GARLIC & HERB – BREADED COD WITH SWEET ONION IN CLAM JUICE & SERVED WITH CHILLED & PUREED RAW SAUCE OF TOMATO – ONION – GARLIC –  BASIL – PARSLEY – ROMAINE LETTUCE – RED WINE – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed

–onion (one-fourth, Vidalia (or sweet), sliced)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

The sauce:

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-fourth, Vidalia (or sweet), sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–basil, parsley (fresh if possible, 1 handful each)

–romaine lettuce (1 small handful, broken up)

–red wine (2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Add to a food processor:  1 medium chopped tomato, one-fourth medium, sliced, sweet onion, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 handful of chopped basil; 1 handful of chopped parsley, 1 small handful of chopped romaine lettuce, 2 tablespoons of red wine, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Puree until smooth. Place in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Slice one-quarter medium sweet onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Place the cod in the dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle lightly with garlic – herb breading.  Microwave on high for 8 minute.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the raw sauce beside the cod.

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

SPICY SALMON WITH PAPRIKA – TURMERIC – GINGER – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN A CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE ATOP PARMESAN COUSCOUS

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

–paprika, turmeric, ginger (bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

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

–marinara sauce (one-half jar; I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 and one-third cup of water in a covered baking dish, with the spice packet from a box of Parmesan couscous.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes (or until boiling).  When finished, add the couscous; stir.  Keep covered for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of almond or dairy creamer and one-half medium sliced onion.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and olive oil.  Spread 1 teaspoon of minced garlic on top.  Finish by sprinkling with chopped, fresh parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the Parmesan couscous.

–salmon adapted from the blog, Immaculate Bites, by Imma.  Imma features Afro – Caribbean recipes made easy.

ONE – DISH SPICY OREGANO COD WITH POTATOES – ONION – TOMATOES – CAPERS – BLACK OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–cayenne pepper

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–potatoes (red, sliced, 2 medium, sliced)

–tomatoes (vine-ripened if possible, 2 medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–capers (about 12)

–black olives (1 small can, drained)

–garlic (minced, 1 heaping tablespoon)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 2 medium-size potatoes, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Chop one-half medium onion, and place in the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

2 – Chop 2 medium tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and oregano.  Place in the baking with the potatoes and onion.   Add 1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle about 12 capers on top.  Drain a can of black olives, and also sprinkle on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, as a one-dish dinner.

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

PARSLEYED LEMON COD SPRINKLED WITH BREADCRUMBS IN CLAM JUICE AND ACCOMPANIED BY COLD SPICY & SMOOTH PEPPER SAUCE WITH RED BELL PEPPER – BANANA PEPPER – FRESH TOMATO – SWEET ONION – SRIRACHA – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, chopped, 1 handful)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

–red bell pepper (one-half, chopped)

–banana peppers (bottled, about a dozen rings)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–onion (sweet, one-fourth, chopped, medium)

–sriracha sauce (1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop one-half red bell pepper, 1 fresh tomato, one-fourth medium sweet onion, and add to a food processor.  Add 12 rings of banana peppers, 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drop of olive oil.  Pulse until smooth.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a sprinkling of plain breadcrumbs.  Finish with chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the pepper sauce on the side.

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

A Simple Dinner:  FROM – SCRATCH CAJUN SALMON WITH CAJUN SPICE – BLACK PEPPER – ONION POWDER – MINCED GARLIC – PAPRIKA – CAYENNE IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  For a tad more effort, use real sliced onion in the sauce.  Microwave initially for 3 minutes; then add salmon and spices.

For 4:

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

–Cajun seasoning (I used New Orleans – based “Slap Ya Mama”)

–onion powder

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–lemon juice

–clam juice

–black pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with Cajun spice, black pepper, onion powder, minced garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Healthy & Delicious Salmon Recipes.

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.

