MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLE MEDLEY BASIL WITH GREEN BEANS – ZUCCHINI – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – RED POTATOES

For 4:

–basil (1 tablespoon, divided, dried, bottled)

–green beans (frozen, 1 cup, loosely packed)

–zucchini (1, sliced on the diagonal)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–red potatoes (2, medium, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the bite-sized potatoes in a covered baking dish with one-half cup water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – While the potatoes are cooking, slice the zucchini, and chop the tomato and green onions.  When potatoes have cooked for 5 minutes, place green beans on top, following by zucchini, tomato, and green onions (in this order).  Sprinkle the basil on top of the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave the vegetables for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the vegetables hot, with chicken or seafood.

–vegetable medley adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

 

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SPICY COUNTRY CHICKEN TENDERS SEASONED WITH GARLIC – BASIL – CAYENNE & SURROUNDED BY BROCCOLI FLORETS – RED ONION – FRESH TOMATO IN BROTH SAUCE ATOP ZITI PASTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–basil (1 teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–broccoli florets (cut from 1 fresh head)

–red onion (one-half, sliced, medium)

–fresh tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–ziti pasta (1 cup, dry)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the ziti pasta in water to cover, seasoned with salt to taste.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; and then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the red onion and fresh tomato in a large, covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Surround with broccoli florets.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 9 minutes on high.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables atop the pasta.

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

A Simple Dinner:  FIERY HOT CHILI TOMATO CHICKEN TENDERS WITH BASIL – FRESH TOMATO – CHOPPED CHILI PEPPER OVER MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–chicken tenders (6)

–basil (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–tomato (fresh, chopped)

–chili pepper (about 3 inches of the pepper, chopped)

–marinara sauce (one-quarter jar; I used Ragu traditional marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper. Pour the marinara sauce on top.  Chop the tomato, and then season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place the tomato on top of the chicken.  Then sprinkle chopped chili pepper atop.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BREADED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO – CAPERS – PARSLEY – SRIRACHA IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-third cup)

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–capers (2 tablespoons)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon; if want very spicy, 2 tablespoons)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag with a little olive oil.  Massage to cover with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add breadcrumbs; shake well.  Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.

2 – In a mixing bowl, place tomato seasoned with salt and pepper, capers, parsley, and sriracha sauce.  Add a few drops of olive oil. Stir gently.  Then place the tomato mixture atop the cod. Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.  Test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave, on high, for 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the cod with vegetables hot.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.