A Comfort Entrée:  CHICKEN ROSEMARY – BASIL WITH SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – SLICED ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – CHICKEN BROTH & WITH A SIDE OF CREAM PEAS

Note:  To make a fancier recipe, substitute white wine for the chicken broth.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–fresh tomato (medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (fresh, 4 or 5, quartered)

–sliced onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–cream peas (1 package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Bac’n pieces (1 tablespoon, bottled)

1 – Place the cream peas in a slow cooker.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

2 – Place the tomato, onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and chicken broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with basil, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (The tomato will disintegrate, making for a sauce, and this is why you don’t need more than one-eighth cup of chicken broth.)

3 – Nestle the chicken with the vegetables and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, and olive oil.  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.

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

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CHICKEN & GREEN PEAS ROSEMARY TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & WITH SMOKED TURKEY – MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–green peas (frozen, one-half cup)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–smoked turkey (sandwich meat, 1 slice, chopped)

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the green peas, smoked turkey, mushrooms, minced garlic, and parsley in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir gently.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Top with green onions.  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.

3 – Serve the chicken and peas hot.

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

CHICKEN TENDERS ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & MARINARA IN RED WINE SAUCE ATOP POLENTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic-herb breadcrumbs (boxed, one-third cup)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, quartered)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–polenta (minced corn sauce)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

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

2 – Place the mushrooms and marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Add the red wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Roll the chicken in breadcrumbs that have been salted and pepper, and seasoned with olive oil.  Add to the baking dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

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

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

CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS ROSEMARY WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – ONION – MINCED GARLIC IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–asparagus (1 package for steaming; I used PictSweet signature asparagus)

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

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rosemary (dried, 2 tablespoons)

1 – Steam the package of asparagus for 2 minutes only.  Let cool.  Set aside.

2 – Place the mushrooms, onion, and minced garlic in the red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – After the asparagus have cooled a bit, remove from package and slice into 1-inch pieces.  Place atop the other vegetables in the red wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Then place the chicken on top. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, place back in the microwave and cook for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken, asparagus, and other vegetables hot.

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

CHICKEN PESTO WITH MINT – ROSEMARY – SLICED ONION – MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pesto (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–mint, rosemary (1 teaspoon each)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

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

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the onion, mushrooms, pesto, and minced garlic in the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle the chicken amid the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, mint, rosemary, and olive oil. 

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

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

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 SEASONED BY MINT – GARLIC – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES WITH ONION – MUSHROOMS – FRESH TOMATO – TURKEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

Note:  This is a very special dish designed by Edward Giobbi for pheasant, here with chicken substituted.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–rosemary (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–bay leaves (bottled, 2)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–turkey (2 slices, chopped; or ham slices, chopped)

–red wine (use the real stuff, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, mint, and rosemary.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add chopped mushrooms, sliced onion, chopped turkey (or ham) to the dish.  Season with minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Add red wine to the dish.  Turn over all vegetables and herbs in the red wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and rosemary.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness; if not done, microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Comfort Dish:  PARSLEYED COD SEASONED WITH GARLIC & OLIVE OIL ATOP POTATOES – MUSHROOMS – FRESH TOMATO – SLICED ONION

For 4:

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

–parsley (Italian flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped)

–olive oil

–potatoes (red, 6 or 7 small, quartered)

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

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium, chopped)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the potatoes and onion in a large, deep, covered baking dish with one-quarter cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and tomato to the dish.  Continue microwaving for 3 minutes.  When finished, place minced garlic in the baking dish and gently fold into the vegetables. 

2 – Place cod on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with parsley.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

CRAB CAKES SUBMERGED IN A MUSHROOM – WHITE WINE SAUCE & ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILLED MARINARA – HORSERADISH – MINCED GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE

For 2:

–crab cakes (2, ready-prepared, from the deli counter)

–mushrooms (5 or 6, baby bellas, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

Marinara sauce:

–spaghetti sauce (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–horseradish sauce (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive (1 tablespoon)

1 – Place the horseradish sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Slowly add spaghetti sauce to it, stirring vigorously.  Stir until smooth.  Add minced garlic and olive oil, and stir again.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the mushrooms and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

3 – Place the crab cakes in the sauce, spooning some sauce with mushrooms on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the crab cakes with sauce hot, accompanied on the side by the marinara sauce.

