COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–tomato (small, chopped, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–basil (1 teaspoon dried)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–green onions (2, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour wine in the dish.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place minced garlic on top, spreading over the whole.  Place tomato and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice (read package to determine microwaving instructions; brands differ).

–cod inspired by the recipe of a friend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED SHRIMP SEASONED WITH OREGANO – PEPPER –  CAYENNE IN LEMON JUICE SAUCE

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small shrimp, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shelled, deveined)

–oregano (bottled, 1 teaspoon dried)

–salt and pepper

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–water (one-eighth cup)

–olive oil

1 – Rinse the shrimp and place in one layer in a covered baking dish.  Squirt with lemon juice.  Add one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper (to taste), oregano, and cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Be sure that all shrimp have turned pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  BONE – IN CATFISH TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 2:

–catfish (whole, medium)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–teriyaki marinade (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, generously)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Pour teriyaki marinade over the catfish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Turn over.  Place green onions on top.  Microwave for 3 minutes more.  When finished, cut the catfish into two pieces with a very sharp knife.

2 – Serve the catfish hot, with the marinade spooned over it.

–recipe original.

A Celebratory Dinner:  NEW ORLEANS ORANGE ROUGHY ROLLED IN CREOLE SEASONING & BREADCRUMBS WITH TOASTED PECAN BITS – FRESH PARSLEY – LEMON SLICES IN A SAUCE OF CLAM JUICE – WORCESTERSHIRE – LEMON JUICE – OLIVE OIL ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–orange roughy (thawed from frozen, 4 fillets of the size of 1 deck of cards each)

–Creole seasoning (boxed, 1 tablespoon for all 4 fillets)

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

–toasted pecan bits (one-third cup; toast pecans for 1 minute on high, and then stir and toast 1 minute more)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–clam juice (one-half cup, bottled)

–Worcestershire sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–olive oil

–pepper (no salt, because the Creole seasoning has salt)

1 – Place the clam juice, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice, with a few drops of olive oil, in the large baking dish with cover.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Season the orange roughy with the Creole spice.  Place an orange roughy fillet in a plastic bag with a few drops of olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs and shake.  Repeat with each fillet.  Place the fillets in the sauce.  Top with pecan bits, parsley, and sliced lemon.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Place atop jasmine rice (follow microwave recipe for 1 cup on the package).

4 – Serve the orange roughy hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–recipe adapted from a trout recipe in the New Orleans – based Commander’s Palace cookbook.

A Simple Dinner:  COD CILANTRO WITH LEMON ZEST IN CLAM – LEMON SAUCE

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

–cilantro (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.  Sprinkle cilantro on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

COD WITH PEARS & MOLASSES TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – PEAR – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–pears (one-half can, with one-half can juice, sliced)

–molasses (one-quarter cup)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half can of sliced pears, with one-half can of juice, in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of white wine and one-fourth cup of molasses.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the pears and the sauce.  Drench the cod in lemon juice.  Spoon some of the sauce on top.  Sprinkle with 2  stalks of chopped green onion.  Season, to taste, with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  (Sauce, with white wine, will bubble up after six minutes unless you reduce the heat.)

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup of rice, 1 and three-fourth’s cup of water; microwave for 5 minutes on high, and then 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–recipe original.

CHILLED SHRIMP SERVED ON ICE WITH SPICY REMOULADE SAUCE

For 2:

–50 small frozen shrimp (cooked, tail-off, shell off, thawed from frozen)

Remoulade sauce (1 cup):

–mayonnaise (two-thirds cup)

–Dijon mustard (2 heaping tablespoons)

–Creole seasoning (1 heaping tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh if possible, chopped, 2 tablespoons fresh; or 1 tablespoon dried)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–paprika (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-fourth teaspoon)

1 – Stir all the ingredients together for the remoulade sauce.  Keep in refrigerator until ready for dinner.  Sauce is better if made two hours in advance.

2 – Serve the thawed shrimp atop ice, in a bowl, with the remoulade sauce on the side.

–shrimp serving suggestion inspired by Weidmann’s restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi; remoulade sauce inspired by a magazine clipping from long ago.

TARRAGON SALMON & POTATOES TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES & GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (bottled, one-half teaspoon)

–potatoes (2, medium, cut into 1-inch pieces, retain peeling)

–green onions (2 stalks, diced)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 1 – Scrub the potatoes, and then cut into 1-inch pieces, retaining the peeling.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the potatoes.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon, and then place the slices on top of the salmon.  Dice 2 stalks of green onions, and place on top of the lemon slices.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky, but not raw on the inside.

4 – Serve the salmon and potatoes hot.

