COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–tomato (small, chopped, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–basil (1 teaspoon dried)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–green onions (2, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour wine in the dish.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place minced garlic on top, spreading over the whole.  Place tomato and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice (read package to determine microwaving instructions; brands differ).

–cod inspired by the recipe of a friend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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MARINATED HAWAIIAN CHICKEN WITH PAPRIKA – GINGER – CAYENNE – OREGANO – ONION SLICES IN BROWN SUGAR – MINCED GARLIC – SOY SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  Marinate the chicken in soy sauce for two hours in the refrigerator ahead of preparation.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–paprika, ginger, oregano (one-fourth teaspoon each)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half, medium, sliced)

–brown sugar (one-quarter cup, packed)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–water (one-quarter cup)

–jasmine rice

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Slice the onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Place brown sugar, soy sauce, water, and minced garlic in a small mixing bowl and stir.  Add the sauce to the onion.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with pepper, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (brands differ; follow instructions for microwaving on the package).

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com web site.

ASIAN SALMON WITH HONEY – SOY SAUCE – WHITE VINEGAR – SESAME SEEDS – CHIVES – MINCED GARLIC

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

–honey (one-quarter cup)

–soy sauce (one-eighth cup)

–white vinegar (one-eighth cup)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon)

–chives (1 tablespoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–minced garlic (in a jar; 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the soy sauce and white vinegar over the salmon.  Then drizzle honey over the salmon.  Using 2 spoons, spread the minced garlic over the salmon.  Finish with sesame seeds, chives, pepper (to taste), and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  (Salmon should flake apart.)

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from RecipeTin Eats cooking blog (Nagi, chef).

CREOLE COD ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN A WHITE WINE – GARLIC SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–Creole seasoning (1 teaspoon, boxed)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed, one-half cup approximate)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, chopped, fresh)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the white wine and garlic with a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 

2 – Place the cod in a large plastic bag.  Season with Creole spice and pepper.  Add olive oil and spread over the cod by manipulating the plastic bag.  Pour in plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Top with chopped mushrooms and chopped green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Serve the cod with sauce atop jasmine rice (follow instructions for microwaving on the package of rice; these vary).

–cod adapted from a redfish recipe in the Commander’s Palace restaurant cookbook, New Orleans.

A Company Dinner for 2:  SALMON ATOP EGGPLANT & MARINARA SAUCE AND TOPPED WITH PUREED WALNUT – GARLIC SAUCE

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

–eggplant (4 slices one-half inch thick)

–marinara sauce (6 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

walnut sauce:

–15 whole walnuts, toasted

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil (3 tablespoons)

1 – Spread the marinara sauce on the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Place the eggplant slices on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the walnuts in a food processor.  Add garlic and olive oil.  Puree until smooth.

3 – Place the salmon atop the eggplant and marinara sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spread the walnut sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the eggplant and marinara sauce.

–eggplant/marinara sauce inspired by City Grocery restaurant, Oxford, Mississippi (John Currence, chef) with the current redfish entrée.

CHICKEN SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARSLEY IN BROTH WITH A RAW CHILLED SAUCE OF PUREED BANANA PEPPERS – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–parsley (fresh if possible, 2 chopped tablespoons fresh OR 1 teaspoon dried)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, one-quarter cup)

–banana peppers (3 fresh, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice the banana peppers and place in a food processor.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs and the chopped parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the chilled pepper sauce on the side.

–sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

COD SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARSLEY IN CLAM JUICE SERVED WITH TOASTED WALNUT – GARLIC – PARSLEY PUREED SAUCE

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

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–walnuts (15 whole, toasted—in microwave for 1 minute; stir, 30 seconds more)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish, with one-fourth cup clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with plain breadcrumbs and chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place in a food processor:  15 whole toasted walnuts, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (1 tablespoon dried), and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Puree until smooth.  If too thick, add more extra virgin olive oil.  Then puree again.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the walnut sauce on the side.

