ITALIAN CHICKEN CACCIATORE WITH OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – ONION – FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – RED BELL PEPPER IN RED WINE – CABERNET MARINARA SAUCE ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano (fresh if possible, 2 tablespoons fresh; or one-half teaspoon dried)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (1 handful of sliced)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh, sliced)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, in a jar)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–cabernet marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own; one-half container)

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chopped tomato on a cutting board.  Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.  Then place the seasoned tomato in a covered baking dish.  Add onion, baby bella mushrooms, red bell pepper, minced garlic, red wine, and cabernet marinara sauce.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop pasta (microwave pasta in water to cover, and salt to taste, for 6 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power).

–chicken cacciatore inspired by the Campbell Soup Cookbook.

COD SOUP WITH POTATOES – ONION – CELERY & SEASONED WITH CORIANDER – GINGER – BASIL – LIME IN WHITE WINE – MARINARA BASE

For 4:

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

–potatoes (2, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–coriander, ginger, basil (bottled)

–lime juice (bottled)

–white wine (use the real stuff, not cooking wine)

–marinara sauce (5 tablespoons; I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the potatoes, leaving the skins on.  Chop into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a large, deep, covered baking dish with white wine to cover to 1 inch above the potatoes.  Chop one-half medium onion, and add to the potatoes.  Chop 2 stalks of celery, and add to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, ginger, basil, and olive oil.  Add 5 tablespoons of marinara sauce, and stir well.  Microwave on high for 20 minutes, checking often to be sure that sauce is not bubbling up over the dish (if so, double remaining time and cook on 50 percent power).

2 – When finished, place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, ginger, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes (check frequently for overflow; longer if on 50 percent power).

3 – Serve the cod soup, hot, in bowls.

–cod soup inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

SPICY SALMON WITH PAPRIKA – TURMERIC – GINGER – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN A CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE ATOP PARMESAN COUSCOUS

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

–paprika, turmeric, ginger (bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–creamer (dairy or almond; soy doesn’t microwave well)

–marinara sauce (one-half jar; I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 and one-third cup of water in a covered baking dish, with the spice packet from a box of Parmesan couscous.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes (or until boiling).  When finished, add the couscous; stir.  Keep covered for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of almond or dairy creamer and one-half medium sliced onion.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and olive oil.  Spread 1 teaspoon of minced garlic on top.  Finish by sprinkling with chopped, fresh parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the Parmesan couscous.

–salmon adapted from the blog, Immaculate Bites, by Imma.  Imma features Afro – Caribbean recipes made easy.

ONE – DISH CHICKEN BOWTIE PASTA WITH PARMESAN – PINE NUTS – CREAMER – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–bowtie pasta (farfalle, 2 cups dry)

–Parmesan (shredded)

–pine nuts (packaged, one-half small)

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

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 cups of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish, with water to cover plus 1 inch above.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Do not drain yet.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of soy or almond creamer, 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, one-half small package of pine nuts, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the chicken in a fresh, covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.  Add to the seasoned marinara sauce.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the chicken pasta hot.

–recipe original.

GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN & PASTA IN CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE WITH RED WINE – CHOPPED MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC

Note:  The small bit of creamer cuts the sharp flavor of tomato, creating a savory and mild sauce for the chicken and pasta.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (or plain)

–pasta (of your choice, boxed)

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

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce; I used Newman’s Own Sockarooni)

–red wine

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

1 – Place 1 cup of uncooked pasta in a small, uncovered baking dish with water to cover, plus another inch.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the plastic bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place one-fourth cup of red wine in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half jar of marinara sauce.  Add 3 tablespoons of almond or soy creamer (or dairy).  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Stir into the heated sauce.  Then microwave for 1 minute.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the pasta.  Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.

–recipe original.

BASIL – OREGANO – PARSLEYED COD WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN MARINARA SAUCE

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own basil tomato sauce)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce (ready-prepared) in a covered baking dish.  Serve in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and chopped green onions on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta (1 cup of pasta is microwaved for 6 minutes in water, uncovered, and then microwaved for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power).

–recipe original.

COQ AU VIN / CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – THYME – BAY LEAVES IN BRANDY – RED WINE – BROTH – MARINARA SAUCE THICKENED WITH FLOUR

Note:  Only 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce tweaks the flavor of this otherwise traditional chicken in wine sauce recipe.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–brandy

–red wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti or tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon)

–thyme

–bay leaves (2)

–flour (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half cup of red wine and a few drops of brandy in a microwaveable cup; add one-half cup of chicken broth and 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place 1 tablespoon of flour in a separate cup.  When the wine/brandy/broth/marinara sauce has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Then stir well.