–salmon and potatoes adapted from Real Simple magazine.

BREADCRUMB – TOPPED COD IN WHITE WINE & SERVED WITH CREAMY SAUCE OF CRAB MEAT – PARSLEY – MINT – CAPERS – LEMON – WHITE WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  The original recipe for the sauce used tuna.

For 4:

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

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–white wine

–olive oil

–jasmine rice (1 cup, packaged)

The sauce:

–crab meat (one-half small can, drained)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–mint (5 leaves, fresh, chopped, optional)

–capers (2 tablespoons, drained, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 squirt)

–white wine (3 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Drench in olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

2 – Place the following in a food processor:  one-half small can of drained crab meat; 1 chopped handful of fresh parsley, 5 chopped leaves of fresh mint (optional), 2 tablespoons of drained capers, 1 squirt of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of white wine, 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Puree until creamy; it takes some time to make a creamy sauce in a food processor.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce at room temperature and ladled over the top.  Place the cod on jasmine white rice (1 cup rice, 1 and three-fourth’s cup water, microwave on high for 5 minutes, then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes).

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

PARSLEYED COD WITH MINCED GARLIC & CAYENNE IN LEMON – LIME SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  The chef who devised this recipe, Edward Giobbi, says, “Personally, I think this sauce is divine.”  My husband and I concur.

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

–parsley

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in both lime and lemon juice, enough to make a sauce.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (optional).  Drop minced garlic on top of the cod.  Sprinkle chopped parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod on high for 8 minutes.  Test to be sure that it is done.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

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

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

SPICY HERB COD WITH SAUCE OF FRESH BLUEBERRIES – LIGHT BROWN SUGAR – LEMON JUICE – BALSAMIC VINEGAR ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–Mrs. Dash original (bottled)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–blueberries (fresh, 1 cup)

–light brown sugar (packaged)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (bottled)

–jasmine rice (packaged)

1 – Place 1 cup of fresh blueberries and one-fourth cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in both lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup rice and 2 cups water microwaved for 5 minutes on high; then 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–cod and sauce adapted from the web sites of both Giant Eagle and Group Recipes.

CHICKEN TENDERLOINS SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & SERVED WITH A SIDE OF COLD & SMOOTH NUT SAUCE WITH TOASTED WALNUTS – CILANTRO – LEMON – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–toasted walnuts (6 to 8 halves, shelled; microwave on high 1 plate of walnuts for 2 minutes; stir; then microwave for 2 minutes more)

–cilantro (or parsley, 1 handful, fresh)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Lightly sprinkle with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check an inside tenderloin for doneness.  If not done, continue microwaving on high for 1 minute more.

2 – In a food processor, place 6 to 8 toasted walnut halves, 1 handful of chopped cilantro (or parsley), 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Add a small amount of water to reach desired consistency, and then pulse again.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the cold sauce on the side.

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

A Simple Dinner:  CREAMY SALMON WITH PARMESAN – DIJON – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – MAYO IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–Dijon mustard

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–clam juice

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small mixing cup, place one-fourth cup of mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese, a squirt of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Pour over the salmon.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot, atop brown or white rice.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

MAPLE – GLAZED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – GINGER – BLACK PEPPER – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–maple syrup

–soy sauce

–lemon juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–ginger (bottled)

–olive oil

–black pepper

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add to the bag, 3 tablespoons or maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, a sprinkling of black pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Close the bag, and blend the flavors together.  Marinate between 2 and 24 hours. 

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the marinade poured over the chicken.  Add a few more drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from the food.com web site.

BAKED COD WITH BLUEBERRY SAUCE

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

–blueberries (fresh, 1 cup)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 squirt)

–cinnamon (1 pinch)

–nutmeg (1 pinch)

–cornstarch (1 teaspoon)

1 – Place 1 cup of rinsed blueberries in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 squirt of lemon juice, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 pinch of nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the blueberry sauce, spooning some sauce on top.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes on high; then 7 minutes on 50 percent power.  Check to be sure that sauce does not bubble up.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop quinoa or rice.  Note:  Blueberries directly atop the cod will appear quite dark, but will not be burned.

–blueberry sauce adapted from food.com web site.

SALMON SMOTHERED IN MOCK HOLLANDAISE – DIJON SAUCE

Note:  This sauce has a very delicate flavor, just what my husband and I like.  If your family prefers a more robust flavor, use 3 tablespoons of Dijon rather than 2 tablespoons.

For 4:

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

–salt and pepper

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–clam juice (or fish broth, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–egg yolk (1)

–creamer (soy or almond for lactose-free; or dairy)

–Dijon mustard

–flour (2 level tablespoons)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

2 – Assemble 3 microwavable bowls (uncovered), with the second and third bowls at least 1 and one-half cup size.