CREAMED CHICKEN & NOODLES WITH WHITE SAUCE SEASONED BY PAPRIKA – ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – POWDERED ONION

Note:  This is a tasty comfort chicken dish.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–flour

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

–paprika

–Italian salad dressing

–lemon juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–powdered onion (bottled; or onion bits, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Microwave 1 cup of almond or dairy milk for one and one-half minutes on high.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then season with paprika, onion powder (or onion bits), 3 tablespoons of Italian salad dressing, 1 or 2 squirts of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Place this sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When heated, stir well.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce, spooning some sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into one of the tenderloins that is the center of the dish to be sure that the chicken has cooked.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 more minutes of cooking on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop pasta.  (Microwave pasta in water and salt for 6 minutes; then 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.)

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

 

WARM ROSEMARY – GARLIC CHICKEN ATOP FRESH TOMATO – ROMAINE SALAD DRESSED WITH WHITE WINE – ONION – OLIVE OIL – DIJON

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary

–minced garlic (bottled)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–romaine lettuce (5 leaves, rinsed and dried off)

–white wine

–onion (one-fourth, medium, chopped fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, take the cover off so that the chicken can cool slightly.

2 – Wash 5 leaves of romaine lettuce; then dry off.  Break apart into bite-sized pieces.  Chop 1 medium, fresh tomato, season with salt and pepper, and then add to the lettuce.  In a small mixing bowl, place 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.  Minced one-fourth medium onion, and add to the bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Stir the mustard, oil, and onion well.  Very slowly add one-half cup of white wine to the bowl, stirring constantly.  Pour the salad dressing over the lettuce and tomato, and stir.

3 – Serve the chicken, just warm but not hot, atop the salad.

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

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.

SWEET COD WITH TOMATO – ONION – GARLIC – CINNAMON – PAPRIKA – PARSLEY IN MARINARA & WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–sugar

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–cinnamon

–paprika

–parsley (fresh)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 tomato and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the sauce, spooning a little on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce.  Place atop pasta, rice, or quinoa as desired (recipes for microwave, see search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

CURRIED SALMON WITH TOMATO – ONION – GINGER – SRIRACHA – GARLIC – CORIANDER – TURMERIC – CUMIN – MINCED CLOVES – CINNAMON – SUGAR IN YOGURT SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, minced cloves, cinnamon (bottled separately)

–Sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon, or cayenne pepper to taste)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat, 5 tablespoons)

–jasmine rice (packaged, sticky rice)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-fourth cup of water and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop 1 medium tomato and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add one-half sliced onion.   Season with ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, minced cloves, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of Sriracha sauce, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 5 tablespoons of plain, non-fat yogurt, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

3 – Nestle the salmon amid the sauce, season with salt and pepper, and then spoon some of the sauce over the salmon.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–curried salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

TARRAGON SALMON WITH GREEN PEAS & ONION SLICES IN BROTH

For 4:

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

–green peas (frozen)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–tarragon (bottled)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half cup of green peas in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Slice one-half onion, and place in the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the peas and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon inspired by Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

CHICKEN STEW WITH POTATOES – ONION – CELERY – RED BELL PEPPER – GARLIC – BAY LEAVES – ROSEMARY IN WHITE WINE – BROTH – MARINARA SAUCE ATOP GARLIC – OLIVE OIL COUSCOUS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–baby Dutch potatoes (4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

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

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–bay leaves (3, dried)

–rosemary (bottled)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a slow cooker.  Slice 4 or 5 baby Dutch potatoes, and add to the cooker.  Also add 1 medium onion (sliced), 1 stalk celery (chopped), one-half red bell pepper (sliced), 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon of rosemary.  Place three-fourths cup of white wine and three-fourths cup of chicken broth in the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Cook for 5 hours.  Then add one-half cup of marinara sauce.  Cook for 30 minutes more.  (Stew will not be tender unless the marinara sauce is added toward the end of cooking cycle.)

2 – Place 1 and one-fourth cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Add contents of herb package and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Then stir in the couscous.  Let stand, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken stew, hot, atop the couscous.

