CHICKEN PARMESAN MY WAY WITH CHICKEN BREAST FILLET ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH SHREDDED PARMESAN IN A GARDEN MARINARA – CABERNET WINE – MINCED GARLIC SAUCE ATOP ZITI PASTA

For 2:

–chicken breast portion (size of 3 decks of cards, to be halved for serving)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–garlic-herb breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup)

–garden marinara sauce (one-quarter cup; I used Ragu)

–Cabernet red wine (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Then add garlic-herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place breaded chicken in a covered baking dish.

2 – Stir together the red wine, marinara sauce, and minced garlic.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Finish with Parmesan cheese.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes on high.  Then cut the chicken in half, and check the center for doneness.  If not cooking completely, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot (one-half for each person), with ziti pasta, microwave 1 cup of pasta in 2 cups of water, salt to taste, for 6 minutes on high, 8 minutes on 50 percent power.

–recipe original.

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

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil (1 teaspoon, divided, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

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

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

–shredded Parmesan (one-quarter cup, packaged)

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

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

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

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

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

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

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

SALMON PARMESAN TOPPED WITH HERB BREADCRUMBS – PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC – OLIVE OIL IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged, one-quarter cup)

–breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing, packaged, one-quarter cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.

2 – In a measuring cup, place the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Add parsley (chopped) and minced garlic.  Finish with olive oil.  Stir very well.  Then spread the seasoned breadcrumbs on top of the salmon.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Café Delites web site.

PARSLEYED COD & GREEN PEAS WITH RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – ROSEMARY – CAYENNE – BREADCRUMBS IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

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

–green peas (frozen, 1 cup, packaged)

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–breadcrumbs (3 tablespoons, boxed)

–clam juice (bottled, one-half cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–basmati rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Place the green peas, red bell pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, and breadcrumbs in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add clam juice.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the green peas and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Top with parsley.

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

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

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

SEASONED SALMON ON A BED OF CRABMEAT – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – LEMON & CLAM JUICE ATOP MUSHROOM COUSCOUS

For 4:

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

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (2 tablespoons, boxed)

–crabmeat (half a small can, drained)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, half a handful, chopped)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–mushroom couscous (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Prepare the mushroom couscous; keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the crabmeat, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and garlic – herb breadcrumbs in a small mixed bowl.  Stir well.  Place in a covered baking dish. 

3 – Place the salmon atop the crabmeat dressing.  Pour clam juice on top, then drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Lightly dust with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Do not overcook.

5 – Serve the salmon and crabmeat dressing hot, atop mushroom couscous.

–salmon and crabmeat dressing adapted from Healthy and Delicious Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

ITALIAN CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ONION – CAYENNE – PINE NUTS – CHIVES IN A HONEY – RED WINE – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BABY DUTCH POTATOES

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, non-fat, low sodium)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (1 cup dry)

1 – Slice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes on high.

2 – Place the honey, red wine, and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Add sliced onion.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Meanwhile, place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.  Pour in breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

4 – Place the breaded chicken in the sauce.  Season with cayenne.  Top with pine nuts and chives.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the potatoes.

–chicken adapted from “chicken agrodulce” at the Bravo! restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi.

COMFORT CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH FAUX BACON – MINCED GARLIC – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – SLICED ONION IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCEF

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

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

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, 1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, in a jar)

–rosemary (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–bay leaves (dried, 2)

–sliced onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (one-fourth cup)

–chicken broth (one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place white wine and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Add sliced onion, minced garlic, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with rosemary, bay leaves, and Bac’n pieces.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  Test a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, return to the microwave for 1 minute more on high.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from bon appetit web site.

A Simple Dinner:  NEW ORLEANS – INSPIRED CREOLE OVEN FRIED COD

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

–Creole seasoning (1 tablespoon)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–olive oil

–pepper (no salt)

1 – Place 2 plates on the counter before you.  Place cod on one of the plates, and one-quarter cup of plain breadcrumbs on the second plate.  Season the cod with Creole seasoning, pepper, and olive oil, on both sides.  Then place the cod on top of the breadcrumbs; turn to coat.

2 – Place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARSLEY IN BROTH WITH A RAW CHILLED SAUCE OF PUREED BANANA PEPPERS – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–parsley (fresh if possible, 2 chopped tablespoons fresh OR 1 teaspoon dried)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, one-quarter cup)

–banana peppers (3 fresh, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice the banana peppers and place in a food processor.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs and the chopped parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

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

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

COD SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARSLEY IN CLAM JUICE SERVED WITH TOASTED WALNUT – GARLIC – PARSLEY PUREED SAUCE

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

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–walnuts (15 whole, toasted—in microwave for 1 minute; stir, 30 seconds more)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish, with one-fourth cup clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with plain breadcrumbs and chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place in a food processor:  15 whole toasted walnuts, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (1 tablespoon dried), and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Puree until smooth.  If too thick, add more extra virgin olive oil.  Then puree again.

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

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