONION – CELERY & SEASONED WITH CORIANDER – GINGER – BASIL – LIME IN WHITE WINE – MARINARA BASE

For 4:

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

–potatoes (2, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–coriander, ginger, basil (bottled)

–lime juice (bottled)

–white wine (use the real stuff, not cooking wine)

–marinara sauce (5 tablespoons; I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the potatoes, leaving the skins on.  Chop into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a large, deep, covered baking dish with white wine to cover to 1 inch above the potatoes.  Chop one-half medium onion, and add to the potatoes.  Chop 2 stalks of celery, and add to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, ginger, basil, and olive oil.  Add 5 tablespoons of marinara sauce, and stir well.  Microwave on high for 20 minutes, checking often to be sure that sauce is not bubbling up over the dish (if so, double remaining time and cook on 50 percent power).

2 – When finished, place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, ginger, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes (check frequently for overflow; longer if on 50 percent power).

3 – Serve the cod soup, hot, in bowls.

–cod soup inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

BASIL – OREGANO – PARSLEYED COD WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN MARINARA SAUCE

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own basil tomato sauce)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce (ready-prepared) in a covered baking dish.  Serve in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and chopped green onions on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta (1 cup of pasta is microwaved for 6 minutes in water, uncovered, and then microwaved for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power).

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON – HERB SALMON WITH MINT – BASIL – OREGANO – LEMON ZEST IN CLAM JUICE – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–lemon juice

–mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest (bottled)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice and a little white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon original.

CREAMY TOMATO SALMON WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – BLACK OLIVES ATOP GARLIC BOWTIE PASTA

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Cabernet Marinara)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy does not microwave well)

–black olives (sliced, small can, drained)

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

1 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth; do not drain yet.

2 – Place one-third jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish with one-third cup of dairy or almond milk.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon in the marinara sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olive on top of the salmon and in the marinara sauce.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Drain the pasta in a colander.  Then stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

4 – Serve the salmon and olives hot with sauce atop the pasta.

–recipe original.

SALMON & BROCCOLI WITH BASIL – PARSLEY – FETA – MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE ATOP GARLIC BOWTIE PASTA

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

–broccoli (1/2 head, broken apart, florets only)

–basil, parsley (fresh)

–feta cheese

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–clam juice

–pasta (bowtie—farfalle, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

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

2 – Place salmon in a large, covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Place broccoli florets all around.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with feta cheese.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Drain the pasta, and stir in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.

4 – Serve the salmon and broccoli hot, atop the pasta.

–salmon and broccoli inspired by Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

BASIL & OREGANO SLOW COOKER CHICKEN STEW WITH CARROT CHIPS – FARFALLE PASTA – SLICED ONION – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – GREEN PEAS – MINCED GARLIC – FRESH TOMATO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP WHEAT BREAD

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible)

–carrot chips (packaged)

–farfalle pasta (bowtie, packaged)

–onion (one-half)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–green peas (one-third cup)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–white wine

–wheat bread (2 slices)

1 – In a slow cooker, place chicken, 1 handful of carrot chips, one-half sliced onion, 4 or 5 sliced baby bella mushrooms, one-third cup of green peas, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and two-thirds cup of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Add water to 1 inch above the chicken and vegetables.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then place setting on warm.

2 – Thirty minutes before dinner is served, add 1 cup of farfalle pasta and 1 chopped tomato.  (Do not add earlier!  Pasta will be overcooked, and the acid in the tomato will keep the other vegetables from tenderizing.)  Cook on low for 20 minutes; then turn setting back to warm for 10 minutes.

3 – Heat the wheat bread.  Serve the chicken stew, hot, atop the wheat bread.

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

BASIL – TOMATO SALMON WITH TARRAGON – CHIVES – LEMON ZEST – CAYENNE IN MARINARA – ONION – SHERRY SAUCE

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

–basil (fresh)

–tarragon, chives, lemon zest, cayenne pepper

–lemon juice (bottled)

–marinara sauce with basil (I used Newman’s Own)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice half an onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third bottle of marinara sauce/basil to the dish, along with a very small amount of sherry.  Stir.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce/onions.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, fresh basil, tarragon, chives, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper (optional).  Add a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes (more because of the sauce).

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop pasta if desired (recipe, see search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from Wolfgang Puck’s web site.

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED PARMESAN – BASIL SHRIMP WITH OLIVE OIL

Note:  This easy recipe tastes like a “fine dining” experience.

–shrimp (one-third package, 30 shrimp, small)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–basil (fresh)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 30 small shrimp in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop rice if desired.

–adapted from “how sweet it is” blog site.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH THYME – MARJORAM – BASIL & OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE

Note:  These herbs go especially well with olive oil.

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

–thyme, marjoram, basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – When the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from NYT Cooking.

