SPICY HERB COD WITH SAUCE OF FRESH BLUEBERRIES – LIGHT BROWN SUGAR – LEMON JUICE – BALSAMIC VINEGAR ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–Mrs. Dash original (bottled)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–blueberries (fresh, 1 cup)

–light brown sugar (packaged)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (bottled)

–jasmine rice (packaged)

1 – Place 1 cup of fresh blueberries and one-fourth cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in both lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup rice and 2 cups water microwaved for 5 minutes on high; then 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–cod and sauce adapted from the web sites of both Giant Eagle and Group Recipes.

BAKED COD WITH BLUEBERRY SAUCE

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

–blueberries (fresh, 1 cup)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 squirt)

–cinnamon (1 pinch)

–nutmeg (1 pinch)

–cornstarch (1 teaspoon)

1 – Place 1 cup of rinsed blueberries in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 pinch of nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the blueberry sauce, spooning some sauce on top.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes on high; then 7 minutes on 50 percent power.  Check to be sure that sauce does not bubble up.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop quinoa or rice.  Note:  Blueberries directly atop the cod will appear quite dark, but will not be burned.

–blueberry sauce adapted from food.com web site.

COD TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & IN A BLUEBERRY – RED WINE SAUCE

Note:  This has a delicately-flavored sauce.  If more taste is desired, I would recommend seasoning with thyme.  But my husband and I enjoyed with the recipe given below:

For 4:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–blueberries (1 cup, fresh)

–red wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of fresh blueberries and one-half cup of red wine in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod in the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.

3 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop rice, pasta, couscous, or quinoa.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  OVEN FRIED GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN BREAST SLICED THIN / HONEY – BROCCOLI SALAD WITH PECANS – BLUEBERRIES – SLICED BANANA – RAISINS IN BALSAMIC & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING / SLOW COOKER BABY LIMA BEANS WITH FAUX BACON & FAUX BUTTER

Note:  If the slow cooker beans are prepared early, this easy dinner takes 15 minutes from start to dinner bell.

For 4:

–thin-sliced chicken breasts (2)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–broccoli (florets only, 1 head)

–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)

–blueberries (fresh, 1 handful)

–banana (1)

–raisins (1 handful)

–balsamic vinegar (bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil

–baby lima beans (frozen, 1 package)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 package of frozen baby lima beans in a slow cooker.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Promise margarine, and Bac’n pieces (to taste).  Cook for 2 hours (only) on high.  When finished, keep the setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place the thin chicken breast in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add garlic – herb breadcrumbs, a moderate amount, to the bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with 1 tablespoon of water (for steaming).  Microwave on high for 4 minutes. 

3 – Cut the florets off 1 head of broccoli, and place in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of blueberries, 1 handful of raisins, and one-half small package of chopped pecans.  Season with salt, pepper, honey, to taste.  Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.  Then slice a banana and add to the bowl.  Fold the banana gently into the salad.

4 – Serve the broccoli salad as a first course.  Then serve the thin slices of chicken breast hot, with the baby lima beans as a side.

–recipes original.

GARLIC SALMON TOPPED WITH GOLDEN RAISINS – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – GREEN ONIONS / ROMAINE LETTUCE SALAD WITH BANANA – BLUEBERRIES – HONEY – PECANS – FETA IN RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–golden raisins (one-fourth cup)

–balsamic vinegar

–green onions (chopped, 2 stalks)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–romaine lettuce (6 leaves, broken)

–banana (one-half)

–blueberries (one-third cup)

–pecans (chips, one-half small package)

–honey

–feta cheese (one-fourth small package)

–red wine

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Chop 2 stalks of green onion and place atop the salmon.  Set aside.

2 – Break apart 6 leaves of romaine lettuce and add to a mixing bowl.  Add to the bowl one-half sliced banana, one-third cup of blueberries, and one-half small package of pecan chips.  Season with salt, pepper, and honey.  Add red wine and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir gently.  Sprinkle one-fourth small package of feta cheese on top.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot.  I also served Brussel sprouts with onion and oregano, and field peas with snaps (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from bell’alimento web site (Paula Jones, chef); salad original.

WARM MUSHROOM – COD SALAD WITH FRESH TOMATO & SEASONED WITH OREGANO – CAYENNE – GARLIC / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH NECTARINE – STRAWBERRIES – BLUEBERRIES – TOASTED WALNUTS IN HONEY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

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

–mushrooms (8 to 10 baby bellas, quartered)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, sliced and then halved)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spring mix salad (one-third package)

–nectarine (1, fresh, ripe, sliced)

–strawberries (fresh, 4 to 6, sliced)

–blueberries (fresh, 1 handful)

–toasted walnuts (to toast, microwave half a package for 2 minutes; stir; then microwave for 2 minutes more; use 1 handful in this recipe)

–honey

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Quarter the 8 to 10 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then place the cod amid the mushrooms.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  On a cutting board, slice 1 medium, fresh tomato, and then halve the slices.  When the cod and mushrooms have cooked, break apart the cod into large chunks, and stir in the fresh tomato.  Let sit uncovered until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-third package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 peeled and sliced nectarine, 4 to 6 sliced strawberries, 1 handful of blueberries, and 1 handful of toasted walnuts.  Drizzle honey over the top of the salad.  Just before dinner is served, add balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Serve the spring mix salad with fruit as a first course.  Then serve the cod salad warm, with the sliced tomato cold.

