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.

SWEET & SPICY SALMON WITH SRIRACHA – MAYO – BROWN SUGAR – PAPRIKA – CHIVES – LEMON – CELERY – GREEN ONION IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–sriracha sauce (chili hot sauce, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–brown sugar (2 tablespoons)

–paprika, chives (bottled)

–lemon juice

–celery (2 chopped stalks)

–green onions (2 chopped stalks)

–clam juice (or fish broth, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 chopped stalks of celery in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the salmon in the sauce.  Set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.  Stir well.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, paprika, and lemon juice.  Stir again.  Pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Place 2 chopped stalks of green onion to finish, on top of the salmon.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop quinoa, brown or white rice, pasta or couscous.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH BROWN SUGAR – MUSTARD SAUCE

For 4:

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

–brown sugar (one-third cup)

–Dijon mustard (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-third cup of brown sugar in a small mixing bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  Stir well.  Add more of either ingredient if you are not satisfied with the consistency.  Add a few drops of olive oil, and stir well.  Pour over the salmon.

3 – Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

MINT – CHIVES SALMON WITH CHOPPED APPLE – HONEY – LEMON – BROWN SUGAR IN APPLE JUICE

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–mint, chives (bottled)

–apple (1, fresh, chopped)

–honey

–lemon juice

–brown sugar

–apple juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Peel and chop an apple into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little apple juice.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle salmon amid the apple.  Drench in lemon juice.  Then season with salt, pepper, mint, chives, and olive oil.  Drizzle honey on top.  Then sprinkle brown sugar on top.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon and apples hot, with sauce, atop quinoa, rice, pasta, or couscous.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON GLAZED WITH BROWN SUGAR & DIJON

Note:  This recipe ranked 5 out of 5 stars with 1500 ratings.

For 4:

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

–brown sugar (one-half cup)

–Dijon mustard

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Measure one-half cup of brown sugar in a measuring cup.  Add 3 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and a drop of olive oil.  Stir until smooth.  Pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

SALMON WITH PAPRIKA – LIME – BROWN SUGAR & SALSA OF AVOCADO – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONION – LIME

Note:  This is recommended for company.  For four people, double the food and the cooking time.

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

–paprika (bottled)

–lime juice (bottled)

–brown sugar

–avocado (one-half, diced)

–tomato (one-half, medium, diced)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Dice one-half avocado, and place in a mixing bowl.  Dice one-half medium fresh tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place in the bowl.  Chop 2 stalks of green onion, and place in the bowl.  Season with lime juice to taste.  Stir gently but thoroughly.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of brown sugar on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the salsa on top or just beside.

–salmon and salsa adapted from the “Random Food I Make” blog site.

BOURBON STREET CHICKEN WITH APPLE JUICE – BROWN SUGAR – BALSAMIC – CATSUP – CAYENNE – GINGER – SOY SAUCE

Note:  Rating on web is 5 out of 5, with almost 3,000 reviews.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–apple juice

–brown sugar

–balsamic vinegar

–catsup

–cayenne pepper

–ginger (ground, bottled)

–soy sauce

–water

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

2 – Place 6 tablespoons of soy sauce in a mixing bowl; 5 tablespoons of apple juice; 1 tablespoon of catsup; 2 tablespoons of brown sugar; 6 tablespoons of water.  Season with ginger, a few drops of balsamic vinegar, and cayenne pepper.  Stir well, and then pour over the chicken.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, atop jasmine rice (for recipe for rice, use the search box on this blog).

–adapted from food.com web site; original recipe comes from Bourbon Street, New Orleans.

CHICKEN WITH STEWED APPLE & VIDALIA ONION IN CINNAMON – BROWN SUGAR – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–apple (peeled, chopped, medium)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half, sliced)

–cinnamon (bottled)

–brown sugar

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–bowtie pasta (dry, two-thirds cup)

1 – Place the bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Cover to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minute; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Peel and chop an apple, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Peel and slice one-half Vidalia onion, and place in the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the apple and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon a little sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, test the chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the apple and onion sauce atop the pasta.

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.

COD WITH LEMON & GREEN ONIONS IN BARBECUE SAUCE / BARBECUED BEANS

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

–lemon juice

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

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

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

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (1, medium, chopped)

–olive oil

–brown sugar

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–black pepper

1 – Place the great Northern beans in a slow cooker.  Chop and add 1 medium onion.  Then add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.  Season with pepper, olive oil, and Bac’n pieces.  Add chicken broth to the top of the beans and onion.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then add one-half cup of barbecue sauce, and cook on high for 45 minutes.  Keep on warm until time for dinner.  (Do not add barbecue sauce before the beans have finished cooking, or the beans will not tender because of the acidic sauce.)

