HERB COD AND BROWN RICE WITH RED BELL PEPPER – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – MINCED GARLIC IN BROTH

For 4:

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

–brown rice (5 – minute cook, boxed, two-thirds cup dry)

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

–tomato (fresh, chopped, 1, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon (one-half teaspoon each, bottled)

1 – Place brown rice in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Place red bell pepper, onion, and tomato on top.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Then top with cod.  Season with minced garlic, cayenne pepper, rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in chicken broth to the level of one-half of the cod.

2 – Cook on high for 1 and one-half hour.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

–cod and rice adapted from “fit slow cooker” web site.

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MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WITH TOMATO – ONION – MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON ZEST ATOP BROWN RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomatoes (2, medium, chopped)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–marinated artichoke hearts (in a jar)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–brown rice (boxed, quick-cooking)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave for 5 minutes.

2 – Chop 2 medium tomatoes and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 sliced onion to the dish.  Place 5 or 6 artichoke hearts in the dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Sprinkle with lemon zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the tomato and onion sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the brown rice.

–chicken adapted from Alicia’s cooking blog, The Irreverent Kitchen.

CREAMY TURMERIC CHICKEN & RICE WITH GREEN ONION & DIJON IN BROTH & WHITE WINE  

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy)

–turmeric

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–olive oil

–brown rice (two-thirds cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

1 – Place one-half sliced onion in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Add two-thirds cup of brown rice and two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Then add one-fourth cup of white wine.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Stir well, and then microwave for 5 minutes more. 

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with 2 stalks of chopped green onion.  In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, a little white wine, and a little chicken broth.  Pour over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken atop the rice.  I also served purple hull peas and broccoli with pesto sauce (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–rice adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; chicken adapted from Nigelli.com web site.

LEMON COD WITH CAPERS – ONION – PARSLEY – LEMON ZEST IN WHITE WINE & BUTTER SAUCE / BROWN RICE IN BROTH

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

–capers (about 12)

–onion (one-half, medium, chopped)

–parsley (a handful, chopped)

–lemon juice

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–brown rice (fast cook)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Place one-half chopped onion in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the cod atop the onion. 

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of Promise Activ margarine in a small covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.

4 – Drench the cod in lemon juice.  Then pour the melted margarine on top.  Season with salt, pepper, a drop or two of olive oil, and lemon zest.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.

5 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

6 – Serve the cod hot, atop the brown rice.

–cod inspired by allrecipes.com; rice original.

GARLIC – CAYENNE COD WITH CELERY – TOMATO – ONION IN BRANDY – WHITE WINE SAUCE / BROWN RICE IN BROTH / BACON – FLAVORED CROWDER PEAS WITH ONION / BUTTER LETTUCE WITH GREEN GRAPES – AVOCADO – MUSHROOMS TOPPED WITH CROUTONS

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

–garlic powder

–celery (fresh, 1 stalk)

–tomato (fresh, medium, 2 slices chopped)

–sweet onion (three fourth’s, divided, medium)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–brown rice (fast cooking)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–crowder peas (canned)

–Bac’n pieces

–butter lettuce (one third package)

–green grapes (seedless, 1 small bunch, sliced in half lengthwise)

–avocado (fresh, 1)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4, sliced, fresh)

–croutons (seasoned, 1 handful)

–Italian salad dressing

1 – Chop 1 stalk of celery and add to a covered baking dish.  Add 2 slices of fresh tomato, chopped.  Add one-fourth chopped onion.  Pour in a little white wine and 3 tablespoons of brandy.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod among the vegetables.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of fast-cooking brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place one-third package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Slice and add to the bowl 1 small bunch of seedless green grapes; add 3 or 4 sliced baby bella mushrooms, and 1 chopped avocado (pit removed).  Add Italian salad dressing and stir gently.  Sprinkle the top with 1 handful of seasoned croutons.

4 – Rinse canned crowder peas in a colander.  Pour into a covered baking dish and add a little water.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the dish, stirring.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Microwave the cod and vegetables for 7 and one-half minutes.

6 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot, stop the rice, with the peas as a side.

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

BARBECUED SALMON SEASONED WITH RED WINE / BUTTER LETTUCE WITH GREEN GRAPES & FRESH PEAR IN ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING / BROWN RICE IN BROTH / GREEN BEANS WITH SLICED ALMONDS

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

–barbecue sauce (bottled; I use Bull’s Eye Original)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–butter lettuce (one-half package)

–green grapes (about a dozen, sliced in half)

–pear (fresh, medium, chopped)

–Italian salad dressing

–brown rice (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–sliced almonds (one-half package)

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a separate bowl, mix together one-third cup of barbecue sauce, 2 tablespoons of red wine, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Pour over the salmon.  Set aside.

2 – Pour one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Slice 12 grapes in half, and add to the bowl.  Wash and then dice a pear, adding to the bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add Italian salad dressing to taste.

3 – Measure two-thirds cup of brown rice, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Sprinkle one-half small package of sliced almonds on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Serve the salmon hot, atop the brown rice, with the green beans as a side.

–recipes original.

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SWEET ONION BALSAMIC RELISH / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON / BROWN RICE WITH BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–balsamic vinegar

–thyme and oregano (fresh if possible)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–brown rice (boxed, 5 – minute cooking)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken tenders in the midst of the sauce.  Season the tenders with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

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

3 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish with two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the brown rice, with the peas as a side.

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

NEW ORLEANS – INSPIRED CAJUN CHICKEN ATOP SPICY RED BEANS & BROWN RICE / ZUCCHINI FINGERS WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

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

–brown rice (5-minute, boxed)

–chicken broth

–Bac’n pieces

–minced onion (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–hot spice (bottled; I use New Orleans – based “Slap Ya Mama”)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–garlic & herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of red beans (that have been soaked overnight) in a slow cooker.  Add chicken broth to 1 inch above the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, hot spice, Bac’n pieces, minced onion, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, place setting on “warm” and wait for dinnertime.

 

2 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, hot spice, and olive oil.  Pour plain breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Set aside.

 

3 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

 

4 – Peel and slice zucchini in half.  Then slice horizontally.  Place in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in some garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes or less (depending on taste).

 

5 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

 

6 – Serve the chicken atop the rice and beans, with the zucchini as a side.

 

–recipes original.

SALMON & ZUCCHINI WITH GINGER – GREEN ONION – SESAME SEEDS – GARLIC IN SOY SAUCE / BROWN RICE IN BROTH

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

–zucchini (1, fresh)

–ginger (bottled)

–green onion (2 stalks)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–garlic salt

–soy sauce

–brown rice (boxed, 5-minute)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Peel and slice the zucchini.  Place on either side of the salmon.  Drench in soy sauce.  Slice the green onions in one-half inch pieces, and sprinkle on top of the salmon and zucchini.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Season with ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon and zucchini on top of the brown rice.

–salmon and zucchini inspired by health.com web site; rice original.

ORANGE CHICKEN WITH CUMIN – CAYENNE – ONION / BROWN RICE WITH SHREDDED SQUASH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange (1, medium)

–onion (1, medium)

–cumin

–cayenne pepper

–brown rice (five-minute cook)

–summer squash (1, medium)

1 – Peel and slice an onion into large chunks.  Place the onion in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Peel and break apart the orange.  Cut each section into two pieces.  When the onion has cooked, add the orange and microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the orange and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and cut the squash horizontally into two pieces.  Using the shredder attachment of a food processor, shred the squash.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of brown rice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave the rice and squash together for 7 minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, on top of the rice – squash vegetable.

–recipes adapted from Real Simple.