–cod salad inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; spring mix salad original.

BAKED FLOUNDER TOPPED WITH BUTTERED GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH PARMESAN / BASIL SQUASH WITH POTATOES – ONION – TOMATO / SPINACH – ARUGULA SALAD WITH BLUEBERRIES & FETA IN RED WINE – HONEY – OIL DRESSING

–flounder (2 large, thawed from frozen)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–Parmesan cheese

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–summer squash (1, medium, sliced fine)

–potatoes (small yellow Dutch, 4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (one-half, medium

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–basil

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach – arugula salad greens (packaged)

–blueberries (1 handful)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton)

–honey

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby yellow Dutch potatoes.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place one-half package of spinach – arugula salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of fresh blueberries.  Generously add honey, to taste.  Just before serving, add red wine and extra virgin olive oil, and stir.  Top with feta cheese.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Wash and chop the tomato, and then season it with salt, pepper, and basil.  Chop one-half onion.  Add all vegetables to the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Place the flounder in 1 layer in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small microwaveable bowl, place 3 tablespoons of Promise Activ margarine.  Cover tightly.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Then add 2 tablespoons of garlic – herb breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to the margarine, and stir well.  Spoon the butter sauce atop the flounder.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the flounder hot, with the squash medley as a side.

–flounder adapted from all recipes web site; squash medley adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salad original.

GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH MISSISSIPPI COMEBACK DIPPING SAUCE / SPRING MIX WITH STRAWBERRIES & HONEY – BLUEBERRIES – FETA – PECANS IN BALSAMIC VINEGAR – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING / PARMESAN CAULIFLOWER WITH WHITE SAUCE

Note:  Mississippi comeback dipping sauce originated in Greek restaurants in Jackson, Mississippi in the thirties.  It has remained popular in the Deep South ever since, encouraging a “come back” for more.

 –4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–comeback dipping sauce (see recipe below)

–spring mix salad greens

–strawberries (6 to 8, sliced and dipped in honey)

–blueberries (1 handful)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton)

–pecans (one-half small package)

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

–cauliflower (1 head, fresh)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy doesn’t do well in the microwave)

–flour

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Prepare Mississippi comeback dipping sauce ahead of time to allow flavors to meld.  The recipe:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup chili sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place in the refrigerator until time for dinner.  May be kept safely for up to a week.

 2 – Wash and cut apart the cauliflower into large chunks.  Place in a covered baking dish.  In a microwaveable cup, place one-half cup of dairy or almond milk, and then microwave on high for 45 seconds.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Add the milk to the flour very slowly, stirring briskly.  Then pour the white sauce over the cauliflower.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  If sauce appears to be too thick, add chicken broth to desired consistency.

3 – Place one-half package of spring mix to a mixing bowl.  Add 6 to 8 sliced strawberries that have been marinated in honey.  Add 1 handful of blueberries.  Add one-half package of pecan chips.  Add one-half small carton of feta cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Wait to add dressing until just before dinner.  At that time, add balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir well.

4 – Place the chicken tenders in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Place the tenders in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken tenders hot, the comeback sauce cold, with the cauliflower as a side.  I also served baby lima beans (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–comeback sauce retrieved from “my recipes” web site; other recipes original.

PARSLEYED & BREADED GARLIC COD WITH MUSHROOMS IN BRANDY – WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE / CUT GREEN BEANS WITH PARMESAN / ROSEMARY GREAT NORTHERN BEAN SOUP WITH CAYENNE & BAY LEAVES ATOP GARLIC BREAD / BUTTERY LETTUCE SALAD WITH BLUEBERRIES – WALNUTS – PARMESAN IN BALSAMIC VINEGAR – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING  

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

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, sliced

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–brandy (purchase a small, inexpensive bottle)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–plain breadcrumbs

–great Northern beans (dried; soak overnight)

–cayenne pepper

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–bay leaves

–garlic bread seasoned with olive oil

–cut green beans (frozen)

–Parmesan cheese

–buttery lettuce (half a package)

–blueberries (2 handfuls)

–walnuts (1 handful)

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place two thirds cup of great Northern beans in a slow cooker.  Add chicken broth to one-half inch above the beans.  Season with rosemary, 2 bay leaves, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, keep setting on warm until just before time to serve the soup.  (There is more preparation; see below.)

2 – Place sliced mushrooms in a covered baking dish with a small amount of brandy, white wine, and chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place cod atop the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a small amount of plain breadcrumbs on top.  Add parsley as a garnish, plus a few more drops of olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place buttery lettuce, 2 handfuls of blueberries, 2 handful of walnuts, and a little Parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl.  Add balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir well.