2 – Place 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, sliced, and one-half onion, sliced, in the baking dish with the sauce.  Microwave for 3 minutes.

3 – Place chicken in the sauce with the mushrooms/onion.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaves (2), and olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

5 – Serve the coq au vin hot, atop rice.

–coq au vin adapted from Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY TURMERIC – MARINARA SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–soy creamer (or dairy)

–turmeric (bottled)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own cabernet marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a small amount of soy creamer in a covered baking dish.  Add 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup of rice, 1 and three-fourths cup water; microwave 5 minutes on high; 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (French chef from the Kennedy administration).

SALMON SOUFFLE

Note:  This is delicious.  Use individual microwaveable bowls, 4 in all.  You can keep half the dish, uncooked, in the refrigerator for cooking and serving the next day.

For 4:

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

–eggs (4, divided, whites and yolks)

–milk (dairy or almond, NOT soy, 1 cup)

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup, shredded)

–oregano (bottled)

–green onion (1 stalk, minced)

–Promise margarine (healthy margarine)

–flour (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–marinara sauce (2 tablespoons, for color; I used Newman’s Own marinara)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish, with just a tad of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and margarine.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, the salmon will still be rare, but it is to be cooked again, and it is best not overcooked.

2 – Use 2 mixing bowls.  Divide the eggs, yolks in one bowl, whites in the other. 

3 – Microwave 1 cup of almond or dairy milk for 2 minutes, until boiling.  Place 3 tablespoons of flour in a second cup.  Slowly add the hot milk to the second cup, stirring briskly.  Then add the milk/flour to the mixing bowl with the egg yolks.

4 – Mince 1 stalk of green onion, and add to the milk and eggs.  Add one-quarter cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.  Add 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and margarine.  Stir briskly.

5 – Flake the cooked salmon, discarding the skin.  Add the salmon to the egg yolk/milk.  Stir well.

6 – Using a mixer, beat the egg whites to a stiff consistency.  Fold into the salmon, egg yolks, and milk.  Grease the individual bowls with margarine.  Ladle the soufflé into four microwaveable bowls.  Use a slotted spoon to retrieve all of the salmon.

7 – Microwave the covered bowls into 2 batches, 2 bowls at a time.  For 2 bowls, microwave for 3 minutes.  (If you save 2 bowls for the next day, at that time microwave for 3 minutes, 40 seconds, because the salmon soufflé will be cold from the refrigerator.)

8 – Serve the soufflé hot.

–salmon soufflé adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

CHICKEN MOLE WITH COCOA POWDER – TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – SRIRACHA – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cocoa powder (boxed, 2 tablespoons)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (4, fresh, chopped)

–sriracha sauce (chili sauce, bottled)

–marinara sauce (I use Newman’s Own marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 tomato, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 4 chopped green onions to the dish.  Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of sriracha sauce, 4 tablespoons of marinara sauce, salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – When the sauce is finished, place in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, spoon the sauce atop the chicken.  Serve hot.

–chicken adapted from Real Simple magazine.

CHICKEN STEW WITH POTATOES – ONION – CELERY – RED BELL PEPPER – GARLIC – BAY LEAVES – ROSEMARY IN WHITE WINE – BROTH – MARINARA SAUCE ATOP GARLIC – OLIVE OIL COUSCOUS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby Dutch potatoes (4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–bay leaves (3, dried)

–rosemary (bottled)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a slow cooker.  Slice 4 or 5 baby Dutch potatoes, and add to the cooker.  Also add 1 medium onion (sliced), 1 stalk celery (chopped), one-half red bell pepper (sliced), 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon of rosemary.  Place three-fourths cup of white wine and three-fourths cup of chicken broth in the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Cook for 5 hours.  Then add one-half cup of marinara sauce.  Cook for 30 minutes more.  (Stew will not be tender unless the marinara sauce is added toward the end of cooking cycle.)

2 – Place 1 and one-fourth cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Add contents of herb package and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Then stir in the couscous.  Let stand, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken stew, hot, atop the couscous.

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

CREAMY TOMATO SALMON WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – BLACK OLIVES ATOP GARLIC BOWTIE PASTA

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Cabernet Marinara)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy does not microwave well)

–black olives (sliced, small can, drained)

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

1 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth; do not drain yet.

2 – Place one-third jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish with one-third cup of dairy or almond milk.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon in the marinara sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olive on top of the salmon and in the marinara sauce.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Drain the pasta in a colander.  Then stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

4 – Serve the salmon and olives hot with sauce atop the pasta.

