CHICKEN SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS IN BROTH AND SERVED WITH A CHILLED GREEN DIPPING SAUCE OF PARSLEY – CILANTRO – OREGANO – WHITE WINE – CAYENNE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup)

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cilantro (fresh, one-half handful, chopped)

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–white wine (1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (one-fourth cup, for dipping sauce)

1 – Place the parsley, cilantro, oregano, white wine, cayenne pepper, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with broth.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a very light sprinkle of garlic-herb breadcrumbs.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cut into one of the inner pieces to check for doneness.  If not done, microwave on high for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the dipping sauce on the side.

–dipping sauce adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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STEAMED SHRIMP WITH OREGANO – RED POTATOES – ORANGE BELL PEPPER – GREEN ONIONS – FRESH LEMON

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shell-off, deveined)

–oregano (1 teaspoon dried, divided)

–red potatoes (3 small, cut into 1-inch pieces, jacket on)

–orange bell pepper (one-half, medium, cut in strips)

–green onions (3, chopped)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces, and place in a covered baking dish with water to reach one-half the height of the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, one-fourth teaspoon oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the thawed shrimp, orange bell pepper, green onions, and sliced lemon on top of the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for just 3 minutes, until the shrimp have turned pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp and vegetables hot.

–shrimp recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

MARINATED HAWAIIAN CHICKEN WITH PAPRIKA – GINGER – CAYENNE – OREGANO – ONION SLICES IN BROWN SUGAR – MINCED GARLIC – SOY SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  Marinate the chicken in soy sauce for two hours in the refrigerator ahead of preparation.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–paprika, ginger, oregano (one-fourth teaspoon each)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

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

–brown sugar (one-quarter cup, packed)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–water (one-quarter cup)

–jasmine rice

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Slice the onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Place brown sugar, soy sauce, water, and minced garlic in a small mixing bowl and stir.  Add the sauce to the onion.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with pepper, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice (brands differ; follow instructions for microwaving on the package).

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com web site.

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED SHRIMP SEASONED WITH OREGANO – PEPPER –  CAYENNE IN LEMON JUICE SAUCE

For 2:

–shrimp (30 small shrimp, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shelled, deveined)

–oregano (bottled, 1 teaspoon dried)

–salt and pepper

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–water (one-eighth cup)

–olive oil

1 – Rinse the shrimp and place in one layer in a covered baking dish.  Squirt with lemon juice.  Add one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper (to taste), oregano, and cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Be sure that all shrimp have turned pink.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – OREGANO – BAY LEAVES – SHREDDED CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE SEASONED WITH MARINARA

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips)

–rosemary, oregano (fresh if possible, 2 tablespoons each fresh; 1 teaspoon each if dried)

–bay leaves (dried, 2)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–minced garlic (in a jar, optional, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

1 – Place the red wine in a covered baking dish.  Stir in the marinara sauce until blended.  Place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, and garlic (optional).  Sprinkle shredded carrots and green onions on top.  Place bay leaves around the chicken, submerged in the sauce.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

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

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

MEDITERRANEAN SEAFOOD TRIO OF SHRIMP – COD – CRAB MEAT WITH POTATOES – TOMATO – ONION & SEASONED WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–shrimp (half a dozen, already cooked, tail-off, shell off)

–crab meat (canned, 2 tablespoons)

–potatoes (2, medium, cut in 1-inch pieces)

–tomato (fresh, vine-ripened (if possible), medium, cut in 1 – inch pieces)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible; 2 tablespoons of each, fresh; or 1 teaspoon of each, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (bottled, one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–olive oil (several drops, to taste)

1 – Place the cut-up potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add the tomato and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes. 

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – When finished, top the cod with the cooked crab meat and cooked shrimp.  Microwave, to heat, for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, atop jasmine rice (for recipe, see the microwave instructions that come with the brand you buy).

–recipe original.

OLIVE OIL – & GARLIC – SEASONED SALMON WITH OREGANO – CAYENNE – LEMON – PARSLEY

For 4:

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

–olive oil

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–oregano (if fresh, 2 tablespoons, chopped; if dried, 1 teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (optional, one-fourth teaspoon, or to taste)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with one-fourth cup water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with minced garlic (spread upon the salmon), oregano, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper, and parsley (on top).  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–inspired by primavera kitchen; original recipe used butter as seasoning.

