WILD SALMON – VEGGIE BURGERS WITH GREEN ONION – MINCED GARLIC – SHREDDED CARROTS – MASHED SWEET POTATO – BREADCRUMBS

Great taste, better than a real burger. . .

For 2:

–salmon fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–shredded carrot (1 small handful, fresh)

–mashed sweet potato (cooked, one-quarter cup)

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

–egg

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon fillet in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes. 

2 – Break the salmon apart (leaving off the skin), and place in a food processor.  Add green onions, minced garlic, carrot, sweet potato, breadcrumbs, a beaten egg, salt and pepper to taste, and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Beat the salmon mixture carefully, adding a bit of water for better beating and better consistency.

3 – Spoon out into 4 patties.  Then microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and veggie burgers hot.

–salmon-veggie burgers adapted from Salmon Recipe Book:  Delightful Salmon Recipes Made Easy for Beginners, by Les Ilagan.

Indoor Holiday Picnic:  CHILLED CRABMEAT NOODLE SALAD WITH SLICED CRABMEAT STICKS – ROTINI PASTA – CHOPPED ORANGE BELL PEPPER – SLICED ZUCCHINI – CHOPPED EGG OMELET – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – CHOPPED GREEN ONION MIXED WITH MAYONNAISE AND TOPPED WITH A SPRINKLE OF PAPRIKA

For 4:

–crabmeat sticks (“artificial,” actually cod with seasoning, 1 whole package)

–rotini pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

–orange bell pepper (one-quarter of medium pepper, chopped fine)

–zucchini (one-half, medium, chopped one-half inch)

–eggs (2)

–sweet pickle relish (1 tablespoon)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–paprika (sprinkling, bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish with water to cover.  Salt to taste.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  Drain when finished.

2 – Place chopped crabmeat sticks (one-half inch size), chopped orange bell pepper, chopped zucchini, sweet pickle relish, and green onion in a large mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 eggs in a small covered baking dish.  Add 1 teaspoon milk and a few drops of olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Beat the eggs briskly.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds.  When finished, chop the egg with a knife and fork, and then add the egg to the mixing bowl.

4 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in the pasta salad.  Gently fold the mayonnaise with the vegetables and pasta.  Finish with a sprinkling of paprika on top.

5 – Chill for 2 hours before serving.

6 – Serve the salad chilled, with a side vegetable, perhaps broccoli.

–inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

CHILLED SHRIMP SALAD WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES – EGG OMELET – FETA CHEESE – FRESH TOMATO – ICEBERG LETTUCE – CHICKPEAS DRIZZLED BY SESAME SAUCE WITH LEMON JUICE & MINCED GARLIC

Note:  Assemble the salad on 2 dinner plates and serve. 

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shelled, deveined)

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

–eggs (2)

–olive oil (drop or 2)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 1 tablespoon)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, broken)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, cut into 4 slices)

–iceberg lettuce (broken, 2 handfuls)

–chickpeas (one-half can, rinsed and drained)

–sesame sauce (bottled, 5 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 2 eggs in a small covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add 1 tablespoon of milk and a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir briskly.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, divide the egg into 2 parts, and place 1 part in the center of each dinner plate.

2 – Rinse and place the thawed shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water, but no seasoning.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, drain and place the shrimp in the refrigerator to cool while preparing the rest of the salad.

3 – Fan the other food around the egg:  sliced tomato (2 slices each plate) topped by feta cheese, black olives (one-half can each plate), chickpeas (one-quarter can each plate), iceberg lettuce (1 handful each plate), and shrimp (15 per plate).   

4 – In a small mixing bowl, place sesame dressing, lemon juice, minced garlic, and one-eighth cup of water.  Stir well.

5 – Serve the prepared dinner plates with the sesame dressing drizzled on top.

–salad adapted from Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  CRAB CAKES WITH WHITE BREAD – EGG – PARSLEY – MAYONNAISE – DEJON

–crab meat (1 can)

–white bread (1 slice or 1 roll)

–egg (1)

–parsley (fresh)

–mayonnaise

–Dejon mustard

1 – Place the crab meat in a mixing bowl.  Break the bread in small pieces, and add to the bowl.  Break 1 egg and add to the bowl.  Add chopped fresh parsley, a generous amount.  Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir briskly.

2 – Spoon the crab cakes into 3 separate parts into a flat, covered baking dish.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the crab cakes hot.  I also served broccoli with this dinner (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–crab cakes adapted from To the Taste of a King.