BASIL AND PARSLEYED CHICKEN WRAPPED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH VIDALIA ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil & parsley (fresh)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Peel and slice one-half onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a moderate amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs into the bag, and shake well.  Then nestle the chicken amid the onion and in the white wine.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by Ed Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

BASIL – LEMON SALMON SALAD WITH TOMATOES – GREEN ONIONS – ROMAINE LETTUCE IN RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–basil (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–tomatoes (2, fresh, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–romaine lettuce (4 leaves)

–red wine

–olive oil

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drench in lemon juice.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, set aside.

2 – Wash and chop 2 fresh tomatoes and 3 stalks of green onion.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Snip the basil into tiny pieces, and add to the bowl.  Wash 4 leaves of romaine lettuce, and break into bite-sized pieces; add to the bowl.  Break apart the salmon into bite-sized pieces, discarding the skin.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add one-fourth cup of red wine and a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil to the salad.  Stir well.

3 – Serve the salad at room temperature.

–salmon salad inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Well, Eat Right—the Italian Way.

MEDITERRANEAN TUNA STEAKS WITH BASIL – TOMATO – ONION – CAPERS – GARLIC / WHITE RICE

–tuna steak (medium size)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–tomato (Roma, 1, fresh)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–capers (about a dozen)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (boxed, instant)

1 – Chop 1 tomato, and place in a covered baking dish.  Then slice one-half onion, and place in the dish.  Add 12 capers.  Season with basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the tuna steak amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Microwave the tuna steak for 3 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook.

4 – Serve the tuna atop the white rice.  I also served bean soup and a salad.

–tuna steak adapted from Epicurious web site; rice original.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH FRESH BASIL & CHOPPED TOMATO / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON PEPPER / PIMIENTO – STUFFED GREEN OLIVES

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–basil (fresh, 2 leaves, minced)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (half a bunch, fresh)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–green olives (pimiento-stuffed, about 6 per plate)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chop a tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place on top of the salmon.  Mince the fresh basil and sprinkle on the tomato.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Wash and place one-half bunch of fresh asparagus in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes (longer if prefer very tender asparagus).

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with green olives on the side, and the asparagus.  (Asparagus and olives are always a good combination with salmon.)  I also served a salad and tomato pasta with the dinner.

–salmon adapted from NYT cooking web site; asparagus original.

MEDITERRANEAN SALMON WITH TOMATO – BLACK OLIVES – RED BELL PEPPER – OREGANO – BASIL – GARLIC TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS AND SPLASHED WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR

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

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

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, chopped)

–black olives (half a small can, sliced, drained)

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

–oregano and basil (fresh if possible)

–garlic pepper

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped fine)

–balsamic vinegar

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and garlic powder.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half small can of sliced black olives and one-half chopped red bell pepper.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Nestle the salmon amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Chop 3 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top of the salmon.  Splash, generously, with balsamic vinegar.  Microwave for 6 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon and vegetables hot.  I also served pasta as a first course, then broccoli and black-eyed peas with the salmon (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from food.com web site.

PESTO COD / ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH BROCCOLI – BLACK OLIVES – BASIL – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN MARINARA SAUCE / WASABI GREEN PEAS

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

–pesto sauce (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–angel hair pasta (one-fourth box)

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–black olives (half a small can)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce; I used Ragu chunky)

–wasabi green peas (frozen, ready prepared)

1 – Cut a slit vertically on the cod.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Spoon pesto sauce into the slit.  Then mix a little pesto sauce with water, and pour over the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-fourth box of angel hair pasta in a long, uncovered,  baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Wash and then cut florets from half a head of broccoli.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add half a small can of sliced black olives.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon about half a dozen tablespoons of marinara sauce over the top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, lift out the angel hair pasta from its bowl, and add to the sauce.  Cover to preserve warmth.  Just before dinner, stir together the pasta and the sauce.

3 – Microwave wasabi green peas for 5 minutes on high.  Let sit 1 minute.  Then place in a covered baking dish.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the dinner Italian-style, with the pasta as a first course, followed by the cod and green peas.

–cod and pasta adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; peas, follow directions on the package.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WITH OREGANO & BASIL IN TOMATO JUICE & TOPPED WITH FETA / ZUCCHINI TOPPED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARMESAN

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano, basil (bottled)

–tomato juice (low sodium)

–feta cheese

–zucchini (1, fresh, medium)

–breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm)

–Parmesan cheese

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a small amount of tomato juice.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Set aside.

2 – Peel 1 zucchini, and cut into silver dollars.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place a small amount of breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl.  Add olive oil to taste, and stir well.  Then pour the breadcrumbs over the zucchini.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

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

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the zucchini as a side.  I also served a salad (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–zucchini adapted from the Olive Garden restaurant; chicken original.

