A First Course:  SWEET ‘N SPICY SUMMER SQUASH SOUP PUREED WITH A MULTITUDE OF DRIED HERBS – RED ONION – MINCED GARLIC – MAPLE SYRUP – UNDILUTED VEGETARIAN VEGETABLE SOUP – LEMON JUICE – AND A BASE OF MILK

For 4:

–squash (2 large, or 4 small, fresh, sliced)

–ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper (1 teaspoon each, except for cayenne, which is one-half teaspoon)

–red onion (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–maple syrup (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–vegetarian vegetable soup (undiluted, 1 can)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 1 cup)

1 – Slice the squash and onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add the herbs (see above for amount), garlic, maple syrup, soup, olive oil, and lemon juice.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, let cool for 5 minutes (food is too hot to work with).

2 – Place the ingredients in a food processor.  Puree until smooth.

3 – Add 1 cup of milk.  Stir. Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Let the soup stand for 5 minutes, covered, before serving.

5 – Serve hot.

–adapted from the Mississippi Daily, newspaper of the University of Mississippi

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A Winner:  GLAZED SALMON WITH HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC SPRINKLED WITH SESAME SEEDS AND IN A RED WINE & SOY SAUCE

Note:  Originally intended as a glaze for grilling outside.

For 4:

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

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–ginger (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (low sodium, bottled, one-eighth cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with red wine and soy sauce.  Season with honey, ginger, and mined garlic.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste and sesame seeds.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Salmon is best if cooked medium rare.)

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted to the microwave from a recipe of friends in Marion, Illinois.

GLAZED SALMON WITH GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – SESAME SEEDS IN TERIYAKI – HONEY – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  A return to the microwave.

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

–ginger (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–teriyaki sauce (one-third cup)

–honey (one-third cup)

–clam juice (one-third cup)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place the teriyaki sauce, honey, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir in minced garlic.  Stir well.  Then pour over the salmon.

3 – Sprinkle pepper and ginger atop the salmon.  Finish with sesame seeds.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

–salmon adapted from “Sally’s Baking Addiction” web site.

COD WITH SLICED FRESH PEAR – GINGER – ONION IN CLAM JUICE & SOY SAUCE

For 4:

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

–pear (fresh, sliced in small pieces, 1)

–ginger (bottled)

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

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced onion and sliced pear in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice and soy sauce.  Season with ginger, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season with pepper, ginger, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce on top.

–recipe original.

SWEET ORANGE CHICKEN WITH GREEN ONIONS – CAYENNE – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – ORANGE ZEST & IN APPLE JUICE – TERIYAKI – WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  The original recipe called for orange juice rather than apple juice.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–ginger (one-half teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–orange zest (1 generous teaspoon)

–apple juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–teriyaki marinade & sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–white wine (3 tablespoons)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add the apple juice, teriyaki marinade sauce, and white wine.  Season with sugar, pepper, orange zest (generously), minced garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger.  Place green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Check a center piece for doneness.   If not done, microwave on high for 2 minute more.

2 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken inspired by the Panda web site.

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.

SALMON DRENCHED IN BALSAMIC – SPREAD WITH PEANUT BUTTER – TOPPED WITH  SESAME SEEDS – GINGER – DRY ROASTED PEANUTS

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

–balsamic vinegar (4 tablespoons, bottled)

–peanut butter (2 tablespoons)

–sesame seeds (one-third small can)

–ginger (one-half teaspoon, bottled, optional)

–peanuts (a dozen, dry roasted, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.  With 2 spoons, spread peanut butter over the top; be generous.  Sprinkle with ginger (optional) and sesame seeds.  Place peanuts on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN SEASONED WITH GINGER & TOPPED WITH PARSLEY & GREEN ONIONS IN A TERIYAKI MARINADE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–ginger (bottled, 1 teaspoon dry)

–parsley (fresh if possible, 1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the teriyaki marinade.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and ginger.  Top with parsley and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

SALMON WITH PEACHES & VIDALIA ONION SEASONED WITH GINGER – THYME – LEMON IN PEACH JUICE ATOP QUINOA COOKED IN BROTH

For 4:

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

–peaches (small can, save the juice)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, sliced)

–ginger, thyme (bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–quinoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a small can of peaches with juice in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half, sliced, Vidalia onion.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, ginger, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the peaches and juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, ginger, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes more.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce atop quinoa (recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from the Real Simple web site.

GINGER CHICKEN WITH MINCED GARLIC & VIDALIA ONION IN TERIYAKI MARINADE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–ginger (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

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

–teriyaki marinade

–pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice one-half Vidalia (or sweet) onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little teriyaki marinade.  Season with pepper, ginger, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the teriyaki marinade.  Season with pepper, ginger, and olive oil.  Spread minced garlic, 1 tablespoon, atop the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece of chicken for doneness; if not cooked, microwave for 1 minute more.

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

–recipe original.