SWEET BASIL CHICKEN STEW WITH RED BELL PEPPER – CAYENNE – VIDALIA ONION –  GREEN BEANS – CORN IN BROTH & RED WINE SAUCE ATOP COUSCOUS

For 2 (note; just 2):

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil (fresh if possible, 4 diced leaves; or one tablespoon, dried)

–red bell pepper (one-half, medium, cut in 1-inch pieces)

–cayenne pepper (one-fourth teaspoon)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–green beans (1 large handful)

–corn (one-half cup)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–red wine (one-fourth cup)

–couscous (1 small package)

 

1 – Place the chicken, red bell pepper, Vidalia onion, green beans, and corn in a slow cooker.  Season with basil, cayenne pepper, sugar, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add red wine.  Pour chicken broth in the cooker just to cover the chicken and vegetables.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Place the cooker on low, and let cook for 5 and one-half hours.  Remove the chicken and shred (chicken will already have begun to break apart).  Return the chicken to the cooker, and cook on low for 30 minutes longer.  When finished, place the setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place one and one-fourth cup water in a covered baking dish.  Add the couscous spice package and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes (until just boiling).  Pour the couscous in the water with the spices.  Stir.  Re-cover, and let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken stew, hot, atop the couscous.

–chicken stew adapted from a clipping from an old Southern cookbook.

THYME – TOMATO CHICKEN WITH VIDALIA ONION – CAPERS – PARSLEY IN MARINARA – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP GARLIC COUSCOUS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one half, sliced)

–capers (bottled, about 12)

–parsley (fresh)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own, with basil)

–white wine

–couscous (boxed, garlic – olive oil variety)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the entire contents of the box of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-fourth cups of water.  Sprinkle seasoning packet on top.  Add a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop a tomato and half a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-third bottle of marinara sauce.  Add a little white wine and olive oil.  Season with pepper and thyme.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – When finished, nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Add 12 capers on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes (more because of the sauce).

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the couscous.

–chicken adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

A Simple Dinner:  HERBED COD WITH PARMESAN IN WHITE WINE & ITALIAN SAUCE / COUSCOUS

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

–basil, oregano, garlic powder, minced onion, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Italian sauce (spaghetti sauce)

–couscous (boxed)

–olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with basil, oregano, garlic powder, minced onion, cayenne pepper (optional), salt and pepper.  Spoon Italian sauce atop the cod and all around the dish.  Add a splash of white wine and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

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

3 – Serve the cod with sauce, hot, atop the couscous.  I also served field peas with snaps and a salad (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by Monahan’s Seafood web site; couscous original.

COD CREOLE WITH CELERY – ONION – PARSLEY IN SPAGHETTI SAUCE / COUSCOUS

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

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–spaghetti sauce (bottled, two-thirds cup)

–Creole seasoning (bottled)

–couscous (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the celery, onion, and parsley, and place in a covered baking dish with two-thirds cup of spaghetti sauce.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then place the cod atop the sauce.  Season with Creole sauce, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place three-fourths cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt.  Add 1 cup of water and a little olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Microwave the cod on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce, hot, atop the couscous.  I also served tomato pie (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–adapted from To the Taste of a King (a shrimp recipe).

CHILLED LEMONY SALMON – COUSCOUS SALAD WITH CORN – GREEN PEAS – BASIL – OREGANO – DILL – PARSLEY / BACON – FLAVORED BIBB LETTUCE SALAD

Note:  This is a make-ahead dinner.

 

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–couscous (three-fourths cup measure; boxed)

–corn (one-half can)

–green peas (one-half can)

–lemon juice

–basil, oregano, dill, parsley (fresh if possible)

–bibb lettuce (half a package)

–Bac’n pieces

–salad dressing of your choice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place three-fourths cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with one-fourth teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.  Let set.  Chill in refrigerator.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, dill, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of bibb lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and Bac’n pieces.  Add salad dressing of your choice, to taste.  Chill until time for dinner.

4 – Season the chilled couscous with basil, oregano, dill, and parsley.  Break apart the salmon in large chunks, discarding the skin.  Fold very gently into the couscous.  Chill the salmon and couscous until time for dinner.

5 – Serve the salads cold, on the same plate.

–salmon salad adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; bibb lettuce recipe original.