BASIL – GARLIC SALMON WITH FRESH TOMATO & ONION IN PESTO SAUCE

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

–basil (bottled)

–garlic powder

–clam juice (bottled)

–tomatoes (1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–pesto paste (in a jar)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon amid the tomato and onion.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Place 2 tablespoons of pesto paste in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt.  Stir well.  Spread the pesto sauce atop the salmon.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served a butter lettuce salad, oven fried okra, and lima bean & corn soup (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–recipe original.

A First Course: GREAT NORTHERN BEAN SOUP WITH BROCCOLI – ONION – TOMATO – POTATO SEASONED BY ROSEMARY, BASIL, & GARLIC

–great Northern beans (dried; soak overnight)

–broccoli (one-half head, florets only)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–potato (1, medium)

–garlic powder, basil, rosemary (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of great Northern beans (measured before soaking) in a slow cooker.  Add one-half chopped onion, 1 chopped tomato, and 1 potato cut into 1-inch pieces.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth to 1 inch above the vegetables.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then add chopped broccoli, one-half head of florets, to the slow cooker.  Cook for another hour, for 6 hours in all.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Serve the soup as a first course.  I also served dilled salmon, dilled potatoes, and shredded carrots with honey, ginger, and olive oil (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

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

SALMON WITH BASIL & GARLIC IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE / ROMAINE LETTUCE SALAD WITH FETA IN CAESAR DRESSING / BABY LIMA BEAN SOUP WITH MARJORAM – SHREDDED CARROTS – ONION – PASTA IN CHICKEN BROTH

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

–basil, garlic powder (bottled)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–romaine lettuce (one-half package)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton)

–Caesar salad dressing (I use Paul Newman’s Creamy Caesar)

–baby lima beans (frozen)

–marjoram (bottled)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–bay leaves (2, bottled)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–penne pasta (one-half cup, uncooked)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of frozen baby lima beans in a slow cooker.  Add one-half chopped onion and 1 handful of shredded carrots.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, 2 bay leaves, and marjoram (generously).  Fill slow cooker with chicken broth just to the top of the vegetables.  Cook for 6 hours on low.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.  Just before dinner, place one-half cup of penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water 2 inches above the pasta.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  To serve, place a small serving of pasta in each bowl, and then add the lima bean soup.

2 – Place one-half package of romaine lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Just before time to serve dinner, add Caesar salad dressing to taste.  Sprinkle one-half small carton of feta cheese over the top of the salad.

3 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Dot margarine over the salmon.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and garlic powder.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course, the soup as a second, and the salmon as the entrée.

–soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salmon adapted from allrecipes.com; salad original.

MEDITERRANEAN COD & SHRIMP SEASONED WITH BASIL – OREGANO – GARLIC IN RED WINE SAUCE WITH ONION – TOMATO – RED BELL PEPPER

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 6 to 8, small)

–basil, oregano, garlic powder (bottled)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop one-half onion, 1 tomato, and 2 slices of red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish with a little red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Rinse the shrimp, and then place in a small microwaveable, covered, bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the onion, tomato, and pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Then pour the shrimp, with any liquid, atop the cod, and microwave for 30 seconds more.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot.  I also served white rice and oven fried okra (for recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  HERBED COD WITH PARMESAN IN WHITE WINE & ITALIAN SAUCE / COUSCOUS

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

–basil, oregano, garlic powder, minced onion, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Italian sauce (spaghetti sauce)

–couscous (boxed)

–olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with basil, oregano, garlic powder, minced onion, cayenne pepper (optional), salt and pepper.  Spoon Italian sauce atop the cod and all around the dish.  Add a splash of white wine and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the cod with sauce, hot, atop the couscous.  I also served field peas with snaps and a salad (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by Monahan’s Seafood web site; couscous original.

HERBED FLOUNDER WITH TOMATO & RED BELL PEPPER IN WHITE WINE / EGGPLANT SPREAD WITH BASIL & ONION / SPINACH & KALE WITH GARLIC

–2 flounder filets (thawed from frozen)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh, chopped)

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

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–garlic powder (bottled)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2, bottled)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–mint (fresh if possible)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (1, medium, fresh)

–Vidalia onion (1, small, chopped fine)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–spinach & kale mix (packaged, fresh)

1 – Wash and pierce the eggplant all around with a fork.  Cook the eggplant in advance, microwaving for 5 minutes on one side, then turning and microwaving for 5 minutes more.  Cool on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, cut off the stalk, and then slice the eggplant lengthwise, raking out the pulp.  Cut the pulp two ways, horizontally and vertically.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Peel and chop 1 small Vidalia onion into very fine pieces.  Add to the bowl  Season with salt, pepper, basil, red wine, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

2 – Wash and chop the tomato and red bell pepper.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the flounder on top of the tomato and pepper.  Season with garlic powder, rosemary, bay leaves, parsley, mint, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of spinach and kale mix in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the eggplant spread with crackers as an appetizer.  Then serve the flounder hot, with the spinach-kale as a side.

