A Simple Dinner:  CAJUN MAHI – MAHI & SHRIMP IN RED CURRY & CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  Mahi – mahi is also called swordfish.

For 2:

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

–shrimp (12, small, thawed from frozen)

–red curry paste (bottled)

–clam juice

–Cajun seasoning (I use New Orleans – based Slap Ya Mama seasoning)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the mahi – mahi in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning.  In a small mixing bowl, place 2 tablespoons of red curry paste.  Very, very slowly add a few drops of clam juice, serving briskly.  Add more clam juice, still stirring, until the curry paste has the consistency of a milkshake.  Spoon the sauce atop the mahi – mahi.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Take the mahi – mahi from the microwave, and add the shrimp on either side (do not cover the mahi – mahi).  Spoon sauce over the shrimp.  Microwave for 2 and one-half minutes more.

3 – Serve the mahi – mahi and shrimp hot, atop rice, if desired (for recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–mahi – mahi and shrimp curry inspired by Naïve Cook Cooks blog site by Amishi (chef)

CAJUN COD & SHRIMP SCAMPI WITH PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC – FAUX BUTTER – OLIVE OIL IN WHITE WINE – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 8 to 10, medium)

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole; I used New Orleans – based “Slap Ya Mama”

–parsley (fresh)

–minced garlic (bottled)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–olive oil

–white wine

–clam juice (bottled; or fish broth)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 8 to 10 medium shrimp in a small covered baking dish.  Add a very small amount of white wine, clam juice, Promise margarine, and olive oil.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and Cajun seasoning.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and clam juice.  In a separate bowl, place 1 tablespoon of Promise margarine.  Microwave the margarine for 10 seconds; then stir.  Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Pour the margarine and garlic on top of the cod.  Chop the parsley, and drop on top.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp atop the cod.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, atop pasta, couscous, rice, or quinoa if desired.

–cod and shrimp inspired by “Cindy’s recipes and writings” blog site.

CAJUN CHICKEN JAMBALAYA WITH ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS – PARSLEY – CAYENNE ATOP SPICY JASMINE RICE IN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–cayenne pepper

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–jasmine rice (sticky rice)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice one-half onion and one-half red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of chicken broth.  Slice 2 green onions and place in the dish.  Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Season with Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the onion and red bell pepper.  Season with Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

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

–chicken jambalaya adapted from food.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  CAJUN COD / CAJUN POTATOES

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

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole; I use the Cajun “Slap Ya Mama,” from New Orleans

–potatoes (2, medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub potatoes and chop into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, Cajun or Creole seasoning, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Cajun or Creole seasoning, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the potatoes as a side.  I also served broccoli (recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–recipes original.

CAJUN SALMON WITH GREEN ONIONS & PARSLEY / BACON – FLAVORED LENTILS WITH CHOPPED TURKEY – ONION – PARSLEY IN BROTH

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

–Cajun or Creole seasoning (I use New Orleans – based “Slap Ya Mama”)

–green onions (fresh, chopped fine, 2 stalks)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–lentils (dried; no need to soak overnight)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Bac’n pieces

–turkey slices (2, chopped)

–onion (one-half)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of lentils in a slow cooker.  Slice one-half onion and add to the cooker.  Mince 1 small handful of parsley, and add to the cooker.  Chop 2 turkey slices and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth above the lentils and vegetables by 2 inches.  Cook on low for 6 hours; then place setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season generously with Cajun or Creole seasoning.  Finely chop 2 stalks of green onions, and place atop the salmon.  Then finish with chopped parsley.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the lentils as a side.  I also served spinach with lemon zest and oven fried okra (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–recipes original.

SPICY LEMON COD WITH GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / GARLIC SPINACH – KALE / BALSAMIC TOMATO – AVOCADO SALAD WITH FETA  

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

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole, bottled)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–lemon juice

–green onions (2 stalks)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–spinach – kale (fresh, packaged)

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–tomatoes (2, fresh)

–avocado (1, medium, fresh)

–feta cheese

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

 

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, garlic salt, and Cajun or Creole seasoning.  Slice green onions into one-quarter inch pieces, and then scatter on top of the cod.  Pour a little white wine around the cod.  Add a little olive oil on top.  Set aside.