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

BASIL COD & SHRIMP WITH RED BELL PEPPER – ONION – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – PARMESAN IN WHITE WINE & CREAM SAUCE ATOP GARLIC – OLIVE OIL COUSCOUS

For 4:

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

–shrimp (6 to 8, small)

–basil

–red bell pepper (1, medium, sliced)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–parsley (chopped, 1 handful)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–white wine

–soy creamer (or dairy cream)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic – olive oil couscous (in a box)

1 – Place 1 and one-fourth cups of water in a covered baking dish.  Add contents of herb package and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, stir in the couscous.  Let stand, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Slice the red bell pepper and place in a covered baking dish with a little soy creamer (or dairy cream) and a little white wine.  Stir.  Add one-half medium sliced onion to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce with pepper and onion.  Spoon sauce on top of the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Place 6 to 8 small shrimp in a microwaveable cup.  Drain any water.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  After the cod has cooked, microwave the shrimp, covered, for 1 and one-half minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp atop the cod.

5 – Serve the cod, shrimp, vegetables, and sauce, hot, atop the couscous.

–cod inspired by “Little Broken” cooking blog, by Katya.

THYME CHICKEN WITH CELERY – ONION – CARROTS IN BROTH

Note:  These are the seasonings for Real Simple’s favorite roast turkey for Thanksgiving 2016.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 stalk of celery, and place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Add one-half, sliced onion.  Then add 1 handful of shredded carrots.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the vegetables.

–chicken adapted from turkey recipe from Real Simple magazine.

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.

CATALINA COD WITH ONIONS – HORSERADISH SAUCE – PARSLEY ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  This recipe was originally intended for shrimp.

For 4:

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

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–horseradish sauce (bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine

–parsley (fresh)

–Catalina salad dressing (1 cup)

–jasmine rice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and three-fourths cup of water.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  (You can freeze any rice that is left over.)

2 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  In a mixing bowl, place 1 tablespoon of horseradish sauce.  Slowly add 1 cup of Catalina salad dressing, stirring constantly.  Place the sauce in the baking dish.  Add white wine to make sauce your desired consistency.  Stir well.  Place cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, 2 stalks of chopped green onions, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–cod inspired by To the Taste of a King (fifties cookbook from Louisiana).

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN WITH TOMATO – ONION – MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON ZEST ATOP BROWN RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomatoes (2, medium, chopped)

–onion (1, medium, sliced)

–marinated artichoke hearts (in a jar)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–brown rice (boxed, quick-cooking)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave for 5 minutes.

2 – Chop 2 medium tomatoes and place in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 sliced onion to the dish.  Place 5 or 6 artichoke hearts in the dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Sprinkle with lemon zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the tomato and onion sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, atop the brown rice.

–chicken adapted from Alicia’s cooking blog, The Irreverent Kitchen.

CHILLED COD WITH THYME – BAY LEAVES – LEMON SLICES – CAYENNE – FRESH TOMATO – ONION – FLUFFY EGG SALAD

For 4:

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

–thyme and 2 bay eaves

–lemon (fresh)

–cayenne pepper

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

Egg salad:

–3 eggs

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond)

–mayonnaise (3 heaping tablespoons)

–stuffed green olives (6 to 8, sliced)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–garlic (minced, one-half teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (just a dash)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, 2 bay leaves, and a little cayenne pepper.  (Do not season with olive oil.)  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, let cool, and then place in the refrigerator, for more preparation later on.

2 – Remove the cod from the refrigerator.  Slice one-half onion and a medium fresh tomato, and place on each side of the cod.  Set aside.

3 – Place 3 eggs in a small baking dish.  Add 3 teaspoons of milk (dairy or almond).  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir briskly.  Microwave for 2 and one-half minutes on high.  When finished, break apart the omelet with a knife and fork.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the egg.  Add 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, one-half teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 3 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise, 6 to 8 sliced green olives, and a dash of cayenne pepper.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the cod, tomato, and onions cold, with the egg salad beside the cod on a plate.

–cod and egg salad adapted from To the Taste of a King (fifties New Orleans cookbook)

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – ONION – BANANA PEPPER IN WHITE WINE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–banana pepper (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Finely slice one-half onion, and place in the dish.  Slice one-half banana pepper, and place in the dish.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King (a fifties New Orleans cookbook).

