BAKED MINT COD & STEAMED ASPARAGUS WITH FRESH TOMATO – CELERY – PARSLEY – LEMON ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–mint (1 tablespoon, bottled, dried)

–asparagus (1 frozen package; I used Pictsweet Signature)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–basmati rice (use the package instructions; brands differ)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

1 – Steam the asparagus in its package, according to directions.  Leave in package until time to serve.

2 – Chop the tomato; season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place tomato and celery in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (You want the tomato to break down into a sauce.)

3 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and asparagus, hot, atop basmati rice.

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

PARSLEYED COD & GREEN PEAS WITH GREEN ONIONS – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–green peas (frozen, 1 and one-half cups)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged, 1 cup uncooked rice)

1 – Prepare the basmati rice by package instructions for microwaving; brands differ.

2 – Place the green peas and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the green peas.  Season with salt and pepper.  Top with parsley and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

5 – Serve cod and green peas hot, atop the rice.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

SPICY SHRIMP WITH MINCED GARLIC – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE & WITH A SIDE OF ASPARAGUS

For 2:

–shrimp (small, thawed from frozen, quantity 30)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–clam juice sauce (one-eighth cup)

–basmati rice (packaged; follow package instructions for microwave)

–asparagus (I used signature PicSweet frozen, microwave in package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the washed and drained shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, minced garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Gently stir.  Then sprinkle with cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Prepare basmati rice; it will take about 15 minutes.  Brands differ, and so follow the instructions on the package.  When finished microwaving keep covered to preserve warmth.  No need to use salt, pepper, or olive oil.

3 – Microwave the asparagus in its package.  Times differ in various sizes of microwave; follow package instructions.  When finished, turn out in a serving bowl, season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

5 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop the rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–shrimp and asparagus inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

BONE-IN CATFISH WITH FRESH TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – BASIL – CAYENNE – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 2:

–catfish (2, medium, whole)

–tomato (medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–basil (bottled, dried, 1 teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

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

–minced onion (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tomato, garlic, and red bell pepper in a large, long covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Add white wine.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the catfish in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Turn the catfish over, spoon some sauce on top, and then microwave for 5 minutes more.

3 – Serve the catfish hot, atop basmati rice (follow directions for microwaving on the package; brands differ).

–catfish inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARINATED IN SOY SAUCE – GARLIC – CAYENNE AND COOKED ON A BED OF ONION – FRESH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI ATOP BASMATI RICE

Note: Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour prior to cooking.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

–onion (one-quarter, medium, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–zucchini (one-half, sliced and then halved)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with the soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Marinate for 1 hour, at least, in the refrigerator. Set aside.

2 – Place the onion, tomato, and zucchini in a covered baking dish with the remainder of the minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the marinated chicken (with marinade) in the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.  Check for doneness on a center piece.  Return to the microwave for a minute more, if needed.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, atop basmati rice (use microwave instructions on the package; brand differ).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.