A Simple Dinner: SALMON GLAZED WITH MOLASSES – DIJON – RED WINE & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–molasses (6 tablespoons)

–Dijon mustard (2 tablespoons)

–red wine (2 tablespoons)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped finely)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the Dijon mustard in a small mixing bowl.  Slowly add the molasses, stirring vigorously.  Then add the red wine.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the sauce on top.  Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon inspired by the food.com web site.

CHILLED SHRIMP SERVED ON ICE WITH SPICY REMOULADE SAUCE

For 2:

–50 small frozen shrimp (cooked, tail-off, shell off, thawed from frozen)

Remoulade sauce (1 cup):

–mayonnaise (two-thirds cup)

–Dijon mustard (2 heaping tablespoons)

–Creole seasoning (1 heaping tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh if possible, chopped, 2 tablespoons fresh; or 1 tablespoon dried)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–paprika (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-fourth teaspoon)

1 – Stir all the ingredients together for the remoulade sauce.  Keep in refrigerator until ready for dinner.  Sauce is better if made two hours in advance.

2 – Serve the thawed shrimp atop ice, in a bowl, with the remoulade sauce on the side.

–shrimp serving suggestion inspired by Weidmann’s restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi; remoulade sauce inspired by a magazine clipping from long ago.

Inspired by “We Wine We Dine” blog:  SALMON WITH HONEY – DIJON – HORSERADISH SAUCE TOPPED BY FRESH PARSLEY IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–honey (bottled)

–Dijon mustard (bottled)

–horseradish sauce (mild, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, chopped, 1 handful)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small mixing bowl, place 1 tablespoon each of Dijon mustard, horseradish sauce, honey, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Spread the sauce atop the salmon.  Finish with chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon inspired by We Wine We Dine blog.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH DIJON – LEMON – PARSLEY IN CLAM JUICE

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

–Dijon mustard (bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small mixing bowl, place 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (added slowly and stirring).  Then chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the Dijon/lemon.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil. Stir well.  Spread over the salmon.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  CREAMY SALMON WITH PARMESAN – DIJON – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – MAYO IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–Dijon mustard

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–clam juice

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small mixing cup, place one-fourth cup of mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese, a squirt of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Pour over the salmon.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot, atop brown or white rice.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH BROWN SUGAR – MUSTARD SAUCE

For 4:

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

–brown sugar (one-third cup)

–Dijon mustard (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-third cup of brown sugar in a small mixing bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  Stir well.  Add more of either ingredient if you are not satisfied with the consistency.  Add a few drops of olive oil, and stir well.  Pour over the salmon.

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

4 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN WITH LEMON SLICES

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey

–Dijon mustard

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard and 3 tablespoons of honey.  Squirt in a few drops of lemon juice.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.

2 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the lemon slices atop the chicken.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

SALMON SMOTHERED IN MOCK HOLLANDAISE – DIJON SAUCE

Note:  This sauce has a very delicate flavor, just what my husband and I like.  If your family prefers a more robust flavor, use 3 tablespoons of Dijon rather than 2 tablespoons.

For 4:

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

–salt and pepper

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–clam juice (or fish broth, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–egg yolk (1)

–creamer (soy or almond for lactose-free; or dairy)

–Dijon mustard

–flour (2 level tablespoons)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Assemble 3 microwavable bowls (uncovered), with the second and third bowls at least 1 and one-half cup size.

3 – In the first bowl, place 4 tablespoons of Promise margarine.  Microwave for 10 seconds on high.  Stir to complete melting. 

4 – In the second bowl, place 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  Add, very slowly and stirring briskly, three-fourths cup of clam juice, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of soy or almond creamer.  Then add the melted Promise margarine (Step 3) and stir again.  Microwave the bowl for 1 and one-half minutes on high.

5 – In the third bowl, place 2 level tablespoons of flour.   Very slowly add the liquid from Step 4 to the flour, stirring briskly.  Set aside.

6 – Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

7 – Microwave the sauce (Step 5) for 2 minutes on high.  When finished, add 1 egg yolk, and stir very well.  Pour the completed sauce on top of the salmon.