–crab cakes and marinara sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN & BROCCOLI WITH TOMATOES – ONION – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  This dish makes a good presentation.

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–broccoli (florets only, 1 head)

–tomatoes (fresh, 2, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

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

–white wine (one-eighth cup, no more)

–jasmine rice (boxed)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary (1 teaspoon), and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken atop the sauce.  Place broccoli florets in a circle around the chicken.  Season with salt, pepper, the remainder of the rosemary, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more on high.

4 – Serve the chicken tenders, vegetables, and sauce hot atop jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving the rice, as brands differ).

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

CHICKEN PARMESAN TENDERS WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 3 heaping tablespoons)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4, chopped small)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, one-quarter jar)

–olive oil

1 – Place the marinara sauce and red wine in a covered baking dish.  Add the mushrooms, green onions, Parmesan cheese, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Cover the chicken with the sauce.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken Parmesan hot, with marinara sauce.

–recipe original.

GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE AND A SIDE OF CORNBREAD DRESSING WITH GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS – PARSLEY – WALNUTS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–green onions (4 stalks, chopped, divided)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 2 handfuls, divided)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, one-eighth cup; 1 cup more for dressing)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cornbread stuffing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb, 1 cup)s

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–walnuts (toasted, 1 small handful, broken into small pieces)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the white wine and chicken broth.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Add carrots, green onions, and mushrooms on top of the chicken.  Sprinkle with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 and one-half minutes on high.

3 – Place chicken broth (1 cup) in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 chopped green onion, parsley, walnuts, and 1 handful of baby bellas to the broth.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Add 1 cup cornbread stuffing to the dish.  Stir.  Microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, with the stuffing/dressing.

–chicken and vegetables original; dressing adapted from To the Taste of a King (New Orleans Colonial Dames cookbook from the fifties).

SALMON WITH THYME & MUSHROOMS IN CABERNET RED WINE SAUCE SEASONED WITH GARLIC & HERBS

For 4:

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

–thyme (one-fourth teaspoon, dried)

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

–Cabernet red wine (one-fourth cup)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (4 tablespoons, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the red win in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Stir well.  Place the mushrooms in the sauce.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the mushrooms and in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the sauce with mushrooms on top.

–salmon inspired by an Alaskan Seafood advertisement.

CREOLE CREAMED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS TOPPED WITH FAUX BACON – CHOPPED FRESH TOMATO – PARMESAN

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, 2 tablespoons)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy, three-fourths cup)

–flour (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Louisiana hot sauce (1 teaspoon)

1 – Place the milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  Place the flour in a separate cup.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk, stirring vigorously.  Then place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add Louisiana hot sauce; stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When heated, stir well.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Top with mushrooms and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Add the sauce atop the chicken.

3 – Place chopped tomato, Bac’n pieces, and Parmesan on top of the chicken.  Cover to heat.  Keep covered until time for dinner.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken and sauce inspired by the Commander’s Palace restaurant cookbook (New Orleans).

CREOLE COD ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN A WHITE WINE – GARLIC SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–Creole seasoning (1 teaspoon, boxed)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed, one-half cup approximate)

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the white wine and garlic with a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 

2 – Place the cod in a large plastic bag.  Season with Creole spice and pepper.  Add olive oil and spread over the cod by manipulating the plastic bag.  Pour in plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Top with chopped mushrooms and chopped green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Serve the cod with sauce atop jasmine rice (follow instructions for microwaving on the package of rice; these vary).

–cod adapted from a redfish recipe in the Commander’s Palace restaurant cookbook, New Orleans.

BAKED CHICKEN WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – CHOPPED TURKEY – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC IN BROTH SEASONED WITH MARINARA & WHITE WINE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, chopped)

–turkey (sliced luncheon meat; 2 slices, chopped)

–bay leaves (dried, 2)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, one-eighth cup)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken broth, marinara sauce, and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Add the minced garlic.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place bay leaves in the sauce around the chicken.  Place mushrooms and turkey atop the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 8 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with sauce.

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

CHICKEN ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS – MINCED GARLIC IN SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, sliced, 1 handful)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–sherry (one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and several drops of olive oil.  Massage the bag so that olive oil covers the chicken.  Pour in the breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish.

2 – Top the chicken with sliced mushrooms and green onion.  Drop the garlic in various places on the chicken.  Drench the chicken with sherry, being careful to cover all.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for a minute or two longer.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

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.

