HERB CHICKEN FETA WITH ROSEMARY – THYME – MINT – MINCED GARLIC – TOPPED WITH FETA CHEESE AND IN RED WINE SAUCE

If fresh food is not possible, canned chicken will work quite well with plenty of herbs and the cheese of your choice sprinkled on top. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (or canned chicken, drained; microwave only briefly, about 1 minute)

–rosemary, thyme, mint (dried, bottled, one-half teaspoon each)

–feta cheese (or any cheese you have on hand, 3 tablespoons)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon; or garlic salt, 1 teaspoon)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine, sprinkled atop the chicken as you pour.  Top the chicken with rosemary, thyme, mint, feta cheese, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

WILD SOCKEYE SALMON STEAMED IN WHITE WINE & LEMON AND TOPPED WITH FRESH MINT – CAPERS – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED YELLOW ONION

I didn’t call this a “simple dinner,” but it is easy as well as quite tasty.  Tastes very gourmet, but the flavor of the fish shines through. . .

For 2:

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

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–fresh mint (3 stems; use leaves only)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–chopped yellow onion (3 tablespoons, ready-prepared; or one-quarter medium onion, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine, and then sprinkle salmon with lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place mint leaves, capers, chopped yellow onion, and minced garlic on top of the salmon.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 3 minutes.  Salmon is best is slightly undercooked so that it is flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

SPICY WILD ATLANTIC COD WITH FRESH MINT – GRAPE TOMATOES – SRIRACHA RIBBONS IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Chili peppers are getting attention as an especially healthy alternative to traditional spices. . .

For 2:

–cod (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–fresh mint (3 sprigs, leaves only)

–grape tomatoes (cut in half, 8 to 10)

–sriracha ribbons (cross-cross cod about six times with a trail of sriracha, bottled sriracha)

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.  Then add clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add mint leaves and sriracha ribbons atop the cod.  Then place grape tomatoes, halved, in the dish.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod 6 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

BAKED WILD SALMON IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE AND SERVED WITH A CHILLED SAUCE OF PARSLEY – FRESH GARLIC – MINT – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – BLUSH WINE VINAIGRETTE

My husband says this is company-worthy. . .recipe can be doubled. . .

For 2:

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

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, minced)

–garlic (bottled, minced, 1 tablespoon)

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–blush wine vinaigrette (one-third cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (4 tablespoons, divided)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  (Will be slightly undercooked, which is preferable for good salmon.)

2 – Place minced parsley, minced garlic, mint, blush wine vinaigrette, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Pulse until pureed.  Serve separately on the table.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the sauce on the side.

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

WILD ATLANTIC COD WITH MINT – ROSEMARY – ARTICHOKE HEARTS – SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

The flavors meld together very well. . .

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

–mint (bottled, dried, 1 teaspoon)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–artichoke hearts (canned, 3 hearts, chopped, no seasoning)

–baby bella mushrooms (3 or 4, chopped, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (organic is possible)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour on the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and rosemary.  Place the artichoke hearts, baby bella mushrooms, and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

BAKED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & RED BELL PEPPER AND SEASONED WITH OREGANO – GARLIC – BASIL – PARSLEY – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – MINT IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

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

–oregano, basil, rosemary, mint (one-half teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–parsley (chopped, fresh, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (extra virgin)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour white wine on top.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, parsley, and olive oil.  Add bay leaves to the white wine sauce.  Top with chopped tomato and chopped red bell pepper. Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

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

SPICY STEAMED COD WITH PARSLEY – MINT – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN A LEMON BUTTER – OLIVE OIL – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Dot with Promise margarine.  Season with mint, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.

2 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–cod inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

PARSLEYED SEA SCALLOPS TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS & WITH MINT – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE – SLICED VIDALIA ONION – LEMON IN WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF LEMON – SEASONED ASPARAGUS SPEARS

For 4:

–sea scallops (fresh, 8)

–parsley (fresh, Italian, 1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–mint (1 teaspoon, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–Vidalia onion (1, medium, sliced

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–lemon juice (4 squirts, divided, bottled)

–asparagus (packaged, PicSweet signature)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Microwave the asparagus according to package instructions, leaving it in the package for microwaving.  When finished, cut open, and place in a covered serving dish.  Season with salt, pepper, 2 squirts of lemon juice, and olive oil.  Set aside until dinner.

2 – Place the sliced onion in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the scallops in the dish.  Use 2 squirts of lemon juice on the scallops.  Season with mint, cayenne, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Top with green onions and parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes (do not overcook).

3 – Serve the scallops hot, with the asparagus as a side.

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

BACCALA [COD] TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & GREEN ONIONS AND SEASONED WITH MINT – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP SLICED POTATOES

For 4:

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mint (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (dried, one-quarter teaspoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish and cover with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and mint.  Place tomato and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot atop cooked sliced potatoes (season 2 medium, raw potatoes with salt, pepper, olive oil, and microwave for 10 minutes on high in water that just covers the potatoes)

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

WARM CHICKEN & POTATO SALAD SEASONED BY MINT WITH GREEN ONIONS & SHREDDED CARROTS IN A SAUCE OF OLIVE OIL – DIJON – LEMON JUICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potatoes (3, medium, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–mint (dried, 2 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 2 handfuls)

–olive oil

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (2 tablespoons)

1 – Place potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces, in one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish, with one-quarter cup of cold water (to prevent toughening the chicken).  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.

3 – Place drained and cut-up potatoes and chicken in a mixing bowl.  Add green onions, shredded carrots, olive oil (to taste), Dijon mustard, and lemon juice.  Fold together, gently.

4 – Serve the chicken and potato salad at room temperature.

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