A Comfort Entrée: CHICKEN TENDERS & BABY DUTCH POTATOES WITH RED ONION RINGS SEASONED WITH ITALIAN PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – CHICKEN BROTH

This entree doesn’t have particular seasonings–just parsley and garlic–a true comfort dish in the old-fashioned way. . .for people who haven’t forgotten meat and potatoes. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (room temperature)

–parsley (1 large handful, chopped)

–baby Dutch potatoes (8 to 10, quartered)

–red onion (2 wide slices, broken apart)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil to taste

–salt and pepper to taste

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the quartered potatoes in the bottom of a large baking dish. Cut the onion, and separate the 2 slices, placing amid the potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil. Add the chicken broth.

2 – Microwave the potatoes and onion on high for 10 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken on top in the dish. Season with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley. Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

4 – Serve the entree hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

PACIFIC COD FILLET MARINATED IN LEMON JUICE – GINGER – SOY SAUCE – MINCED GARLIC – CHICKEN BROTH AND THEN TOPPED BY ROASTED PEANUTS – CHOPPED RED ONION – SLICED RED BELL PEPPERS AND COOKED IN THE MARINADE

Try to allow time to marinate a couple of hours. . .

For 2:

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

Marinade and sauce:

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–ginger (ground, 1 teaspoon)

–soy sauce (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper to taste

–extra virgin olive oil to taste

1 – Place the cod in the marinade and leave for a couple of hours at room temperature.

–chopped red onion (large, 2 slices, chopped)

–roasted red bell peppers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–dry roasted salted peanuts (one-quarter cup)

2 – Place the onion, peppers, and peanuts on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes and 30 seconds. (Microwave 1 minute longer if cod is thick.)

4 – Serve the cod dinner hot.

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


A Comfort Dish:  BAKED HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH CHOPPED ONION & CARROT PENNIES SEASONED BY TARRAGON – THYME – ROSEMARY – PARSLEY IN LEMON – BROTH SAUCE

You might add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder for even more flavor. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–chopped onion (one-third cup)

–carrot pennies (half a can, drained)

–tarragon, thyme, rosemary, parsley (1 teaspoon each, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken broth, all the herbs, onion, lemon juice, and carrots in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders atop the vegetables and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon sauce over the chicken.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–comfort chicken recipe inspired by a vintage Real Simple magazine.

A Tasty & Economical Dinner:  DICED ASIAN TOFU WITH PARSLEY AND A VEGETABLE MEDLEY OF CROWDER PEAS – YELLOW CORN – BROCCOLI FLORETS – CARROT PENNIES IN HOISIN – BROTH SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

The next best thing to a stir – fry. . .

For 2:

–diced tofu (one 3-inch by 2-inch square, cut up)

–crowder peas (one-half cup, canned)

–yellow corn (one-half cup, frozen)

–broccoli florets (frozen, half a dozen florets)

–carrot pennies (one-half can, drained)

–hoisin sauce (one-quarter cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

1 – Dice the tofu after draining.  Place in a large, covered baking dish.

2 – Add the vegetables of your choice (the title gives what I used), one-half cup each.

4 – In a cup, place the hoisin sauce.  Slowly add chicken broth to the hoisin sauce, stirring briskly.

3 – Season the tofu and vegetables with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Add the hoisin/chicken broth sauce.  Fold the ingredients together gently.

4 – Sprinkle parsley on top.

5 – Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

6 – Serve the tofu and vegetables hot, atop jasmine rice.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN OREGANO TOPPED BY MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS – SLICED BANANA PEPPERS – FRESH GRAPE TOMATOES IN BROTH

Oregano gives an extra boost to the veggies. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–oregano (1 teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–marinated artichoke hearts (3 or 4, halved and then chopped; bottled; ready-prepared in marinade)

–sliced banana peppers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–fresh grape tomatoes (6 to 8, halved)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Place chopped artichoke hearts, sliced banana peppers, and grape tomatoes on top.  Then sprinkle with oregano.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–recipe original.

ORGANIC CHICKEN GARLIC – ROSEMARY TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS WITH BABY DUTCH POTATOES IN A SAUCE OF WHITE WINE & CHICKEN BONE BROTH

Flavorful. . .and quintecential Edward Giobbi. . .

For 2:

–4 organic chicken tenderloins

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–rosemary (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (fresh, ready-prepared, one-quarter cup; or 3 stalks, chopped)

–baby Dutch potatoes (6 to 8, halved, packaged)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Wash and then halve the potatoes.  Place in a large, covered baking dish.  Add white wine and chicken bone broth.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken tenderloins in the sauce with the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Spoon sauce ove the chicken.  Top with green onions.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and potatoes, with sauce, hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  GINGERED ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH FRESH YELLOW & GREEN ONIONS IN A TERIYAKI – BROTH SAUCE

My husband says “this works”. . .

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–ginger (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–yellow onions (chopped, bought packaged, fresh, 3 tablespoons; or one-half onion)

–green onions (chopped, bought packaged, fresh, 3 tablespoons; or 3 stalks)

–teriyaki sauce (or soy sauce; one-quarter cup, bottled)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and ginger.  Add teriyaki sauce and chicken broth.  Top with yellow and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, and if desired, atop rice.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

COMFORT ONE-DISH CHICKEN DINNER WITH POTATOES & VIDALIA ONION SEASONED BY ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potatoes (2, medium, cut into 1-inch pieces)

–Vidalia onion (medium, 1, sliced)

–rosemary (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–bay leaves (2, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes and onion in a large baking dish.  Add the white wine and chicken broth.  Season with rosemary, bay leaves, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Gently stir the vegetables.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

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

SPICY PECAN COD OREGANO WITH POTATOES – FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – VIDALIA ONION – ITALIAN PARSLEY – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE

For 4:

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

–pecan bits (3 tablespoons)

–oregano (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–potatoes (2, small, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–fresh tomato (medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, quartered)

–Vidalia onion (1, small, sliced)

–Italian parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, or to taste)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes and Vidalia onion in a large, covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth and white wine.  Season with oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then add tomato and mushrooms.  Stir.  Place cod amid the vegetables.  Season with oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley and pecans on top.

2 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Comfort Entrée:  CHICKEN ROSEMARY – BASIL WITH SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – SLICED ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – CHICKEN BROTH & WITH A SIDE OF CREAM PEAS

Note:  To make a fancier recipe, substitute white wine for the chicken broth.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–fresh tomato (medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (fresh, 4 or 5, quartered)

–sliced onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

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

–cream peas (1 package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Bac’n pieces (1 tablespoon, bottled)

1 – Place the cream peas in a slow cooker.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

2 – Place the tomato, onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and chicken broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with basil, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (The tomato will disintegrate, making for a sauce, and this is why you don’t need more than one-eighth cup of chicken broth.)

3 – Nestle the chicken with the vegetables and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, and olive oil.  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.

–chicken and peas adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.