HERB CHICKEN FETA WITH ROSEMARY – THYME – MINT – MINCED GARLIC – TOPPED WITH FETA CHEESE AND IN RED WINE SAUCE

If fresh food is not possible, canned chicken will work quite well with plenty of herbs and the cheese of your choice sprinkled on top. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (or canned chicken, drained; microwave only briefly, about 1 minute)

–rosemary, thyme, mint (dried, bottled, one-half teaspoon each)

–feta cheese (or any cheese you have on hand, 3 tablespoons)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon; or garlic salt, 1 teaspoon)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine, sprinkled atop the chicken as you pour.  Top the chicken with rosemary, thyme, mint, feta cheese, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

BAKED HERB – GARLIC WILD SOCKEYE SALMON TOPPED WITH GRAPE TOMATOES – YELLOW ONIONS – GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Do not overcook!  Test to be sure that the salmon remains flaky. . .

For 2:

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

–herbs (dried, your choice, but I used herbs de provence, dill, and parsley; one-half teaspoon each)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–grape tomatoes (3 or 4, just for garnish)

–yellow onions (chopped, one-quarter cup)

–green onions (chopped, one-quarter cup; or 3 stalks, chopped)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Squirt with lemon, and then add clam juice to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and other herbs.  Dot with minced garlic.  Top with yellow and green onions.  Place grape tomatoes around the salmon.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.  Salmon is best if not overcooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BUTTERED HERB ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS SPRINKLED WITH LEMON JUICE – SEASONED WITH TARRAGON – MARJORAM – THYME – OREGANO – BASIL AND SET IN CRÈME SHERRY SAUCE

Simply sumptuous. . .

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenders

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–tarragon, marjoram, thyme, oregano, basil (or herbs of your choosing; one-half teaspoon each)

–crème sherry sauce (one-third cup, bottled)

–margarine or butter (3 tablespoons, melted–microwave, covered, for 15 seconds; I use Smart Balance heart – healthy margarine)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add sherry.  Sprinkle herbs on top.

2 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken, with sauce, hot.

–adapted from the recipe of Jane Scholl, Oxford, Mississippi.

HERB COD AND BROWN RICE WITH RED BELL PEPPER – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – MINCED GARLIC IN BROTH

For 4:

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

–brown rice (5 – minute cook, boxed, two-thirds cup dry)

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

–tomato (fresh, chopped, 1, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon (one-half teaspoon each, bottled)

1 – Place brown rice in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Place red bell pepper, onion, and tomato on top.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Then top with cod.  Season with minced garlic, cayenne pepper, rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in chicken broth to the level of one-half of the cod.

2 – Cook on high for 1 and one-half hour.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

–cod and rice adapted from “fit slow cooker” web site.

A Simple Dinner: HERB COD IN BASIL – TOMATO CREAM SAUCE

For 4:

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

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

–almond creamer (or dairy or soy)

–herbs of your choice (be generous; I used basil, thyme, oregano, and herbs de provence)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Pour one-half container of basil – tomato spaghetti sauce in a mixing bowl.  Add one-fourth cup of almond creamer (or dairy or soy).  Stir well.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir again.

2 – Place cod in the tomato – creamer sauce, spooning some sauce on top.  Sprinkle herbs of your choice on top of the cod, being generous.  Then season with olive oil.

3 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop white (preferably jasmine) or brown rice.

–recipe original.

A Celebratory Dinner for 2:  HERB CHICKEN & SHRIMP IN MARINARA SAUCE MADE WITH VINE-RIPENED TOMATO

Note:  This delicious and fancy entrée, designed by well-recognized chef Edward Giobbi, can be prepared and cooked in less than 30 minutes using the microwave.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shrimp (8 small, fresh)

–tomato (medium, vine-ripened, fresh)

–rosemary, basil, mint, parsley (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–capers (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–white wine (use the real, not cooking)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, and place in a covered baking dish with just a few drops of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, basil, mint, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Drop half a dozen capers on top.  Stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the chicken amid the marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, basil, mint, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Place chopped parsley on top.  Set aside.

3 – Place 8 small shrimp in a small, covered microwaveable bowl with a very small amount of water.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp atop.

5 – Serve the chicken and shrimp hot, with the marinara sauce.

