CHILLED SEAFOOD PASTA SALAD BASIL WITH PASTA MADE OF BROWN RICE & QUINOA – DICED TOMATOES – BROCCOLI FLORETS – CHOPPED ONION – FETA & PARMESAN CHEESES – MAYO

I chose basil for seasoning because of the tomatoes in this recipe. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (1 package, chopped)

–pasta (rotini, non-gluten, made of brown rice & quinoa, two-thirds cup dry; microwaved on high for 6 minutes for al dente, in salted water)

–broccoli florets (1 cup seasoned with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, then microwaved on high for 4 minutes and chopped)

–chopped onion (one-half cup)

–basil (dried, 2 tablespoons, divided)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, broken)

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup, shredded)

–mayonnaise (1 heaping tablespoon; do not use too much)

1 – Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Then season with salt and pepper, and then gently fold.  Sprinkle with basil.

2 – Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN TENDERS ORANGE WITH SLICED PEARS & CHOPPED ONION SEASONED WITH GINGER – SUGAR – ORANGE ZEST IN A SAUCE OF ORANGE JUICE – SOY SAUCE – WHITE WINE VINEGAR ATOP JASMINE RICE & WITH A SIDE OF BROCCOLI FLORETS TOPPED WITH WHOLE WHEAT BREADCRUMBS & SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE

My husband and I both found the flavors in the chicken dish to meld very, very well. . .my husband gave this recipe 5 stars out of 5. . .

–3 chicken tenderloins

–sliced pears (1 can, drained)

–chopped onion (one-half cup)

–ginger (1 teaspoon)

–sugar (1 tablespoon)

–orange zest (orange peel, 1 teaspoon)

–orange juice (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons)

–white wine vinegar (3 tablespoons)

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions; brands differ)

–broccoli (one-half family package, frozen)

–whole wheat English muffin (one-half, minced in food processor)

–Parmesan cheese (one-third cup, shredded)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the broccoli in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, olive oil, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the orange juice, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, and olive oil to taste in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, ginger, sugar, and orange zest.  Add pears and onion.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, place the chicken tenders atop the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, ginger, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, on a bed of jasmine rice with the broccoli recipe as a side.

–chicken adapted from a vintage Real Simple magazine.

ONE – DISH SALMON FILLET WITH GARLIC – SEASONED MEDLEY OF VEGETABLES—BROCCOLI FLORETS, YELLOW CORN, CHOPPED ONION, SLICED BLACK OLIVES IN BONE BROTH ATOP QUINOA – RICE PENNE PASTA

Enjoy your veggies with your seafood!

For 2:

–salmon fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–garlic powder (2 teaspoons)

–broccoli florets (frozen, 1 cup)

–yellow corn (one-half cup, frozen)

–chopped onion (frozen, one-quarter cup)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–bone broth (one-quarter cup, chicken bone broth)

–quinoa – rice penne pasta (microwave, uncovered, on high in salted water for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the bone broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

2 – Place the salmon fillet in the center of the dish, and place broccoli around the sides.  Season the salmon with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle corn, onion, and black olives on the salmon and broccoli.  Season the whole with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, test the salmon for doneness; it should be flaky but slightly undercooked.

4 – Serve the salmon and veggies hot, atop penne pasta.

–recipe original.

One-Dish Dinner:  SPICY SALMON FILLET ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – TOPPED BY POWDERD GARLIC – CAYENNE – PARSLEY AND WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES & BROCCOLI FLORETS IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

Worthy of a small celebration. . .

For 2:

–salmon fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

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

–powdered garlic (1 tablespoon, sprinkled; be generous)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–broccoli florets (1 cup, frozen)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the broccoli florets around a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add white wine.  Set aside.

2 – Place the salmon in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Pour in the garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place the breaded salmon in the middle of the broccoli florets, center of baking dish.

3 – Season the salmon with cayenne and parsley.  Pour on the drained and sliced black olives.  Sprinkle powdered garlic over the entire dish, generously.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Cooking takes longer because of the amount of food being cooked.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

5 – Serve the salmon, black olives, and broccoli hot.

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

BAKED WILD COD WITH MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS – ROSEMARY IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SAUCE AND SERVED WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS AND A SLOW COOKER SIDE OF NAVY BEANS SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS – ROSEMARY – FAUX BACON

An especially good recipe for slow cooker beans. . .on the MIND diet. . .

For 2:

–wild cod (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–minced garlic (2 tablespoons, bottled, divided)

–green onions (one-third cup, divided, purchased ready cut)

–rosemary (2 tablespoons, bottled, divided)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–broccoli (florets, and stems, if desired, from 1 head, fresh)

–navy beans (1 cup, dried; submerge in 3 and one-half cups water overnight)

–Bac-n pieces (2 tablespoons, faux bacon, soy, bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – After the navy beans have soaked overnight, place in a slow cooker.  Add chicken bone broth just to the top of the beans.  Season with 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon rosemary, one-sixth cup green onions, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Cook on low for 5 and one-half hours.  Place setting on warm until dinnertime.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add lemon juice and clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with rosemary, green onions, and minced garlic.  Set aside.