–flounder adapted from Ed Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking; eggplant spread from Real Simple; spinach-kale original.

CHILLED LEMONY SALMON – COUSCOUS SALAD WITH CORN – GREEN PEAS – BASIL – OREGANO – DILL – PARSLEY / BACON – FLAVORED BIBB LETTUCE SALAD

Note:  This is a make-ahead dinner.

 

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–couscous (three-fourths cup measure; boxed)

–corn (one-half can)

–green peas (one-half can)

–lemon juice

–basil, oregano, dill, parsley (fresh if possible)

–bibb lettuce (half a package)

–Bac’n pieces

–salad dressing of your choice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place three-fourths cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with one-fourth teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.  Let set.  Chill in refrigerator.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, dill, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of bibb lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and Bac’n pieces.  Add salad dressing of your choice, to taste.  Chill until time for dinner.

4 – Season the chilled couscous with basil, oregano, dill, and parsley.  Break apart the salmon in large chunks, discarding the skin.  Fold very gently into the couscous.  Chill the salmon and couscous until time for dinner.

5 – Serve the salads cold, on the same plate.

–salmon salad adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; bibb lettuce recipe original.

OPEN – FACED GARLIC & HERB CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH BASIL – FETA – TOMATO – WHOLE WHEAT MUFFIN / BIBB LETTUCE SALAD WITH CHICKPEAS & TOMATO / BACON – FLAVORED BABY BUTTER BEANS

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–whole wheat muffins (one-half for each sandwich)

–2 chicken tenderloins or breast strips (for 2 sandwiches)

–garlic & herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–feta cheese (half a small container)

–mayonnaise (optional)

–tomato (divided:  2 thick slices; 1 slice, chopped)

–bibb lettuce

–chickpeas (garbanzo beans, one-half can)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of baby butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add 2 and one-half cups of water.  Season with Bac’n pieces, olive oil, and one-half teaspoon of salt.  Cook in the slow cooker for 6 hours.  When finished, keep on warm setting until time for dinner.

2 – Break apart half a bunch of bibb lettuce into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Chop 1 slice of tomato.  Add one-half can of chickpeas.  Pour, to taste, Caesar dressing in the bowl.  Stir well.

3 – Divide 1 muffin, and place in a covered baking dish.   Spread a little mayonnaise on each muffin (this is optional).  Place 1 thick slice of tomato on each muffin (be sure that tomato entirely covers the muffin, so that the muffin will not toughen as you cook).  Top the tomato with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with feta cheese (one-half container).  Place 2 pieces of chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil, and cover the chicken well.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add garlic and herb breadcrumbs, generously, to the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken atop the tomato muffin.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken sandwiches hot, with the baby butter beans as a side.

–chicken caprese inspired by surfing the web; other recipes original.

SWEET COCONUT FLOUNDER WITH BASIL – GINGER – BANANA PEPPER  – GREEN ONION / WHITE RICE / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

–2 flounder (thawed from frozen)

–coconut milk (lite)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–ginger

–green onions (2 stalks)

–lime juice

–sugar

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–almonds (sliced, one-half small package)

1 – Place one-third cup of coconut milk in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Place the flounder in the coconut milk.  Drench in lime juice.  Slice the green onion into small pieces and sprinkle atop the flounder.  Slice one-fourth banana pepper, and place on top of the flounder.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, basil, and ginger.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the flounder hot, on top of the white rice, with the green beans as a side.

–flounder adapted from the food network web site; other recipes original.

CREAMY TOMATO – BASED MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WITH COCONUT MILK – BLACK OLIVES – FETA / RICE NOODLES / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil, oregano, bay leaves, garlic salt

–tomato sauce

–tomato (fresh, large, 2 slices)

–coconut milk (lite)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–feta cheese (one-half small container)

–rice noodles

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–sliced almonds (one-half small package)

1 – Slice two sections off the tomato, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of tomato sauce and one-fourth cup of coconut milk.  Add black olives.  Season with basil, oregano, bay leaves, and garlic salt.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with basil, oregano, garlic salt, salt, pepper.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place 2 handfuls of rice noodles in a long, covered baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle slices almonds on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes.

5 – Drain the rice noodles.

6 – Serve the chicken and its sauce atop the rice noodles, with the green beans as a side.

–recipes original.

GARLIC – HERB FLOUNDER ATOP CRABMEAT WITH TOMATO & ONION IN COCONUT MILK / COUSCOUS / PARMESAN – BASIL TOMATO PIE WITH CRUMBLED WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFINS

–flounder (2, thawed from freezer)

–crabmeat (1 can)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–tomatoes (4, divided)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–coconut milk (lite, canned)

–couscous (boxed)

–Parmesan cheese

–whole wheat English muffins (2)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice one-half onion and 1 tomato, and place in a covered baking dish with a little coconut milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place crabmeat on top of the onion and tomato.  Then place the flounder on top of the crabmeat.  Season the flounder with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  Then pour one – third cup of coconut milk over the seafood.  Set aside.