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

SALMON WITH BALSAMIC AND MINCED GARLIC TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & ON A BED OF HERB MASHED POTATOES

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

–balsamic vinegar (bottled, one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–potatoes (2, medium)

–herbs (I used parsley, marjoram, thyme, and oregano, but you can substitute your favorites; 1 teaspoon each, dried)

–milk (almond, soy, or dairy, 1 tablespoon to start pulsing, plus more for viscosity)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the potato jackets, but leave them on.  Cut up potatoes into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 8 minutes on high.  When finished, and have cooled a little, place the potatoes in a food processor, and add the herbs, salt and pepper to taste, and, gradually, milk to reach the right consistency.  Pulse until smooth.

2 – Spread the mashed potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Place the salmon on top.  Drench in balsamic vinegar.  Spread the minced garlic on top, and then salt and pepper to taste.  Finish with chopped green onions and a few drops of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the salmon and potatoes hot.

–recipe original.

MEDITERRANEAN SEAFOOD TRIO OF SHRIMP – COD – CRAB MEAT WITH POTATOES – TOMATO – ONION & SEASONED WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–shrimp (half a dozen, already cooked, tail-off, shell off)

–crab meat (canned, 2 tablespoons)

–potatoes (2, medium, cut in 1-inch pieces)

–tomato (fresh, vine-ripened (if possible), medium, cut in 1 – inch pieces)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible; 2 tablespoons of each, fresh; or 1 teaspoon of each, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (bottled, one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–olive oil (several drops, to taste)

1 – Place the cut-up potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add the tomato and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes. 

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – When finished, top the cod with the cooked crab meat and cooked shrimp.  Microwave, to heat, for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, atop jasmine rice (for recipe, see the microwave instructions that come with the brand you buy).

–recipe original.

ITALIAN CHICKEN CACCIATORE WITH OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – ONION – FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – RED BELL PEPPER IN RED WINE – CABERNET MARINARA SAUCE ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano (fresh if possible, 2 tablespoons fresh; or one-half teaspoon dried)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (1 handful of sliced)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh, sliced)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, in a jar)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–cabernet marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own; one-half container)

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chopped tomato on a cutting board.  Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.  Then place the seasoned tomato in a covered baking dish.  Add onion, baby bella mushrooms, red bell pepper, minced garlic, red wine, and cabernet marinara sauce.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop pasta (microwave pasta in water to cover, and salt to taste, for 6 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power).

–chicken cacciatore inspired by the Campbell Soup Cookbook.

OLIVE OIL – & GARLIC – SEASONED SALMON WITH OREGANO – CAYENNE – LEMON – PARSLEY

For 4:

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

–olive oil

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–oregano (if fresh, 2 tablespoons, chopped; if dried, 1 teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (optional, one-fourth teaspoon, or to taste)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with one-fourth cup water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with minced garlic (spread upon the salmon), oregano, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper, and parsley (on top).  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–inspired by primavera kitchen; original recipe used butter as seasoning.

CHICKEN & CORNBREAD DRESSING WITH MOLASSES – GREEN ONIONS – PAPRIKA – GARLIC – NUTMEG – CAYENNE IN MILD LIME JUICE SAUCE  

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cornbread stuffing (2 cups; I used Pepperidge Farm)

–chicken broth (boxed, non-fat, low sodium)

–molasses (3 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, diced)

–paprika (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–nutmeg (bottled, one-eighth teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-fourth teaspoon)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the stuffing in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth to one-half the height of the stuffing.  Season with olive oil.  Stir well.  Set aside.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-fourth cup water.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper (to taste), paprika, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.  Spread the minced garlic on top.  Then pour molasses on top.  Sprinkle with green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the stuffing/dressing on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken, hot, atop the dressing.

–chicken adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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.

PESTO PASTA WITH HOMEMADE SAUCE OF FRESH BASIL – LETTUCE – TOASTED WALNUTS – PARMESAN – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–pasta (bowtie (farfalle), 2 cups, dry)

–basil (fresh)

–lettuce

–walnuts (toasted, 1 handful)

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 2 cups of farfalle pasta in an uncovered baking dish with a little salt and water to cover, above 1 inch.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Microwave 2 cups of water on high for 6 minutes (until boiling).  Add 1 handful of fresh basil, and microwave for just 5 seconds (yes, seconds).  Immediately plunge the basil in a bowl of ice water.  Repeat with 2 handfuls of chopped lettuce.

3 – Remove the basil and lettuce from the ice water, and, with paper towels, squeeze out the water.  Then place in a food processor.