ONE-DISH COMFORT CHICKEN – BROCCOLI – POTATOES WITH ONION – GARLIC – ROSEMARY – OREGANO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE & ACCOMPANIED BY MARINARA DIPPING SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–potatoes (baby Dutch, 8 to 10, halved)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–rosemary, oregano (fresh if possible)

–white wine

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Marinara Cabernet)

1 – Place 8 to 10 baby Dutch potatoes, halved, in a small amount of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

2 – Place one-half sliced onion in the dish with the potatoes.  Add chicken in the middle.  Place broccoli florets around the side.  Move the potatoes to the side.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken, broccoli, and potatoes with onion hot, with the cold marinara dipping sauce on the side.

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

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.

HONEY – CORIANDER COD WITH ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC IN MARINARA – SHERRY SAUCE

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

–honey

–coriander

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

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

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Fire – Roasted Marinara)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

1 – Slice one-half onion and one-half red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third jar of marinara sauce and a little sherry.  Then add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with pepper and coriander.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, and olive oil.  Drizzle a little honey on top.  Microwave for 7 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce atop.

–adapted from The New York Times cooking web site.

SPICY PAPRIKA – LEMON SALMON WITH ONION IN FIRE – ROASTED MARINARA & WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–paprika

–lemon juice

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own fire roasted marinara)

–white wine

–jasmine rice

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and three-fourths cup of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, allow to sit 5 minutes.  Keep covered.

2 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third jar of marinara sauce, a little white wine, and season with paprika, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon in the sauce.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

BASIL & OREGANO SLOW COOKER CHICKEN STEW WITH CARROT CHIPS – FARFALLE PASTA – SLICED ONION – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – GREEN PEAS – MINCED GARLIC – FRESH TOMATO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP WHEAT BREAD

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible)

–carrot chips (packaged)

–farfalle pasta (bowtie, packaged)

–onion (one-half)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–green peas (one-third cup)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–white wine

–wheat bread (2 slices)

1 – In a slow cooker, place chicken, 1 handful of carrot chips, one-half sliced onion, 4 or 5 sliced baby bella mushrooms, one-third cup of green peas, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and two-thirds cup of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Add water to 1 inch above the chicken and vegetables.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then place setting on warm.

2 – Thirty minutes before dinner is served, add 1 cup of farfalle pasta and 1 chopped tomato.  (Do not add earlier!  Pasta will be overcooked, and the acid in the tomato will keep the other vegetables from tenderizing.)  Cook on low for 20 minutes; then turn setting back to warm for 10 minutes.

3 – Heat the wheat bread.  Serve the chicken stew, hot, atop the wheat bread.

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

BAKED CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY & GARLIC IN BROTH & DRESSED WITH COLD SALAD OF FRESH TOMATO – ONION – PARSLEY – WHITE WINE / BUTTER PEA SOUP WITH BAY LEAVES – MARJORAM – GARLIC – CARROTS – CELERY – ONION – ROTINI PASTA IN BROTH

–butter peas (1 package, frozen)

–bay leaves (2), marjoram

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–carrots (2, sliced)

–celery (2 stalks, sliced)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–pasta (rotini, boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

1 – Place the package of butter peas in a slow cooker. Add 2 bay leaves, marjoram to taste, pepper, 2 sliced carrots, 2 sliced stalks of celery, one-half chopped onion, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and chicken broth to 1 inch above the vegetables.  Stir.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then keep on warm until 30 minutes before dinner.  Add two-thirds cup of rotini pasta to the soup, and cut the setting back to low.  Stir.  After 20 minutes, place setting again on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Chop 1 medium tomato and add to a mixing bowl.  Slice one-half onion and add to the bowl.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley and add to the bowl.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir.  Set aside.

3 – Place 4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the butter pea soup as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, with the salad atop the chicken.