LEMON – BASIL CHICKEN PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – CORN IN BROTH

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–lemon zest

–lemon pepper

–basil (fresh if possible, 8 to 10 large leaves, chopped)

–pasta (bowtie or penne, 1 cup, dry)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 8 to 10, sliced)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–corn (frozen, one-half cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup bowtie (farfalle) or penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover 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, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 8 to 10 sliced baby bella mushrooms, 1 medium onion, and one-half cup frozen corn in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place 6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.

4 – Drain the pasta, and add to the vegetables.  Then add the cut-up chicken.  Stir well.  Add a generous amount of chopped basil (fresh if possible) on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

5 – Serve the chicken pasta hot.  Leftovers are best served cold.

–chicken pasta adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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.

BAKED CHICKEN LIGHTLY SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS ON A BED OF CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN BROTH & WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–carrots (2, fresh, sliced on the diagonal)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped in large pieces)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, sliced large)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–white wine

–jasmine rice (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and three-fourth’s cup of water.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; the microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  (Do not add salt or olive oil.)

2 – Slice 2 carrots on the diagonal, and place in a covered  baking dish with a little chicken broth and a little white wine.  Add 3 chopped green onions and 5 or 6 sliced baby bella mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes, longer if you have a large baking dish.  When finished, add the chicken, spacing the pieces apart from each other.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle very lightly with plain breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS IN A BRANDY – SHERRY – CREAM SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (5 or 6, sliced, baby bellas)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little brandy, sherry, and creamer.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken amid the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop white or brown rice (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken inspired from a pheasant recipe out of Rene Verdon’s White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

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.

COD SYLVESTRE WITH TARRAGON – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE – TOMATO SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–white wine

–spaghetti sauce (I used Newman’s Own, original)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 3 stalks of green onions, and place in a covered baking dish.  Then place 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, sliced, in the dish.  Set aside.

2 – In a microwaveable cup, place 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce.  Slowly add 1 cup of white wine, stirring constantly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the white wine/tomato has heated, slowly add to the flour, beating briskly.  Then pour the sauce atop the green onions and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then stir well.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some sauce atop the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop white or brown rice, couscous, quinoa, or pasta (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook (from her television series).

CREAMED & BRANDIED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS ON SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & CARROT CHIPS IN BRANDY – APPLE JUICE – CREAMER SAUCE & TOPPED WITH MINCED GREEN ONIONS

–6 chicken tenderloins (or breast strips)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–carrot chips (packaged, 1 handful)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–apple juice

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

–green onions (2 stalks, finely chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 handful of ready-prepared carrot chips (or 2 peeled carrots, sliced).  Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of brandy, one-fourth cup of apple juice, and one-fourth cup of almond or soy creamer (or dairy).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenderloins in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Slice 2 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top of the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil, if desired.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  Check during cooking to be sure that dish is not bubbling up; if so, take remaining time and double it, then use 50 percent power for the remainder of the cooking.

4 – For testing, cut apart one of the chicken tenderloins from the center of the dish.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more on high.

5 – Serve the chicken, vegetables, and sauce hot, atop couscous (my choice), white or brown rice, quinoa, or pasta (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon, White House chef during the Kennedy administration in the sixties, from The White House Chef Cookbook.

PARSLEYED COD ARLESIENNE WITH MUSHROOMS – TOMATO – ARTICHOKE HEARTS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–artichoke hearts (marinated, in a jar, 3 or 4, chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, 1 medium tomato, and 3 or 4 marinated artichoke hearts.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When the vegetables have cooked, place the cod in the center of the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.

3 – Microwave for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta, couscous, rice, or quinoa.

–cod adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

CHICKEN FRANCAISE ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS – THYME – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN RED WINE & BRANDY SAUCE

Note:  Chopped ham slices can be added to this recipe.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, chopped fine)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–thyme

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–red wine

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs and shake well.  Then place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish with a little red wine and 3 tablespoons of brandy.

2 –  Chop 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and sprinkle on top of the chicken.  Chop 3 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top, also.  Chop 1 handful of chopped fresh parsley and place on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

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:  COD WITH GREEN ONIONS & MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

Note:  Very easy and tastes so gourmet.