3 – In the first bowl, place 4 tablespoons of Promise margarine.  Microwave for 10 seconds on high.  Stir to complete melting. 

4 – In the second bowl, place 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  Add, very slowly and stirring briskly, three-fourths cup of clam juice, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of soy or almond creamer.  Then add the melted Promise margarine (Step 3) and stir again.  Microwave the bowl for 1 and one-half minutes on high.

5 – In the third bowl, place 2 level tablespoons of flour.   Very slowly add the liquid from Step 4 to the flour, stirring briskly.  Set aside.

6 – Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

7 – Microwave the sauce (Step 5) for 2 minutes on high.  When finished, add 1 egg yolk, and stir very well.  Pour the completed sauce on top of the salmon.

8 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop white (preferably jasmine) or brown rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–mock hollandaise and Dijon sauce adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

ASIAN SALMON WITH HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – BLACK PEPPER – SRIRACHA SAUCE & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & SESAME SEEDS

Note:  I thought this was the best salmon with soy sauce that I have ever served.

For 4:

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

–honey

–ginger

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–soy sauce

–lemon juice

–black pepper

–Sriracha sauce (optional)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–sesame seeds (toasted, if you have them)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  In a small mixing bowl, place one-quarter cup of honey, a sprinkling of ginger, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, one-quarter cup of soy sauce, a sprinkling of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce (optional.  Stir well, and then pour over the salmon.  Finish the salmon with 3 stalks of chopped green onions and a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds.

2 – Microwave for 6 minutes on high.  Do not overcook.

–salmon adapted from the cooking blog, “Delicious,” by the chef Chungah.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN MANDARIN WITH LEMON JUICE – HONEY – GINGER IN BRANDY – BROTH – SOY SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–honey

–ginger (ground, bottled)

–brandy (buy an inexpensive, small bottle)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–soy sauce

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little brandy (3 tablespoons), chicken broth, and soy sauce.  Drench the chicken in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and ginger.  Drizzle honey on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop white rice (preferably jasmine).

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

SALMON TOPPED WITH BREADCRUMBS – MINT – PARSLEY – LEMON – SUGAR IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–mint

–parsley (fresh)

–lemon juice

–sugar

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Sprinkle sugar and plain breadcrumbs on top.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, chopped parsley, and olive oil.

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

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

A Simple Dinner:  CRAB CAKES CARIB WITH HOT SAUCE – GARLIC – PARMESAN – LEMON JUICE – CAPERS IN CREAM SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF AVOCADO

Note:  Buy packaged crab cakes for an easy dinner. 

For 4:

–crab cakes (4, ready-prepared)

–hot sauce

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–Parmesan cheese

–lemon juice

–capers

–soy creamer (or dairy)

–olive oil

–avocados (2, fresh, medium)

1 – Place a small amount of soy or dairy creamer in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place the ready-prepared crab cakes in the creamer.  Drench in lemon juice.  Place a few drops of hot sauce on top, half a teaspoon of minced garlic on each cake, a few capers (without liquid), and sprinkle Parmesan cheese to finish.  Add a drop or two of olive oil atop each crab cake.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Serve the crab cakes, with sauce, hot, with a side of half an avocado per person..

–crab cakes inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

CREAMED CHICKEN & NOODLES WITH WHITE SAUCE SEASONED BY PAPRIKA – ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – POWDERED ONION

Note:  This is a tasty comfort chicken dish.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–flour

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy because it doesn’t microwave well)

–paprika

–Italian salad dressing

–lemon juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–powdered onion (bottled; or onion bits, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Microwave 1 cup of almond or dairy milk for one and one-half minutes on high.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then season with paprika, onion powder (or onion bits), 3 tablespoons of Italian salad dressing, 1 or 2 squirts of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Place this sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When heated, stir well.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce, spooning some sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into one of the tenderloins that is the center of the dish to be sure that the chicken has cooked.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 more minutes of cooking on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop pasta.  (Microwave pasta in water and salt for 6 minutes; then 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.)