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

THYME – TOMATO CHICKEN WITH VIDALIA ONION – CAPERS – PARSLEY IN MARINARA – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP GARLIC COUSCOUS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one half, sliced)

–capers (bottled, about 12)

–parsley (fresh)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own, with basil)

–white wine

–couscous (boxed, garlic – olive oil variety)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the entire contents of the box of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-fourth cups of water.  Sprinkle seasoning packet on top.  Add a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop a tomato and half a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-third bottle of marinara sauce.  Add a little white wine and olive oil.  Season with pepper and thyme.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – When finished, nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Add 12 capers on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes (more because of the sauce).

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

–chicken adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

A Simple Dinner:  HERB CHICKEN WITH ONION – GARLIC – THYME – ROSEMARY – MARJORAM – CAYENNE – PARSLEY IN BROTH

Note:  To make this super easy and quick but still good, use all bottled herbs.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced onion, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, cayenne pepper (optional), and parsley (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, minced onion, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, cayenne pepper (optional), and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com.

CAJUN CHICKEN JAMBALAYA WITH ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS – PARSLEY – CAYENNE ATOP SPICY JASMINE RICE IN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–cayenne pepper

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–jasmine rice (sticky rice)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice one-half onion and one-half red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of chicken broth.  Slice 2 green onions and place in the dish.  Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Season with Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the onion and red bell pepper.  Season with Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and its sauce, hot, atop the rice.

–chicken jambalaya adapted from food.com web site.

MINT – LEMON CHILLED COD SALAD WITH AVOCADO – FRESH TOMATO – VIDALIA ONION – BLACK OLIVES & SEASONED WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Note:  This recipe was originally designed for tuna fish.

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

–mint (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–avocado (half)

–tomato (medium, vine-ripened if possible)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–black olives (one half small can, drained)

–extra virgin olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Let cool with the lid off the dish.

2 – Chop the tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, and mint.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Slice half a Vidalia onion, and place in the mixing bowl.  Place one-half small can of drained black olives in the bowl.  Add mint and stir well.

3 – Chop one-half avocado.  Then break apart the cod.  Gently fold both avocado and cod into the vegetables in the mixing bowl.  Add a few drop of extra virgin olive oil on top.  Place the salad in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

4 – Serve the salad chilled.

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

HONEY – CORIANDER COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – VIDALIA ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC IN SHERRY SAUCE ATOP FARFALLE PASTA

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

–honey

–coriander

–tomato (medium)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–red bell pepper (3 slices)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–farfalle pasta (bowtie)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of farfalle pasta in an uncovered baking dish with 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, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the medium tomato and place in an UNcovered baking dish with a very little bit of sherry.  Slice the red bell pepper, just 3 slices, and place on top.  Chop one-half Vidalia onion and add to the baking dish.  Season with coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, honey, and olive oil.  Microwave in a covered baking dish on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, atop the pasta.

–cod adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

CHICKEN WITH STEWED APPLE & VIDALIA ONION IN CINNAMON – BROWN SUGAR – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP BOWTIE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–apple (peeled, chopped, medium)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half, sliced)

–cinnamon (bottled)

–brown sugar

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–bowtie pasta (dry, two-thirds cup)

1 – Place the bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Cover to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minute; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Peel and chop an apple, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Peel and slice one-half Vidalia onion, and place in the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the apple and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon a little sauce over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, test the chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the apple and onion sauce atop the pasta.

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.

BASIL AND PARSLEYED CHICKEN WRAPPED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH VIDALIA ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil & parsley (fresh)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Peel and slice one-half onion.  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 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a moderate amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs into the bag, and shake well.  Then nestle the chicken amid the onion and in the white wine.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by Ed Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

CREAMY BASIL – PARSLEY COD WITH MATCHSTICK SQUASH – VIDALIA ONION – RED BELL PEPPER SLICES – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH PARMESAN CHEESE

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

–basil, parsley (fresh)

–summer squash (2, small)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

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

–flour (1 tablespoon)

1 – Peel and slice squash into matchstick pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Peel and slice one-half Vidalia onion, and place in the dish.  Wash and slice one-half red bell pepper, adding to the dish.  Microwave 1 cup of milk (dairy or almond) for 1 minute on high.  When finished, add 1 tablespoon of flour, stirring briskly.  Pour over the vegetables in the baking dish.  Season with basil, parsley, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod in the sauce (do not place any vegetables on top of the cod).  Season the cod with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

2 – Microwave for 7 minutes on high.  Test the center of the cod to be sure that it breaks apart easily.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the vegetables.  I also served a green salad, black-eyed peas (slow cooker), and green beans (recipes, see the search box).