4 – Add to the food processor, the following:  2 handfuls of toasted walnuts, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, one-half cup of extra virgin olive oil, one-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  If too thick a sauce, add more olive oil.

5 – Drain the pasta, and add the sauce to it, stirring well.  Pasta will be room temperature when served.

–pesto adapted from Real Simple magazine.

PARSLEYED COD WITH MINCED GARLIC & CAYENNE IN LEMON – LIME SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  The chef who devised this recipe, Edward Giobbi, says, “Personally, I think this sauce is divine.”  My husband and I concur.

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

–parsley

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in both lime and lemon juice, enough to make a sauce.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional).  Drop minced garlic on top of the cod.  Sprinkle chopped parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod on high for 8 minutes.  Test to be sure that it is done.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

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

SPICY SALMON WITH PAPRIKA – TURMERIC – GINGER – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN A CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE ATOP PARMESAN COUSCOUS

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

–paprika, turmeric, ginger (bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–creamer (dairy or almond; soy doesn’t microwave well)

–marinara sauce (one-half jar; I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 and one-third cup of water in a covered baking dish, with the spice packet from a box of Parmesan couscous.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes (or until boiling).  When finished, add the couscous; stir.  Keep covered for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of almond or dairy creamer and one-half medium sliced onion.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and olive oil.  Spread 1 teaspoon of minced garlic on top.  Finish by sprinkling with chopped, fresh parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the Parmesan couscous.

–salmon adapted from the blog, Immaculate Bites, by Imma.  Imma features Afro – Caribbean recipes made easy.

FRESH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC CHICKEN IN WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF CORNBREAD DRESSING SEASONED WITH DRIED CRANBERRIES – MUSHROOMS – ONION – TOASTED WALNUTS

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh; 3 sprigs)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cornbread dressing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb cornbread)

–dried cranberries (packaged, 1 handful)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4, diced)

–onion (one-fourth, large onion, sliced)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful; cook one-half large package of walnuts for 2 minutes in the microwave on high; stir; then microwave for 2 minutes more; be careful not to burn)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Drop minced garlic on top of each piece, and then spread across the pieces.  Season with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Finely chop 4 baby bella mushrooms and one-fourth large onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Add 1 cup of cornbread stuffing, and 1 handful each of dried cranberries and toasted walnuts.  Add a little more olive oil and a little more chicken broth.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.  Then microwave the stuffing for 2 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the cornbread stuffing.

–chicken and stuffing inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

ONE – DISH SPICY OREGANO COD WITH POTATOES – ONION – TOMATOES – CAPERS – BLACK OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–cayenne pepper

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–potatoes (red, sliced, 2 medium, sliced)

–tomatoes (vine-ripened if possible, 2 medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–capers (about 12)

–black olives (1 small can, drained)

–garlic (minced, 1 heaping tablespoon)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 2 medium-size potatoes, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Chop one-half medium onion, and place in the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

2 – Chop 2 medium tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and oregano.  Place in the baking with the potatoes and onion.   Add 1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle about 12 capers on top.  Drain a can of black olives, and also sprinkle on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, as a one-dish dinner.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way

CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY & MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE & HOMEMADE DRESSING OF HERBS – DRIED CRANBERRIES – TOASTED WALNUTS – CHOPPED MUSHROOMS – MARJORAM – PARMESAN – SWEET ONION IN CHICKEN BROTH

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (1 handful, fresh if possible)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–herb dressing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb cornbread stuffing)

–dried cranberries (packaged)

–toasted walnuts (6 halves, finely diced)

–mushrooms (2 or 3 baby bellas, chopped)

–marjoram (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–sweet onion (one-fourth large onion, finely diced)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place 1 and one-half cups of ready-prepared herb dressing (stuffing) in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 handful of dried cranberries, a half dozen finely diced toasted walnut halves, 2 or 3 chopped baby bella mushrooms, and one-fourth large chopped sweet onion.  Season with salt, pepper, marjoram, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.  Stir well.  Add a little chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic (spread over the top), rosemary (fresh if possible), and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece of doneness.  If still pink, microwave additionally for 1 minute.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the dressing.