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add salt and pepper.  Add barbecue sauce to taste.  Chop 2 stalks of green onions, and sprinkle on top.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the beans as a side.  I also served squash casserole, broccoli, and a salad (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–recipes original.

THYME COD WITH SOY SAUCE – BROWN SUGAR – ONION IN MARINARA SAUCE ATOP ANGEL HAIR PASTA

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

–soy sauce

–brown sugar

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–marinara sauce (bottled, spaghetti sauce)

–thyme (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–angel hair pasta

1 – Chop one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with soy sauce and brown sugar.  Add a medium amount of marinara sauce.  Season with pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place a handful of angel hair pasta, lengthwise in a long baking dish.  Cover with water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the marinara sauce.  Season the cod with salt and thyme.  Spoon some of the sauce over the top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop the angel hair pasta.

–cod adapted from the BBC “good food” web site; pasta original.

GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN WITH APPLES – ONION – CINNAMON – BROWN SUGAR IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–apple (fresh, peeled, and chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–cinnamon (bottled)

–brown sugar

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 peeled and chopped apple and one-half chopped onion in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and olive oil.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, place the chicken atop the apple and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Serve the chicken hot.  I also served a salad and Brussel sprouts (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from the food.com web site.

SWEET & SOUR SALMON WITH NUTMEG – MARJORAM – PAPRIKA – BROWN SUGAR IN ITALIAN SAUCE WITH ONION & CELERY / BLACK – EYED PEAS WITH SPINACH

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

–nutmeg, marjoram, paprika (bottled)

–brown sugar

–Italian sauce (spaghetti sauce)

–onion (1, divided, chopped)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–black-eyed peas (frozen)

–spinach (fresh, one-half package)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (optional)

1 – Place a package of black-eyed peas in a slow cooker.  Add one-half chopped onion.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 hours.  When finished, keep setting on “warm” until an hour before time for dinner.  Add one-half package of fresh spinach to the cooker, submerging the spinach and stirring.  Cook on high for 1 hour.

2 – Chop 1 stalk of celery and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Measure one-third cup of Italian sauce.  Optionally, stir in 1 tablespoon of Sriracha sauce.  Then add to the celery and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Nestle the salmon atop the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, paprika, marjoram, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the black-eyed peas with spinach as a side.  I also served bacon-flavored turnip greens with garlic powder (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–salmon inspired by viewer-contributed recipe to food.com network; black-eyed peas adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

BALSAMIC – GLAZED SALMON WITH ROSEMARY – GARLIC – BROWN SUGAR

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

–balsamic vinegar

–rosemary (bottled)

–garlic powder

–brown sugar

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (fish sauce)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in balsamic vinegar.  Season with rosemary, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle brown sugar on top.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served broccoli and baby lima beans (for recipes, use the search box in this blog).

–salmon adapted from allrecipes.com web site.

CHICKEN TENDERS PIQUANT WITH RED WINE – TERIYAKI – GINGER – BROWN SUGAR / SQUASH CASSEROLE / BABY BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano

–garlic salt

–ginger

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–teriyaki sauce (bottled)

–Dejon mustard

–brown sugar

–olive oil

–summer squash (5, small)

–Vidalia onion (1, small)

–Bac’n pieces

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add water to 1 inch above the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Promise Activ margarine, and Bac’n pieces.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Then keep on “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with oregano, garlic salt, and ginger.  In a small bowl, mix one-half cup of red wine, 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well, and then pour around the chicken.  If time permits, let marinate for an hour before cooking.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice the onion.  Add half the squash to a covered baking dish.  Add half the onion also.  Then season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Bac’n pieces, and breadcrumbs (a small amount).  Add the remaining half of the squash and onion, and season as before.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the squash and butter beans as sides.

–chicken adapted from Elegant but Easy Cookbook; other recipes original.