–cod adapted from the “Little Broken” blog site of Katla.

CORIANDER CHICKEN WITH VIDALIA ONION & TOPPED WITH FRESH ORANGE SLICES & TOASTED PINE NUTS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–coriander (bottled)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–orange (fresh, sliced)

–toasted pine nuts (microwave one-half small package for 30 seconds; stir; then microwave for 30 more seconds)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice one-half Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, and olive oil.  Sprinkle one-half package of toasted pine nut on top.  With a very sharp knife, cut orange slices (rounds) and place over the chicken.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot. 

–chicken adapted from Real Simple magazine.

CHUNKS OF TUNA STEAK ATOP ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH LEMON – PARSLEY – ONION – ROSEMARY – CAPERS – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE

–tuna steak (1, medium)

–angel hair pasta

–lemon juice (bottled)

–parsley, rosemary (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–capers (about 12, bottled)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-fourth package of angel hair pasta in a long, uncovered,  baking dish.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Add water to cover.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Cut apart the tuna steak into large chunks, and place over the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, parsley, rosemary, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Sprinkle about a dozen capers on top.  Microwave for 4 minutes (do not overcook the tuna).

3 – Serve the tuna hot, atop the pasta.

–tuna steaks adapted from Epicurious; pasta 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 SALMON WITH TOMATO – ONION – BLACK OLIVES – POTATOES IN DIJON – LEMON – CLAM – WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium)

–onion (one-half)

–black olives (sliced, one-half small can, drained)

–potato (1, medium)

–lemon juice

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–Dijon mustard

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the potato, and cut into 1-inch pieces.  Place in an uncovered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for just 8 minutes.

2 – Wash and quarter the tomato; place in a large baking dish, in one place on the side of the dish.  Cut the onion into large pieces, and also place to the side the dish.  Drain the black olives, and place one-half small can in the baking dish, to the side.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Stir together 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a little lemon juice, and a little clam juice.  Pour part of this sauce over the vegetables.

4 – Microwave the vegetables for 3 minutes on high.  Then nestle the salmon in the center of the baking dish.  Add the cooked potatoes to the side.  Finish pouring the sauce over all of the dish, including the salmon.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on the salmon.  Add a little more olive oil if desired.

5 – Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.

6 – Serve the salmon hot, with the vegetables on the side.  I also served a traditional Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Parmesan, and croutons, and lima beans seasoned with Bac’n pieces (slow cooker).  For other recipes, see the search box.

–salmon and vegetables inspired by Real Simple.

COD NATURALLY & CHILLED SALSA WITH PEACH – TOMATO – ONION – BANANA PEPPERS – CILANTRO – GARLIC – CAYENNE – HONEY – LEMON

Note:  Microwave the salsa ahead of time, let cool, and then serve.

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–peaches (2, fresh, chopped)

–tomato (1, medium, copped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–banana peppers (pickled, from a jar, have a dozen rings)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder (bottled)

–cayenne pepper

–honey

–lemon juice (bottled)

1 – Peel and chop the 2 peaches, chop the tomato, chop one-half onion, and mince the have dozen rings of banana peppers.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Season with cilantro, garlic powder, cayenne, lemon juice (2 squirts), honey (2 tablespoons), salt, and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave in a covered baking dish for 5 minutes.  Then let cool.  Chill in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a few plain breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the cold salsa beside it on the plate. 

–salsa adapted from food.com web site; cod original.