8 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop white (preferably jasmine) or brown rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–mock hollandaise and Dijon sauce adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

WARM ROSEMARY – GARLIC CHICKEN ATOP FRESH TOMATO – ROMAINE SALAD DRESSED WITH WHITE WINE – ONION – OLIVE OIL – DIJON

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary

–minced garlic (bottled)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–romaine lettuce (5 leaves, rinsed and dried off)

–white wine

–onion (one-fourth, medium, chopped fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, take the cover off so that the chicken can cool slightly.

2 – Wash 5 leaves of romaine lettuce; then dry off.  Break apart into bite-sized pieces.  Chop 1 medium, fresh tomato, season with salt and pepper, and then add to the lettuce.  In a small mixing bowl, place 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.  Minced one-fourth medium onion, and add to the bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Stir the mustard, oil, and onion well.  Very slowly add one-half cup of white wine to the bowl, stirring constantly.  Pour the salad dressing over the lettuce and tomato, and stir.

3 – Serve the chicken, just warm but not hot, atop the salad.

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

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON GLAZED WITH BROWN SUGAR & DIJON

Note:  This recipe ranked 5 out of 5 stars with 1500 ratings.

For 4:

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

–brown sugar (one-half cup)

–Dijon mustard

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Measure one-half cup of brown sugar in a measuring cup.  Add 3 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and a drop of olive oil.  Stir until smooth.  Pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

LEMON & DILL SALMON SPRINKLED WITH TOASTED WALNUTS & BREADCRUMBS IN DIJON – MAYO – CLAM JUICE

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

–lemon juice

–dill

–toasted walnuts

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–Dijon mustard

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–clam juice

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and dill.  Sprinkle a few breadcrumbs on top.  Drop toasted walnuts on top of the salmon.  In a small mixing bowl, place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.  Stir well.  Pour this sauce over the salmon.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted from the California walnuts web site.

FETA – STUFFED SALMON WITH THYME – OREGANO – PARSLEY IN DIJON – MAYO SAUCE

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

–feta cheese

–thyme, oregano, parsley (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

1 – With a very sharp, carefully slit the salmon, and sprinkle feta in the pocket.  Place the stuffed salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a separate mixing bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.  Spread the mayo – Dijon on top of the salmon.  Sprinkle thyme, oregano, and parsley on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from an old recipe from the web; recipe no longer on web.

THYME CHICKEN WITH DIJON – MINCED GARLIC – BALSAMIC & NESTLED IN MUSHROOM BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–minced garlic (bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (bottled

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, quartered)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and quarter 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes (do not overcook). 

2 – When finished, nestle the chicken in the mushrooms and broth.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil. 

3 – In a small mixing bowl, place 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and enough balsamic vinegar to form, when stirred, a paste.  Spread the Dijon, garlic, and balsamic on top of the chicken. 

4 – Finish with a few additional drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the mushroom broth. 

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.  Received 5 out of 5 rating with 41 reviews.

CAJUN SALMON WITH TOPPING OF DIJON – GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole, bottled)

–Dijon mustard

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–lemon juice

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun (or Creole) seasoning.  In a small mixing bowl, pour 3 tablespoons of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Add 1 teaspoon of Dijon and enough olive oil to make a paste.  Spread the paste over the top of the salmon.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served aioli dipping sauce, zipper peas, broccoli, and potatoes (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon inspired by “my recipes” web site.

BASIL SALMON WITH FRESH TOMATO – BLACK OLIVES – GREEN BEANS – GARLIC – IN LEMON – DIJON – WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–basil (fresh is much better)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–green beans (fresh, 1 handful)

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 handful of washed green beans in a large, covered baking dish.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place on top of the green beans.  Add a little white wine.  Season with olive oil and snips of basil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  While vegetables are cooking, mix together 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard with several drops of lemon juice.  When vegetables have finished, nestle the salmon amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Pour the lemon – Dijon sauce on top of the salmon.  Add drained black olives and more snips of basil on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot, on a bed of the vegetables.

–adapted from the food network web site.

SALMON & EGG SALAD WITH ONION – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – GOLDEN RAISINS – DIJON – MAYO

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

–eggs (3)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy)

–onion (one-fourth, large)

–sweet pickle relish

–golden raisins

–Dijon mustard

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, flake with a fork, discarding the skin.  Place in a mixing bowl.