CHILI – ROASTED COD WITH SRIRACHA – OREGANO – CUMIN IN LIME JUICE

For 4:

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

–sriracha sauce (chili, bottled)

–oregano (fresh if possible, leaves from 3 stems; or dried, one-half teaspoon)

–cumin (one-fourth teaspoon)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with one-fourth cup of water.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with oregano and cumin (amounts above), salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spread three thin (one-eighth inch width) ribbons of sriracha sauce lengthwise along the cod.

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

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from Real Simple magazine.

BASIL – OREGANO – PARSLEYED COD WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN MARINARA SAUCE

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce (ready-prepared) in a covered baking dish.  Serve in 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and chopped green onions on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop pasta (1 cup of pasta is microwaved for 6 minutes in water, uncovered, and then microwaved for 8 minutes more on 50 percent power).

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON – OREGANO CHICKEN ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS

Note:  This is an easy variation on traditional Grecian chicken.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–oregano (bottled or fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish (no water).

2 – Season the chicken with oregano.

3 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the slices atop the chicken.  Then add a few more drops of olive oil (if desired).

4 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into one piece of chicken near the center of the dish to test doneness.  If not done, replace in microwave for 1 and one-half minutes (approximate).

–variation original, based on traditional Grecian recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON – HERB SALMON WITH MINT – BASIL – OREGANO – LEMON ZEST IN CLAM JUICE – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–lemon juice

–mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest (bottled)

–clam juice (or fish broth)

–white wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice and a little white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, basil, oregano, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon original.

A Simple Dinner:  COD WITH CORIANDER – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES

For 4:

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

–coriander, oregano

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon; place the slices atop the cod.  Microwave the cod for 8 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

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

SALMON SOUFFLE

Note:  This is delicious.  Use individual microwaveable bowls, 4 in all.  You can keep half the dish, uncooked, in the refrigerator for cooking and serving the next day.

For 4:

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

–eggs (4, divided, whites and yolks)

–milk (dairy or almond, NOT soy, 1 cup)

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup, shredded)

–oregano (bottled)

–green onion (1 stalk, minced)

–Promise margarine (healthy margarine)

–flour (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–marinara sauce (2 tablespoons, for color; I used Newman’s Own marinara)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish, with just a tad of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and margarine.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, the salmon will still be rare, but it is to be cooked again, and it is best not overcooked.

2 – Use 2 mixing bowls.  Divide the eggs, yolks in one bowl, whites in the other. 

3 – Microwave 1 cup of almond or dairy milk for 2 minutes, until boiling.  Place 3 tablespoons of flour in a second cup.  Slowly add the hot milk to the second cup, stirring briskly.  Then add the milk/flour to the mixing bowl with the egg yolks.

4 – Mince 1 stalk of green onion, and add to the milk and eggs.  Add one-quarter cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.  Add 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and margarine.  Stir briskly.

5 – Flake the cooked salmon, discarding the skin.  Add the salmon to the egg yolk/milk.  Stir well.

6 – Using a mixer, beat the egg whites to a stiff consistency.  Fold into the salmon, egg yolks, and milk.  Grease the individual bowls with margarine.  Ladle the soufflé into four microwaveable bowls.  Use a slotted spoon to retrieve all of the salmon.

7 – Microwave the covered bowls into 2 batches, 2 bowls at a time.  For 2 bowls, microwave for 3 minutes.  (If you save 2 bowls for the next day, at that time microwave for 3 minutes, 40 seconds, because the salmon soufflé will be cold from the refrigerator.)

8 – Serve the soufflé hot.

–salmon soufflé 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.

CREAMY TOMATO SALMON WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – BLACK OLIVES ATOP GARLIC BOWTIE PASTA

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

–basil, oregano (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

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

–milk (dairy or almond; soy does not microwave well)

–black olives (sliced, small can, drained)

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

1 – Place 1 cup of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth; do not drain yet.