CORIANDER & PAPRIKA SALMON WITH CHICKPEAS – FRESH TOMATO – BLACK OLIVES – ONION ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–coriander, paprika (bottled)

–chickpeas (one-fourth cup, canned)

–tomato (fresh, 1, medium)

–black olives (1 small can, drained)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–jasmine rice (sticky white rice)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-fourth cup of water and a little olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place one-quarter cup of chickpeas, 1 chopped medium tomato, 1 small can (drained) of black olives, and one-half sliced onion in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, a small amount of paprika, and a generous amount of coriander, plus olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle the salmon amid the vegetables.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, paprika, coriander, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon and vegetables hot, atop the jasmine rice.  I also served a salad and zucchini topped with Parmesan, olive oil, and cornbread dressing.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

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.

SALMON & EGG SALAD WITH ONION – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – GOLDEN RAISINS – DIJON – MAYO

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

–eggs (3)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy)

–onion (one-fourth, large)

–sweet pickle relish

–golden raisins

–Dijon mustard

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, flake with a fork, discarding the skin.  Place in a mixing bowl.

2 – Chop one-fourth large onion, and place in the mixing bowl with the salmon.

3 – Break 3 eggs into a covered baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of dairy or almond milk (not soy).  Season with salt and pepper.  Beat the eggs with a fork.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.  When finished, use a knife and fork to cut apart the egg omelet into small bits.  Then place the eggs in the mixing bowl with the salmon.

4 – Measure one-fourth cup of golden raisins, and then add to the mixing bowl.

5 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Pour into the bowl with the salmon.  Fold all ingredients together.

6 – Serve the salmon – egg salad warm or chilled.

–salmon – egg salad adapted from allrecipes.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  TARRAGON CHICKEN SALAD WITH CELERY & ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–mayonnaise

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 2 stalks of celery and one-half onion.

3 – Chop the chicken, and place in a mixing bowl.  Add the celery and onion.  Season with tarragon, generously.  Add mayonnaise to taste.

4 – Serve the chicken salad warm or cold.

–chicken salad adapted from Ina Garten and a friend in Minnesota.

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.

MEDITERRANEAN TUNA STEAKS WITH BASIL – TOMATO – ONION – CAPERS – GARLIC / WHITE RICE

–tuna steak (medium size)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–tomato (Roma, 1, fresh)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–capers (about a dozen)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (boxed, instant)

1 – Chop 1 tomato, and place in a covered baking dish.  Then slice one-half onion, and place in the dish.  Add 12 capers.  Season with basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the tuna steak amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3 – Microwave the tuna steak for 3 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook.

4 – Serve the tuna atop the white rice.  I also served bean soup and a salad.

–tuna steak adapted from Epicurious web site; rice original.

ITALIAN CHICKEN & MARINARA SAUCE WITH MILD HORSERADISH – ONION – GARLIC ATOP WHOLE WHEAT PENNE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–horseradish sauce (bottled, mild)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half cup of whole wheat penne pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Season with salt.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 1 cup of bottled marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add 3 tablespoons of horseradish sauce.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the pasta.  I also served broccoli and beans (for recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–pasta sauce adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

LEMON CHICKEN SALAD WITH CORIANDER – ONION – TOMATO & SEASONED WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–coriander (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–Roma tomato (1, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil (classic)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil (classic).  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

2 – Slice half an onion, and place in a mixing bowl.  Chop 1 Roma tomato, season with salt, pepper, and coriander, and place in the bowl.  Squirt, to taste, lemon juice in the bowl.  Mince the chicken with a sharp knife, and add to the bowl.  Add extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Add more salt, pepper, and coriander if desired.  Stir, gently, but well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

3 – Serve the chicken salad cold, on an iceberg lettuce leaf.  I also served oven fried okra, lentil soup, and broccoli (recipes, see the search box).