3 – Cut the florets (and stems, if desired) from 1 head of broccoli.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with rosemary, green onions, and minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes, less if crisper broccoli is desired.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the cod hot, with sides of beans and broccoli.

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

One-Dish Dinner for 2:  ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS & BABY DUTCH POTATOES IN A MINCED GARLIC & SRIRACHA – SPICED SAUCE OF WHITE WINE & CHICKEN BONE BROTH

All-in-one makes for easy cooking and quick clean-up.  Also tasty!

For 2:

–4 chicken tenderloins (organic, if possible)

–broccoli florets (from 2 heads, fresh)

–baby Dutch potatoes (8 to 10 small potatoes, halved)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–sriracha sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–chicken bone broth (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Cut each potato in half, and place in a large, covered baking dish.  Add white wine and chicken bone broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – While potatoes are cooking, cut the florets off 2 heads of broccoli.  Then set aside.

3 – When potatoes have cooked, place the chicken tenders in the middle of the baking dish, each separated from the other.  Add florets around the side.

4 – Season with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Drizzle sriracha sauce over the entire entrée.

5 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece of chicken for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 additional minute.

6 – Serve the chicken, potatoes, and broccoli hot, spooning the sauce on top.

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

A Holiday Dinner for 2:  POACHED WILD SALMON FILLET TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS AND IN GARLIC LEMON BUTTER – WHITE WINE – CLAM JUICE SAUCE AND SERVED WITH BABY DUTCH POTATOES & GARLIC BROCCOLI

The baked salmon recipe that inspired this poached version got five out of five stars from 19 cooks, and the chef says she serves it twice a week. . .

For 2:

–wild salmon fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–Smart Balance margarine (3 tablespoons, heart-healthy)

–white wine (3 tablespoons)

–water (tap, one-quarter cup)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–baby Dutch potatoes (6 to 8, halved)

–broccoli (1 head, florets and stems only, cut apart, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–green onions (chopped, packaged, 3 tablespoons, fresh)

1 – Place margarine, white wine, water, and clam juice in a large, covered, baking dish.  Add the halved potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon, almost submerged in the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon some of the sauce over the salmon.  Drop the green onions on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  (Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, making it flaky.)

4 – Serve the salmon and potatoes, hot, with broccoli seasoned with minced garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

–inspired by Café Delites cooking blog, chef Karina.

CHINESE – STYLE OVEN FRIED SESAME CHICKEN WITH BROCCOLI – CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS IN ORANGE SAUCE / WHITE RICE

Reposted from 2015.   At the time it was the most popular post from this blog—more views and more “likes” than any other. . .

For 4:

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange sauce (I used Panda Express bottled sauce)

–broccoli (one-half stalk, florets only)

–miniature carrots (a dozen)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–toasted sesame seeds (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant, boxed)

 

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag, adding olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Coat.  Add one-third cup of breadcrumbs to the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Pour orange sauce over the whole.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Set aside.

2 – Measure 1 cup of white rice into a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Cut florets from the broccoli, in bite-sized pieces.  Slice the green onions in one-half inch pieces.  Add broccoli, green onions, and carrots (uncut) to a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a generous amount of orange sauce over the whole.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes. 

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.  When finished, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Add the chicken to the vegetables, and stir well.  Add more sesame seeds on top.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

A Company Dinner for 4:  SPICY ATLANTIC COD WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS & BLACK OLIVES SEASONED WITH OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF BOILED RED POTATOES

Almost a one-dish dinner, easy and delicious. . .

For 4:

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

–broccoli florets (from 2 heads of broccoli, fresh)

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–oregano (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (to taste, about 1 teaspoon)

–white wine (one-third cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (organic if possible)

–red potatoes (8 to 10, cut bite-sized)

1 – Place bite-sized, cut, red potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the broccoli florets around a large, covered, baking dish.  Add white wine.  Add cod in the center of the baking dish.  Season cod and broccoli with salt, pepper, oregano, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle black olives on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod for 12 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and broccoli hot, with the potatoes as a side.

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

CRABMEAT PATTIES WITH BROCCOLI – GREEN ONIONS – ZUCCHINI & TOPPED WITH A SAUCE OF TERIYAKI – GINGER – DIJON – MINCED GARLIC – WHITE WINE

Note:  For ease of cooking, I used ready-prepared crab cakes.

For 4:

–crabmeat patties (4)

–broccoli (half a head, divided by stems)

–green onions (4 stalks, chopped)

–zucchini (1, small, sliced, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

Sauce:

–teriyaki sauce (one-eighth cup)

–ginger (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the teriyaki sauce, ginger, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, and white wine in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Set aside.

2 – Place the broccoli around the edge of a large baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drizzle some of the sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Place the zucchini in the middle of the large baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle some of the sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes (this includes the broccoli as well).

4 – Place the crabmeat patties on top of the vegetables.  Top with green onions.

5 – Microwave the dish for 1 and one-half minutes more.

6 – Serve 1 crabmeat patty per person, hot, with vegetables and sauce.

–crabmeat patties and vegetables with sauce adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.