For 4:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mushrooms (baby bella, sliced, 5 or 6)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season the cod with salt and pepper.  Slice finely 3 stalks of green onions, and place on top of the cod.  Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and also place on top of the cod.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 4 minutes on 50 percent power.  (If wine is microwaved for more than 6 minutes in a typical dinner, the wine will bubble up, overflowing in the oven.)

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

CHICKEN SAVANNAH WITH PASTA & MUSHROOMS TOPPED WITH CORNBREAD – PARMESAN DRESSING & SLIVERED ALMONDS AND IN A BROTH & SHERRY CREAM SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, sliced)

–cornbread dressing (packaged)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–slivered almonds (one-half small package)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–cream sherry (optional)

flour

–soy creamer

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 1 cup of penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

3 – In a small mixing bowl, combine one-third cup of cornbread dressing with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  Add olive oil and then stir well.  Set aside.

4 – Place one-third cup of chicken broth, one-fourth cup of cream sherry (optional), and one-eighth cup of soy creamer in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the hot liquid, stirring briskly.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir well.

5 – Drain the pasta and place in the dish with the sauce.  Add the chicken.  Add 1 handful of sliced mushrooms.  Stir well.  Sprinkle the cornbread – Parmesan dressing on top.  Then finish with silvered almonds.

6 – Return to the microwave for 5 more minutes for heating well.

7 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

COD WITH LEMON – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–lemon juice (bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, chopped fine)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chop finely 2 stalks of green onions and 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms.  Place the onions and mushrooms on top of the cod.  Season with olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop quinoa, white rice, brown rice, or couscous (recipes, see the search box).

–cod adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

THYME & ROSEMARY CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS & ON A BED OF CHOPPED TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – GREEN PEAS – MUSHROOMS IN SHERRY – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme, rosemary

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (4, fresh, chopped)

–green peas (frozen, half a package)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, sliced)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

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

2 – Chop 1 medium tomato and 4 green onions, and place in a covered baking dish.  Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and place in the dish.  Add one-half package of green peas.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.  Add 3 tablespoons of sherry, and a small amount of white wine.  Stir very gently.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Add a few more drops of olive oil, if desired.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, if desired atop couscous, pasta, or rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH MUSHROOMS AND GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

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

–green onions (4, chopped, fresh)

–red wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little red wine.

2 – Finely slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms and 4 green onions.  Place atop the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop pasta or rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

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.

ROSEMARY – OREGANO – PARSLEY COD WITH TOMATO – ONION – MUSHROOMS – CAPERS – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–rosemary, oregano (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

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

–capers (bottled)

–garlic (minced, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–white wine (use the good stuff)

1 – Place a chopped tomato, one-half sliced onion, and 6 to 8 sliced baby bella mushrooms in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod amid the sauce.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper (optional), parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.  Sprinkle capers on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot, atop pasta or rice (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

SPICY GARLIC – LEMON CHICKEN & SHRIMP WITH BROCCOLI & MUSHROOMS TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & IN SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–3 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 10 to 12 small)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–broccoli (florets only from 1 large head)

–mushrooms (5 or 6 baby bellas, sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cut the florets from 1 head of broccoli, and place around the edge of a large, covered baking dish.  Slice 5 to 6 baby bella mushrooms, and add atop the broccoli.  Place the chicken in the center of the dish.  Season with lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of sherry to the dish.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 10 to 12 small shrimp in a small, covered baking dish with a little sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of sherry.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, pour the cooked shrimp atop the chicken dish.

3 – Serve the chicken, shrimp, and vegetables hot, atop rice or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

ROSEMARY CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – ONION – PARMESAN – PINE NUTS – PARSLEY IN BROTH – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–Parmesan cheese

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–parsley (fresh)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth and a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Add breadcrumbs, and shake well.  Then place the breaded chicken in the mushroom and onion sauce.

