CREAMED & SPICY CRAB CAKES PARMESAN IN A SAUCE OF MINCED GARLIC – CAPERS – TOBASCO – YOGURT – MAYO  

For 4:

–4 ready-prepared crab cakes

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–tobasco (squirt on each crab cake, bottled, or other hot sauce)

–yogurt (one-third cup)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place yogurt, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil (drop or 2).  Stir well.  Spoon the sauce on top of the crab cakes.  Finish with capers and tabasco on top.

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

3 – Serve the crab cakes hot, with the sauce.

–crab cakes inspired by Chef Rene Verdon (chef of the John F. Kennedy administration).

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CREAMY SALMON THYME WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN YOGURT – MAYO – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP POLENTA

For 4:

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

–thyme (1 teaspoon, dried)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–yogurt (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–mayonnaise (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–white wine (4 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–polenta (packaged, one-half package)

No olive oil

1 – Place 1 and one-quarter cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Then add one-half package of polenta.  Stir well, about 3 minutes.  When finished stirring, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the yogurt and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Then add white wine and minced garlic, and stir again, being sure that sauce is smooth.

3 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce on top.  Sprinkle with thyme and green onions.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

5 – Serve the salmon hot, atop quinoa, couscous, pasta, rice, or polenta.

–salmon inspired by Southern Seafood Sampler.

SPICY COD PARMESAN ROLLED IN CORNBREAD DRESSING SEASONED WITH SRIRACHA – MAYO – GREEN ONIONS – LEMON – WORCESTERSHIRE

For 4:

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

–Parmesan cheese (one-third cup, shredded)

–cornbread dressing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb; one-third cup)

–sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–mayo (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, finely chopped)

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a measuring cup, place the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, sriracha sauce, mayo, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and olive oil.  Stir very well.  Spread the cornbread/Parmesan dressing atop the cod.   Finish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from “my recipes” web site.

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY – DIJON SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon and honey in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add the mayonnaise, and stir vigorously until smooth.  After six minutes of cooking the salmon, pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Sprinkle chopped onions on top.  Return the salmon to the microwave for 1 minute more.  (Brief heating of the mayonnaise-based sauce will keep the mayonnaise from disintegrating.)

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

CHILLED TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH FRESH BASIL TOMATO – ROMAINE LETTUCE – SHREDDED CARROTS – BROCCOLI FLORETS – GREEN ONIONS – CHICKPEAS IN YOGURT – MAYO – BASIL – LEMON DRESSING

–tuna steak (1, large size or 2, small)

–tomato (medium, chopped)

–romaine lettuce (6 leaves, broken into bite-sized pieces)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–broccoli florets (florets cut from 1 head of broccoli)

–green onions (4, chopped, fresh)

–chickpeas (canned, rinsed and drained, one-third can)

–yogurt (5 heaping tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (3 tablespoons)

–basil (3 teaspoons, dried, divided)

–lemon (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the tuna steak in a covered baking dish with one-quarter cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  (Tuna steak is best if a little rare.)

2 – Place the romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, broccoli florets, green onions, tomato (seasoned with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of basil), and chickpeas in a large salad bowl.  Cut apart the cooked tuna steak into bite-sized pieces, and place on top.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of basil in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

3 – Serve the tuna steak salad chilled with the chilled dressing.

–tuna steak salad original; salad dressing inspired by Real Simple magazine.

CHILLED TUNA STEAK SALAD WITH BASIL – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – FETA IN MAYONNAISE

For 4:

–tuna steak (1, medium size)

–basil (fresh if possible, 2 tablespoons fresh, 1 teaspoon dried)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–feta cheese (broken apart, 3 heaping tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tuna steak in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high. When finished, remove cover to allow to cool.

2 – Place chopped tomato, sprinkled with basil, and chopped green onions and feta cheese in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

3 – Flake the tuna with a fork/knife.  Add to the mixing bowl with the vegetables.

4 – Mix all with a light amount of mayonnaise (to taste).  Stir.  Place in refrigerator until time for dinner.

5 – Serve the tuna steak salad chilled.

–recipe original.

CHILLED SHRIMP SALAD WITH CELERY – GREEN PEPPER – GREEN ONIONS – EGGS – LEMON JUICE & DRESSED WITH LIGHT MAYONNAISE

For 4:

–shrimp (1 pound, medium, microwaved in Old Bay seasoning then shelled)

–celery (one-half cup, diced small)

–green bell pepper (one-half cup, diced small)

–green onions (2 stalks, diced)

–eggs (2, microwaved)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–light mayonnaise (I used Duke’s light mayonnaise, small amount to lightly coat)

–lemon juice (fresh, just a sprinkle)

1 – Place one-half cup of water in a large, uncovered, wide-mouthed baking dish.  Follow directions on the package for Old Bay seasoning.  Stir well.  Add shrimp to the seasoned water.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Let cool.

2 – When the shrimp have cooled, shell and cut each medium shrimp into about four pieces.  Place in a large mixing bowl.  Add celery, green bell pepper, and green onions. 

3 – In a small, covered, microwaveable bowl, place 2 eggs.  Break the egg yolk (very important to avoid exploding in the microwave).  Microwave the eggs for 1 minute on high.  When the eggs have cooled, criss-cross with a knife and fork to cut into small pieces.  Add the cooled, diced eggs to the salad.

4 – Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5 – Toss, to taste, a small amount of light mayonnaise with the salad.  Then sprinkle lightly with fresh lemon juice.

6 – Serve the salad chilled.

–shrimp salad adapted from the recipe of my sister-in-law and mother-in-law.

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.

SWEET & SPICY SALMON WITH SRIRACHA – MAYO – BROWN SUGAR – PAPRIKA – CHIVES – LEMON – CELERY – GREEN ONION IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

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

–sriracha sauce (chili hot sauce, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–brown sugar (2 tablespoons)

–paprika, chives (bottled)

–lemon juice

–celery (2 chopped stalks)

–green onions (2 chopped stalks)

–clam juice (or fish broth, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 chopped stalks of celery in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the salmon in the sauce.  Set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.  Stir well.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, paprika, and lemon juice.  Stir again.  Pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Place 2 chopped stalks of green onion to finish, on top of the salmon.

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

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop quinoa, brown or white rice, pasta or couscous.

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

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.