2 – Chop one-fourth large onion, and place in the mixing bowl with the salmon.

3 – Break 3 eggs into a covered baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of dairy or almond milk (not soy).  Season with salt and pepper.  Beat the eggs with a fork.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.  When finished, use a knife and fork to cut apart the egg omelet into small bits.  Then place the eggs in the mixing bowl with the salmon.

4 – Measure one-fourth cup of golden raisins, and then add to the mixing bowl.

5 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Pour into the bowl with the salmon.  Fold all ingredients together.

6 – Serve the salmon – egg salad warm or chilled.

–salmon – egg salad adapted from allrecipes.com web site.

COD ROLLED IN PARMESAN – GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH DIJON & MAYO

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–Dijon mustard

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place cod on a large plate.  Spread with a generous amount of both Dijon mustard and mayonnaise.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add garlic – herb breadcrumbs to the plate, along with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  Roll the cod in the breadcrumbs/Parmesan.  Place the breaded cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Place a few drops of olive oil on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

2 – Serve the cod hot.  I also served broccoli, lima beans, and potatoes with onions for sides (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by a recipe from a friend in Minnesota.

HONEY – ORANGE CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – GARLIC – DIJON & POTATOES

Note:  My husband gave this 5 stars out of 5.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oranges or orange juice (2, fresh; or one-third cup orange juice)

–honey

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–Dijon mustard

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (2, medium)

1 – Scrub and cut 2 medium potatoes into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 2 inches of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 6 minutes only.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken in a large baking dish with a little water.  Squeeze the juice of 2 oranges (or pour one-third cup of orange juice) into a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.  Stir and then set aside.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Place the potatoes around the chicken.  Stir the sauce again, and then pour over the chicken and the potatoes.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the potatoes as a side.

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

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WITH HONEY – TOASTED WALNUTS – DIJON – BROTH SAUCE / QUINOA IN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–Dijon mustard

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–quinoa (boxed)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-third cups of chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place 1 handful of toasted walnuts, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and one-half cup of chicken broth in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Add a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken with sauce atop the quinoa.  I also served a salad and barbecued beans (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

CHICKEN NATURALLY & CHILLED GREEN SAUCE WITH GREEN ONION – CELERY – ONION – PARSLEY – DIJON – GARLIC – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–garlic powder

–balsamic vinegar

–hot sauce (optional; like Tabasco)

–red wine

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Chop 2 green onions, 2 stalks of celery, one-half onion, and parsley, and place in a food processor.  Add 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and 1 teaspoon of hot sauce (optional).  Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and red wine.  Pulse until smooth.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Lightly sprinkle the chicken with plain breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the cold green sauce beside the chicken on the plate.  I also served corn, broccoli, and lima bean soup (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

SESAME SALMON WITH MUSHROOMS – PEPPER – GREEN ONION – HONEY – SRIRACHA – DIJON IN BALSAMIC – RED WINE – SOY SAUCE ATOP BROWN RICE

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

–green onion (1 stalk, finely chopped)

–honey

–Sriracha sauce (spicy chili)

–Dijon mustard

–balsamic vinegar

–red wine

–soy sauce

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4, sliced)

–red bell pepper (one-half, cut lengthwise)

–sesame seeds

–brown rice

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half sliced red bell pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a little red wine, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce to the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  In a small bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey, and a little red wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and soy sauce.  Stir vigorously.  Place the salmon in the covered baking dish, amid the mushrooms and red bell pepper.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Finely chop a green onion, and place atop the salmon.  Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.  Add a more olive oil, if desired.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave the rice and broth for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Microwave the salmon and sauce for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce atop the brown rice.  I also served carrot chips with dill and a salad that included chick peas.

–salmon adapted from Country Living web site; rice original.

