A First Course:  SWEET ‘N SPICY SUMMER SQUASH SOUP PUREED WITH A MULTITUDE OF DRIED HERBS – RED ONION – MINCED GARLIC – MAPLE SYRUP – UNDILUTED VEGETARIAN VEGETABLE SOUP – LEMON JUICE – AND A BASE OF MILK

For 4:

–squash (2 large, or 4 small, fresh, sliced)

–ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper (1 teaspoon each, except for cayenne, which is one-half teaspoon)

–red onion (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–maple syrup (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–vegetarian vegetable soup (undiluted, 1 can)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 1 cup)

1 – Slice the squash and onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add the herbs (see above for amount), garlic, maple syrup, soup, olive oil, and lemon juice.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, let cool for 5 minutes (food is too hot to work with).

2 – Place the ingredients in a food processor.  Puree until smooth.

3 – Add 1 cup of milk.  Stir. Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Let the soup stand for 5 minutes, covered, before serving.

5 – Serve hot.

–adapted from the Mississippi Daily, newspaper of the University of Mississippi

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH FRESH TOMATO – SLICED ONION – CUMIN – PAPRIKA – PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC ATOP BROWN RICE & IN BROTH

Note:  This recipe starts a two-week unit on the best slow cooker recipes for chicken, cod, shrimp, and salmon that I can find—while I wait for a new microwave to be delivered and installed.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–cumin (bottled; 1 teaspoon))

–paprika (bottled; 1 teaspoon)

–parsley (bottled, dried; 1 tablespoon; don’t try to use fresh)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–brown rice (two-thirds cup dry)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, 1 and one-half cups)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the brown rice on the bottom of the slow cooker. 

2 – Place tomato, onion, cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and 3 drops of olive oil in a mixing bowl.  Stir well, and then place atop the brown rice in the cooker.

3 – Place the chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.

4 – Add the chicken broth.  Finish with parsley on top.

5 – Cook on low for 5 and one-half hours.

6 – Serve the chicken and rice hot.

–chicken adapted from Diethood, the eating effect blog.

A Simple Dinner:  COD TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS – CORIANDER – CUMIN IN A LIME – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–cumin (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Add white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and coriander.  Top with green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop couscous (use package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

–cod inspired by Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  CUMIN – CORIANDER CHICKEN TOPPED WITH BANANA PEPPERS & BREADCRUMBS IN LIME JUICE SAUCE

Note:  This super – easy chicken takes only 1 to 2 minutes to get ready for the microwave. 

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cumin, coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon each)

–banana peppers (bottled, half a dozen, plus 2 tablespoons of liquid)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup, plain)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Squirt lime juice on top.  Season with cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs lightly on chicken.  Place banana peppers and their liquid on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Check a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

Note:  This super – easy chicken takes only 1 to 2 minutes to get ready for the microwave. 

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cumin, coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon each)

–banana peppers (bottled, half a dozen, plus 2 tablespoons of liquid)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup, plain)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Squirt lime juice on top.  Season with cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs lightly on chicken.  Place banana peppers and their liquid on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Check a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BAKED COD TOPPED BY BUTTERY HERB CORNBREAD CRUMBS WITH CUMIN & CORIANDER IN LIME & CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–herb cornbread crumbs (one-quarter cup, I used Pepperidge Farm)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy, 3 tablespoons, melted)

–cumin, coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon each)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cornbread crumbs and melted margarine in a small mixing bowl.  (To melt margarine, microwave in a covered baking dish for 20 seconds.)  Stir well.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and coriander.  Place the buttered herb cornbread crumbs on top of the cod.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve hot.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WITH PAPRIKA – CUMIN – TURMERIC IN LIME JUICE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–paprika (one-quarter teaspoon)

–cumin (one-half teaspoon)

–turmeric (one-half teaspoon)

–lime juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Drench the chicken in lime juice.  Then sprinkle salt, pepper (to taste), cumin, turmeric, and paprika on top of the chicken.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from the bon appetit web site.

LEMON COD TOPPED WITH CORNBREAD DRESSING SEASONED WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – PAPRIKA – OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–cornbread dressing (one-half cup, I used Pepperidge Farm stuffing)

–paprika (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–coriander (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–cumin (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–clam juice (one-fourth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (5 tablespoons)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and then add clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

2 – Measure one-half cup of cornbread stuffing.  Add paprika, coriander, cumin, and olive oil and stir well.  Place the stuffing atop the cod.

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

4 – Serve the cod with dressing topping hot.

–cod inspired by the Mediterranean Dish blog.

CHILI – ROASTED COD WITH SRIRACHA – OREGANO – CUMIN IN LIME JUICE

For 4:

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

–sriracha sauce (chili, bottled)

–oregano (fresh if possible, leaves from 3 stems; or dried, one-half teaspoon)

–cumin (one-fourth teaspoon)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with one-fourth cup of water.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with oregano and cumin (amounts above), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spread three thin (one-eighth inch width) ribbons of sriracha sauce lengthwise along the cod.

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

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Real Simple magazine.

BAKED LIME COD SPRINKLED WITH CUMIN & GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS TOPPED WITH LIME SLICES AND IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  The original recipe called for tilapia.

For 4:

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

–cumin (bottled)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lime juice (bottled)

–lime (fresh, medium, sliced)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.    Drench in lime juice and then olive oil.  Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.  Sprinkle some garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top.  With a very sharp knife, slice a fresh lime.  Place atop the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–inspired by Appleby’s restaurant.

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN ALMANDINE WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – CAYENNE IN CREAM SAUCE ATOP BROWN RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–sliced almonds (one-half small package)

–coriander, cumin, cayenne (bottled)

–almond creamer (or dairy or soy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a small amount of almond (or dairy or soy) creamer in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the creamer.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle one-half small package of sliced almonds on top of the chicken.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave for 5 minutes on 50 percent power (to prevent creamer from bubbling out of the dish).

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop brown rice (place two-thirds cup of brown rice and two-thirds cup of water, with salt and olive oil, in a covered dish and microwave for 5 minutes)

–recipe original.