2 – Break apart 1 whole wheat English muffin, and place in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Cut 3 tomatoes in half, and place over the muffin pieces.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and Parmesan cheese.  Then top with more pieces of a second English muffin.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

3 – Measure 1 cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the seafood for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the seafood atop the couscous, with the tomato pie as a side.

–recipes original.

FLOUNDER MEDITERRANEAN / BOWTIE PASTA AL DENTE / GARLIC BROCCOLI

–2 fillets of flounder (medium, fresh)

–tomato (1, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–capers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–Parmesan cheese

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–garlic salt

–oregano, basil, bay leaf

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry)

–broccoli (1 head)

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the tomato and onion and add to a covered baking dish. Place capers and black olives over the tomato and onion.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and then stir the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then add the flounder to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Set aside.

3 – Separate the florets and stems of the broccoli from the stalk.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder and vegetables for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the flounder and vegetables on top of the pasta, with the broccoli as a side.

–flounder adapted from allrecipes.com; broccoli 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.

SUMMERTIME SALMON SALAD WITH BASIL – PARSLEY – TOMATO – GREEN ONION / GREEN BEANS NATURALLY

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

–basil (fresh if possible)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green beans (2 handfuls, frozen)

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

2 – Chop the tomato and season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Add to a mixing bowl.  Chop the green onions into one-half inch pieces.  Add to the bowl.  Chop the parsley and add to the bowl.  Add mayonnaise to taste.  Stir well.  Break apart the salmon, and fold into the vegetables.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

3 – Place the green beans in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon salad cold, with the hot green beans as a side.

–recipes original.

PARSLEY – BASIL – TOMATO – ONION COD WITH GARLIC POTATOES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–parsley & basil (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–potatoes (6 small, young)

–garlic salt

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato; slice the onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, basil, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Scrub the potatoes and cut into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the tomato and onion sauce.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes (more because of the vegetables).

4 – Serve the cod with tomato and onions on top of the potatoes.

–cod and potatoes adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author)

DILLED SALMON WITH CAESAR – PARMESAN SALAD / BACON – FLAVORED TOMATO – BASIL PINTO BEANS WITH ONION

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

–dill (fresh if possible)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged)

–spring mix (one-half package salad greens)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–pinto beans (dried, two-thirds cup; soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces

–diced tomatoes (1 can, no salt)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place the soaked pinto beans in a slow cooker with the can of diced tomatoes.  Add chicken broth to the level of 1 inch above the beans and tomatoes.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, Bac’n pieces and olive oil.  Cook for 7 hours in the slow cooker on low (longer if necessary).  When the beans are tender, keep on the “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and then season with dill and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test to be sure that center is done.  If not, replace in microwave for 1 minute.

3 – Place the spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.  To taste, add Caesar dressing.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the salmon on top of the Caesar – Parmesan salad, with the beans as a side.

–salmon with salad adapted from wild Alaskan seafood web site; beans original.

BASIL SALMON WITH PEPPERS – TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS / GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES & GREEN ONION IN TANGY DRESSING

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

–basil (fresh if possible)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–green onions (10 stalks, divided

–spinach (fresh, one-third package)

–spring mix (fresh greens, one-third package)

–strawberries (sliced, about 10)

–balsamic vinegar

–white wine

–sugar (one-third cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil,

1 – Slice the red pepper (one-half) and chop the tomato.  Slice 4 green onions in one-half inch pieces and place pepper, tomato, and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the salmon on top of the pepper, tomato, and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the spinach and spring greens in a mixing bowl.  Slice the strawberries and add to the bowl.  Slice 6 green onions in one-half inch pieces and place in the bowl.  Season the salad with balsamic vinegar, wine, and olive oil.  Add the sugar.  Stir well.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 and one-half minutes on high (more because of the vegetables).

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the cold salad as a side.

–salmon adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); salad adapted from allrecipes.com.

CHICKEN & POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – WHITE WINE / HERBED TOMATO PIE / BACON – FLAVORED BABY BUTTER BEANS

–baby butter beans (frozen)

–Bac’n pieces

–Promise Active margarine (heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Bartlett potatoes (5, medium)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–garlic salt (bottled)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–tomatoes (2, medium, fresh)

–basil and thyme

–whole wheat muffins (2, broken into small pieces)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

 

1 – Place the package of baby butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add water 2 inches above the top of the butter beans.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, a teaspoon of margarine, and 2 drops of olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 hours.  When finished, put setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Scrub the potatoes, and then slice four ways, to make 1-inch pieces.  Place the potatoes in a very deep, covered, baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine and one-fourth cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, 2 bay leaves, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high.  Check to be sure that wine is not bubbling up out of the dish.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the broken pieces of muffin in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Slice the tomatoes in high, and place on top.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, thyme, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Microwave for 10 minutes.  When finished, take lid off to allow tomatoes to cool.