2 – Place one-third jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish with one-third cup of dairy or almond milk.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Stir well.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon in the marinara sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olive on top of the salmon and in the marinara sauce.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Drain the pasta in a colander.  Then stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

4 – Serve the salmon and olives hot with sauce atop the pasta.

–recipe original.

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.

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.

CREAMY SALMON WITH DILL – OREGANO – SLICED BLACK OLIVES IN BASIL MARINARA SAUCE ATOP ROTINI PASTA

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

–dill, oregano (fresh if possible)

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

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

–rotini pasta (boxed)

–creamer (dairy or soy; the soy creamer works well in the microwave) 

1 – Place 1 cup of rotini pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 6 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth (do not drain yet).

2 – Place one-third container of basil marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 tablespoons of creamer and 1 small, drained can of black olives.  Season with dill, oregano, pepper (but no salt), and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Drain the pasta in a colander.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the drained pasta.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.

FETA – STUFFED SALMON WITH THYME – OREGANO – PARSLEY IN DIJON – MAYO SAUCE

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

–feta cheese

–thyme, oregano, parsley (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

1 – With a very sharp, carefully slit the salmon, and sprinkle feta in the pocket.  Place the stuffed salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a separate mixing bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.  Spread the mayo – Dijon on top of the salmon.  Sprinkle thyme, oregano, and parsley on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from an old recipe from the web; recipe no longer on web.

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.

MEDITERRANEAN SALMON WITH TOMATO – BLACK OLIVES – RED BELL PEPPER – OREGANO – BASIL – GARLIC TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS AND SPLASHED WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Note:  This is good enough for company.  For four people, double the food and double the cooking time.

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

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, chopped)

–black olives (half a small can, sliced, drained)

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

–oregano and basil (fresh if possible)

–garlic pepper

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped fine)

–balsamic vinegar

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and garlic powder.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half small can of sliced black olives and one-half chopped red bell pepper.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Nestle the salmon amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Chop 3 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top of the salmon.  Splash, generously, with balsamic vinegar.  Microwave for 6 and one-half minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon and vegetables hot.  I also served pasta as a first course, then broccoli and black-eyed peas with the salmon (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from food.com web site.

BAY SCALLOPS WRAPPED IN BREADCRUMBS ATOP GREEN PEAS & MUSHROOMS WITH OREGANO – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / FRESH FRUIT SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES – ORANGE SLICES – BANANA IN MAYONNAISE SAUCE / PASTA WITH CAULIFLOWER FLORETS & RAISINS IN MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH GARLIC – PARSLEY – CAYENNE

–bay scallops (half a package, thawed from frozen)

–plain breadcrumbs

–green peas

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

–oregano & parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–strawberries (4 or 5, sliced, fresh)

–orange (1, fresh)

–banana (1, fresh)

–mayonnaise

–penne pasta (one-half cup dried)

–cauliflower (fresh, florets only)

–golden raisins (fresh, one-third cup)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and peel 1 orange; separate into segments; and then cut once horizontally.  Add to mixing bowl.  Peel and slice 1 banana and add to the bowl.  Wash 4 or 5 fresh strawberries, slice, and add to the bowl.  Stir together 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and a little water.  Then pour this sauce on the fruit.  Stir gently.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-half cup of dried pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Cut off cauliflower florets from one-half head of cauliflower.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of golden raisins.  Spoon 6 to 8 tablespoons of marinara sauce into the dish.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, add the drained pasta to this dish.  Recover.  Just before dinner, stir together the pasta with the cauliflower and raisins.

5 – Place the thawed scallops from one-half package in a plastic bag.  Rinse well, and then drain well.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour plain breadcrumbs into the plastic bag, and shake well.  Set aside.

6 – Place one-half package of frozen green peas in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Wash 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, quarter them, and add to the green peas.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then add the bay scallops atop the peas and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

7 – Serve the pasta as a first course, the scallops as a second, and the fruit as a third.

–pasta and scallops adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; fruit original.