 2 – Place the spinach – kale in a large, wide-mouthed baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

 3 – Wash and slice the tomatoes, placing them on a plate.  Cut open the avocado, remove the pit, and slice; then add to the tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of feta cheese on top.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the spinach – kale hot and the salad cold.

 –cod inspired by allrecipes.com; other recipes original.

CAJUN SALMON / CILANTRO – AVOCADO SALSA WITH PINEAPPLE – TOMATO – ONION / SPINACH WITH GARLIC / SQUASH WITH ONION & FAUX BACON

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

–Cajun seasoning (I use New Orleans-based “Slap Ya Mama,” available on the web; or use Creole seasoning)

–avocado (1, ripe, chopped)

–pineapple (one-half small can of chunk)

–tomato (3 slices, chopped)

–onion (1, divided, chopped)

–cilantro (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach (fresh, half a package)

–garlic salt

–squash (2 small, fresh)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Chop the avocado, pineapple, tomato, and one-half onion, and add to a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, cilantro, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator to chill for dinner.

3 – Place the spinach in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Slice the squash and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Microwave the salmon on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If done, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

6 – Serve the salmon with the salsa, with the squash and spinach as sides.

–avocado salsa adapted from food.com; other recipes original.

SPICY PECAN ORANGE ROUGHY WITH PARMESAN / QUINOA IN BROTH / RED BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–3 fillets of orange roughy (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–pecan bits (one-half package)

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole, found in most supermarkets)

–thyme

–lemon juice

–Parmesan cheese

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–seasoned crackers (gluten free)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–quinoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–red beans (dried, soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon

–minced onion

 

1 – Place 1 cup of beans in a slow cooker.  Cover with chicken broth, allowing 2 inches at the top of broth.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Bac’n pieces, and minced onion.  Cook in slow cooker for 6 hours.  When finished, turn setting to “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-third cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high, and then microwave for 9 minutes on 50 percent power.

3 – Empty half a box of gluten free, seasoned, crackers in a plastic bag.  Crush against the kitchen counter with the back of an ice cream spoon.  Place the orange roughy fillets on a large plate.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, lemon juice, and olive oil.  Place the orange roughy in the plastic bag with the cracker crumbs.  Shake well.  Place the completed fillets in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Sprinkle with pecans, Parmesan cheese (generously) and parsley.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the orange roughy on top of the quinoa, with the red beans as a side.

–fish recipe from the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, about 1990; other recipes original.

CAJUN CHICKEN WITH TOMATO & ONION SAUCE / COUSCOUS / SPINACH WITH LEMON PEPPER

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–diced tomatoes (one-half can)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole, found in most supermarkets)

–couscous

–spinach (1 package, fresh)

–lemon pepper

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice the onion, and place, with tomatoes, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Nestle chicken in the sauce.  Season chicken with salt, pepper, Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, and olive oil. Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a few drops of of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place spinach in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with an inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Drain before serving.  Also cut across two ways.

4 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot on top of the couscous, with sauce, and serve the spinach as a side.

–recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  CAJUN COD / BUTTERED CARROTS WITH DILL / SCALLOPPED POTATOES / BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

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

–Cajun spice (boxed)

–miniature carrots (fresh, peeled, and packaged)

–dill

–Irish potato (white potato, medium size)

–milk (dairy, soy, or almond)

–paprika

–butter beans (canned)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–salt and pepper

–Promise Activ (heart-healthy margarine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Cajun spice, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Empty one-third package of carrots onto cutting board.  Slice carrots into 2 pieces each.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and Promise Activ.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Scrub white potato thoroughly.  Slice into one-quarter inch pieces, the width of the potato.  Place in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Add 1 inch of milk.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes, and then cook on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Use colander to drain butter beans.  Rinse well.  Place in covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with pepper, Bac’n pieces, and Promise Activ.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.

5 – Cook the cod for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.

6 – Serve the meal hot.

–recipes original.