SESAME SALMON WITH MAPLE SYRUP – PAPRIKA – CAYENNE – ONION IN MAPLE – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–maple syrup

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–clam juice (bottled)

–sesame seeds

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice one-half medium onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the onion.  Drench in maple syrup.  Season with paprika, cayenne pepper (more or less to taste), salt, pepper, sesame seeds, and a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the salmon and sauce for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop jasmine rice (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from Antonietta’s blog, “Simply Pure, Simply Fresh.”

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CHICKEN WITH SAUCE OF BLUEBERRIES – MAPLE SYRUP – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – ONION – ROSEMARY – BUTTER – OLIVE OIL ATOP ROSEMARY – OLIVE OIL QUINOA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–blueberries (fresh, 1 cup)

–maple syrup (one-fourth cup)

–balsamic vinegar (one-fourth cup)

–onion powder (bottled)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–rosemary – olive oil quinoa (boxed)

1 – Place 1 cup of fresh blueberries in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of both maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and rosemary.  Add 1 tablespoon of Promise margarine and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

2 – Add the chicken to the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop rosemary – olive oil quinoa (6 minutes on high; 9 minutes on 50 percent power).

–blueberry sauce adapted from Driscoll’s berries web site.

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.

OVEN FRIED CHICKEN WITH CATSUP – DEJON – ONION – PICKLES ON CIABATTA BUN / BARBECUED BEANS WITH MAPLE SYRUP / BUTTERED CORN

Note:  This was intended to be an indoor picnic.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–plain breadcrumbs

–catsup

–Dejon mustard

–sweet pickle relish

–onion (one and one-half, divided, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–ciabatta buns (whole wheat, 2)

–great Northern beans (dried, soak overnight, 1 cup)

–maple syrup

–Bac’n pieces

–corn (one-half package, frozen)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

 

 

1 – Place 1 cup of soaked beans in a slow cooker.  Add 3 cups of water and one-half cup of maple syrup.  Chop 1 onion, and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of Dejon, one-fourth cup of catsup, and olive oil.  Cook all day long, at least 8 hours (the longer, the better).

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour one-third cup of plain breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Set aside.

3 – Place the corn in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and margarine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Place bowls of catsup, Dejon mustard, chopped onion, and sweet pickle relish on the buffet.  Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes. 

5 – Microwave the 2 ciabatta buns for 50 seconds.

6 – Allow your dinner guest to make his/her own sandwich with chicken and the condiments on a ciabatta bun.  Serve the beans and corn as sides.

–recipes for beans adapted from food.com web site; other recipes original.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH BLUEBERRIES – ONION – MAPLE SYRUP / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–blueberries (1 cup)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–maple syrup (one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (frozen, packaged)

–tarragon

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add the blueberries and maple syrup, with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then nestle the chicken amid the blueberry sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the peas in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes (more because of the bulk of the blueberry sauce).

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken adapted from Driscoll’s web site (berry producer); peas original.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH MAPLE SYRUP & SPICES / CAESAR SALAD WITH WALNUTS & FETA / CAULIFLOWER WITH WHITE WINE, GARLIC, & PARMESAN

–salmon (the size of 3 decks of cards)

–maple syrup

–cumin

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–salad greens

–Caesar salad dressing

–walnuts

–feta cheese

–cauliflower (one-half head)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–garlic powder

–Parmesan cheese

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Cut off cauliflower from head in small pieces.  Add to a large, covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of white wine.  Season with garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in microwave for 10 minutes.  When finished, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the whole.

3 – Add 2 handfuls of salad greens to mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts and one-half cup of feta cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add 2 tablespoons of Caesar salad dressing.  Stir well.

4 – Cook the salmon on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  Test when finished, in center, to be sure it is done.  If not, return to microwave for 1 minute.

5 – Serve the salad cold while the salmon is cooking.  Serve the salmon and cauliflower hot.  Place the maple syrup on the table for pouring, sparingly, on the salmon.

–salmon adapted from glory of my life blog; salad and cauliflower original.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH MAPLE SAUCE / ASPARAGUS / PASTA

Note:  Starting today, I’m going to indicate which meals are easy to prepare, with the notation, “simple dinner.”  As time passes, viewers of this blog can use the search box to enter “simple dinner” and bring up those meals that take 20 minutes or less to prepare—from start to finish.  Today’s dinner took a little less than 20 minutes to prepare.