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

PARSLEYED LEMON COD SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS IN CLAM JUICE AND ACCOMPANIED BY COLD SPICY & SMOOTH PEPPER SAUCE WITH RED BELL PEPPER – BANANA PEPPER – FRESH TOMATO – SWEET ONION – SRIRACHA – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, chopped, 1 handful)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

–red bell pepper (one-half, chopped)

–banana peppers (bottled, about a dozen rings)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

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

–sriracha sauce (1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop one-half red bell pepper, 1 fresh tomato, one-fourth medium sweet onion, and add to a food processor.  Add 12 rings of banana peppers, 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drop of olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a sprinkling of plain breadcrumbs.  Finish with chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the pepper sauce on the side.

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

CHICKEN TENDERLOINS SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & SERVED WITH A SIDE OF COLD & SMOOTH NUT SAUCE WITH TOASTED WALNUTS – CILANTRO – LEMON – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–toasted walnuts (6 to 8 halves, shelled; microwave on high 1 plate of walnuts for 2 minutes; stir; then microwave for 2 minutes more)

–cilantro (or parsley, 1 handful, fresh)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Lightly sprinkle with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check an inside tenderloin for doneness.  If not done, continue microwaving on high for 1 minute more.

2 – In a food processor, place 6 to 8 toasted walnut halves, 1 handful of chopped cilantro (or parsley), 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Add a small amount of water to reach desired consistency, and then pulse again.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the cold sauce on the side.

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

A Simple Dinner:  SPICY & GARLICKY COD WITH SRIRACHA – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  My husband said this looked too pretty to eat.

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

–sriracha sauce (hot chili sauce, bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon juice

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench the cod in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spread minced garlic on top.  Place a few ribbons of sriracha sauce on top of the cod.  Season with olive oil.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs lightly on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

CRAB CAKES WITH MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED BY CILANTRO & LEMON SLICES IN SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–crab cakes (ready-prepared, 4)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–cilantro (or parsley, fresh)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish, not touching each other.  Drench in sherry, with a little extra for sauce.  Spread minced garlic atop each crab cake.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place a slice atop each crab cake.  Sprinkle chopped cilantro or parsley atop the crab cakes.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes, enough time to allow the lemon slices to release their juices.

2 – Serve the crab cakes hot.

–crab cakes inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

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.

MAPLE – GLAZED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – GINGER – BLACK PEPPER – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–maple syrup

–soy sauce

–lemon juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–ginger (bottled)

–olive oil

–black pepper

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add to the bag, 3 tablespoons or maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, a sprinkling of black pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Close the bag, and blend the flavors together.  Marinate between 2 and 24 hours. 

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the marinade poured over the chicken.  Add a few more drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from the food.com web site.

GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN & PASTA IN CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE WITH RED WINE – CHOPPED MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC

Note:  The small bit of creamer cuts the sharp flavor of tomato, creating a savory and mild sauce for the chicken and pasta.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (or plain)

–pasta (of your choice, boxed)

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

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce; I used Newman’s Own Sockarooni)

–red wine

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

1 – Place 1 cup of uncooked pasta in a small, uncovered baking dish with water to cover, plus another inch.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place one-fourth cup of red wine in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half jar of marinara sauce.  Add 3 tablespoons of almond or soy creamer (or dairy).  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Stir into the heated sauce.  Then microwave for 1 minute.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the pasta.  Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.

–recipe original.

BASIL – OREGANO – PARSLEYED COD WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN MARINARA SAUCE

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own basil tomato sauce)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce (ready-prepared) in a covered baking dish.  Serve in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and chopped green onions on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta (1 cup of pasta is microwaved for 6 minutes in water, uncovered, and then microwaved for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power).

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  FROM – SCRATCH CAJUN SALMON WITH CAJUN SPICE – BLACK PEPPER – ONION POWDER – MINCED GARLIC – PAPRIKA – CAYENNE IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  For a tad more effort, use real sliced onion in the sauce.  Microwave initially for 3 minutes; then add salmon and spices.

For 4:

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

–Cajun seasoning (I used New Orleans – based “Slap Ya Mama”)

–onion powder

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–lemon juice

–clam juice

–black pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with Cajun spice, black pepper, onion powder, minced garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Healthy & Delicious Salmon Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  CRAB CAKES CARIB WITH HOT SAUCE – GARLIC – PARMESAN – LEMON JUICE – CAPERS IN CREAM SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF AVOCADO

Note:  Buy packaged crab cakes for an easy dinner. 