4 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, rosemary, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the potatoes and tomato pie as sides.

–chicken and potatoes adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); tomato pie inspired by a recipe given to me by a friend.

BASIL – PARMESAN SALMON / PASTA WITH TOMATOES & GARLIC / BROCCOLI WITH HOT SAUCE

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

–basil (fresh if possible)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–pasta (gluten free)

–tomatoes (2, medium, fresh)

–garlic powder

–broccoli (1 stalk, medium)

–hot sauce (such as Tabasco)

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover, plus a little more water.  Season with salt, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  Check to be sure that water does not overflow.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Cut stalk from broccoli, and then break apart the florets and stems.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes. 

4 – Drain the pasta.  Dice the tomatoes into 1 – inch chunks.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic powder, and basil.  Stir into the pasta.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, generously, over the top. 

5 – Serve the salmon on top of the pasta, with the broccoli, with hot sauce, as a side.

–pasta adapted from Edward Giobbi’s recipe for pasta primavera (author of Italian Family Cooking); salmon and broccoli original.

SALMON – BASIL CASSEROLE WITH GREEN PEAS – MUSHROOMS – QUINOA – PARMESAN IN BROTH  

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

–basil

–green peas (frozen, one-half package))

–mushrooms (6 to 8, small, baby bellas)

–quinoa seasoned with roasted red pepper and basil (one-half cup)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–chicken broth

 

1 – Place one-half package of green peas in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the green peas for 5 minutes on high.  Set aside.

2 –  Slice the mushrooms; place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

3 – Measure one-half cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of chicken broth to the quinoa.  Empty the seasoning package that comes in the box into the quinoa.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 9 minutes on 50 percent power.  Set aside.

4 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, microwave for 1 minute more.  Break apart the salmon into bite-sized pieces, discarding the skin.

5 – Add the green peas, mushrooms, and salmon to the cooked quinoa.  Season with basil and olive oil.  Add one-quarter cup of Parmesan cheese.  Stir gently.  If the casserole is too dry, add a little more chicken broth.  Microwave for 2 minutes on high.

6 – Serve the casserole hot.

–casserole adapted from wild Alaska seafood web site.

PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH THYME IN RED WINE – ONION SAUCE / ZUCCHINI AND TOMATOES WITH BASIL

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged)

–thyme

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–zucchini (1 large)

–tomatoes (2, medium)

–basil

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, place the chicken on top of the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top of the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice the zucchini.  Chop the tomatoes.  Place zucchini and tomatoes in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken adapted from Italian Microwave Cooking; zucchini and tomatoes original.

CROUTON – ENCRUSTED CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY – THYME – GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE SAUCE / KALE WITH PESTO SAUCE / BASIL CARROTS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–croutons (1 cup, seasoned)

–thyme and parsley

–green onions (2 stalks)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–kale (one-third large package, fresh)

–pesto sauce (or basil, garlic powder, and olive oil)

–carrots (miniature, 12, fresh, packaged)

–basil

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  In a separate plastic bag, place croutons.  Pound the croutons on the kitchen counter with your fist.  Then pour the crushed croutons in the bag with the chicken.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of red wine.  Season the chicken with thyme and parsley.  Dice green onions in one-quarter inch pieces.  Sprinkle the onions on top of the chicken.  Add a drizzle of olive oil over the whole.  Set aside.

2 – Place kale in a large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add an inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, take 1 tablespoon of pesto sauce and add small amounts of water as you stir.  The sauce should remain a thick consistency.  Microwave the sauce for 20 seconds on high.  Then pour the pesto sauce over the kale.

3 – Place miniature carrots in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken adapted from Microwave French Cookbook; other recipes original.

SPICY CREOLE TILAPIA / TUSCAN EGGPLANT APPETIZER

–tilapia (2 fillets, medium)

–cayenne pepper

–Creole seasoning (boxed)

–Worcestershire sauce

–chicken broth

–oregano

–onion bits

–parsley

–eggplant (1, medium)

–basil, oregano, garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–onion (chopped, one-half, medium)

–olive oil

–Parmesan cheese

–Italian seasoning breadcrumbs

–tomato (1, medium)

–crackers

 

1 – Prepare the eggplant ahead of time, so that it will cool.  Wash the skin of the eggplant, and puncture with a fork all around.  Microwave on a plate for 5 minutes on one side; then turn over for 5 minutes more.  Cool in microwave or the refrigerator.  When the eggplant is cool, cut off the stalk, and then cut open lengthwise.  Rake the inside onto a cutting board.  Cut two ways, and then place the eggplant flesh in a mixing bowl.  Finely chop the onion, and chop the tomato.  Place in the bowl.  Season with basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, olive oil.  Add one-fourth cup of breadcrumbs, and one-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese.  Stir well.  Keep in refrigerator until serving time.