SPICY & SWEET BREADED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS WITH DEJON – BROWN SUGAR – RED WINE – ONION – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN SRIRACHA SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–plain breadcrumbs

–Dejon mustard

–brown sugar

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–onion (1, small)

–garlic salt

–Sriracha sauce (bottled)

–cayenne pepper

 

1 – Slice an onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a little red wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of plain breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Place the breaded chicken on top of the onion.  In a small bowl, stir well the following:  3 tablespoons of Dejon mustard, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of Sriracha sauce, 3 tablespoons of red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and a very small amount of cayenne pepper.  After stirring, pour this sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the dinner hot.  I served potatoes and tomato pie with this entrée.

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com.

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.

A Simple Dinner:  SPICY SALMON WITH LIME & CILANTRO / CARROTS WITH BROWN SUGAR

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

–Sriracha sauce

–lime juice

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–carrots (miniature, one-half package)

–brown sugar

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lime juice.  Sprinkle Sriracha sauce on top, to taste.  Season with salt, pepper, cilantro, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place carrots in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Sprinkle brown sugar on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

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

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the carrots as a side.

–salmon adapted from Wild Alaska Seafood web site; carrots original.

GARLIC COD WITH BROWN SUGAR – ONION – BANANA PEPPERS / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS

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

–garlic powder

–clam juice

–brown sugar

–onion (one-half, medium)

–banana peppers (one-half dozen, bottled)

–green peas (frozen, one-half package)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, sliced, 8 to 10 pieces)

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, place the cod amid the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and banana peppers.  Set aside.

2 – Place the green peas in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add mushrooms on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.  When finished, test to see that that cod breaks apart easily.

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the green peas as a side.

–cod adapted from a recipe in the Millsaps College magazine, winter 2014; green peas original.

CHILI COD GLAZED WITH SRIRACHA SAUCE – HONEY – BROWN SUGAR / BROCCOLI / BLACK BEANS WITH ONION / FRESH TOMATO SALAD WITH AVOCADO – FETA – ONION – CAPERS – BASIL

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

–Sriracha sauce

–honey

–brown sugar

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (1 stalk, medium)

–black beans (canned)

–onion (1 divided, medium)

–tomatoes (2, fresh)

–avocado (1, medium)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton)

–basil

–capers (about 1 dozen)

 

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a separate bowl, stir well 3 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of Sriracha sauce, and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.  Spoon on top of the cod.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Cut broccoli from stalk, keeping the stems and florets.  Break apart the broccoli.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Rinse the canned black beans in a colander.  Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the onion (only) for 3 minutes on high.  Add the beans to the onion.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Slice the tomatoes, avocado, and one-half onion, and place on a serving dish.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, capers, and basil.  Add feta cheese to the top. 

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

6 – Serve the cod hot, with the broccoli, beans, and salad as sides.

–cod adapted from food52 web site; other recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  ROSEMARY SALMON WITH LEMON & CAPERS IN WINE SAUCE / CARROTS WITH BROWN SUGAR / GREEN SALAD WITH FETA & CROUTONS

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

–rosemary

–capers (about a dozen)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–miniature carrots

–brown sugar

–salad greens

–feta cheese

–croutons (seasoned)

–salad dressing (your favorite, bottled)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench with lemon juice, and the add one-quarter cup of red wine.  Season with rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add capers on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place 20 miniature carrots in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and brown sugar.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add one-half cup of feta cheese.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and croutons (generously).  Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite salad dressing.

4 – Cook the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

–salmon recipes from allrecipes.com; other recipes original.

VIETNAMESE SWEET AND SOUR SHRIMP / WHITE RICE

–shrimp (one-half package of fresh medium shrimp)

–red bell pepper

–onion

–garlic powder

–clam juice

–brown sugar

–paprika

–lime juice

–peanuts

–white rice (instant)

 

1 – Slice off two sections of red bell pepper, and then chop.  Chop one-half onion.  Place the pepper and onion in a covered baking dish, and add one-quarter cup of clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in the microwave.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and a dollop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Rinse the shrimp, and then place on top of the pepper and onion.  Season with paprika, garlic powder, and lime juice.  Cook for 2 minutes on high in the microwave.  Then add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, sprinkled on top of the shrimp.  Season with olive oil.  Than cook for 1 minute more in the microwave on high.

4 – Just before serving, sprinkle the shrimp with a handful of peanuts.  Serve the shrimp hot on top of the rice.

–inspired by Real Simple.