For 4:

–crab cakes (4, ready-prepared)

–hot sauce

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–Parmesan cheese

–lemon juice

–capers

–soy creamer (or dairy)

–olive oil

–avocados (2, fresh, medium)

1 – Place a small amount of soy or dairy creamer in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place the ready-prepared crab cakes in the creamer.  Drench in lemon juice.  Place a few drops of hot sauce on top, half a teaspoon of minced garlic on each cake, a few capers (without liquid), and sprinkle Parmesan cheese to finish.  Add a drop or two of olive oil atop each crab cake.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Serve the crab cakes, with sauce, hot, with a side of half an avocado per person..

–crab cakes inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

TARRAGON – PARSLEYED COD AMERICAINE ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH GREEN ONIONS – CARROTS – CELERY – GARLIC IN SAUCE OF BRANDY – WHITE WINE – BROTH

Note:  This recipe was originally intended for lobster but works well with cod.

For 4:

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tarragon

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–carrots (1 handful, chips)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–white wine

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Chop 2 stalks of green onions, 1 stalk of celery, and 1 handful of carrot chips, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine, a little chicken broth, and a few drops of brandy.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in breadcrumbs and shake well.  Then place in the sauce.  Sprinkle tarragon and chopped parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop pasta, quinoa, couscous, or rice.

–cod inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook (from the sixties, the Kennedy administration).

A Simple Dinner:  HERBED SPICY SALMON WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – PAPRIKA – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON ZEST IN LEMON JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–coriander, cumin, paprika, cayenne, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, lemon zest (bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, paprika, minced garlic, lemon zest (lemon peel), and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

COD SEASONED WITH CORIANDER & MINCED GARLIC WRAPPED IN ROMAINE LETTUCE AND SERVED WITH HOMEMADE TOMATO – BASIL PESTO

For 4:

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

–coriander

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–romaine lettuce (2 large leaves)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Pesto sauce:

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried)

1 – To make the pesto sauce, place one-half small package of pine nuts, 1 chopped, medium tomato, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of basil, a few drops of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste, in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Place the sauce in the refrigerator until time to serve.

2 – Place the cod on a bed of romaine lettuce.  Add a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Place broken lettuce pieces on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot with the pesto sauce on the side.

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

A Simple Dinner:  COD WITH CORIANDER – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES

For 4:

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

–coriander, oregano

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon; place the slices atop the cod.  Microwave the cod for 8 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON SEASONED WITH CORIANDER – CUMIN – LEMON ZEST – MINCED GARLIC – CELERY SALT – SALT – PEPPER

For 4:

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

–coriander, cumin, lemon zest (lemon peel), minced garlic, celery salt, salt, pepper (bottled)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with coriander, cumin, lemon zest, minced garlic, celery salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

SALMON AND BROCCOLI WITH GREEN ONIONS & GARLIC IN CLAM & SOY SAUCE

For 4:

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

–broccoli (1 head, fresh, short stems and florets only)

–green onions (4 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–clam juice (bottled)

–soy sauce (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a large, covered baking dish.  Place the short stems and florets of 1 head of broccoli around the salmon.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of minced garlic on top.  Chop 4 stalks of green onions and place on top. Add a small amount of clam juice and soy sauce to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave the salmon and broccoli for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon and broccoli hot, atop pasta or rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

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.

ROSEMARY – OREGANO – PARSLEY COD WITH TOMATO – ONION – MUSHROOMS – CAPERS – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–rosemary, oregano (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, sliced)

–capers (bottled)

–garlic (minced, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–white wine (use the good stuff)

1 – Place a chopped tomato, one-half sliced onion, and 6 to 8 sliced baby bella mushrooms in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod amid the sauce.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper (optional), parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.  Sprinkle capers on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot, atop pasta or rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

SWEET COD WITH TOMATO – ONION – GARLIC – CINNAMON – PAPRIKA – PARSLEY IN MARINARA & WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–sugar