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

 

MINT – CHIVES SALMON WITH CHOPPED APPLE – HONEY – LEMON – BROWN SUGAR IN APPLE JUICE

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–mint, chives (bottled)

–apple (1, fresh, chopped)

–honey

–lemon juice

–brown sugar

–apple juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Peel and chop an apple into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little apple juice.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle salmon amid the apple.  Drench in lemon juice.  Then season with salt, pepper, mint, chives, and olive oil.  Drizzle honey on top.  Then sprinkle brown sugar on top.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon and apples hot, with sauce, atop quinoa, rice, pasta, or couscous.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

BASIL – LEMON TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH FRESH TOMATO – FETA – BROWN ONION – GREEN ONION – CLAM JUICE

For 4:

–tuna steak (1)

–basil (bottled)

–lemon juice

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–feta cheese

–brown onion (one-half, chopped very fine)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tuna steak in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  (Tuna steak will be rare in the middle.)  Set aside.

2 – Chop the tomato, one-half brown onion, 2 stalks of green onion, and place in a mixing bowl.   Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Stir.

3 – Flake the tuna steak, being careful to mix with the lemon juice and clam juice (to have moist tuna).  Add the flaked tuna to the vegetables in the mixing bowl.

4 – Add mayonnaise to taste.  Stir well.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

–tuna steak salad original.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON – HERB SALMON WITH MINT – BASIL – OREGANO – LEMON ZEST IN CLAM JUICE – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–lemon juice

–mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest (bottled)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice and a little white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon original.

MAHI – MAHI WITH LEMON – GREEN ONIONS – MAYO – BREADCRUMBS

For 4:

–mahi – mahi (swordfish, size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–lemon juice

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mayonnaise

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the mahi – mahi in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spread the top of the fish with mayonnaise.  Sprinkle lightly with plain breadcrumbs.  Finely chop 3 stalks of green onions, and sprinkle on top. 

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the mahi – mahi hot.  (The fish will still be firm.)

–mahi – mahi adapted from food.com web site.

BALSAMIC SALMON WITH PARSLEY – LEMON – ONION – DILL IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–balsamic vinegar

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–dill (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (or fish broth)

1 – Chop one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When nestled, nestle the salmon in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice, and then drench in balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, chopped parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon and onions hot. 

–salmon original.

A Simple Dinner:  TRIPLE – LEMON CHICKEN ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–lemon (fresh)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of herb – garlic breadcrumbs in the bag, and shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the lemon slices atop the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

A Celebratory Dinner for 2:  PARSLEYED CREOLE COD PECAN WRAPPED IN BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED BY LEMON – CLAM JUICE – WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE / ASPARAGUS CASSEROLE WITH MUSHROOMS & PARMESAN IN WHITE SAUCE

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

–parsley

–Creole seasoning

–pecans (chopped, 1 small package)

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lemon juice

–clam juice

–Worcestershire sauce

–pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (fresh, 1 bunch)

–flour

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5 sliced)

–Parmesan cheese

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with pepper (no salt), Creole seasoning (contains salt), and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Place the cod in a covered baking dish.

2 – In a measuring cup, place one-fourth cup of clam juice, several squirts of lemon juice, and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and olive oil.  Stir well.  Pour over the cod.

3 – Place 1 small package of chopped pecans on top of the cod.  The sprinkle chopped parsley as a finishing touch.  Set aside.

4 – Place 1 bunch of asparagus in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Fill a cup with chicken broth, and microwave for 1 minute on high.  Place 1 heaping teaspoon of flour in a second cup.  Gradually the hot broth to the flour, stirring vigorously.  Add to the asparagus, just to cover.  Sprinkle the asparagus with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

6 – Serve the cod hot, with the asparagus as a side.  I also served lima beans and squash casserole (recipes, see the search box).

–cod adapted from a trout recipe in the New Orleans’s The Commander’s Palace cookbook.

PARSLEYED LEMON COD TOPPED WITH PARMESAN – OLIVE OIL – HERB CORNBREAD DRESSING & IN CLAM JUICE

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

–parsley (fresh)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–olive oil

–cornbread dressing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb cornbread)

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little calm juice.  Drench the cod in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a separate mixing bowl, stir together herb cornbread dressing, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.  Top the cod with this dressing.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod inspired by the Olive Garden restaurant’s zucchini recipe.

MINT – LEMON CHILLED COD SALAD WITH AVOCADO – FRESH TOMATO – VIDALIA ONION – BLACK OLIVES & SEASONED WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Note:  This recipe was originally designed for tuna fish.

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

–mint (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–avocado (half)

–tomato (medium, vine-ripened if possible)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–black olives (one half small can, drained)

–extra virgin olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Let cool with the lid off the dish.

2 – Chop the tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, and mint.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Slice half a Vidalia onion, and place in the mixing bowl.  Place one-half small can of drained black olives in the bowl.  Add mint and stir well.

3 – Chop one-half avocado.  Then break apart the cod.  Gently fold both avocado and cod into the vegetables in the mixing bowl.  Add a few drop of extra virgin olive oil on top.  Place the salad in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

4 – Serve the salad chilled.