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

COD SPRINKLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN SHERRY – BROTH – FAUX BUTTER SAUCE / EGGPLANT DIP WITH ROSEMARY – ONION – GARLIC – RED WINE / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – ZUCCHINI PENNIES – SLICED ALMONDS – FETA IN CREAMY CAESAR DRESSING

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

–mushrooms (medium baby bellas, 2, sliced)

–onion (fresh, one-quarter, sliced)

–garlic powder (bottled with parsley)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (medium, fresh)

–rosemary (fresh is much better than dried)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–spring mix salad (one-half package)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–zucchini (1, medium, sliced into rounds)

–sliced almonds (generous sprinkle)

–feta cheese (one-fourth of a small container)

–creamy Caesar salad dressing (I use Paul Newman)

1 – Wash and puncture all round a medium-sized eggplant.  Place on a microwaveable plate and microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then turn over, and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool, either on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, cut off the stalk, and then slice vertically, once.  Rake out the pulp onto a cutting board.  Cut 2 ways, repeatedly.  Then place the pulp in a mixing bowl.  Mince one-quarter onion, and add to the bowl.  Snip rosemary from 1 stalk, and add to the bowl.  Season with garlic powder and red wine.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator, covered, until time for dinner.

2 – Wash and slice 2 medium-sized baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Slice one-quarter onion and place in dish with mushrooms.  Add a little sherry and a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod amid the mushrooms and onion.  Microwave 1 tablespoon of Promise margarine in a covered baking dish.  Pour the margarine over the cod.  Sprinkle a little bit of breadcrumbs over the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of spring mix salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of shredded carrots, 1 peeled and sliced zucchini, and a generous sprinkle of sliced almonds.  Season with salt and pepper.  Just before serving, add creamy Caesar salad dressing and stir well.  Sprinkle one-fourth container of feta cheese on top. 

4 – Microwave the cod on high for 6 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the eggplant dip with crackers as a first course.  Then serve the salad as a second course.  Serve the cod as the entrée.  I also served baby lima beans with the cod (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salad and eggplant dip original.

CREOLE SALMON & SHRIMP IN WINE & BROTH GRAVY WITH LEMON – ROSEMARY – OREGANO – GARLIC / SPICY PURPLE HULL PEA SOUP WITH SHREDDED CARROTS & ONION

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

–Creole seasoning (bottled, in spices section of grocery store)

–shrimp (tiny, a dozen, thawed from frozen)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–lemon juice

–rosemary & oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–purple hull peas (frozen)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–shredded carrots (one handful)

–onion (one-half, sliced in small pieces)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the peas in a slow cooker with water to cover.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and a little olive oil.  Optionally, add a generous amount of cayenne pepper.  Add 1 handful of shredded carrots, and one-half sliced onion.  Stir.  Cook for 5 and one-half hours on low.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with Creole seasoning, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Rinse and drain about a dozen tiny shrimp.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Place one-half cup of chicken broth in a measuring cup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the heated broth to the flour.  Stir well.  Pour atop the shrimp.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, a squirt of lemon juice, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, pour the shrimp gravy atop the salmon.

5 – Serve the soup as a first course; then serve the salmon atop quinoa (recipe, see the search box on this blog). 

–salmon and shrimp adapted from food.com web site; soup original.

MARINATED ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH GARLIC IN BALSAMIC & RED WINE SAUCE / ROTINI PASTA WITH MINT – CELERY – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN SPICY MARINARA SAUCE TOPPED WITH CROUTONS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–balsamic vinegar

–red wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rotini pasta (dried, packaged)

–mint

–celery (1 stalk, with leaves)

–onion (one-quarter, medium)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–croutons (seasoned, packaged)

1 – In the morning, place chicken in a plastic bag and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar to marinate.  Keep in refrigerator.  When preparing for dinner, place the marinated chicken in a covered baking dish with the balsamic vinegar and a little red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place 1 cup of dried pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 2 inches above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes, and then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Chop celery and onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-fourth jar of marinara sauce.  Season with mint, parsley, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add drained pasta to the sauce.  Stir well.  Sprinkle with croutons.  Keep covered.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes on high.

5 – Serve the pasta as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot.  I also served green beans with almonds and field peas with snaps (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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