An Anniversary Celebration:  BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS SEASONED BY TARRAGON – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY AND WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS & SLICED RED ONION IN BROTH – WHITE WINE SAUCE

One my my favorite recipes.  .  . over 30 years a favorite. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–plain breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed)

–tarragon (2 teaspoons, dried, bottled)

–bay leaves (2, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–parsley (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–button mushrooms (drained, bottled, 1 small can)

–sliced red onion (one-half)

–bone broth (one-eighth cup, packaged)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the onion in a covered baking dish.  Add bone broth and white wine.  Season with 1 teaspoon of tarragon, 2 bay leaves, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders in a plastic bag.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add extra virgin olive oil and coat the chicken.  Pour in the breadcrumbs; shake well.  When the sauce has finished heating, place the chicken in the baking dish.  Pour drained mushrooms on top. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of tarragon, and parsley, on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken hot, atop, pasta, rice, or couscous.

–chicken adapted from The Microwave French Cookbook.

CHILLED ARTIFICIAL CRAB LEGS SALAD SEASONED WITH LEMON PEPPER AND STIRRED WITH ASPARAGUS – BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ONION – MAYO

Artificial crab legs are actually cod, and a half pound of cooked cod, broken apart, can be substituted. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (packaged, 8 ounces, cut apart)

–lemon pepper (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–asparagus (cooked from frozen, 8 ounces, cut into 1 – inch lengths)

–button mushrooms (5 or 6, canned)

–onion (one-quarter cup, chopped, raw)

–mayonnaise (1 heaping tablespoon; do not use too much)

–salt and pepper

1 – Cook the asparagus according to package instructions.  Let cool in the refrigerator.

2 – Place the cut artificial crab legs in a serving dish.  Add cold asparagus, button mushrooms, raw onion, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and mayonnaise.  Fold ingredients gently.

3 – Top the dish with a sprinkle of lemon pepper.

4 – Serve the salad chilled.

–recipe original.

PARSLEYED BAKED COD SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND TOPPED WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS & MINCED GARLIC IN A WHITE WINE VINEGAR SAUCE

Any white fish will do just fine. . .the garlic makes the dish with mushrooms work best. . .

For 2:

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

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

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

–mushrooms (button, bottled, 4 or 5)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine vinegar (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine vinegar, pouring over the cod.  Season the cod with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs and minced garlic on top.  Add mushrooms.  Finish with parsley and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes and 20 seconds.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod with mushrooms hot.

–recipe original.

CHILLED COD SALAD TARRAGON WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ENGLISH PEAS – SHREDDED CARROTS – CHOPPED ONIONS – MAYO

I chose all ingredients that meld together well on the palate. . .

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

–tarragon (to taste, 1 to 2 tablespoons, dried, bottled)

–button mushrooms (one-third cup, bottled)

–English peas (green peas, one-half cup, frozen)

–shredded carrots (fresh, one-half cup)

–chopped onions (one-quarter cup)

–mayonnaise (to taste, do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and extra virgin olive oil; do NOT add water or other liquid.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, break apart while in the baking dish.  This will be your serving dish.

2 – Place peas and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add to the cod.

3 – Add shredded carrots to the cod and vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper.

4 – Gently fold 1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise into the cod and vegetables.  Finish with a sprinkling of tarragon on top.

5 – Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.  Serve the cod salad cold.

–recipe original.

PARSLEYED WILD COD TARRAGON SPRINKLED BY LEMON JUICE AND TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS PIECES & STEMS – DICED TOMATOES ON GLUTEN – FREE PASTA

Tarragon works well with cod, as would a side dish of green peas seasoned with the same herb. . .

For 2:

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

–tarragon (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–mushrooms (3 tablespoons, canned, drained)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–gluten-free pasta (1 cup; microwave in salted water for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes; keep covered for warmth)

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Top with mushrooms and tomatoes.  Then season the whole with tarragon and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–recipe original.

PARSLEYED STEAMED SALMON WITH MUSHROOMS – ONIONS – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN LEMON – WHITE WINE – SOY SAUCE

Mushrooms go well with soy sauce. . .and soy sauce goes well with salmon. . .

For 2:

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

–mushrooms (one-quarter cup, canned)

–onions (one-quarter cup, frozen, chopped)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–cayenne (one-eighth teaspoon)

–lemon (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (one-eighth cup)

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the rinsed salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add the white wine and soy sauce.  Season with garlic and cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

2 – Place onions, and the mushrooms on top of the salmon.  Sprinkle a few drops of olive oil on the salmon.  Finish with a sprinkle of parsley.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

ONE – DISH PARSLEYED & BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS IN MUSHROOM – RED WINE – PARMESAN – MARINARA SAUCE ATOP PENNE PASTA

Note:  For a robust, sharp taste, use ready-prepared Ragu or Paul Newman pasta sauce; for a more delicate flavor, use Bertolli pasta sauce.

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

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

–mushrooms (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–Parmesan cheese (shaved, one-eighth cup, boxed)

–marinara sauce (one-half jar; I used Bertolli pasta sauce)

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry; microwave in salted water for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenderloins in a plastic bag.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour in one-eighth cup extra virgin olive oil. Massage the chicken to distribute the oil.  Then pour in the garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

2 – Place the pasta sauce, mushrooms, red wine, and Parmesan cheese in a large, covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then place the breaded chicken on top, spooning a bit of the sauce over the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and the parsley. 

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, cut apart the center piece.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

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

–recipe original.

DECONSTRUCTED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI WITH ITALIAN TOMATO SAUCE – CHOPPED WHITE MUSHROOMS – CHOPPED GREEN ONIONS – PARMESAN CHEESE AND A LITTLE RED WINE ATOP ROTINI PASTA

A variation on chicken spaghetti. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–Italian tomato sauce (I use Pomi; 1 cup)

–chopped white mushrooms (4 or 5, fresh)

–chopped green onions (one-quarter cup)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–rotini pasta (1 cup dry; microwave uncovered in water to cover pasta for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes more)

 

1 – Place the tomato sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the tomato sauce.  Add, on top, mushrooms, onions, and Parmesan cheese.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.  (Long cooking time is because of the cold vegetables.)

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop pasta.

–recipe original.

HONEY ROASTED PEANUT CHICKEN WITH SQUASH – ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN A HOISIN – BROTH SAUCE

The original recipe from a cooking blog used cashews. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–honey roasted peanuts (one-half cup)

–squash (summer, 1, medium, sliced)

–onions (one-half cup, chopped)

–mushrooms (white, 4 to 6, chopped)

–hoisin sauce (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–chicken bone broth (three – fourth’s cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the hoisin sauce in a measuring cup.  Slowly add chicken bone broth, stirring briskly.  Set aside.

2 – Place sliced summer squash, onions, and mushrooms in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Pour in the sauce.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour peanuts on top.

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

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop quinoa, rice, or pasta.

–inspired by “Spend with Pennies” cooking blog, by Holly.

SPICY GARLIC – PEPPER CHICKEN WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – RED ONIONS – WHITE MUSHROOMS – CAYENNE IN A BLENDED CHICKEN BROTH – SOY SAUCE

Thai meets the Mediterranean. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–red onions (one-half, chopped, medium)

–white mushrooms (4 or 5, quartered, fresh)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

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

–soy sauce (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–pepper (no salt)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the shredded carrots and chopped onions in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth and soy sauce.  Season with extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders in the sauce.  Place minced garlic and quartered white mushrooms on top.  Season with cayenne pepper and black pepper (the latter generously).   Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, cut into the center piece to check for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–inspired by the garlic – pepper chicken recipe at Pick Thai, Oxford, Mississippi.