GARLIC – HERB FLOUNDER ATOP CRABMEAT WITH TOMATO & ONION IN COCONUT MILK / COUSCOUS / PARMESAN – BASIL TOMATO PIE WITH CRUMBLED WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFINS

–flounder (2, thawed from freezer)

–crabmeat (1 can)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–tomatoes (4, divided)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–coconut milk (lite, canned)

–couscous (boxed)

–Parmesan cheese

–whole wheat English muffins (2)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice one-half onion and 1 tomato, and place in a covered baking dish with a little coconut milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place crabmeat on top of the onion and tomato.  Then place the flounder on top of the crabmeat.  Season the flounder with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  Then pour one – third cup of coconut milk over the seafood.  Set aside.

2 – Break apart 1 whole wheat English muffin, and place in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Cut 3 tomatoes in half, and place over the muffin pieces.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and Parmesan cheese.  Then top with more pieces of a second English muffin.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

3 – Measure 1 cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the seafood for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the seafood atop the couscous, with the tomato pie as a side.

–recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED SALMON IN WHITE WINE & LEMON WITH TOMATO – ONION SALSA / COUSCOUS / TARRAGON SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH FAUX BACON & ONION

–split peas (dried; no soaking required)

–Bac’n piece

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

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

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

–salsa (hot or mild, from a jar)

–couscous

1 – Place two-thirds cup of split peas in a slow cooker.  Add 2 and one-half cups of chicken broth.  Slice one-half onion and add to the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, tarragon, and Bac’n pieces.  Cook on high for 6 hours.  Keep on “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and then add a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place 1 cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit to allow couscous to set up.

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

5 – Serve the split pea soup as a first course.  Then serve the salmon atop the couscous.

–salmon adapted from Instant Gourmet (Ceil Dyer, author); other recipes original.

GARLIC TOMATO SALMON / COUSCOUS / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS

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

–garlic powder

–tomatoes (diced, one-half can)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed)

–green peas (frozen, one-half package)

–mushrooms (about 10; I use baby bellas)

 

1 – Place the tomatoes in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes to heat.  When finished, nestle the salmon among the tomatoes.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.  Set aside.

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

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

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

5 – Serve the salmon on top of the couscous, with the green peas as a side.

–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.

COD WITH DILL – PARSLEY – BAY LEAF IN WHITE WINE – LEMON SAUCE / BROCCOLI WITH SOY – SESAME – LEMON SAUCE / GARLIC PASTA

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

–dill

–parsley

–bay leaf

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

–garlic powder

–broccoli (one stalk)

–soy sauce

–sugar

–sesame seeds (toasted, bottled)

–pasta

 

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in a large, covered, baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic powder.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Drain in a colander before serving.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in one-fourth cup of white wine.  Season with dill, parsley, bay leaves (2, submerge in wine), garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Cut the florets and some stem from the broccoli stalk.  Break apart the remaining pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and sesame seeds.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Place one-quarter cup of soy sauce in a small, microwaveable bowl.  Add one-quarter cup of both lemon juice and white wine.  Season with 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Stir well.  When broccoli has finished cooking, microwave the soy sauce on high for 1 minute.  Then pour over the broccoli.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 and one-half minutes, longer if it does not yet break apart easily.

6 – Serve the cod on top of the pasta, with the broccoli with soy sauce on the side.

–recipes adapted from Real Simple.

CHICKEN CURRY WITH TOMATO – ONION – PEPPER IN TOMATO SAUCE / COUSCOUS / GREEN BEANS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–curry powder

–tomato (2 slices)

–tomato sauce

–onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (2 slices)

–tomato sauce (one-half small can)

–coriander (optional)

–garlic powder

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

 

1 – Slice onion, red bell pepper, and tomato, and place in a covered baking dish.  Pour one-half can of tomato sauce on top.  Add one-quarter cup of red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, coriander (optional), and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Place chicken on top of the vegetables.  Season with curry powder, coriander (if using), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place three-fourths cup of couscous and 1 cup of water in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes (longer because of the bulk of the vegetables). 

5 – Serve the chicken on top of the couscous, with the green beans as a side.

–chicken adapted from Tesco Real Food web site; other recipes original.

