A Tasty & Economical Dinner:  DICED ASIAN TOFU WITH PARSLEY AND A VEGETABLE MEDLEY OF CROWDER PEAS – YELLOW CORN – BROCCOLI FLORETS – CARROT PENNIES IN HOISIN – BROTH SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

The next best thing to a stir – fry. . .

For 2:

–diced tofu (one 3-inch by 2-inch square, cut up)

–crowder peas (one-half cup, canned)

–yellow corn (one-half cup, frozen)

–broccoli florets (frozen, half a dozen florets)

–carrot pennies (one-half can, drained)

–hoisin sauce (one-quarter cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

1 – Dice the tofu after draining.  Place in a large, covered baking dish.

2 – Add the vegetables of your choice (the title gives what I used), one-half cup each.

4 – In a cup, place the hoisin sauce.  Slowly add chicken broth to the hoisin sauce, stirring briskly.

3 – Season the tofu and vegetables with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Add the hoisin/chicken broth sauce.  Fold the ingredients together gently.

4 – Sprinkle parsley on top.

5 – Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

6 – Serve the tofu and vegetables hot, atop jasmine rice.

–recipe original.

HONEY ROASTED PEANUT CHICKEN WITH SQUASH – ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN A HOISIN – BROTH SAUCE

The original recipe from a cooking blog used cashews. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–honey roasted peanuts (one-half cup)

–squash (summer, 1, medium, sliced)

–onions (one-half cup, chopped)

–mushrooms (white, 4 to 6, chopped)

–hoisin sauce (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–chicken bone broth (three – fourth’s cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the hoisin sauce in a measuring cup.  Slowly add chicken bone broth, stirring briskly.  Set aside.

2 – Place sliced summer squash, onions, and mushrooms in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Pour in the sauce.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour peanuts on top.

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

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop quinoa, rice, or pasta.

–inspired by “Spend with Pennies” cooking blog, by Holly.

SPICY WILD ATLANTIC COD TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS WITH A SAUCE OF HOISIN – SRIRACHA – LEMON – CLAM JUICE

The hoisin and sriracha flavors blend well.  This is such a pretty dish. . .

For 2:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–hoisin sauce (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–sriracha sauce (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Squirt the cod with lemon juice (3 squirts).  Add the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place ribbons of hoisin and sriracha sauce up and down the cod.  Top with green onions and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

MARINATED WILD SALMON HOISIN WITH FRESH LEMON – CLAM JUICE – HOISIN – GINGER – TOASTED SESAME SEEDS – SESAME OIL – TERIYAKI SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

This Asian dish is tangy and delectable, quick to prepare and tastes like a million dollars. . .

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

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–clam juice (1 tablespoon)

–hoisin sauce (1 tablespoon)

–ginger (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–teriyaki sauce (2 tablespoons)

–sesame oil (bottled)

–sesame seeds (2 tablespoons, toasted, bottled)

–jasmine rice

1 – Place clam juice, hoisin sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and teriyaki sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add sauce.  Sprinkle sesame seeds and ginger atop the salmon.  Finish with a few more drops of sesame oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a chilled lemon.  Place atop the salmon.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Salmon is best if a little undercooked.  Should be flaky.

4 – Serve the salmon with sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

–salmon recipe inspired by Les Ilagan’s Salmon Recipe Book:  Delightful Salmon Recipes Made Easy for Beginners (a kindle e-book).