A First Course:  SWEET ‘N SPICY SUMMER SQUASH SOUP PUREED WITH A MULTITUDE OF DRIED HERBS – RED ONION – MINCED GARLIC – MAPLE SYRUP – UNDILUTED VEGETARIAN VEGETABLE SOUP – LEMON JUICE – AND A BASE OF MILK

For 4:

–squash (2 large, or 4 small, fresh, sliced)

–ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper (1 teaspoon each, except for cayenne, which is one-half teaspoon)

–red onion (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–maple syrup (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–vegetarian vegetable soup (undiluted, 1 can)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy, 1 cup)

1 – Slice the squash and onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add the herbs (see above for amount), garlic, maple syrup, soup, olive oil, and lemon juice.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, let cool for 5 minutes (food is too hot to work with).

2 – Place the ingredients in a food processor.  Puree until smooth.

3 – Add 1 cup of milk.  Stir. Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Let the soup stand for 5 minutes, covered, before serving.

5 – Serve hot.

–adapted from the Mississippi Daily, newspaper of the University of Mississippi

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CHICKEN WITH BASIL – PARSLEY – NUTMEG – PURPLE ONION SPRINKLED WITH SHREDDED PARMESAN & BREADCRUMBS AND IN A MILK & WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil (1 teaspoon, divided, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–nutmeg (bottled, divided, one-quarter teaspoon)

–purple onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–shredded Parmesan (one-quarter cup, packaged)

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

–milk (one-eighth cup, dairy or almond, not soy)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced purple onion in a covered baking dish.  Add the milk and white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and half the basil and nutmeg.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with basil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs and Parmesan, in this order, atop the chicken.  Drop chopped parsley over.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 7 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

CRUSTLESS SALMON QUICHE WITH PARMESAN – CHEDDAR – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – GREEN ONIONS – MILK – EGGS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 2 decks of cards; one-half pound)

–cheddar cheese (4 ounces, size of 2 fingers, cubed)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 4 tablespoons)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–eggs (2)

–milk (dairy or almond (not soy), 6 ounces)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–parsley (dried, one-quarter teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes, undercooked.  Then shred the salmon.

2 – Place the salmon in a mixing bowl.  Add cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onions, eggs, milk, minced garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir well.  Place the sauce with salmon in 4 covered compotes, dividing equally. 

3 – Microwave 2 compotes at a time.  Microwave for 7 minutes on high.  Then microwave the second set of compotes.  Leave time for cooling before serving.

4 – Serve the salmon quiche warm, but not too hot.

–salmon adapted from Healthy and Delicious Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN IN CREAMY & SPICY MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATO – MUSHROOMS – SRIRACHA – PARSLEY – BASIL – SUGAR – MILK

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce; I used Paul Newman’s cabernet; one-third jar)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, chopped)

–sriracha sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–basil (dried, one-half teaspoon)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy; one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place marinara sauce, chopped tomato, chopped mushrooms, sriracha sauce, sugar, milk, and a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil  Submerge the chicken in the sauce.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes more.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; it not done, replace in microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

COMFORT SALMON – SLICED ONION – BABY DUTCH POTATOES TOPPED WITH CHIVES & DILL IN A MILK SAUCE

Variation:  Chop one-half fresh tomato, and place atop the salmon before cooking.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, dill, and olive oil.

For 4:

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

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–baby Dutch potatoes (5 or 6, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–chives (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–dill (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the baby Dutch potatoes in the milk.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then add sliced onion, stir, and microwave for 5 minutes more.

2 – Place the salmon amid the potatoes and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, chives, dill, and olive oil.  Smooth some of the sauce on top of the salmon.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Test the center to be sure that the salmon is flaky and only a little rare.

3 – Serve the salmon with potatoes and onion, and sauce. 

–recipe original.

TARRAGON SEA BASS WITH PEPPERS & POACHED IN MILK SAUCE

For 4:

–sea bass (thawed from frozen, size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tarragon (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

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

–banana peppers (in a jar, sliced, 2 tablespoons)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–milk (almond or dairy, but not soy, 1 cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the milk in a covered baking dish, long enough for the sea bass.  Add red bell pepper and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the sea bass in the heated milk.  Season with tarragon, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Place the banana peppers on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the sea bass hot, with milk sauce over the top.

–recipe original.

LEMON BUTTER COD TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS IN A CREAMY TURMERIC SAUCE

Note:  There is speculation that turmeric protects against dementia.  This is based in part on the fact that people in India often live long lives with clear minds, and they frequently enjoy curcumin in turmeric and curry sauces for their dining.  Turmeric, often substituted for expensive saffron, has much more curcumin than curry.

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–flour

–milk (dairy or almond)

–turmeric (bottled)

1 – Place 1 cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk to the flour, beating vigorously.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add a generous amount of turmeric.  Microwave the sauce for 3 minutes on high.  Stir well.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some sauce over the top of the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.  Chop 2 stalks of green onions and place on top of the cod.  Season with 1 tablespoon of melted healthy margarine.  With a sharp knife, cut the lemon into slices.  Place the lemon slices atop the cod.  End with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop white rice (preferably), couscous, pasta, or quinoa.

–cod adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Turmeric Recipes.

CREAMY COD WITH MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS – PARSLEY IN CREAMER – MILK – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, chopped fine)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–soy creamer

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–Promise margarine (heart healthy)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add 6 to 8 finely chopped baby bellas mushrooms on top; then add 2 stalks of green onions, chopped and chopped parsley.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half cup of white wine in microwaveable cup; add one-fourth cup of soy creamer, one-fourth cup of dairy or almond milk, and 1 teaspoon of margarine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  In a second cup, place 2 tablespoons of flour.  When the wine/milk/creamer has heated, very slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then pour the sauce over the cod.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod with creasy mushroom sauce hot, atop rice or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

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.

CREAMY HERB CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY – BASIL – OREGANO – CAYENNE – MINCED ONION – MINCED GARLIC – PAPRIKA IN MILK SAUCE ATOP FARFALLE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh)

–basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, minced onion, paprika (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

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

–farfalle pasta (bowtie, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of farfalle 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 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of almond or dairy milk in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the chicken in the milk.  Season with chopped parsley, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, minced onion, paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the pasta.

–adapted from “damn delicious” web site.