WARM MUSHROOM – COD SALAD WITH FRESH TOMATO & SEASONED WITH OREGANO – CAYENNE – GARLIC / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH NECTARINE – STRAWBERRIES – BLUEBERRIES – TOASTED WALNUTS IN HONEY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

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

–mushrooms (8 to 10 baby bellas, quartered)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium, sliced and then halved)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spring mix salad (one-third package)

–nectarine (1, fresh, ripe, sliced)

–strawberries (fresh, 4 to 6, sliced)

–blueberries (fresh, 1 handful)

–toasted walnuts (to toast, microwave half a package for 2 minutes; stir; then microwave for 2 minutes more; use 1 handful in this recipe)

–honey

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Quarter the 8 to 10 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then place the cod amid the mushrooms.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  On a cutting board, slice 1 medium, fresh tomato, and then halve the slices.  When the cod and mushrooms have cooked, break apart the cod into large chunks, and stir in the fresh tomato.  Let sit uncovered until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-third package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 peeled and sliced nectarine, 4 to 6 sliced strawberries, 1 handful of blueberries, and 1 handful of toasted walnuts.  Drizzle honey over the top of the salad.  Just before dinner is served, add balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Serve the spring mix salad with fruit as a first course.  Then serve the cod salad warm, with the sliced tomato cold.

–cod salad inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; spring mix salad original.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WITH OREGANO & BASIL IN TOMATO JUICE & TOPPED WITH FETA / ZUCCHINI TOPPED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARMESAN

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano, basil (bottled)

–tomato juice (low sodium)

–feta cheese

–zucchini (1, fresh, medium)

–breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm)

–Parmesan cheese

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a small amount of tomato juice.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Set aside.

2 – Peel 1 zucchini, and cut into silver dollars.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place a small amount of breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl.  Add olive oil to taste, and stir well.  Then pour the breadcrumbs over the zucchini.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

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

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the zucchini as a side.  I also served a salad (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–zucchini adapted from the Olive Garden restaurant; chicken original.

SALMON OREGANO WITH MUSHROOMS & PEPPERS

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

–oregano (fresh if possible)

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

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and then slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Slice one-half red bell pepper, and add to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served great Northern beans with rosemary and faux bacon, and green peas tarragon (recipes, use the search feature on this blog).

–salmon original.

MEDITERRANEAN COD & SHRIMP SEASONED WITH BASIL – OREGANO – GARLIC IN RED WINE SAUCE WITH ONION – TOMATO – RED BELL PEPPER

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 6 to 8, small)

–basil, oregano, garlic powder (bottled)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop one-half onion, 1 tomato, and 2 slices of red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish with a little red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Rinse the shrimp, and then place in a small microwaveable, covered, bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the onion, tomato, and pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Then pour the shrimp, with any liquid, atop the cod, and microwave for 30 seconds more.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot.  I also served white rice and oven fried okra (for recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  HERBED COD WITH PARMESAN IN WHITE WINE & ITALIAN SAUCE / COUSCOUS

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

–basil, oregano, garlic powder, minced onion, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Italian sauce (spaghetti sauce)

–couscous (boxed)

–olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with basil, oregano, garlic powder, minced onion, cayenne pepper (optional), salt and pepper.  Spoon Italian sauce atop the cod and all around the dish.  Add a splash of white wine and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the cod with sauce, hot, atop the couscous.  I also served field peas with snaps and a salad (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by Monahan’s Seafood web site; couscous original.

OVEN FRIED COD TACOS WITH SEASONED SAUCE – SLAW – CHUNKY TOMATO SALSA / BAKED NAVY BEANS WITH CATSUP & BROWN SUGAR

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

–corn tortilla shells

–mayonnaise

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–cumin

–oregano

–dill

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–banana peppers (bottled, cut)

–lime juice

–cayenne pepper

–capers

–angel hair slaw

–chunky tomato salsa (your favorite degree of spicy, bottled)

–navy beans (dried; soak overnight)

–onion (one-half)

–catsup (one-half cup)

–brown sugar (2 generous tablespoons)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of navy beans in a slow cooker.  Slice one-half onion and add to the cooker.  Place one-half cup of catsup and 2 generous tablespoons of brown sugar in the cooker.  Add chicken broth just to cover the beans and sauce.  Cook in a slow cooker for 7 hours; do not remove lid to cover, because cooking will be compromised.  When finished, keep setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of yogurt in a small bowl.  Add half a dozen cut portions of banana peppers and about a dozen capers.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, dill, cayenne pepper, and a squirt of lime juice.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of angel hair slaw in a colander and rinse well.  Then place in a bowl for serving.