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–cinnamon

–paprika

–parsley (fresh)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 tomato and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the sauce, spooning a little on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce.  Place atop pasta, rice, or quinoa as desired (recipes for microwave, see search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

CURRIED SALMON WITH TOMATO – ONION – GINGER – SRIRACHA – GARLIC – CORIANDER – TURMERIC – CUMIN – MINCED CLOVES – CINNAMON – SUGAR IN YOGURT SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, minced cloves, cinnamon (bottled separately)

–Sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon, or cayenne pepper to taste)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat, 5 tablespoons)

–jasmine rice (packaged, sticky rice)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-fourth cup of water and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop 1 medium tomato and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add one-half sliced onion.   Season with ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, minced cloves, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of Sriracha sauce, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 5 tablespoons of plain, non-fat yogurt, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

3 – Nestle the salmon amid the sauce, season with salt and pepper, and then spoon some of the sauce over the salmon.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–curried salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

CHICKEN STEW WITH POTATOES – ONION – CELERY – RED BELL PEPPER – GARLIC – BAY LEAVES – ROSEMARY IN WHITE WINE – BROTH – MARINARA SAUCE ATOP GARLIC – OLIVE OIL COUSCOUS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby Dutch potatoes (4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–bay leaves (3, dried)

–rosemary (bottled)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a slow cooker.  Slice 4 or 5 baby Dutch potatoes, and add to the cooker.  Also add 1 medium onion (sliced), 1 stalk celery (chopped), one-half red bell pepper (sliced), 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon of rosemary.  Place three-fourths cup of white wine and three-fourths cup of chicken broth in the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Cook for 5 hours.  Then add one-half cup of marinara sauce.  Cook for 30 minutes more.  (Stew will not be tender unless the marinara sauce is added toward the end of cooking cycle.)

2 – Place 1 and one-fourth cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Add contents of herb package and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Then stir in the couscous.  Let stand, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken stew, hot, atop the couscous.

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

BASIL COD & SHRIMP WITH RED BELL PEPPER – ONION – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – PARMESAN IN WHITE WINE & CREAM SAUCE ATOP GARLIC – OLIVE OIL COUSCOUS

For 4:

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

–shrimp (6 to 8, small)

–basil

–red bell pepper (1, medium, sliced)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–parsley (chopped, 1 handful)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–white wine

–soy creamer (or dairy cream)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic – olive oil couscous (in a box)

1 – Place 1 and one-fourth cups of water in a covered baking dish.  Add contents of herb package and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, stir in the couscous.  Let stand, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Slice the red bell pepper and place in a covered baking dish with a little soy creamer (or dairy cream) and a little white wine.  Stir.  Add one-half medium sliced onion to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce with pepper and onion.  Spoon sauce on top of the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Place 6 to 8 small shrimp in a microwaveable cup.  Drain any water.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  After the cod has cooked, microwave the shrimp, covered, for 1 and one-half minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp atop the cod.

5 – Serve the cod, shrimp, vegetables, and sauce, hot, atop the couscous.

–cod inspired by “Little Broken” cooking blog, by Katya.

PARSLEYED SALMON – SHRIMP – ASPARAGUS SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PAPRIKA IN FAUX BUTTER SAUCE

For 4:

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 8 to 10 small)

–asparagus (1 handful, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–paprika

–parsley (fresh)

–salt and pepper

–margarine (Promise, heart-healthy)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add asparagus on each side, not covering the salmon.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and dots of Promise margarine.  Set aside.

2 – Place 8 to 10 small, thawed shrimp in a covered microwaveable bowl.  Season with minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and a little Promise margarine.  Set aside.

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

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes.  Then pour over the salmon and asparagus.

5 – Serve the salmon, shrimp, and asparagus hot.

–recipe adapted from Valentino’s Corner blog.

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WITH TOMATO – ONION – MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON ZEST ATOP BROWN RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomatoes (2, medium, chopped)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–marinated artichoke hearts (in a jar)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–brown rice (boxed, quick-cooking)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave for 5 minutes.

2 – Chop 2 medium tomatoes and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 sliced onion to the dish.  Place 5 or 6 artichoke hearts in the dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Sprinkle with lemon zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the tomato and onion sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the brown rice.

–chicken adapted from Alicia’s cooking blog, The Irreverent Kitchen.