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

CHICKEN ROLLED IN CORN FLAKE CRUMBS & TOPPED IN LEMON SLICES WITH  ROSEMARY & PARSLEY IN GARLIC – LEMON SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–corn flakes (or corn chex, crushed)

–lemon (fresh)

–rosemary and parsley (fresh)

–garlic (minced, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of corn flakes in a plastic bag.  With the back of an ice cream spoon, crush the corn flakes against the kitchen counter.  In another plastic bag, place the chicken.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour the crushed corn flakes into the bag with the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place a generous amount of lemon juice.  Add water and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Pour over the chicken.

3 – Snip rosemary and parsley on top of the chicken. 

4 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon, and then place the slices atop the chicken.

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

6 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH BUTTERED HERB CORNBREAD DRESSING – PARSLEY – FRESH LEMON SLICES & NESTLED IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–herb cornbread dressing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper. 

2 – In a small, covered baking dish, microwave 2 tablespoons of Promise margarine on high for 30 seconds.  When finished, stir in 2 tablespoons of cornbread herb dressing and 1 small handful of chopped parsley.  Spoon the dressing on top of the chicken.

3 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the lemon slices on top of the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.  I also served fresh green beans (microwave 2 handfuls on high for 6 minutes); crowder peas (1 can, rinsed; microwave for 4 minutes on high); and a salad with carrot chips, chickpeas, Caesar croutons, feta cheese, and creamy Caesar salad dressing.

–chicken original.

CHUNKS OF TUNA STEAK ATOP ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH LEMON – PARSLEY – ONION – ROSEMARY – CAPERS – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE

–tuna steak (1, medium)

–angel hair pasta

–lemon juice (bottled)

–parsley, rosemary (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–capers (about 12, bottled)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-fourth package of angel hair pasta in a long, uncovered,  baking dish.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Add water to cover.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Cut apart the tuna steak into large chunks, and place over the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, parsley, rosemary, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Sprinkle about a dozen capers on top.  Microwave for 4 minutes (do not overcook the tuna).

3 – Serve the tuna hot, atop the pasta.

–tuna steaks adapted from Epicurious; pasta original.

CAJUN SALMON WITH TOPPING OF DIJON – GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole, bottled)

–Dijon mustard

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–lemon juice

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun (or Creole) seasoning.  In a small mixing bowl, pour 3 tablespoons of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Add 1 teaspoon of Dijon and enough olive oil to make a paste.  Spread the paste over the top of the salmon.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served aioli dipping sauce, zipper peas, broccoli, and potatoes (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon inspired by “my recipes” web site.

BASIL SALMON WITH FRESH TOMATO – BLACK OLIVES – GREEN BEANS – GARLIC – IN LEMON – DIJON – WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–basil (fresh is much better)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–green beans (fresh, 1 handful)

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 handful of washed green beans in a large, covered baking dish.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place on top of the green beans.  Add a little white wine.  Season with olive oil and snips of basil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  While vegetables are cooking, mix together 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard with several drops of lemon juice.  When vegetables have finished, nestle the salmon amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Pour the lemon – Dijon sauce on top of the salmon.  Add drained black olives and more snips of basil on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot, on a bed of the vegetables.

–adapted from the food network web site.

COD WITH LEMON & GREEN ONIONS IN BARBECUE SAUCE / BARBECUED BEANS

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

–lemon juice

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–barbecue sauce (bottled; I used Bull’s Eye Original)

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

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (1, medium, chopped)

–olive oil

–brown sugar

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–black pepper

1 – Place the great Northern beans in a slow cooker.  Chop and add 1 medium onion.  Then add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.  Season with pepper, olive oil, and Bac’n pieces.  Add chicken broth to the top of the beans and onion.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then add one-half cup of barbecue sauce, and cook on high for 45 minutes.  Keep on warm until time for dinner.  (Do not add barbecue sauce before the beans have finished cooking, or the beans will not tender because of the acidic sauce.)

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add salt and pepper.  Add barbecue sauce to taste.  Chop 2 stalks of green onions, and sprinkle on top.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the beans as a side.  I also served squash casserole, broccoli, and a salad (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–recipes original.