 

–salmon (the size of 3 decks of cards)

–maple syrup

–butter or margarine (Activ margarine is heart-healthy)

–asparagus (frozen)

–penne pasta

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

 

1 – Pour 1 cup of pasta into baking dish (no cover).  Add water just to cover.  Season with olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Cook in microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then cook on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover with lid to preserve warmth.  (Do not drain yet.)

2 – Place salmon in bottom of baking dish with cover.  In separate small bowl, place 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine.  Cover bowl.  Cook butter or margarine for 20 seconds in microwave.  Then stir in one-fourth cup of the maple syrup until smooth.  Pour the maple sauce on top of the salmon.  Set aside.

3 – Place the asparagus in a baking dish with cover.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 4 minutes in microwave on high.

4 – Cook salmon for 4 and one-half minutes in microwave on high.  When finished, test the center to see if done.  If not, return to microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Drain the pasta in a colander.  Season with more olive oil.

6 – Serve the salmon with sauce on top of the pasta, with the asparagus as a side.

–salmon recipe original.

WALNUT – ENCRUSTED CATFISH WITH MAPLE SAUCE / SPINACH – MUSHROOM – ZUCCHINI SALAD / QUINOA

Note:  This is delicious, to our tastes, that is.  An easy company meal.

–3 catfish (small filets)

–walnuts

–cereal flakes (corn flakes, Special K, etc.)

–maple syrup

–butter or margarine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach (fresh, pre-packaged)

–mushrooms (I use baby bellas, 4 or 5)

–zucchini (1 medium)

–feta cheese

–Caesar dressing

–quonoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Pour two-thirds cup of quinoa in large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add one and one-third cups chicken broth.  Cook on high in microwave for 6 minutes; then continue cooking on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  Set aside, with cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Prepare salad by chopping zucchini and mushrooms.  Add 2 handfuls of spinach and one-fourth small package of crumbled feta cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

3 – Using food processor, pulse one-fourth cup of cereal and one-fourth cup of walnuts until smooth.  Place catfish in plastic bag, seasoning with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the cereal – walnut mixture, shaking well.  Place in baking dish with cover.  Set aside.

4 – Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in microwaveable dish with cover for 20 seconds.  Add one-fourth cup of maple syrup.  Stir.  Set aside.

5 – Add Caesar dressing to salad to taste, not too much.  Serve the salad as an appetizer, while you cook the catfish. 

6 – Cook the catfish for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

7 – After finishing the salad, serve the hot catfish on top of the warm quinoa.  Use the maple – butter sauce as a dipping sauce (or pour over catfish if desired).

–catfish adapted from nuts.com; salad original.

BUTTERY COD / HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS / BROCCOLI SLAW

–cod (the six of 3 decks of cards)

–buttery crackers (Ritz or Bretin is good)

–great Northern beans (1 can)

–maple syrup

–catsup

–Dejon mustard

–lemon juice

–onion (1 and one-half, divided)

–Bac’n bits (soy bacon)

–broccoli

–carrots

–mayonnaise

 

1 – Season cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pound one-half package of crackers.  Shake the cod in the package.  Place in covered baking dish.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 onion.  Place in large covered baking dish with a small amount of water, salt, and pepper, and olive oil, and cook in microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Rinse the beans in a colander.  Add to the onion.  Then add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, one-fourth cup of catsup, 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard, a generous squirt of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of Bac’n bits, and stir all together.  Cook for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.

3 – While beans are cooking, cut one-half onion and add to food processor, using the apparatus that allows shredding.  Cut broccoli in small pieces and add to food processor.  Prepare carrots to be shredded.  Shred the onion, broccoli, and carrots.  Dump into mixing bowl, and add mayonnaise, salt, and pepper to taste.

 4 – Cook the cod on high for 5 minutes.  When cod begins to separate, it is done.

5 – Serve the cod and beans hot; serve the broccoli slaw cold.

–beans and broccoli slaw adapted from Real Simple; cod original.