A Holiday Dinner for 2:  POACHED WILD SALMON FILLET TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS AND IN GARLIC LEMON BUTTER – WHITE WINE – CLAM JUICE SAUCE AND SERVED WITH BABY DUTCH POTATOES & GARLIC BROCCOLI

The baked salmon recipe that inspired this poached version got five out of five stars from 19 cooks, and the chef says she serves it twice a week. . .

For 2:

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

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–Smart Balance margarine (3 tablespoons, heart-healthy)

–white wine (3 tablespoons)

–water (tap, one-quarter cup)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–baby Dutch potatoes (6 to 8, halved)

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–green onions (chopped, packaged, 3 tablespoons, fresh)

1 – Place margarine, white wine, water, and clam juice in a large, covered, baking dish.  Add the halved potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon, almost submerged in the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon some of the sauce over the salmon.  Drop the green onions on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  (Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, making it flaky.)

4 – Serve the salmon and potatoes, hot, with broccoli seasoned with minced garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

–inspired by Café Delites cooking blog, chef Karina.

SPICY STEAMED COD WITH PARSLEY – MINT – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN A LEMON BUTTER – OLIVE OIL – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Dot with Promise margarine.  Season with mint, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.

2 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–cod inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON BUTTER BONE-IN CATFISH WITH WORCESTERSHIRE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  Originally intended for trout.

For 4:

–bone-in catfish (2, fresh)

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy, 3 tablespoons)

–Worcestershire sauce (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

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

1 – Place the catfish side by side in a long, large baking dish with a cover.  Drench in lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.  Dot with margarine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes; then turn over the catfish and microwave for another 4 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve one-half catfish to each person, hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–catfish adapted from the Genuis Kitchen web site.

A Simple Dinner: PARMESAN COD WITH GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

For 4:

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water (more if much sauce is desired).  Drench in lemon juice. 

2 – Place 2 tablespoons of Promise margarine in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 10 seconds.  Stir.  Pour over the cod.  Season the cod with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, generously, on top.  To finish, chop (fine) 2 stalks of green onions, and place on top of the cod.

3 – Microwave the cod on high for 9 minutes.

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

–recipe inspired by the recent dinner of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH PARSLEY & DILL IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

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

–parsley & dill (fresh if possible)

–lemon (fresh)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and dill.  In a small covered bowl, microwave 3 tablespoons of Promise margarine for 20 seconds.  Pour the melted margarine over the salmon.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon, and then place the slices atop the salmon.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from NYT Cooking.

A Simple Dinner:  PARSLEYED COD WITH PINE NUTS & LEMON SLICES IN LEMON BUTTER & CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–lemon juice

–lemon (sliced, fresh)

–margarine (Promise, heart healthy)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice. Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle pine nuts on top and in the clam juice.  Place 2 tablespoons of Promise margarine in a small, covered baking dish; microwave on high for 15 minutes; then stir.  Pour the margarine on top of the cod.  With a very sharp knife, slice a fresh lemon.  Then place the lemon slices on top of the cod.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot atop quinoa cooked with chicken broth (see search box for recipe).  I also served a salad that included chickpeas and broccoli florets; and squash casserole (see search box).

–cod adapted from food.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  COD WITH PARSLEY & GARLIC IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

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

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder (bottled)

–lemon juice

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Microwave 2 tablespoons of margarine in a covered bowl; stir.  Pour the melted margarine atop the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic powder.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot.  I also served dilled potatoes, broccoli with tomato pesto sauce, and zipper peas (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–adapted from the allrecipes.com web site.

PARMESAN & BREADCRUMB – ENCRUSTED SALMON WITH ROSEMARY – THYME – PARSLEY – GARLIC IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–rosemary, thyme, parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–clam juice (bottled)

–green peas (frozen)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Microwave 2 tablespoons of margarine in a covered, small baking dish.  Pour one-half of the melted margarine atop the salmon.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add to the remaining one-half of the melted margarine, chopped thyme, rosemary, parsley, and garlic powder.  Sprinkle a little Parmesan on top.  Finally, sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top.  Stir well.  Spread the breadcrumb mixture on top of the salmon.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place half a large package of green peas in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Cut 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms into quarters, and place atop the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the green peas as a side.  I also served pasta and a salad (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from food.com web site; peas original.

COD WITH MUSHROOMS & WILTED LETTUCE IN TARRAGON LEMON BUTTER & WHITE WINE SAUCE / CHICKPEA SALAD WITH TOMATOES & CARROTS IN OLIVE OIL / PARMESAN & BREADCRUMB – ENCRUSTED ZUCCHINI

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

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 to 4, sliced)

–spring mix salad (2 handfuls)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–white wine

–chickpeas (one-fourth can, rinsed and drained)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–extra virgin olive oil

–zucchini (2, small, peeled)

–Parmesan cheese

–herbed breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and slice 3 to 4 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Add 2 handfuls of spring mix salad.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place cod amid the mushrooms.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Melt Promise Activ margarine in a measuring cup, covered, by microwaving for 10 seconds.  Pour over the cod.  Season with tarragon.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-fourth rinsed can of chickpeas in a mixing bowl, along with 1 chopped tomato (seasoned with basil, salt, and pepper), and 2 handfuls of shredded carrots.  Season with extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.

3 – Peel the zucchini, and then cut horizontally, once, and then vertically, once.  Place a small amount of herbed breadcrumbs, with Parmesan cheese and olive oil, in a small bowl.  Stir well, and then place the breadcrumb mixture atop the zucchini.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the zucchini (hot) and the salad (cold).

–cod adapted from the Char restaurant, Jackson, Mississippi; zucchini adapted from the Olive Garden; and salad original.

SALMON WITH BASIL & GARLIC IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE / ROMAINE LETTUCE SALAD WITH FETA IN CAESAR DRESSING / BABY LIMA BEAN SOUP WITH MARJORAM – SHREDDED CARROTS – ONION – PASTA IN CHICKEN BROTH

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

–basil, garlic powder (bottled)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–romaine lettuce (one-half package)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton)

–Caesar salad dressing (I use Paul Newman’s Creamy Caesar)

–baby lima beans (frozen)

–marjoram (bottled)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–bay leaves (2, bottled)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–penne pasta (one-half cup, uncooked)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of frozen baby lima beans in a slow cooker.  Add one-half chopped onion and 1 handful of shredded carrots.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, 2 bay leaves, and marjoram (generously).  Fill slow cooker with chicken broth just to the top of the vegetables.  Cook for 6 hours on low.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.  Just before dinner, place one-half cup of penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water 2 inches above the pasta.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  To serve, place a small serving of pasta in each bowl, and then add the lima bean soup.

2 – Place one-half package of romaine lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Just before time to serve dinner, add Caesar salad dressing to taste.  Sprinkle one-half small carton of feta cheese over the top of the salad.

3 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Dot margarine over the salmon.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and garlic powder.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course, the soup as a second, and the salmon as the entrée.

–soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salmon adapted from allrecipes.com; salad original.