CREOLE SALMON & SHRIMP IN WINE & BROTH GRAVY WITH LEMON – ROSEMARY – OREGANO – GARLIC / SPICY PURPLE HULL PEA SOUP WITH SHREDDED CARROTS & ONION

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

–Creole seasoning (bottled, in spices section of grocery store)

–shrimp (tiny, a dozen, thawed from frozen)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–lemon juice

–rosemary & oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–purple hull peas (frozen)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–shredded carrots (one handful)

–onion (one-half, sliced in small pieces)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the peas in a slow cooker with water to cover.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and a little olive oil.  Optionally, add a generous amount of cayenne pepper.  Add 1 handful of shredded carrots, and one-half sliced onion.  Stir.  Cook for 5 and one-half hours on low.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with Creole seasoning, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Rinse and drain about a dozen tiny shrimp.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Place one-half cup of chicken broth in a measuring cup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the heated broth to the flour.  Stir well.  Pour atop the shrimp.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, a squirt of lemon juice, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, pour the shrimp gravy atop the salmon.

5 – Serve the soup as a first course; then serve the salmon atop quinoa (recipe, see the search box on this blog). 

–salmon and shrimp adapted from food.com web site; soup original.

CHICKEN MARINATED IN LEMON – GARLIC – ROSEMARY & THEN OVEN FRIED WITH FLOUR & NUTMEG / PENNE PASTA WITH MARJORAM – BROCCOLI – ONION – POTATO IN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–garlic powder

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–flour

–nutmeg

–egg whites (2)

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry)

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–potato (1, small, cut in bite-sized pieces)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–marjoram (fresh if possible)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Marinate the chicken in a plastic bag in lemon juice, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, pepper overnight or all day long in the refrigerator.  When ready to prepare dinner, place 2 egg whites in a cup, and then beat to a foam.  Add the chicken.  Then place the chicken in a plastic bag with flour.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a tiny bit of water.  Sprinkle nutmeg, to taste, on top of the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Place the pasta in a small, uncovered, baking dish with a generous amount of water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Set aside.

3 – Wash and then cut the potato, with peeling, into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a small, uncovered, baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Set aside.

4 – Wash and cut the florets in bite-sized pieces from half a head of broccoli.  Peel and slice one-half onion.  Add florets and onion to a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, marjoram, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add the drained pasta and potato to the dish.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.  Just before dinner, stir the pasta, potato, and vegetables together.  Add more olive oil if desired.

5 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the chicken with a vegetable of your choice.

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

LEMONY SHRIMP SALAD WITH DIJON – HORSERADISH – MAYONNAISE / BACON-FLAVORED AVOCADO DIP WITH PAPRIKA & LEMON / OVEN FRIED GARLIC – HERB EGGPLANT

–shrimp (half a package, thawed from frozen)

–lemon juice

–Dijon mustard

–horseradish sauce (bottled)

–mayonnaise

–avocado (1, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–paprika

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–eggplant (one-half, large, no peel)

1 – Place one-half package of thawed shrimp in 1 layer in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, drain the shrimp in a colander.  Place the shrimp in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of horseradish sauce, and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Season with salt.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Cut open an avocado and remove the pit.  Cut the avocado while still in the shell, and then turn out on a cutting board.  Mash the avocado with a fork.  Place in a small mixing bowl.  Season with Bac’n pieces, paprika, and lemon juice.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Cut 3 large slices of eggplant, and the cut around the peel.  Discard the peel.  Slice the eggplant in pie-shaped pieces.  Place in a plastic bag with a very tiny amount of water and some olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the eggplant in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add more olive oil if desired.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the avocado dip as an appetizer.  Then serve the shrimp salad cold, with the eggplant as a side.

–avocado dip and shrimp salad from To the Taste of a King; eggplant original.

COD WRAPPED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ALMONDS – LEMON – PARSLEY

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

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–almonds (sliced, one-third small package)

–lemon juice

–parsley (fresh if possible)

1 – Place the cod in a plastic with a little lemon juice and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour one-third cup of plain breadcrumbs in the plastic bag.  Shake well.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Sprinkle sliced almonds and chopped parsley on top.  Season a little more with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot.  I also served squash with onions and Bac’n pieces, baby lima beans, and a salad (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–adapted from To the Taste of a King (Colonial Dames of Louisiana).

SPICY OVEN FRIED CATFISH ROLLED IN GARLIC – BUTTER CRUSHED CROUTONS / HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE WITH SWEET PICKLE RELISH – MINCED ONION – LEMON JUICE

–catfish (1 fillet, large)

–cayenne pepper

–garlic – butter croutons (crushed, one-half cup after crushing)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–mayonnaise

–lemon juice

–sweet pickle relish (bottled)

–minced onion (one-fourth onion, chopped fine)

1 – Place a generous amount of garlic – butter croutons in a plastic bag.  With the back of an ice cream spoon, crush the croutons.  In a separate plastic bag, place the catfish.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Then pour the crushed croutons into the bag with the catfish.  Shake well.

