SOUTHERN CATFISH WITH BASIL – OREGANO – THYME – CUMIN – GARLIC – RED ONION – GRAPE TOMATOES IN CLAM – BROTH SAUCE

The taste is fantastic!

For 2:

–8 to 10 catfish portions (or 2 fillets)

–basil, oregano, thyme, cumin (dried, one-eighth teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–red onion (medium, one-quarter, sliced)

–grape tomatoes (halved, fresh, 5 or 6 halved)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the catfish in a large, covered baking dish, with portions separated.  Pour in the clam juice and chicken broth.  Season with basil, oregano, thyme, and cumin.  Top with sliced red onion and halved grape tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes (a short time because portions are separate).

3 – Serve the catfish hot, with onion and tomatoes on top.

–inspired by Southern Living magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED SALMON SEASONED WITH CUMIN – TURMERIC – PARSLEY AND IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

This is so easy.  I didn’t think the seasonings would work together, but, boy, was I wrong!  I will return to this recipe. . .

For 2:

–salmon (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound); or substitute canned salmon, 1 can (microwave only 1 and one-half minutes, just to heat up, with the canned salmon)

–cumin, turmeric, parsley (dried, one-half teaspoon each)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–lemon juice (bottled; 3 squirts)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle turmeric, cumin, and parsley (in that order) on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 40 seconds.  (Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, to be flaky.)

2 – Serve the salmon hot, with a little sauce dribbled on top.

–salmon inspired by Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner: CHICKEN CUMIN – CORIANDER TOPPED BY BANANA PEPPERS & BREADCRUMBS AND SPRINKLED WITH LIME JUICE

Note:  During this very difficult time in our world, I am going to start re-posting easy, simple dinners with ingredients that we all likely keep on hand.  Also, read the list of ingredients for my suggested substitutions.  My best wishes to all of you.

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

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips (or substitute canned chicken; drain first)

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

–banana peppers (bottled, half a dozen, plus 2 tablespoons of liquid) or substitute any spicy ingredient (cayenne pepper, one-quarter teaspoon; sriracha sauce, 1 tablespoon; or dill pickle, 1, chopped)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup, plain) or substitute broken bits of loaf bread

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled) or substitute lemon juice or leave this out entirely as optional

–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.

 

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.