PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARJORAM WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – CELERY – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–marjoram (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–celery (fresh, 4 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (dried, bottled, 3)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the carrots and celery in a covered baking dish.  Add the wine.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle marjoram on top.  Then also add green onions and parsley.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and veggies hot.

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

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DECONSTRUCTED SALMON & SHRIMP SKEWERS WITH YELLOW BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – MARJORAM – THYME – CLAM JUICE AND TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES ATOP COUSCOUS

For 4:

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, packaged, about 12)

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–marjoram, thyme (one-half teaspoon each, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (follow package instructions for microwaving; brand differ)

1 – Place the bell pepper in a covered baking dish with the clam juice and minced garlic.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with marjoram, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place lemon slices on top.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then push aside the lemon, and pour the shrimp on top of the salmon.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes more.  Salmon should be flaky, but not red.  Shrimp should be pink.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the salmon, shrimp, and sauce hot, atop couscous.

–recipe adapted from Seafood Recipes, a kindle e-book.

SALMON AU VIN WITH THYME – MARJORAM – MINCED GARLIC – SLICED SWEET ONION – SHREDDED CARROTS – QUARTERED MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE – CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP COUSCOUS

Note:  This recipe is patterned after recipes for coq au vin, chicken in wine sauce.

For 4:

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

–thyme, marjoram (one-quarter teaspoon each)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3, quartered, fresh)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–couscous (follow package instructions; brands differ)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the onion, carrots, and mushrooms in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine and clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes. 

2 – Place the salmon in the baking dish, spooning a little sauce over the salmon.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the couscous.

–salmon and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY & MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE & HOMEMADE DRESSING OF HERBS – DRIED CRANBERRIES – TOASTED WALNUTS – CHOPPED MUSHROOMS – MARJORAM – PARMESAN – SWEET ONION IN CHICKEN BROTH

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (1 handful, fresh if possible)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

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

–dried cranberries (packaged)

–toasted walnuts (6 halves, finely diced)

–mushrooms (2 or 3 baby bellas, chopped)

–marjoram (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–sweet onion (one-fourth large onion, finely diced)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place 1 and one-half cups of ready-prepared herb dressing (stuffing) in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 handful of dried cranberries, a half dozen finely diced toasted walnut halves, 2 or 3 chopped baby bella mushrooms, and one-fourth large chopped sweet onion.  Season with salt, pepper, marjoram, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.  Stir well.  Add a little chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic (spread over the top), rosemary (fresh if possible), and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece of doneness.  If still pink, microwave additionally for 1 minute.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the dressing.

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

A Simple Dinner:  HERB CHICKEN WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES & CAPERS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marjoram, thyme

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

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, marjoram, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olives on top.  Add 2 tablespoons of capers.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

BAKED CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY & GARLIC IN BROTH & DRESSED WITH COLD SALAD OF FRESH TOMATO – ONION – PARSLEY – WHITE WINE / BUTTER PEA SOUP WITH BAY LEAVES – MARJORAM – GARLIC – CARROTS – CELERY – ONION – ROTINI PASTA IN BROTH

–butter peas (1 package, frozen)

–bay leaves (2), marjoram

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–carrots (2, sliced)

–celery (2 stalks, sliced)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–pasta (rotini, boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

1 – Place the package of butter peas in a slow cooker. Add 2 bay leaves, marjoram to taste, pepper, 2 sliced carrots, 2 sliced stalks of celery, one-half chopped onion, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and chicken broth to 1 inch above the vegetables.  Stir.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then keep on warm until 30 minutes before dinner.  Add two-thirds cup of rotini pasta to the soup, and cut the setting back to low.  Stir.  After 20 minutes, place setting again on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Chop 1 medium tomato and add to a mixing bowl.  Slice one-half onion and add to the bowl.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley and add to the bowl.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir.  Set aside.

3 – Place 4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the butter pea soup as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the salad atop the chicken.

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

A Simple Dinner:  HERB CHICKEN WITH ONION – GARLIC – THYME – ROSEMARY – MARJORAM – CAYENNE – PARSLEY IN BROTH

Note:  To make this super easy and quick but still good, use all bottled herbs.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced onion, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, cayenne pepper (optional), and parsley (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, minced onion, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, cayenne pepper (optional), and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH THYME – MARJORAM – BASIL & OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE

Note:  These herbs go especially well with olive oil.

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

–thyme, marjoram, basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – When the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from NYT Cooking.

COD WITH HONEY – WALNUT SAUCE / MARJORAM – GARLIC WHOLE WHEAT PASTA WITH GREEN ONION – POTATOES – BROCCOLI IN BROTH

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

–honey

–walnuts (12 halves)

–Dijon mustard

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–balsamic vinegar

–whole wheat English muffin

–white wine (use the real stuff)

–whole wheat penne pasta (boxed, one-half cup dry)

–marjoram (fresh if possible; fresh tastes much better)

–garlic powder

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–potatoes (1, medium)

–broccoli (one-half head, florets only)

1 – Break apart the whole wheat English muffin into a food processor.  Sprinkle generously with balsamic vinegar.  Add one-quarter cup of white wine.  Add 12 halves of walnuts.  Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add chicken broth to desired consistency.  Pulse well.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce over the top.  Sprinkle the top with parsley and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half cup of penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water 2 inches above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave for 6 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

4 – Scrub and cut the potato in 1-inch pieces.  Place in water.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high.

5 – Chop green onions.  Cut florets from one-half head of broccoli, and chop into bite-sized pieces.  Add the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, marjoram, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add drained pasta to the bowl.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.  Just before serving, stir well.

6 – Microwave the cod and sauce for 7 minutes.

7 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot atop brown rice (recipe, see the search box).

–honey-walnut sauce and pasta adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

COMFORT CHICKEN WITH CELERY – ONION DRESSING / THYME – MARJORAM GREEN BEANS WITH CELERY & ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–breadcrumbs (plain, packaged, I use Pepperidge Farm herbed)

–celery (2 stalks, divided)

–onion (one-half, divided)

–green beans (frozen)

–thyme, marjoram (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs, a small bit, on top.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 stalk of celery, and divide between 2 individual, microwaveable serving bowls.  Chop one-fourth onion, and divide between the 2 bowls.  Add a small amount of chicken broth and olive oil.  Cover, and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Then add stuffing, chicken broth, and olive oil, and stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place 1 chopped stalk of onion and one-fourth chopped onion in a covered baking dish with a little water and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then add green beans.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and marjoram.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

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

5 – Microwave the dressing for 1 minute.

6 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the dressing, with the green beans as a side.

–green beans adapted from Betty Crocker; other recipes original.