2 – Place the tilapia in a covered baking dish.  Season with Creole seasoning, parsley, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, pepper, onion bits, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth just to cover.  Sprinkle Worcestershire sauce over the whole.  Cook for 4 minutes in the microwave on high.

3 – Serve the eggplant appetizer with crackers while the tilapia is cooking.  Serve the appetizer cold and the tilapia hot.

–eggplant adapted from allrecipes.com; tilapia adapted from The Commander’s Palace New Orleans Cookbook.

CREAMY COD WITH BASIL / QUINOA / BLACK-EYED PEAS WITH THYME & ONION

–black-eyed peas (frozen)

–thyme

–onion (medium, divided in halves)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

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

–basil

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–mushrooms (4 small; I use baby bellas)

–onion (one-half medium)

–green onion (2 stalks)

–mayonnaise

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–quinoa (boxed)

 

1 – Place 1 cup of black-eyed peas in a slow cooker.  Add one and one-third cups of chicken broth.  Chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Cook on low for no more than 6 hours (more will overcook).

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

3 – Slice mushrooms, (white) onion, and green onions, and place in bottom of a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice just to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Place cod in a plastic bag.  Pour a little olive oil in the bag.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add one-third cup of plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place cod on top of the vegetables in the baking dish.  Season with basil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when the fish starts breaking apart.

4 – Mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise together.  Stir well.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 45 minutes in a small bowl, covered.  Then spoon over the cod.

5 – Serve the cod and vegetables on top of the quinoa, with the peas as a side.

–cod adapted from The Commander’s Palace New Orleans Cookbook; other recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  HERBED SALMON, POTATOES, & CAULIFLOWER

Note:  This easy dinner takes 35 minutes of microwaving time.

 

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

–tarragon, rosemary, thyme, basil, marjoram, parsley

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (2, medium)

–cauliflower (1 head)

 

1 – Scrub the jackets of the potatoes.  Cut into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 inches of water.  Season with salt, pepper, all herbs, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Wash the cauliflower, and cut off the florets.  Place in one layer in a wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 2 inches of water. Season with salt, pepper, all herbs, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, all herbs, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that the salmon is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

TOMATO – & BASIL – TOPPED COD & ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / RICE WITH PARSLEY / GARLIC GREEN BEANS / GARLIC BLACK OLIVES IN OIL

Note:  Prepare the black olives at least 3 hours in advance and marinate in a closed container in the refrigerator.

 

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

–tomato (1 whole, fresh, medium

–basil

–onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Italian style bread crumbs

–white rice

–parsley

–green beans (frozen)

–garlic powder

–black olive (sliced, one small can)

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil (regular)

–salt and pepper

 

1 – To prepare the black olives, pour out the juice in the olives and then pour the olives into a small contained with tight lid.  Sprinkle with garlic powder.  Stir.  Add extra virgin olive oil to cover.  Close container and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours before dinner.

2 – Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place in a small microwaveable bowl with cover.  Heat in the microwave for 4 minutes, until the tomato has the consistency of puree.  Set aside.

3 – Chop the onion, and place in a small microwaveable bowl with cover.  Add water just to cover.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  Set aside.

4 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add a quarter of a cup of white wine.  Place the cooked onions on either side of the cod.  Season the cod and onion with salt, pepper, olive oil, basil, and a sifting of Italian style bread crumbs.  Spread the tomato on top of the cod.  Set aside.

5 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high.

6 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice in a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish with cover.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, and a drop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

7 – Cook the cod for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.  Test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

8 – Serve the dinner hot, with the black olives as a relish, cold, on the side.

–black olives adapted from the recipe of a friend in Shakopee, Minnesota; other recipes original.

LEMON PEPPER COD / TOMATO PIE WITH CORNBREAD STUFFING

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

–lemon pepper seasoning

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–2 medium fresh tomatoes

–basil (fresh if possible)

–cornbread stuffing (boxed)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–yogurt

–mayonnaise

 

1 – Fill bottom of large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with one-fourth box of cornbread stuffing.  Slice the tomatoes and lay on top of the stuffing.  Season salt, pepper, and basil.  Generously sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the whole.  Top with more cornbread stuffing.  Drizzle olive oil on top.  Cook in microwave for 5 minutes.  Let sit for 15 minutes, because tomato will be very, very hot.

2 – Mix 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small, microwaveable bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Heat on high in the microwave for 45 seconds.  Pour all over the top of the tomato pie.