CITRUS TILAPIA WITH SOY SAUCE AND BROWN SUGAR / TOMATO – AVOCADO SALAD / THYME GREEN BEANS

–2 tilapia

–orange (1)

–lime juice

–brown sugar

–soy sauce

–cayenne pepper

–garlic powder

–paprika

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–tomato (1 large, vine-ripened if possible)

–avocado

–red wine

–parsley

–green beans (frozen, one-third package)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Place tilapia in covered baking dish.  Cut orange into 2 pieces, and squeeze juice onto tilapia.  Add 3 tablespoons of lime juice and  one-fourth cup of soy sauce.  Season with cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar on top.  Set aside.

2 – Chop tomato and avocado.  Place in mixing bowl.  Add one-fourth cup of red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and parsley.  Fold the salad gently.

3 – Place green beans in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Cook on high in microwave for 6 minutes.

4 – Cook the tilapia on high for 5 minutes.  Check on the tilapia, and if the brown sugar starts to burn, reduce power to 50 percent, and then cook twice as long as the previous remaining time.

5 – Serve the tilapia and green beans hot, and the salad cold.

–tilapia adapted from “my recipes” on web; salad and green beans original.

SHRIMP-TOMATO SALAD / CARROTS WITH BROWN SUGAR / PAPRIKA ONIONS

–shrimp (small, frozen, 30 to 40, uncooked, tail off)

–onions (3)

–tomato

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–carrots

–brown sugar

–olive oil

–paprika

1 – Cook shrimp in covered baking dish in microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Rinse to cool.  Chop 1 onion.  Using food processor, pulse shrimp and onion, seasoned with salt, pepper, and mayonnaise (2 tablespoons).  Fold in 2 slices of chopped tomato.  Place in freezer (briefly) or refrigerator.

2 – Peel and cut 2 onions in quarters or eighths (depending on size, about an inch square for each piece).  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a generous amount of paprika.  Add water.  Cook in microwave on high for 15 minutes.

3 – Peel and then slice carrots diagonally.  Place in covered baking dish, seasoning with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a generous amount of brown sugar.  Cook for 4 minutes in the microwave on high.

4 – Serve the shrimp salad cold, with the onions and carrots hot.

–original recipes.

EGGPLANT CAVIAR / ROSEMARY CHICKEN / GLAZED CARROTS

Note: My husband Paul gave this dinner five stars.

 

Eggplant

Onion (one-half)

Parsley (fresh is better)

Red wine

Olive oil

Cayenne pepper

Garlic powder

Mayonnaise (optional)

Triscuits to serve with eggplant

4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

Rosemary (fresh if possible)

Parmesan cheese (shredded)

4 carrots

Brown sugar

Toasted pecan bits

Lemon juice

 

1 – Prepare the eggplant early, so that it has time to cool. Wash eggplant with soap and water; rinse thoroughly. Use a fork to spear the eggplant all over. Place on microwaveable plate. Cook for five minutes. Turn over in microwave, and cook the other side for five minutes. Cool in refrigerator if time is short.

2 – Using a sharp knife, cut the stalk off the eggplant. Then cut the eggplant lengthwise. Using a fork, rack out the eggplant from its skin, discarding the skin. Pile the meat of the eggplant together, flatten slightly, and then cut two ways with a knife. Drop into large mixing bowl.

3 – Grab a handful of fresh parsley. Chop finely. Cut onion in half, and chop the half finely.

4 – Add to the eggplant mixture: parsley, chopped onion, cayenne pepper (not too much), olive oil to taste, garlic powder, salt and pepper, red cooking wine, and mayonnaise (if desired). Stir vigorously.

5 – You will have enough eggplant caviar for two small bowls. Freeze one; set the other in the refrigerator before dinner.

6 – Lay out 4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips in dish with cover. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, snips of rosemary. Set aside.

7 – Drop pecan bits on plate. Toast for 2 minutes in microwave; then stir; then cook for 2 minutes more. Set aside.

8 – Peel 4 carrots with vegetable peeler. Cut in half, and then cut again lengthwise. (Be careful of your fingers.) Place in dish with cover. Add pecan bits, rosemary snips, lemon juice, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, olive oil to top of carrots. Cook for 4 minutes.

9 – At dinner, as an appetizer, serve eggplant caviar with Triscuits. Meanwhile, cook the chicken for 5 minutes. When chicken is done, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

10 – Serve the chicken and carrots immediately.

 

–Eggplant caviar and carrots adapted from Real Simple; chicken adapted from Carmelo’s (St. Paul, Minnesota).