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

CREAMY HERB CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY – BASIL – OREGANO – CAYENNE – MINCED ONION – MINCED GARLIC – PAPRIKA IN MILK SAUCE ATOP FARFALLE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh)

–basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, minced onion, paprika (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

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

–farfalle pasta (bowtie, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of farfalle pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  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 two-thirds cup of almond or dairy milk in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the chicken in the milk.  Season with chopped parsley, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, minced onion, paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the pasta.

–adapted from “damn delicious” web site.

A Simple Dinner: HERBED ITALIAN CHICKEN / CORNBREAD DRESSING WITH BROTH / WHOLE WHEAT ROTINI PASTA WITH MARINARA SAUCE & PARMESAN

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine

–cornbread dressing (stuffing; boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–whole wheat pasta (1 cup, dry)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, 1 cup)

–Parmesan cheese

1 – Place 1 cup of whole wheat pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 2 inches above the pasta.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 1 cup of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the pasta in the marinara sauce.  Stir well.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place one-half cup of cornbread stuffing in each of 2 individual, microwaveable, covered serving bowls.  Add chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

4 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with garlic powder, rosemary, cayenne pepper (optional), bay leaves (2), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the cornbread dressing as a side.  I also served field peas with snaps (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

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

CREAMY & SPICY ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH ONION & MUSHROOMS / BROCCOLI / HERBED GREAT NORTHERN BEAN SOUP WITH ONION – CELERY – CARROTS – PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy)

–flour

–Sriracha sauce (chili sauce)

–onion (1, divided,  medium)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (1 head)

–great Northern beans (two-thirds cup, dried, soak overnight)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–pasta (penne, 1 and one-third cup, dry)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 2 tablespoons)

–garlic powder, basil, bay leaves (2), rosemary

1 – Place great Northern beans in a slow cooker.  Add one-half chopped onion, 1 handful of shredded carrots, and 1 chopped stalk of celery.  Season with garlic powder, basil, 2 bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and 3 cups of water.  Stir well.  Cook for 5 hours in a slow cooker.  After 5 hours, add 1 and one-third cup of penne pasta; stir.  Cook for another hour (6 hours total for the soup).  When finished, keep setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-half cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup.  Add 1 tablespoon of Sriricha sauce (for very spicy, add 2 tablespoons).  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the hot milk to the flour, stirring very briskly.  Set aside.

3 – Add one-half chopped onion to a covered baking dish.  Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and add to the dish.  Pour the white sauce (milk and flour) on top of the onion and mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and rosemary.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Nestle the chicken amid the sauce and vegetables.  Season the chicken, just a bit, with salt, pepper, olive oil, and rosemary.  Set aside.

4 – Cut off the florets and stems from the stalk of the broccoli, and place the florets and stems in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

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

6 – Serve the bean soup as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the broccoli as a side.

–bean soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; chicken adapted from the recipe of a friend in Minnesota; broccoli original.

HERBED FLOUNDER WITH TOMATO & RED BELL PEPPER IN WHITE WINE / EGGPLANT SPREAD WITH BASIL & ONION / SPINACH & KALE WITH GARLIC

–2 flounder filets (thawed from frozen)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half, medium, chopped)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–garlic powder (bottled)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2, bottled)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–mint (fresh if possible)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (1, medium, fresh)

–Vidalia onion (1, small, chopped fine)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–spinach & kale mix (packaged, fresh)

1 – Wash and pierce the eggplant all around with a fork.  Cook the eggplant in advance, microwaving for 5 minutes on one side, then turning and microwaving for 5 minutes more.  Cool on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, cut off the stalk, and then slice the eggplant lengthwise, raking out the pulp.  Cut the pulp two ways, horizontally and vertically.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Peel and chop 1 small Vidalia onion into very fine pieces.  Add to the bowl  Season with salt, pepper, basil, red wine, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

2 – Wash and chop the tomato and red bell pepper.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the flounder on top of the tomato and pepper.  Season with garlic powder, rosemary, bay leaves, parsley, mint, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of spinach and kale mix in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the eggplant spread with crackers as an appetizer.  Then serve the flounder hot, with the spinach-kale as a side.

–flounder adapted from Ed Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking; eggplant spread from Real Simple; spinach-kale original.