LEMONY SHRIMP SALAD WITH DIJON – HORSERADISH – MAYONNAISE / BACON-FLAVORED AVOCADO DIP WITH PAPRIKA & LEMON / OVEN FRIED GARLIC – HERB EGGPLANT

–shrimp (half a package, thawed from frozen)

–lemon juice

–Dijon mustard

–horseradish sauce (bottled)

–mayonnaise

–avocado (1, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–paprika

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–eggplant (one-half, large, no peel)

1 – Place one-half package of thawed shrimp in 1 layer in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, drain the shrimp in a colander.  Place the shrimp in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of horseradish sauce, and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Season with salt.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Cut open an avocado and remove the pit.  Cut the avocado while still in the shell, and then turn out on a cutting board.  Mash the avocado with a fork.  Place in a small mixing bowl.  Season with Bac’n pieces, paprika, and lemon juice.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Cut 3 large slices of eggplant, and the cut around the peel.  Discard the peel.  Slice the eggplant in pie-shaped pieces.  Place in a plastic bag with a very tiny amount of water and some olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the eggplant in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add more olive oil if desired.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the avocado dip as an appetizer.  Then serve the shrimp salad cold, with the eggplant as a side.

–avocado dip and shrimp salad from To the Taste of a King; eggplant original.

CREAMY TURMERIC CHICKEN & RICE WITH GREEN ONION & DIJON IN BROTH & WHITE WINE  

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy)

–turmeric

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–olive oil

–brown rice (two-thirds cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

1 – Place one-half sliced onion in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Add two-thirds cup of brown rice and two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Then add one-fourth cup of white wine.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Stir well, and then microwave for 5 minutes more. 

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with 2 stalks of chopped green onion.  In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, a little white wine, and a little chicken broth.  Pour over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken atop the rice.  I also served purple hull peas and broccoli with pesto sauce (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–rice adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; chicken adapted from Nigelli.com web site.

CRAB CAKES & MEDLEY OF BROCCOLI – EGGPLANT – GREEN ONION IN WHITE WINE – SOY SAUCE – GINGER – GARLIC – DIJON SAUCE

–crab cakes (ready – prepared or make your own; use search box on this blog for a “simple dinner” recipe for crab cakes)

–broccoli (one-half head)

–eggplant (2 slices of a large eggplant)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine

–soy sauce

–ginger

–garlic powder

–Dijon mustard

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish.  Add a little white wine and soy sauce.  Season with ginger, garlic powder, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop a dab of Dijon mustard on top of each crab cake.  Set aside.

2 – Cut off the stalk of the broccoli, and then cut the head into two pieces, reserving one-half for later.  Cut apart the florets and upper part of the stem.  Arrange in a circle in a covered baking dish.  Wash and the cut off 2 slices of eggplant.  Cut away from the skin, and then discard the skin.  Slice the eggplant into 1-inch pieces, and then lay the eggplant in the middle of the broccoli.  Wash and slice 2 stalks of green onion.  Sprinkle over the top of the broccoli and eggplant.  Add a small amount of white wine and soy sauce.  Season with ginger, garlic powder, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop dabs of Dijon mustard on top, to taste.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the crab cakes for 2 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the crab cakes hot, with the vegetable medley as a side.  I also served butter peas with Bac’n pieces (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–vegetable medley adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; sauce for crab cakes also adapted from Giobbi.

SOUTHERN PECAN CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOM – ONION – PARSLEY DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pecan chips (half a small package)

–Dijon mustard

–Creole seasoning (or Cajun)

–corn flakes or corn chex (pulverized)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cornbread stuffing (I used Pepperidge Farm herbed)

–mushrooms (2 baby bellas, chopped fine)

–onion (one-half, chopped fine)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Add Dijon mustard and Creole seasoning, modest amount.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Within the plastic bag, see that all parts of the chicken are covered with the sauce.  In a separate bag, place 1 cup of corn flakes or corn chex.  Using the back of an ice cream spoon, pulverize the flakes or chex by beating against the kitchen counter.  When finished, pour the crumbs into the bag with the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a very tiny amount of water (for steaming).  Sprinkle with pecan chips.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chopped onion in 2 individual microwaveable serving bowls.  Add chicken broth to cover.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Place chopped mushrooms in the bowls with the onion.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Add packaged dressing to each bowl.  Season with olive oil, pepper, and chopped parsley (no salt).  Stir.  Set aside.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.  Microwave the dressing for 1 minute.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the dressing on the side.  I also served barbecued beans and broccoli (recipes, see the search box).

–chicken adapted from Kay Ewing’s Cooking School Cookbook (Louisiana); dressing adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties cookbook by the Colonial Dames of Lousiana).