4 – Place 4 handfuls of cut green beans in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Take one-half beans from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon, placing the beans in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Then add back to the slow cooker, just prior to serving.  Stir well.

6 – Prepare 2 slices of garlic bread with a generous sprinkling of garlic powder and a sprinkling of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 40 seconds.  Break apart the bread and place in the bottom of bowls intended for the soup.  Serve the soup atop the garlic bread.

7 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

8 – Serve the salad as a first course, the soup as a second, and the cod, hot, with green beans as a third course.

–cod and bean soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

TUNA STEAKS WITH MINT – GARLIC – ROSEMARY ON A BED OF CHOPPED RED BELL PEPPER / CHICKPEA SOUP WITH ROSEMARY & PASTA / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH BLUEBERRIES – CHOPPED PECANS – ONION IN ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING

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Note:  Edward Giobbi is primarily a painter, but he has written several cookbooks and has been friends with great chefs who have praised his culinary skills.  This image is from his web site.

–chickpeas (garbanzo beans, 1 can, drained & rinsed)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–lime juice

–pasta (small, one-half cup)

–tuna steaks (2, small, fresh)

–mint (fresh if possible)

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

–spring mix salad (one-half package)

–blueberries (one-half small package, fresh)

–chopped pecans (one-half small package)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced finely)

–Italian salad dressing

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Drain the chickpeas.  Rinse in a colander.  Place in a slow cooker with 1 and one-half cups of water.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, rosemary (1 sprig, cut off leaves), garlic powder, and pepper, and olive oil.  Cook in the slow cooker on low all day long.  Twenty minutes before serving the soup, add one-half cup of pasta. 

2 – Chop one-half red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with mint, garlic powder, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the tuna steaks in the middle of the bell pepper.  Drench in lime juice.  Season the steaks with mint, garlic powder, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add one-half small container of blueberries, one-half package of pecans, and one-half finely chopped sweet onion.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add Italian salad dressing to taste.

4 – Microwave the tuna steaks for 2 minutes only.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course, the soup as a second course, and the tuna steaks as a third course.  (The soup is thick enough that it could be served as a vegetable.)

–chickpea soup and tuna steaks adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salad original.

COD IN BRANDY SAUCE WITH BLUEBERRIES & PEACH / WILD RICE WITH BROTH

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

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle for cooking)

–blueberries (one-third cup, fresh)

–peach (1, fresh, medium, chopped)

–catsup (1 tablespoon)

–red onion (one-fourth, chopped)

–brown sugar (2 tablespoons)

–lemon juice

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–wild rice (1 box)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place box of wild rice in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle the seasonings that come with the wild rice on top.  Add one and three-fourth’s cup of chicken broth to the rice.  Then add one or two drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, let stand for five minutes.

2 – Slice a peach into one-half inch pieces.  Add to covered baking dish.  Add blueberries.  Then add one-fourth cup of brandy.  Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.  Chop one-fourth red onion into tiny pieces.  Add to the baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of catsup.  Season with salt, garlic salt, and a little olive oil.  Add a squirt of lemon juice.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the sauce for 3 minutes. 

5 – Pour the sauce on top of the cod.

6 – Serve the cod with sauce on top of the wild rice.

–cod and sauce adapted from Fox web site; rice from instructions on box.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH BLUEBERRIES – ONION – MAPLE SYRUP / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–blueberries (1 cup)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–maple syrup (one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (frozen, packaged)

–tarragon

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add the blueberries and maple syrup, with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then nestle the chicken amid the blueberry sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Set aside.

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

3 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes (more because of the bulk of the blueberry sauce).

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken adapted from Driscoll’s web site (berry producer); peas original.

SALMON WITH BERRY REDUCTION / THYME GREEN BEANS WITH PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS AND ONION

Note:  This meal may take 40 minutes of preparation time, but you won’t be working the whole time.

–salmon (the size of three decks of cards)

–blueberries (one-half cup fresh)

–red wine (one-fourth cup)

–sugar (2 teaspoons)

–onion (medium)

–green beans (frozen)

–portabella mushrooms (four button)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Prepare the berries first, due to lengthy preparation time.  Measure one-half cup of blueberries and add to a food processor.  Measure one-fourth cup of red wine to the processor as well.  Pulse well.  Chop one-half onion and add onion and sugar to the berry mixture.  Pour into a large, wide-mouthed baking dish without a cover.  Cook on high for 3 minutes in microwave.  Then cook on 50 percent power for 15 minutes.  When finished cooking, cover to preserve warmth.

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

3 – Chop onion and portabella mushrooms, and place in baking dish with cover.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic powder, and thyme.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Add green beans, seasoning with salt, pepper, olive oil, and thyme.  Cook for 5 minutes in microwave on high.

4 – Cook the salmon for 5 and one-half minutes.  Test the center to see if the salmon is done.  If not, return to microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve salmon with the berry reduction on top, with the green beans as a side.

–adapted from Williams-Sonoma.