CAJUN BLACKENED SALMON CILANTRO TOPPED BY FRESH VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES & SERVED WITH JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–Cajun blackened seasoning (2 teaspoons)

–cilantro (dried, 2 teaspoons; or fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–jasmine rice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a one-eighth cup of water.  Season with 1 teaspoon of Cajun blackened spice, salt, and pepper.  Chop the tomato, and season it with salt, pepper, and Cajun blackened spice.  Place the seasoned tomato on top of the cod.  Finish with cilantro and a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the salmon for 6 and one-half minutes for medium rare (the best taste).

3 – Serve the salmon hot, atop jasmine rice (use package instructions for microwaving the rice; brands differ).

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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SALMON CILANTRO WITH CHILLED SALSA OF FRESH TOMATO – AVOCADO – GREEN ONIONS – BANANA PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – CILANTRO – LIME JUICE – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–avocado (1, fresh, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–banana pepper (medium, fresh, 3-inches, chopped)

–lime juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–olive oil (to taste)

–salt and pepper

1 – To prepare the salsa, gently fold chopped tomato, chopped avocado, green onions, chopped banana pepper, minced garlic, 3 squirts of lime juice, 3 stalks of fresh cilantro (chopped), and olive oil to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to dinner, in order to allow the salsa to season.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, several chopped stalks of cilantro, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky; do not overcook.

3 – Serve the salmon hot with the chilled salsa on the side.

–inspired by Real Simple magazine.

CILANTRO – LIME SALMON TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE

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

–lime juice (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish, and add the clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic.  Place the chopped tomato (seasoned with salt and pepper) on top, followed by the chopped cilantro.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from the Mediterranean Dish cooking blog.

CHICKEN SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS IN BROTH AND SERVED WITH A CHILLED GREEN DIPPING SAUCE OF PARSLEY – CILANTRO – OREGANO – WHITE WINE – CAYENNE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup)

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cilantro (fresh, one-half handful, chopped)

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–white wine (1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (one-fourth cup, for dipping sauce)

1 – Place the parsley, cilantro, oregano, white wine, cayenne pepper, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with broth.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a very light sprinkle of garlic-herb breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cut into one of the inner pieces to check for doneness.  If not done, microwave on high for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the dipping sauce on the side.

–dipping sauce adapted from Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  COD CILANTRO WITH LEMON ZEST IN CLAM – LEMON SAUCE

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

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.  Sprinkle cilantro on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

MARINATED COD WITH HONEY – APPLE JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE – LEMON ACCOMPANIED BY SALSA OF PEACH – AVOCADO – GREEN ONION – BANANA PEPPER – CILANTRO – LIME ATOP QUINOA

Note:  For best results, marinate the cod for 1 to 3 hours in the refrigerator.

For 4:

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

The marinade:

–honey (bottled)

–apple juice (organic, bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Salsa:

–peach (1, fresh, chopped)

–avocado (1, diced)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped)

–banana peppers (bottled; diced)

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped; or parsley, fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lime juice (bottled)

1 – Place 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 cup apple juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 2 squirts of lemon juice in a mixing bowl large enough for the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Submerge the cod.  Place, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.

2 – Place 1 chopped fresh peach, 1 diced avocado, 2 chopped stalks of green onion, 12 chopped banana pepper rings, 1 chopped handful of cilantro (or parsley), and 2 spirts of lime juice in a small mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Fold ingredients gently.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

3 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Cover with the marinade.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, salsa on the side, atop quinoa (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–fish (originally swordfish) and salsa adapted from Juli at the blog, paliOMG.  Check her out; she has some great recipes plus lots more, too; cookbooks available.

CILANTRO SALMON WITH PEACH & PEAR SLICES IN HONEY &  TERIYAKI MARINADE

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

–cilantro (fresh, chopped; or parsley, fresh, chopped)

–mixed fruit (in a jar)

–honey

–teriyaki marinade (bottled)

–pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little teriyaki marinade.  Season with pepper.  Drizzle honey on top.  Place several peach and pear slices, ready to serve from a jar, around the salmon, along with some of the juice from the fruit.  Sprinkle chopped cilantro (or parsley) on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

–salmon inspired by 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

CHICKEN TENDERLOINS SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & SERVED WITH A SIDE OF COLD & SMOOTH NUT SAUCE WITH TOASTED WALNUTS – CILANTRO – LEMON – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–toasted walnuts (6 to 8 halves, shelled; microwave on high 1 plate of walnuts for 2 minutes; stir; then microwave for 2 minutes more)

–cilantro (or parsley, 1 handful, fresh)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Lightly sprinkle with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check an inside tenderloin for doneness.  If not done, continue microwaving on high for 1 minute more.

2 – In a food processor, place 6 to 8 toasted walnut halves, 1 handful of chopped cilantro (or parsley), 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Add a small amount of water to reach desired consistency, and then pulse again.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the cold sauce on the side.

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

CRAB CAKES WITH MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED BY CILANTRO & LEMON SLICES IN SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–crab cakes (ready-prepared, 4)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–cilantro (or parsley, fresh)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish, not touching each other.  Drench in sherry, with a little extra for sauce.  Spread minced garlic atop each crab cake.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place a slice atop each crab cake.  Sprinkle chopped cilantro or parsley atop the crab cakes.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes, enough time to allow the lemon slices to release their juices.

2 – Serve the crab cakes hot.

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

MARINATED CILANTRO – LIME CHICKEN ATOP TURMERIC JASMINE RICE & WITH SALSA OF AVOCADO – PEACH – ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – FRESH PARSLEY – LIME JUICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–lime juice (bottled)

–turmeric (or saffron)

–jasmine rice (sticky white rice)

–avocado (one-half, chopped)

–peach (1, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-fourth, chopped)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with cilantro and lime juice.  Let marinate at least three hours (or overnight).

2 – Place two-thirds cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with turmeric (generously) and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then microwave for 10 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Peel and chop 1 fresh peach, scoop out pulp of one-half avocado, chop 2 slices of red bell pepper, and peel and chop one-fourth onion.  Add to a mixing bowl.  Season with lime juice.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the bowl.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.  (Better if done ahead.)

4 – Pour the contents of the plastic bag with chicken into a covered baking dish.  Add a little more water.  Season chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the turmeric rice, with chilled salsa to the side of the chicken.

–chicken, rice, and salsa inspired by “my recipes” web site.