3 – Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, one-half package of pine nuts, and chopped parsley on top.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

MUSHROOM CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH THYME – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES IN RED WINE – BRANDY SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–thyme

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–bay leaves (2)

–red wine

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little red wine and a very little amount of brandy.  Season with thyme, 2 bay leaves, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and thyme.  Pour plain breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Nestle the chicken amid the mushrooms in the red wine – brandy sauce.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and mushrooms hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

SALMON WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – CELERY IN CREAM & BROTH SAUCE

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

–mushrooms (5 or 6 baby bellas, sliced)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–creamer (dairy or soy)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, one-half onion, and 2 stalks of celery, and place in a covered baking dish with a little creamer and a little chicken broth (equal parts of each).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the vegetables, spooning some sauce over top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop jasmine rice (recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

GINGER – GARLIC CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN BEANS IN SOY SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–ginger

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–mushrooms (5 or 6, sliced baby bellas)

–green beans (frozen)

–soy sauce

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of green beans in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and add to the dish.  Season with garlic, ginger, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a generous amount of soy sauce.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the green beans and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, ginger, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes (more because of the vegetables).

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the green beans and mushrooms by it.

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

PARSLEYED COD & SHRIMP WITH MUSHROOMS – MINT – CAYENNE – GREEN ONIONS – GARLIC IN WHITE WINE & SOY SAUCE

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 8 to 10, small)

–mushrooms (6 to 8 baby bellas, sliced)

–mint (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–white wine

–soy sauce

1 – Place the shrimp in a small covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with mint, cayenne, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the 6 to 8 sliced baby bella mushrooms in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and a little soy sauce.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, cayenne, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Top with chopped parsley and 2 sliced green onions.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 1 minute on high.  When finished, place the shrimp on top of the cod.

5 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, atop pasta or rice if desired (recipes, see search box on this blog).

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

SPICY CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE

Note:  This recipe is a chicken marsala variation.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cayenne pepper

–mushrooms (3 baby bellas)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper.  Then sprinkle a small amount of breadrumbs. 

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place a small amount of both white wine and chicken broth.  Add 2 teaspoons of minced garlic to the liquid.  Stir well, and then pour in the dish with the chicken.  Quarter the 3 baby bella mushrooms and place around, but not on, the chicken.  Season with olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken and mushrooms hot.

–recipe original.

BACON – FLAVORED COD WITH CHIVES – MUSHROOMS – ONION – GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE / BAKED GREEN TOMATOES WITH TOPPING OF PARMESAN – HERB BREADCRUMBS – OLIVE OIL

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

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon

–chives (bottled)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half, medium)

–garlic powder (bottled)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–green tomatoes (2, fresh, medium)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–herb breadcrumbs (I use Pepperidge Farm cornbread crumbs)

1 – Wash and halve the green tomatoes.  In a small mixing bowl, stir together herb breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.  Then place this topping on the tomatoes.  Microwave for 10 minutes; uncover when finished, because otherwise tomatoes will be piping hot.

2 – Quarter 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Slice one-half, medium, Vidalia onion, and place in the dish.  Season with Bac’n pieces, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a little clam juice to the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the mushrooms and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, garlic powder, chives, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, with the tomatoes as a side.

–cod adapted from Real Simple magazine; green tomatoes original.

PARSLEYED COD WITH BROCCOLI – MUSHROOMS – ONIONS – POTATOES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE AND WITH AIOLI DIPPING SAUCE

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

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–broccoli (3 or 4 florets)

–mushrooms (3 or 4, baby bellas)

–onion (one-half)

–potatoes (1, small)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Aioli dipping sauce:

–mayonnaise

–Parmesan cheese

–lemon juice

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper

–Worcestershire sauce

–Dijon mustard

–parsley (fresh if possible)

1 – Cut the potato into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the middle of a large, covered, baking dish.  Quarter 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms, slice one-half onion in large chunks, cut off 3 or 4 florets from broccoli, and place all in separate sections around the cod.  When the potatoes have cooked for 8 minutes, place these in one section around the cod.  Add a little white wine.  Season all with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – For the aioli, place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Add 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, a squirt of lemon juice, a few drops of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and chopped parsley to the mayonnaise.  Season with garlic powder and cayenne pepper to taste.  Stir well.  Place in refrigerator until time for dinner. 

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the vegetables, and use the aioli as a dipping sauce for the cod.

–cod inspired by epicurious web site; aioli adapted from food network web site.

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.

PARMESAN & BREADCRUMB – ENCRUSTED SALMON WITH ROSEMARY – THYME – PARSLEY – GARLIC IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–rosemary, thyme, parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–clam juice (bottled)

–green peas (frozen)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Microwave 2 tablespoons of margarine in a covered, small baking dish.  Pour one-half of the melted margarine atop the salmon.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add to the remaining one-half of the melted margarine, chopped thyme, rosemary, parsley, and garlic powder.  Sprinkle a little Parmesan on top.  Finally, sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top.  Stir well.  Spread the breadcrumb mixture on top of the salmon.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place half a large package of green peas in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Cut 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms into quarters, and place atop the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the green peas as a side.  I also served pasta and a salad (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from food.com web site; peas original.