CINNAMON SALMON WITH ONION, BLACK OLIVES, & RED BELL PEPPER / COUSCOUS / BUTTERED CARROTS WITH HERBS

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

–cinnamon

–red bell pepper (2 slices)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–black olives (1 small can, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous with garlic & olive oil (boxed; plain may be substituted)

–carrots (4, medium)

–rosemary, thyme, marjoram, garlic powder, oregano, basil

–Promise Activ (heart-healthy margarine)

 

1 – Dice the red bell pepper and chop the onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add a small can of black olives.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the salmon on top.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon (generously), and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place three-fourth’s cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle from the packet that holds garlic and olive oil.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with salt.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes, until just bubbling.  Remove from the microwave and let sit, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Peel and slice the carrots into one-fourth inch pieces.  Season with rosemary, thyme, marjoram, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.  Add a teaspoon of Promise Activ.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.

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

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–salmon adapted from the Prevention web site; carrots adapted from Taste of Home web site; couscous adapted from instructions on box.

BASIL – OREGANO TILAPIA WITH TOMATOES & RED WINE / COUSCOUS / GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES, HONEY AND PECANS

Note:  My husband Paul recommends this dinner.

 

–tilapia (2, medium)

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–tomatoes (2, medium)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salad greens

–strawberries (6, fresh)

–honey

–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)

–feta cheese

–red wine

 

1 – Chop tomatoes.  Add to covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 3 minutes in microwave.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds’ cup of couscous.  Add to wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Add one cup of chicken broth.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Then let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Measure two handfuls of salad greens to mixing bowl.  Slice strawberries and add to bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of honey, one-half small package of pecans, and one-third package of feta cheese to salad greens.  Pour 3 tablespoons of red wine into mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Transfer to serving bowl.

4 – Place the tilapia on top of the tomatoes in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 minutes in microwave.

5 – Serve the tilapia and couscous hot, and the salad cold.

–recipes original.

TERIYAKI SALMON / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS / COUSCOUS

–salmon (the size of 3 decks of cards)

–teriyaki sauce (bottled)

–onion (one-half)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–sugar

–garlic powder

–ginger

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–green peas (frozen)

–portabella mushrooms (4 or 5)

–couscous (pre-packaged)

 

1 – Chop one-half onion and lay in covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of white wine.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Cook for 2 minutes on high in microwave.

2 – Lay salmon on top of the onion in baking dish.  Generously cover with teriyaki sauce.  Season with sugar (about one teaspoon), garlic powder, ginger, pepper, a little more white wine, and olive oil.  Cover and set aside.

3 – Measure two-thirds cup of couscous into wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add two-thirds cup of water and season with salt.  Heat for 1 minute in microwave (on high).  Let stand at least 5 minutes, covered.

4 – Place green peas in covered baking dish.  Add one inch of water.  Chop portabella mushrooms and place on top of the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Cook salmon for 4 and one-half minutes.  Test the center to be sure it is done.  If not, return to microwave for 1 more minute. 

6 – Serve the salmon on top of the couscous, with the green peas as a side.

–salmon adapted from an old recipe on the web; other original.

GARLIC TILAPIA / FAUX CREAMED SPINACH / COUSCOUS WITH PARSLEY AND TOMATO

 

 –fillets of tilapia (2 medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

-olive oil

–salt and pepper

–garlic powder

–spinach (one package fresh)

–yogurt

–mayonnaise

–couscous

–tomato (1 medium)

–parsley

 

1 – Place the 2 tilapia in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of white wine and drench with lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside to marinate.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of couscous in a measuring cup.  Place in a baking dish.  Measure one and one-eighth cup of water and add to the couscous.  Season with one-eighth teaspoon of salt.  Cook on high for 1 minute in microwave.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place spinach in large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add one inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Chop tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 2 minutes.  Set aside.

5 – Chop 2 tablespoons of parsley.  Set aside.

6 – Mix 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise with one-third cup of yogurt.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

7 – Cook the tilapia for 5 minutes in the microwave.

8 – While tilapia is cooking, stir tomato and parsley into couscous.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

9 – Drain spinach in a colander.  Stir mayonnaise and yogurt mixture into the drained spinach.  Cover to preserve warmth.

10 – Serve dinner when tilapia has cooked.  Place tilapia on top of couscous, with spinach as a side.

–tilapia and couscous adapted from Real Simple; faux creamed spinach original.