2 – Microwave the catfish in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water for 4 minutes, longer if an especially large fish.

3 – Place one-third cup of mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish and one-fourth onion, minced.  Spirt with lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

4 – Serve the catfish hot, with the homemade tartar sauce.  I also served baby lima beans and baby Dutch potatoes (recipes, use the search box on this blog)

–recipes original.

BUTTERED & PARSLEYED PEACH CHICKEN WITH LEMON & GARLIC

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–garlic powder

–peach preserves (in a jar)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Microwave 2 tablespoons of margarine in a covered bowl on high for 15 seconds.  When finished, stir in 2 tablespoons of peach preserves.  Then spread the buttered peach over the chicken.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the chicken hot.  I also served potatoes and asparagus with lemon zest (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from the recipe of a friend in Minnesota.

LEMONY CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY & GARLIC IN DEJON – WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE / BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD WITH PINEAPPLE & TOASTED WALNUTS IN GINGER – SESAME DRESSING / CAULIFLOWER & ONIONS WITH THYME IN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–parsley

–garlic powder

–Dejon mustard (I used Grey Poupon)

–white wine

–flour

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–butter lettuce (half a package)

–pineapple (in chunks, one-third can)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–ginger-sesame salad dressing (I used Paul Newman’s)

–cauliflower (1 head, broken apart

–onion (1, whole)

–thyme (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  In a microwaveable cup, place one-half cup of chicken broth, 3 tablespoons of white wine, and 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and 20 seconds.  Stir well.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the broth mixture to the flour, stirring briskly.  Pour the sauce on top of the chicken.  Season the chicken with parsley, garlic, and a little more olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Add one-third can of chunk pineapple and 1 handful of walnuts.  Stir well.  Just before serving, add ginger – sesame salad dressing to taste, and stir again.

3 – Wash and cut off the cauliflower in chunks.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of chicken broth.  Cut 1 onion into 8 pieces, and place atop the cauliflower.  Season with thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

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

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the cauliflower and onion as a side.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

BREADED TUNA STEAKS WITH LEMON – PARSLEY – GARLIC IN MUSHROOM & WHITE WINE SAUCE / BUTTER LETTUCE WITH SUMMER SQUASH – MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS – FETA IN HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING / BACON – FLAVORED SPECKLED BUTTER BEANS / ASPARAGUS SERVED NATURALLY

–tuna steak (1 large)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

–lemon juice

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–mushrooms (divided, fresh, baby bellas, 5 or 6, sliced)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–butter lettuce (one-third package)

–summer squash (1, medium, sliced)

–green onions (sliced, fresh, 3 stalks)

–feta cheese (one-third small package)

–honey mustard dressing

–speckled butter beans (frozen, packaged)

–Bac’n pieces

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (fresh, 8 to 10 stalks)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of speckled butter beans in a slow cooker with water just to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours; then keep on “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Slice 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Place 1 large tuna steak in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of breadcrumbs in the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Then nestle the tuna steak amid the mushrooms in the wine sauce.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-third package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 sliced, medium, summer squash; 3 stalks, sliced of green onions; and one-third package of feta cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Add honey mustard dressing and stir just before serving dinner.

4 – Place 8 to 10 stalks of asparagus in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

5 – Microwave the tuna for 3 minutes, no longer to avoid dryness.

6 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the tuna hot with the butter beans and asparagus as sides.

–tuna steaks adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

FLOUNDER ATOP CRAB MEAT WITH GREEN ONIONS – PARSLEY – LEMON – CRUSHED CROUTONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–flounder (thawed from frozen, 2 filets)

–crab meat (1 can, drained)

–green onions (3 stalks)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–seasoned croutons (2 handfuls, crushed)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a can of drained crab meat in a mixing bowl.  Finely slice 1 and one-half stalks of green onion, and place in bowl.  Add a very few drops of lemon juice.  Crush 1 handful of seasoned croutons in a plastic bag, with the back of an ice cream spoon.  Add croutons to the bowl.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the flounder filets atop the crab meat.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and olive oil.  Pour 1 handful of crushed croutons atop the flounder.  Sprinkle 1 and one-half minced green onions on top. 

3 – Microwave the flounder and crab meat for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the flounder and crab meat hot.  I also served broccoli and small Dutch potatoes (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–recipe original.