CHILLED COD WITH THYME – BAY LEAVES – LEMON SLICES – CAYENNE – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – FLUFFY EGG SALAD

For 4:

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

–thyme and 2 bay eaves

–lemon (fresh)

–cayenne pepper

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

Egg salad:

–3 eggs

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond)

–mayonnaise (3 heaping tablespoons)

–stuffed green olives (6 to 8, sliced)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–garlic (minced, one-half teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (just a dash)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, 2 bay leaves, and a little cayenne pepper.  (Do not season with olive oil.)  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, let cool, and then place in the refrigerator, for more preparation later on.

2 – Remove the cod from the refrigerator.  Slice one-half onion and a medium fresh tomato, and place on each side of the cod.  Set aside.

3 – Place 3 eggs in a small baking dish.  Add 3 teaspoons of milk (dairy or almond).  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir briskly.  Microwave for 2 and one-half minutes on high.  When finished, break apart the omelet with a knife and fork.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the egg.  Add 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, one-half teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 3 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise, 6 to 8 sliced green olives, and a dash of cayenne pepper.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the cod, tomato, and onions cold, with the egg salad beside the cod on a plate.

–cod and egg salad adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties New Orleans cookbook)

CREAMY TOMATO SALMON WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – BLACK OLIVES ATOP GARLIC BOWTIE PASTA

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Cabernet Marinara)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy does not microwave well)

–black olives (sliced, small can, drained)

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

1 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth; do not drain yet.

2 – Place one-third jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish with one-third cup of dairy or almond milk.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon in the marinara sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olive on top of the salmon and in the marinara sauce.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Drain the pasta in a colander.  Then stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

4 – Serve the salmon and olives hot with sauce atop the pasta.

–recipe original.

ONE-DISH COMFORT CHICKEN – BROCCOLI – POTATOES WITH ONION – GARLIC – ROSEMARY – OREGANO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE & ACCOMPANIED BY MARINARA DIPPING SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–potatoes (baby Dutch, 8 to 10, halved)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–rosemary, oregano (fresh if possible)

–white wine

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Marinara Cabernet)

1 – Place 8 to 10 baby Dutch potatoes, halved, in a small amount of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

2 – Place one-half sliced onion in the dish with the potatoes.  Add chicken in the middle.  Place broccoli florets around the side.  Move the potatoes to the side.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken, broccoli, and potatoes with onion hot, with the cold marinara dipping sauce on the side.

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

SALMON & BROCCOLI WITH BASIL – PARSLEY – FETA – MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE ATOP GARLIC BOWTIE PASTA

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

–broccoli (1/2 head, broken apart, florets only)

–basil, parsley (fresh)

–feta cheese

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–clam juice

–pasta (bowtie—farfalle, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish, with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place salmon in a large, covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Place broccoli florets all around.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with feta cheese.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Drain the pasta, and stir in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.

4 – Serve the salmon and broccoli hot, atop the pasta.

–salmon and broccoli inspired by Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

CHICKEN SEASONED WITH LEMON ZEST – PARSLEY – CORIANDER – GINGER – GARLIC & ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS / HOMEMADE PARSLEY PESTO SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–coriander

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–ginger

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, coriander, ginger, and olive oil.  Pour in a good amount of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and minced garlic on top.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 handful of parsley, and place in a food processor.  Add one-half small package of pine nuts and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Season with salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the parsley pesto on the side.

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

COD WITH GARLIC BLACK OLIVES & BROCCOLI IN CLAM JUICE

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

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–black olives (1 small can, sliced)

–broccoli (1 head)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. 

2 – In a mixing bowl, place 1 small can of sliced black olives and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir.  Set aside.

3 – Break apart the broccoli, and place around the cod.  Sprinkle the garlic black olives on top of the cod.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave the cod and broccoli for 8 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the cod and olives hot, with the broccoli beside the cod.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

GINGER – GARLIC CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN BEANS IN SOY SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–ginger

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–mushrooms (5 or 6, sliced baby bellas)

–green beans (frozen)

–soy sauce

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of green beans in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and add to the dish.  Season with garlic, ginger, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a generous amount of soy sauce.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the green beans and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, ginger, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes (more because of the vegetables).

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the green beans and mushrooms by it.

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