–recipe original.

HONEY – CORIANDER COD WITH ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC IN MARINARA – SHERRY SAUCE

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

–honey

–coriander

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–red bell pepper (one-half, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Fire – Roasted Marinara)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

1 – Slice one-half onion and one-half red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third jar of marinara sauce and a little sherry.  Then add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with pepper and coriander.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, and olive oil.  Drizzle a little honey on top.  Microwave for 7 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce atop.

–adapted from The New York Times cooking web site.

SPICY PAPRIKA – LEMON SALMON WITH ONION IN FIRE – ROASTED MARINARA & WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–paprika

–lemon juice

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own fire roasted marinara)

–white wine

–jasmine rice

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and three-fourths cup of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, allow to sit 5 minutes.  Keep covered.

2 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third jar of marinara sauce, a little white wine, and season with paprika, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon in the sauce.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

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

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

CREAMY SALMON WITH DILL – OREGANO – SLICED BLACK OLIVES IN BASIL MARINARA SAUCE ATOP ROTINI PASTA

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

–dill, oregano (fresh if possible)

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

–basil marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own)

–rotini pasta (boxed)

–creamer (dairy or soy; the soy creamer works well in the microwave) 

1 – Place 1 cup of rotini pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 6 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth (do not drain yet).

2 – Place one-third container of basil marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 tablespoons of creamer and 1 small, drained can of black olives.  Season with dill, oregano, pepper (but no salt), and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Drain the pasta in a colander.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the drained pasta.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

THYME – TOMATO CHICKEN WITH VIDALIA ONION – CAPERS – PARSLEY IN MARINARA – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP GARLIC COUSCOUS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one half, sliced)

–capers (bottled, about 12)

–parsley (fresh)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own, with basil)

–white wine

–couscous (boxed, garlic – olive oil variety)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the entire contents of the box of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-fourth cups of water.  Sprinkle seasoning packet on top.  Add a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop a tomato and half a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-third bottle of marinara sauce.  Add a little white wine and olive oil.  Season with pepper and thyme.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – When finished, nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Add 12 capers on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes (more because of the sauce).

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the couscous.

–chicken adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

BASIL – TOMATO SALMON WITH TARRAGON – CHIVES – LEMON ZEST – CAYENNE IN MARINARA – ONION – SHERRY SAUCE

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

–basil (fresh)

–tarragon, chives, lemon zest, cayenne pepper

–lemon juice (bottled)

–marinara sauce with basil (I used Newman’s Own)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice half an onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third bottle of marinara sauce/basil to the dish, along with a very small amount of sherry.  Stir.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce/onions.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, fresh basil, tarragon, chives, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper (optional).  Add a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes (more because of the sauce).

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop pasta if desired (recipe, see search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from Wolfgang Puck’s web site.

BAKED COD WITH FRESH BASIL – DOUBLE–TOMATO MARINARA – MINCED GARLIC – SRIRACHA SAUCE ATOP FARFALLE PASTA

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

–marinara sauce (I used Paul Newman’s)

–basil (fresh)

–tomato (vine-ripened, one-half large)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–sriracha sauce (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–farfalle pasta (bowtie, dry)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of farfalle pasta in an uncovered baking dish with 1 inch of water above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave the pasta for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of bottled marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Chop one-half large tomato, and add to the sauce.  Also add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce.  Season with snipped basil and olive oil, just a bit.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce, spooning some sauce over the top of the cod.  Add more salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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

5 – Serve the cod hot, top the farfalle pasta.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN IN SPICY MARINARA SAUCE WITH TOMATO PESTO – MINCED GARLIC – WHITE WINE ATOP ANGEL HAIR PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (vine-ripened, if possible; medium)

–tomato pesto (in a jar)

–minced garlic

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–white wine

–angel hair pasta (one-quarter package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-quarter package of angel hair pasta in a long, covered baking dish, with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place in a covered baking dish.  Place 3 tablespoons of tomato pesto in a measuring cup.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and a little white wine.  Stir.  Pour the sauce into the dish with the chopped tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the chicken and sauce on high for 6 minutes.

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

–adapted from allrecipes.com.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED COD WITH MUSHROOMS & MARINARA SAUCE

Note:  Sometimes we come in from a hard day, and just don’t feel like cooking.  My “simple dinner” (use search box) will help solve that problem.