BREADED COD WITH CILANTRO & GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – LEMON SAUCE / BACON – FLAVORED BLACK – EYED PEAS IN BROTH / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON ZEST / BUTTERY LETTUCE WITH BASIL TOMATO – ZUCCHINI – SWEET ONION IN BALSAMIC VINEGAR – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–cilantro (better if fresh)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

–black – eyed peas (fresh)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (fresh)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–buttery lettuce (packaged)

–tomato (fresh, one-half)

–basil

–zucchini (one-half, fresh, peeled)

–sweet onion (one-half)

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place 2 cups of fresh black-eyed peas in a slow cooker.  Cover with chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours; then keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add a little white wine.  Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs, just a little, on top of the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, cilantro, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Cut the tough ends off the asparagus.  Then place the stalks and tips in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes, longer if you desire more tender asparagus.

4 – Place one-half package of buttery lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Chop one-half tomato, and then season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Add the tomato to the bowl.  Peel and slice, finely, one-half zucchini.  Peel and chop one-half sweet onion.  Place the zucchini and onion in the bowl.  Season the salad with salt and pepper.  Add balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

6 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot, with the peas and asparagus as sides.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

TARRAGON COD WITH GARLIC & LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / DUTCH POTATOES / TARRAGON GREEN PEAS WTH MUSHROOMS & ONION / GREEN SALAD WITH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI – BANANA PEPPER IN ITALIAN DRESSING

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

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–plain breadcrumbs

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Dutch potatoes (small)

–green peas (packaged, steamable)

–mushrooms (6 to 8, sliced)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–salad greens

–tomato (medium, fresh)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–zucchini (1, small)

–banana pepper (one-half)

–Italian salad dressing

1 – Place 8 to 10 small Dutch potatoes in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice; then add a little white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with plain breadcrumbs, and then with tarragon.  Pour a few drops of olive oil on top.  Set aside.

3 – Wash and slice mushrooms; place in covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Add one-half chopped onion.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and tarragon.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Microwave a steamable package of green peas for 5 and one-half minutes.  Let sit 1 minute.  Then pour green peas atop the mushrooms and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir gently.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Place one-half package of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Wash and then chop a medium-sized tomato.  Season the tomato with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place in the bowl.  Add 1 chopped zucchini and one-half chopped banana pepper.  Season the salad greens and vegetables with salt and pepper.  Add Italian salad dressing to taste.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

6 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot, with the green peas and potatoes as sides.

–recipes original.

GARLIC SALMON STUFFED WITH GREEN ONIONS IN A LEMON – SOY SAUCE / BACON – FLAVORED KALE / 15 – BEAN SOUP WITH TOMATO – ONION – CELERY – BASIL BAY LEAVES – GARLIC IN BROTH

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

–garlic powder

–green onions (4 stalks)

–lemon juice

–lemon zest

–soy sauce

–kale (one-half package, fresh)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–15 – bean mix (dried; soak overnight)

–tomato (1, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of 15-bean mix in a slow cooker.  Add chopped tomato, chopped onion, and chopped celery.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, 2 bay leaves, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth to cover.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, keep on “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Slice 4 stalks of green onions.  Cut a slit horizontally in the salmon.  Insert half the green onions in the slit in the salmon.  Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a very little water.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season the salmon with lemon zest, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add soy sauce to the dish, sprinkling the salmon with the soy.  Sprinkle the reminder of the green onions on top of the salmon.  Set aside.

3 – Add one-half package of kale to a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the salmon on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the soup as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot, with the kale as a side.

–soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salmon adapted from 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; kale original.

CRAB BISQUE SOUP

–crabmeat (2 cans, drained)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 2 cups)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-half cup)

–paprika

–lemon juice

–Worcestershire sauce

–egg yolks (2)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–flour (4 tablespoons)

1 – Place 2 cups of milk in a microwaveable bowl.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  In a separate bowl, add 4 tablespoons of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add a half cup to the flour.  Stir briskly. 

2 – Place the crabmeat in a very large, wide-mouthed, baking dish. Add the heated milk mixed with flour.  Add one-half cup of Parmesan cheese, and 2 egg yolks.  Season with paprika, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, parsley (chopped), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Then stir.  Microwave for another 7 minutes.  Then stir.  Let cool briefly before serving.  Soup should be somewhat thick.

3 – Serve the crab bisque soup as a main course.  I also served a green salad and tomato pie (for recipes, use the search box in this blog).

–crab bisque soup adapted from To the Taste of a King (compiled by the Colonial Dames of Mississippi in the early fifties).

BREADED LEMON COD WITH CAPERS – GARLIC – PARSLEY / GARLIC GREEN BEANS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lemon juice

–capers (bottled)

–garlic powder

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

1 – Place cod in a plastic bag.  Season with lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of plain breadcrumbs in the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Then place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Sprinkle capers and chopped parsley on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of white wine to the green beans.  Top the green beans with chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the green beans as a side.

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