4 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and generously with olive oil.  Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

6 – Microwave 2 tortilla shells for 30 seconds.

5 – Use a buffet to serve dinner.  Have guests place a portion of cod within a tortilla shell, then add slaw and sauce.  Finish with salsa.  Serve the beans as a side.

–cod tacos adapted from allrecipes.com; recipe for beans original.

SALMON CHUNKS WITH OREGANO – DILL – ONION – GARLIC  – BLACK OLIVES IN TOMATO BISQUE SAUCE ATOP PASTA

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

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can)

–tomato sauce (1 small can)

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–pasta (elbows, one-half cup)

1 – Place one-half cup of elbow pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Cover with water 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth

2 – Chop one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with the can of tomato sauce.  Add the can of black olives.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, dill, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, place the salmon on top of the onions and black olives.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, dill, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, break apart the salmon (large chunks).  Stir gently.  Microwave 2 tablespoons of yogurt, seasoned with salt and pepper, in a small bowl.  Then spoon the yogurt over the salmon.  Stir gently.

3 – Serve the salmon chunks with vegetables atop the pasta.  I also served broccoli and black-eyed peas with the dinner (for recipes, use the search box in this blog).

–salmon adapted from 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; pasta original.

CREAMY SALMON PARMESAN WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – OREGANO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

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

–Parmesan cheese

–mayonnaise

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8)

–sweet onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

1 – Quarter the mushrooms and place in a covered baking dish.  Chop the half onion, and place with the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Add a little white wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the mushrooms and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, to taste, on top.  Microwave, covered, for 6 and one-half minutes.

3 – While the salmon is cooking, place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of yogurt in a small microwaveable bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave, covered, for 45 seconds.

4 – Spoon the creamy sauce on top of the salmon.

5 – Serve the salmon hot.  I also served broccoli, Dutch potatoes, and lentils (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

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

THYME – OREGANO – GARLIC TUNA STEAKS WITH TOMATO & ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / RICE PILAF / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON / ASIAN BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD WITH TERIYAKI – SESAME – GINGER – WATER CHESTNUTS

–tuna steaks (2, size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–sweet onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–thyme and oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice pilaf (boxed)

–green peas (frozen, steamable package)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–bibb lettuce (one-half package)

–teriyaki sauce

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–ginger

–water chestnuts (one-half small can)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Chop tomato and onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the tuna steaks amid the tomato and onion in the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add one-fourth small can of tomato sauce to the white wine.  Stir gently.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place the rice in a covered baking dish.  Add the herb package and stir.  Add 2 and one-fourth cups of water to the dish.  Microwave on high for 18 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Steam the green peas in the package in the microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.  Let sit briefly, to cool a bit.  Empty into a serving bowl and sprinkle with tarragon, salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Place one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with teriyaki sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.  Add one-half small can of water chestnuts.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the tuna steaks for 3 and one-half minutes for well-done, less if you desire a rare center.

6 – Serve the Asian salad as a first course.  Then serve the tuna steaks with sauce atop the rice pilaf, with the green peas as a side.

–tuna steaks adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; other recipes original.

HERBED SPICY SHRIMP & CHICKEN WITH GREEN PEAS – TOMATO – SWEET ONION / RICE PILAF / TRADITIONAL CAESAR SALAD WITH PARMESAN & SEASONED CROUTONS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shrimp (12, thawed from frozen, small, deveined, tail-off, raw)

–green peas (frozen, to be steamed in package)

–tomato (1, medium, vine-ripened, fresh)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–mint (fresh if possible)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice pilaf (boxed)

–romaine lettuce (half a package)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–seasoned croutons (packaged)

–Caesar salad dressing (I used Paul Newman’s creamy Caesar)

1 – Pour the rice pilaf into a covered baking dish.  Add the herb package and stir.  Add 2 and one-fourth cups of water.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 18 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes. 