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

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, sliced)

–marinara sauce (I used Paul Newman’s “Newman’s Own” marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half cup of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in the sauce.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce, spooning some over the top.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

HERB – BREADED CHICKEN & WHOLE WHEAT PASTA WITH TOASTED WALNUT & MUSHROOM MARINARA SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (boxed, herb; I used Pepperidge Farm)

–whole wheat pasta (boxed)

–toasted walnuts (about 12 halves)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, sliced)

–mushroom marinara sauce (I used Ragu)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder (bottled)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

1 – Place 1 cup of uncooked pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a generous amount of breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Set aside.

3 – Place 12 walnut halves in a food processor, and pulse until pureed. 

3 – Slice half an onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-third cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add one-half cup of mushroom marinara sauce to the dish.  Season with garlic powder, oregano, and olive oil.  Add the pureed walnuts.  Stir well.  Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Slice 6 to 8 baby bella mushrooms and place atop the chicken.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the pasta.

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

ITALIAN CHICKEN & MARINARA SAUCE WITH MILD HORSERADISH – ONION – GARLIC ATOP WHOLE WHEAT PENNE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–horseradish sauce (bottled, mild)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half cup of whole wheat penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Season with salt.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 1 cup of bottled marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add 3 tablespoons of horseradish sauce.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the pasta.  I also served broccoli and beans (for recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

MARINATED ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH GARLIC IN BALSAMIC & RED WINE SAUCE / ROTINI PASTA WITH MINT – CELERY – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN SPICY MARINARA SAUCE TOPPED WITH CROUTONS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–balsamic vinegar

–red wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rotini pasta (dried, packaged)

–mint

–celery (1 stalk, with leaves)

–onion (one-quarter, medium)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–croutons (seasoned, packaged)

1 – In the morning, place chicken in a plastic bag and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar to marinate.  Keep in refrigerator.  When preparing for dinner, place the marinated chicken in a covered baking dish with the balsamic vinegar and a little red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place 1 cup of dried pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 2 inches above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes, and then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Chop celery and onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-fourth jar of marinara sauce.  Season with mint, parsley, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add drained pasta to the sauce.  Stir well.  Sprinkle with croutons.  Keep covered.

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

5 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot.  I also served green beans with almonds and field peas with snaps (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

A Simple Dinner: HERBED ITALIAN CHICKEN / CORNBREAD DRESSING WITH BROTH / WHOLE WHEAT ROTINI PASTA WITH MARINARA SAUCE & PARMESAN

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine

–cornbread dressing (stuffing; boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–whole wheat pasta (1 cup, dry)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, 1 cup)

–Parmesan cheese

1 – Place 1 cup of whole wheat pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 2 inches above the pasta.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 1 cup of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the pasta in the marinara sauce.  Stir well.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place one-half cup of cornbread stuffing in each of 2 individual, microwaveable, covered serving bowls.  Add chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

4 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with garlic powder, rosemary, cayenne pepper (optional), bay leaves (2), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the cornbread dressing as a side.  I also served field peas with snaps (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

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

BAY SCALLOPS WRAPPED IN BREADCRUMBS ATOP GREEN PEAS & MUSHROOMS WITH OREGANO – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / FRESH FRUIT SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES – ORANGE SLICES – BANANA IN MAYONNAISE SAUCE / PASTA WITH CAULIFLOWER FLORETS & RAISINS IN MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH GARLIC – PARSLEY – CAYENNE

–bay scallops (half a package, thawed from frozen)

–plain breadcrumbs

–green peas

–mushrooms (fresh, baby bellas, 5 or 6, quartered)

–oregano & parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–strawberries (4 or 5, sliced, fresh)

–orange (1, fresh)

–banana (1, fresh)

–mayonnaise

–penne pasta (one-half cup dried)

–cauliflower (fresh, florets only)

–golden raisins (fresh, one-third cup)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and peel 1 orange; separate into segments; and then cut once horizontally.  Add to mixing bowl.  Peel and slice 1 banana and add to the bowl.  Wash 4 or 5 fresh strawberries, slice, and add to the bowl.  Stir together 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and a little water.  Then pour this sauce on the fruit.  Stir gently.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-half cup of dried pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Cut off cauliflower florets from one-half head of cauliflower.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of golden raisins.  Spoon 6 to 8 tablespoons of marinara sauce into the dish.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, add the drained pasta to this dish.  Recover.  Just before dinner, stir together the pasta with the cauliflower and raisins.

5 – Place the thawed scallops from one-half package in a plastic bag.  Rinse well, and then drain well.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour plain breadcrumbs into the plastic bag, and shake well.  Set aside.