3 – Place the cod in the bottom of a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with lemon pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 5 minutes in the microwave.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

CHICKEN CACCIATORE / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato sauce (one-half can)

–diced tomatoes (one-half can)

–garlic powder

–basil and oregano (fresh if possible)

–white wine

–fine breadcrumbs (boxed, one-third cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–capers

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–onion (one-half, medium)

–green peas (frozen, one-half package)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 small)

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in bottom of a covered baking dish.  Add a little wine and a little chicken broth (about one-fourth cup each).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sift breadcrumbs in bag and shake well.  Set aside.

3 – Drain the diced tomatoes.  Place throughout the bottom of the baking dish.  Pour in the tomato sauce.  Stir.  Season with basil and oregano.  Place the chicken on top.  Season with garlic powder and olive oil.  Add about a dozen capers on top.  Set aside.

4 – Pour green peas in a covered baking dish.  Slice mushrooms and place on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Add an inch of water.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.

5 – Cook the chicken on high in the microwave for 8 minutes.

6 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken inspired by food.com; green peas original.

BASIL – OREGANO TILAPIA WITH TOMATO SAUCE / ZUCCHINI

–2 tilapia (medium fillets)

–basil, oregano, parsley (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–garlic powder

–diced tomatoes (half a can)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–zucchini

 

1 – Slice onion and place in covered baking dish.  Add a little water, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, add tomatoes and one-quarter cup of red wine to the dish.  Place the tilapia on top.  Season with basil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice zucchini in quarter-inch pieces.  Place in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in the microwave.

3 – Cook the tilapia for 9 minutes on high in the microwave.  Check from time to time to be sure that the sauce is not boiling up.  If it is, cook on 50 percent power for double the remaining time.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.  I added a cold green salad.

–recipes original.

SALMON WITH SOY SAUCE, LIME JUICE, & GINGER / TOMATO PIE / ROSEMARY POTATOES

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

–soy sauce

–lime juice

–ginger

–onion bits (bottled)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–garlic powder

–tomatoes (3 fresh, medium size)

–whole wheat bread (3 slices)

–feta cheese

–basil (fresh if possible)

–potatoes (2 medium)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine and a small amount of soy sauce.  Sprinkle with lime juice. Season the salmon with ginger, onion bits, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Slice 3 tomatoes in half.  Break apart 1 and one-half slices of bread into bottom of wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Place the tomatoes on top of the bread.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, basil, and feta cheese.  Cover the whole with the other 1 and one-half slices of broken bread.  Season with olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 10 minutes.  Let stand, to cool, for at least 10 minutes.

3 – Scrub the potatoes thoroughly.  Cut into 1-inch pieces.  Place in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Add 1 inch of water.  Cook, covered, in the microwave for 15 minutes.

4 – Cook the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes in the microwave.  When finished, test center to be sure that it is done.  If not, return to microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–salmon adapted from the White House Chef Cookbook; tomato pie inspired by a recipe from a friend; potatoes adapted from Real Simple.

FISH N’ CHIPS / TOMATO – BASIL SLAW

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

–potatoes (2 medium)

–cornbread stuffing mix (boxed)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–angel hair cabbage (packaged)

–tomato (1 medium)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–sugar

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

 

1 – Slice the potatoes lengthwise, like French fries.  Place in one layer in a large, uncovered baking dish with an inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 25 minutes.  Check from time to time to be sure that the water has not boiled out.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place one-half cup of cornbread stuffing mix in a second plastic bag.  Pound with fist on counter to reduce to fine consistency.  Pour the stuffing mix into the bag with the cod.  Shake well.  Set aside.

3 – Rinse the cabbage in water, and then drain.  Chop the tomato into small pieces, and then add to the cabbage.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, basil, and 2 tablespoons of white wine.  Stir well.  Transfer to serving bowl.

4 – Cook the cod for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

5 – Serve the cod and potatoes hot, and the salad cold.

–recipes original.

BASIL – OREGANO TILAPIA WITH TOMATOES & RED WINE / COUSCOUS / GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES, HONEY AND PECANS

Note:  My husband Paul recommends this dinner.

 

–tilapia (2, medium)

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–tomatoes (2, medium)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salad greens

–strawberries (6, fresh)

–honey

–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)

–feta cheese

–red wine

 

1 – Chop tomatoes.  Add to covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 3 minutes in microwave.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds’ cup of couscous.  Add to wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Add one cup of chicken broth.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Then let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Measure two handfuls of salad greens to mixing bowl.  Slice strawberries and add to bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of honey, one-half small package of pecans, and one-third package of feta cheese to salad greens.  Pour 3 tablespoons of red wine into mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Transfer to serving bowl.

4 – Place the tilapia on top of the tomatoes in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 minutes in microwave.

5 – Serve the tilapia and couscous hot, and the salad cold.

–recipes original.