2 – Slice the tomato and one-half sweet onion into small pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with oregano, mint, lemon zest, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Microwave the steamable frozen package of green peas for 4 and one-half minutes.  Place half the peas with the tomato and onion.  Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.  Season with oregano, mint, lemon zest, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.  Place 12 thawed shrimp in a small bowl with a very little water.  Season with oregano, mint, lemon zest, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of prepared romaine lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Add Parmesan cheese to taste.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add Caesar dressing to taste.  Stir well.  Sprinkle croutons atop the salad.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp on top. 

5 – Serve the Caesar salad as a first course.  Serve the chicken and shrimp with vegetables atop the rice pilaf.   

–chicken and shrimp recipe adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking; other recipes original.

CHILLED LEMONY SALMON – COUSCOUS SALAD WITH CORN – GREEN PEAS – BASIL – OREGANO – DILL – PARSLEY / BACON – FLAVORED BIBB LETTUCE SALAD

Note:  This is a make-ahead dinner.

 

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–couscous (three-fourths cup measure; boxed)

–corn (one-half can)

–green peas (one-half can)

–lemon juice

–basil, oregano, dill, parsley (fresh if possible)

–bibb lettuce (half a package)

–Bac’n pieces

–salad dressing of your choice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place three-fourths cup of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with one-fourth teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.  Let set.  Chill in refrigerator.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, dill, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of bibb lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and Bac’n pieces.  Add salad dressing of your choice, to taste.  Chill until time for dinner.

4 – Season the chilled couscous with basil, oregano, dill, and parsley.  Break apart the salmon in large chunks, discarding the skin.  Fold very gently into the couscous.  Chill the salmon and couscous until time for dinner.

5 – Serve the salads cold, on the same plate.

–salmon salad adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; bibb lettuce recipe original.

APRICOT SALMON WITH HONEY – DEJON – WHITE WINE / BACON – FLAVORED SPICY LENTILS / CREAMY PAPRIKA SUMMER SQUASH WITH VIDALIA ONION / POTATOES OREGANO

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

–apricot preserves

–honey

–Dejon mustard

–white wine

–lentils (dried; no need to soak)

–Creole seasoning (or Cajun)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–summer squash (5 or 6 small)

–paprika

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–mayonnaise

–potatoes (4 or 5 small)

–oregano

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of lentils in a slow cooker, well ahead of dinnertime.   Add 2 and one-half cups of chicken broth.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, Creole seasoning, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, keep slow cooker on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Scrub the potatoes and slice into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Slice the onion.  Place squash and onion in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  In a separate small bowl, place one-fourth cup of white wine, 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one-fourth cup of apricot preserves.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Microwave the salmon on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that the salmon is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 45 seconds.  Spoon the sauce over the squash just before serving.

6 – Serve the salmon hot, with the potatoes, squash, and lentils as sides.

–salmon adapted from “my recipes” web site (Randy Mayor); other recipes original.

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SWEET ONION BALSAMIC RELISH / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON / BROWN RICE WITH BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–balsamic vinegar

–thyme and oregano (fresh if possible)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–brown rice (boxed, 5 – minute cooking)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken tenders in the midst of the sauce.  Season the tenders with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the green peas in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish with two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the brown rice, with the peas as a side.

–chicken adapted from food network web site; other recipes original.

CHICKEN TENDERS PIQUANT WITH RED WINE – TERIYAKI – GINGER – BROWN SUGAR / SQUASH CASSEROLE / BABY BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano

–garlic salt

–ginger

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–teriyaki sauce (bottled)

–Dejon mustard

–brown sugar

–olive oil

–summer squash (5, small)

–Vidalia onion (1, small)

–Bac’n pieces

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add water to 1 inch above the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Promise Activ margarine, and Bac’n pieces.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Then keep on “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with oregano, garlic salt, and ginger.  In a small bowl, mix one-half cup of red wine, 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well, and then pour around the chicken.  If time permits, let marinate for an hour before cooking.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice the onion.  Add half the squash to a covered baking dish.  Add half the onion also.  Then season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Bac’n pieces, and breadcrumbs (a small amount).  Add the remaining half of the squash and onion, and season as before.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the squash and butter beans as sides.

