ZESTY SALMON WITH SAUCE OF HONEY – LEMON – APPLE JUICE – MAPLE SYRUP – ORANGE JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – ORANGE ZEST ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note: This is a very delicate, mild sauce.  For more flavor, increase orange zest to 1 tablespoon (recommended).

For 4:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottles)

–apple juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–maple syrup (one-third cup, bottled)

–orange juice (one-third cup, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–orange zest (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add maple syrup, apple juice, and orange juice, and stir.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, orange zest, and olive oil.  Place minced garlic on top.  Finish with honey drizzled over the top.

2 – Microwave for 7 minutes on high.  Salmon is better if cooked medium rare.

3- Serve the salmon hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup rice, with 1 and three-quarters cup water, microwaved, covered, for 5 minutes on high, and then 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–salmon adapted from Salmon, the Cookbook (a kindle e-book).

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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.

SALMON ORANGE WITH ORANGE ZEST – ORANGE JUICE – SOY SAUCE – HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–orange zest (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–orange juice (juice of 1 fresh orange squeezed)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–honey (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–ginger (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (fresh, 2, chopped)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the soy sauce.  Squeeze 1 orange for its juice, atop the salmon.  Season with orange zest, pepper, minced garlic, honey, ginger, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 2 chopped stalks of green onion atop the salmon.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

GLAZED CHICKEN CHERRIES WITH CHERRY PIE FILLING – HONEY – MOLASSES – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – SLICED SWEET ONION ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cherry pie filling (one-half can, not drained)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–molasses (3 tablespoons)

–balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Place the cherry pie filling, honey, molasses, balsamic vinegar, and onion in a covered baking dish.  Add olive oil to taste.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken and sauce for 8 minutes on high.  When finished, test a center piece of doneness.  If not ready, microwave on high for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–chicken inspired by “sugar dish me” cooking blog.

ITALIAN CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ONION – CAYENNE – PINE NUTS – CHIVES IN A HONEY – RED WINE – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BABY DUTCH POTATOES

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

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

–breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed, plain)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (1 cup dry)

1 – Slice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes on high.

2 – Place the honey, red wine, and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Add sliced onion.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Meanwhile, place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.  Pour in breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

4 – Place the breaded chicken in the sauce.  Season with cayenne.  Top with pine nuts and chives.  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.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the potatoes.

–chicken adapted from “chicken agrodulce” at the Bravo! restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi.

CHICKEN TENDERS & SLICED FRESH PEAR SPRINKLED WITH FETA & PINE NUTS IN A SAUCE OF HONEY – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – WHITE WINE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pear (medium, fresh, retain skin, slice)

–feta cheese (3 tablespoons, packaged)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the white wine in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place chicken tenders in the wine, leaving enough room between to add pear slices.  Place the pear slices between each piece of chicken.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place balsamic vinegar and honey.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle feta cheese and pine nuts on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Prepare basmati rice according to package instructions, because brands differ.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 9 minutes on high.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for at least 1 and one-half minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and pear atop the basmati rice.

–chicken, pear, and sauce inspired by “The Cookie Rookie” cooking blog.

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.

CHICKEN TOPPED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PARSLEY AND ACCOMPANIED BY A WARM SAUCE OF APPLE JUICE – HONEY – DIJON

Note:  The original recipe used orange juice rather than apple juice.

Note 2:  Sauce is to be room temperature.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–apple juice (bottled, one-half cup)

–honey (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle the minced garlic and parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon mustard in a small mixing bowl.  Stir together the honey and apple juice, and very, very slowly add to the Dijon, stirring briskly.  (Dijon should not be lumpy.) 

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the accompanying sauce on top, room temperature.

–chicken and sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

HONEY – GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH GREEN ONIONS & BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS TOPPED BY PARMESAN IN A RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, 2 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, sliced, fresh)

–Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons, shredded)

–red wine

1 – Place the green onions and mushrooms in the red wine sauce, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Dribble honey on top, to taste.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top, including the top of the sauce.  Finish with a few more drops of olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY – DIJON SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon and honey in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add the mayonnaise, and stir vigorously until smooth.  After six minutes of cooking the salmon, pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Sprinkle chopped onions on top.  Return the salmon to the microwave for 1 minute more.  (Brief heating of the mayonnaise-based sauce will keep the mayonnaise from disintegrating.)

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.