6 – Place one-half package of frozen green peas in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Wash 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, quarter them, and add to the green peas.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then add the bay scallops atop the peas and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

7 – Serve the pasta as a first course, the scallops as a second, and the fruit as a third.

–pasta and scallops adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; fruit original.

PESTO COD / ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH BROCCOLI – BLACK OLIVES – BASIL – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN MARINARA SAUCE / WASABI GREEN PEAS

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

–pesto sauce (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–angel hair pasta (one-fourth box)

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–black olives (half a small can)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce; I used Ragu chunky)

–wasabi green peas (frozen, ready prepared)

1 – Cut a slit vertically on the cod.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Spoon pesto sauce into the slit.  Then mix a little pesto sauce with water, and pour over the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-fourth box of angel hair pasta in a long, uncovered,  baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Wash and then cut florets from half a head of broccoli.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add half a small can of sliced black olives.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon about half a dozen tablespoons of marinara sauce over the top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, lift out the angel hair pasta from its bowl, and add to the sauce.  Cover to preserve warmth.  Just before dinner, stir together the pasta and the sauce.

3 – Microwave wasabi green peas for 5 minutes on high.  Let sit 1 minute.  Then place in a covered baking dish.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the dinner Italian-style, with the pasta as a first course, followed by the cod and green peas.

–cod and pasta adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; peas, follow directions on the package.

THYME COD WITH SOY SAUCE – BROWN SUGAR – ONION IN MARINARA SAUCE ATOP ANGEL HAIR PASTA

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

–soy sauce

–brown sugar

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–marinara sauce (bottled, spaghetti sauce)

–thyme (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–angel hair pasta

1 – Chop one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with soy sauce and brown sugar.  Add a medium amount of marinara sauce.  Season with pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place a handful of angel hair pasta, lengthwise in a long baking dish.  Cover with water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the marinara sauce.  Season the cod with salt and thyme.  Spoon some of the sauce over the top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop the angel hair pasta.

–cod adapted from the BBC “good food” web site; pasta original.

TOMATO CHICKEN WITH GARLIC & ROSEMARY IN MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH BEER & DEJON / BARLEY

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (1, medium, fresh, chopped)

–garlic powder

–rosemary (bottled)

–beer

–Dejon mustard

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce)

–barley (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 tomato, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil, and place in a covered baking dish.  In a small bowl, stir together one-third cup of Italian sauce, 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard, and 3 tablespoons of beer.  Pour into the baking dish and stir.  Nestle the chicken amid the tomato sauce.  Season the chicken with rosemary, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Add two-thirds cup of barley to a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-third cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Watch to be sure that barley does not bubble up; if so, microwave on 50 percent power for twice the remaining time.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop the barley.  I also served broccoli (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

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

BOWTIE PASTA WITH CHICKEN MARINARA SAUCE TOPPED WITH PARMESAN

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato sauce (one-half small can)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–green onions (chopped, 2 stalks)

–onion (one-half, medium)

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

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–hot sauce (optional; 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, boxed)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

1 – Place the chicken in a slow cooker.  Add one-half can of tomato sauce.  Chop a tomato, season with salt and pepper, and microwave for 5 minutes; then add to the cooker.  Add 2 chopped stalks of green onions; one-half chopped onion; 3 or 4 sliced mushrooms; 1 stalk of chopped celery; and 2 slices of red bell pepper, chopped.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce (optional), and olive oil.  Add chicken broth to not quite cover the chicken and vegetables.  Cook on low for 5 hours.  Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks; return the chicken to the cooker, and cook for 1 hour more.  When finished, place the setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, drain pasta in a colander.

3 – Serve the chicken marinara hot atop the pasta, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

–chicken marinara sauce adapted from To the Taste of a King; pasta original.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH FRESH MARINARA SAUCE / BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – FETA – TOASTED WALNUTS IN HONEY MUSTARD SALAD DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–tomato (fresh, 1, large, vine-ripened)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled)

–butter lettuce (half a package)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–feta cheese (half a small carton)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–honey mustard salad dressing

1 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish with a little red wine.  Season with rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 large tomato in big chunks.  Place in a food processor.  Season with basil, parsley (chopped), garlic powder, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a little red wine.  Pulse until smooth.  Set aside.

3 – Place half a package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of shredded carrots, half a small carton of feta cheese, and 1 handful of toasted walnuts.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add honey mustard salad dressing to taste.  Stir.

4 – Microwave the marinara sauce for 5 minute on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

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

6 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the marinara sauce on top.  I also served garlic asparagus with parsley (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

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