–chicken adapted from Elegant but Easy Cookbook; other recipes original.

FLOUNDER MEDITERRANEAN / BOWTIE PASTA AL DENTE / GARLIC BROCCOLI

–2 fillets of flounder (medium, fresh)

–tomato (1, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–capers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–black olives (one-half small can)

–Parmesan cheese

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–garlic salt

–oregano, basil, bay leaf

–bowtie pasta (1 cup, dry)

–broccoli (1 head)

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the tomato and onion and add to a covered baking dish. Place capers and black olives over the tomato and onion.  Add a small amount of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and then stir the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then add the flounder to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Set aside.

3 – Separate the florets and stems of the broccoli from the stalk.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder and vegetables for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the flounder and vegetables on top of the pasta, with the broccoli as a side.

–flounder adapted from allrecipes.com; broccoli original.

GRECIAN CHICKEN PASTA WITH TOMATO – ONION – OREGANO – GARLIC  & TOPPED WITH FETA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pasta (1 and one-half cups, dry)

–tomatoes (2, fresh, medium)

–onion (1, medium)

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–tomato sauce (one-half can, no salt added)

–garlic salt

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton, broken)

 

1 – Place the pasta in an uncovered baking dish, with water 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  Cover to preserve warmth.  Set aside.

2 – Chop the tomatoes.  Peel and chop the onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half small can of tomato sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes. 

3 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, garlic salt, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, sprinkle feta cheese generously on top.

4 – Combine the pasta and the tomato & onion sauce.

5 – Serve the chicken atop the pasta.

–recipe original.

TURMERIC COD STEW WITH ONION IN WHITE WINE ATOP CIABATTA BUN / SALAD EXTRAVAGANZA

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

–turmeric

–onion (1, divided)

–ciabatta bread (1 bun)

–garlic salt

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spring mix (salad greens, packaged, one-half package)

–tomato (1, fresh)

–feta cheese (one-half package)

–chopped pecans (one-half package)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–honey

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

–Parmesan cheese

 

1 – Place spring mix salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato; season salt and pepper and add to the bowl.  Empty feta cheese and pecans into the bowl.  Snip the fresh oregano generously (3 sprigs).  Add Parmesan cheese (generous amount) and sliced onion.  Add honey, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil to the salad.  Stir well.  Transfer to serving bowl.

2 – Chop one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish with a little water and white wine (equal parts of each).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the cod on top of the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Add a bit more white wine.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it starts to break apart.

3 – Break apart the ciabatta bun.  Drizzle olive oil on top.  Sprinkle with garlic salt.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.

4 – Serve the cod with sauce atop one piece of ciabatta bread for each serving, with the salad as a side.

–cod adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); salad original.

LEMON ORANGE ROUGHY / SUMMER SQUASH WITH GREEN ONIONS / CAULIFLOWER WITH OREGANO

–orange roughy (2 medium fillets, frozen)

–lemon pepper

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–summer squash (1, medium)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–cauliflower (1 small head)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Wash the cauliflower and remove the leaves.  Cut off chunks of the cauliflower and place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

2 – Place the thawed orange roughy in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Slice green onions into 1-inch pieces.  Place squash and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Microwave the orange roughy for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the orange roughy hot, with the cauliflower and squash as sides.

–recipes original.

An Indian Dinner:  TUMERIC CHICKEN WITH TOMATOES & ONION / BROWN RICE WITH BROTH / SPECKLED BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON & FAUX BUTTER / TOMATO & ONION PIE WITH OREGANO & PARMESAN

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–diced tomatoes (one-half can, no salt added)

–onion (1, divided)

–tumeric

–cinnamon

–garlic powder

–ginger

–curry

–cumin

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–speckled butter beans (packaged, frozen)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–Bac’n pieces

–minced onion (bottled)

–tomatoes (2, fresh)

–Parmesan cheese

–gluten-free multigrain bread (2 slices)

–oregano

–brown rice (instant)

 

1 – Place a package of frozen speckled butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add 3 cups of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, minced onion, margarine, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 hours.  Place setting on warm when finished cooking.