SESAME SALMON WITH MUSHROOMS – PEPPER – GREEN ONION – HONEY – SRIRACHA – DIJON IN BALSAMIC – RED WINE – SOY SAUCE ATOP BROWN RICE

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

–green onion (1 stalk, finely chopped)

–honey

–Sriracha sauce (spicy chili)

–Dijon mustard

–balsamic vinegar

–red wine

–soy sauce

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

–red bell pepper (one-half, cut lengthwise)

–sesame seeds

–brown rice

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half sliced red bell pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a little red wine, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce to the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  In a small bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey, and a little red wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and soy sauce.  Stir vigorously.  Place the salmon in the covered baking dish, amid the mushrooms and red bell pepper.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Finely chop a green onion, and place atop the salmon.  Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.  Add a more olive oil, if desired.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave the rice and broth for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Microwave the salmon and sauce for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce atop the brown rice.  I also served carrot chips with dill and a salad that included chick peas.

–salmon adapted from Country Living web site; rice original.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH POTATOES – MUSHROOMS – SHREDDED CARROTS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potato (1, medium, skin on)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4)

–carrots (shredded, 2 handfuls)

–white wine (use the good stuff)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and then cut 1 medium potato into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a large, covered baking dish with white wine just to cover the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

2 – Wash and slice 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms.  When potatoes have cooked for the 5 minutes, place the potatoes and the mushrooms around the edge of the cooking dish.  Place the chicken in the middle.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place 2 handfuls of shredded carrots on top.  Season with parsley.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.  I also served a salad with goddess dressing and zipper peas (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–recipe adapted from Southern Living magazine from several decades ago.

A Simple Dinner:  MARINATED SPICY CHICKEN WITH LEMON SLICES & GARLIC / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH MUSHROOMS – CAULIFLOWER – GREEN ONIONS IN ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING WITH CROUTONS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–lemon (fresh)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–garlic powder

–spring mix salad

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 2 or 3)

–cauliflower (one-fourth head, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–Italian salad dressing

–croutons (seasoned)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag, early in the morning to marinate all day.  Add lemon juice, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Before dinner, place the marinated chicken in a covered baking dish with the little water.  With a sharp knife, slice a lemon, and place the pieces atop the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-third package of spring mix salad in a mixing bowl.  Chop and add 2 baby bella mushrooms, 3 stalks of green onions, and one-fourth head of cauliflower (florets only).  Season with salt and pepper.  Just before dinner, use Italian salad dressing to taste.  Stir well.  Sprinkle seasoned croutons on top.

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

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot.  I also served purple hull pea soup (second course) and carrots with basil (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

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

COD WITH MUSHROOMS & WILTED LETTUCE IN TARRAGON LEMON BUTTER & WHITE WINE SAUCE / CHICKPEA SALAD WITH TOMATOES & CARROTS IN OLIVE OIL / PARMESAN & BREADCRUMB – ENCRUSTED ZUCCHINI

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

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

–spring mix salad (2 handfuls)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–white wine

–chickpeas (one-fourth can, rinsed and drained)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–extra virgin olive oil

–zucchini (2, small, peeled)

–Parmesan cheese

–herbed breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and slice 3 to 4 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Add 2 handfuls of spring mix salad.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place cod amid the mushrooms.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Melt Promise Activ margarine in a measuring cup, covered, by microwaving for 10 seconds.  Pour over the cod.  Season with tarragon.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-fourth rinsed can of chickpeas in a mixing bowl, along with 1 chopped tomato (seasoned with basil, salt, and pepper), and 2 handfuls of shredded carrots.  Season with extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.

3 – Peel the zucchini, and then cut horizontally, once, and then vertically, once.  Place a small amount of herbed breadcrumbs, with Parmesan cheese and olive oil, in a small bowl.  Stir well, and then place the breadcrumb mixture atop the zucchini.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the zucchini (hot) and the salad (cold).

–cod adapted from the Char restaurant, Jackson, Mississippi; zucchini adapted from the Olive Garden; and salad original.