2 – Slice one-half onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half can of diced tomatoes.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.  Nestle chicken amid the onion and tomato.  Season with ginger, curry, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, a generous amount of turmeric, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Break apart 2 slices of multigrain bread, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half sliced onion.  Slice each tomato into three pieces, and place on top of the bread and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top.  Microwave for 8 minutes.  Let sit at least 5 minutes before serving (the tomato pie will be very hot).

4 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 5 minutes.

5 – Microwave the chicken for 7 minutes.

6 – Serve the chicken atop the brown rice, with the butter beans and tomato pie as sides.

–chicken adapted from the “food and wine” web site; other recipes original.

CHICKEN ROLLED IN CRUSHED CROUTONS WITH OREGANO IN LEMON – BROTH SAUCE / GREEK SALAD WITH TOMATO – FETA – BLACK OLIVES – PINE NUTS – AVOCADO

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–croutons (seasoned, packaged)

–oregano

–lemon pepper

–lemon juice

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salad greens

–tomatoes (1, medium)

–feta cheese (one-half package)

–black olives (1, small can)

–avocado (1, medium)

–mushrooms (6 to 8, sliced)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

 

1 – Place one-third cup of croutons in a plastic bag.  With the back of an ice cream scoop, crush the croutons against the kitchen counter.  Place the chicken in a separate plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Pour the crushed croutons into the bag with the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add a small amount of lemon juice and a small amount of chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-third package of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato and add to the bowl.  Cut open the avocado, and then dice, and then add to the bowl.  Add feta cheese, black olives, mushrooms, red wine (just a bit), lemon juice, salt, pepper, pine nuts, and olive oil.  Fold all together.  Transfer to serving bowl.

3 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the cold salad as a side.

–recipes original.

LEMON CHICKEN / BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH OREGANO & ONION / WHITE RICE WITH CHICKEN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon pepper

–lemon juice

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Brussels sprouts (fresh, one-half package)

–oregano

–onion (one-half, medium)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

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

2 – Cut each of the Brussels sprouts in half.  Place in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Slice the onion, and place among the sprouts.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken on top of the rice, with the sprouts as a side.

–chicken adapted from Italian Microwave Cookbook; other recipes original.

PARMESAN COD WITH TOMATO & BLACK OLIVES / CAULIFLOWER WITH ONIONS & OREGANO / PURPLE HULL PEAS WITH MINCED ONION & FAUX BACON

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

–tomatoes (2, medium, fresh)

–black olives (sliced, canned)

–Parmesan cheese

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cauliflower (1 head)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–oregano

–purple hull peas (canned)

–minced onion

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

 

1 – Chop the tomatoes and place in a covered baking dish.  Open a can of black olives and scatter on top of the tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place the cod on top of the tomatoes and olives.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top of the food.  Set aside.

2 – Cut off, in pieces, the head of the cauliflower.  Add to large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Slice the onion and mix with the cauliflower.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

3 – Rinse the purple hull peas in a colander, and then place the peas in a covered baking dish.  Season with pepper, minced onion, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

4 – Microwave the cod for 12 minutes.  The cod is done when it begins breaking apart.

5 – Serve the cod hot with the tomato and olives, and have sides of the two vegetables.

–cod adapted from wildalaskaseafood.com; other recipes original.

COD WITH CUMIN – OREGANO – CAYENNE IN LIME – BUTTER SAUCE / NAVY BEANS WITH FAUX BACON & ONION IN CHICKEN BROTH / DILLED POTATOES

Note:  You must soak the navy beans overnight.

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

–cumin

–oregano

–cayenne pepper

–lime juice

–Promise Activ margarine (heart – healthy)

–navy beans (dried, 1 cup)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–potatoes (2, medium)

–dill

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Plan to cook the navy beans in a slow cooker for 6 hours on low, 3 and one-half hours on high.  Place 1 cup of beans in the cooker; add 3 cups of chicken broth and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Slice half an onion and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, and Bac’n pieces.  When finished cooking, keep on the “warm” setting until ready to serve.

2 – Scrub the potatoes and slice into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high.

3 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench with lime juice.  Season with cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.  Dot with margarine.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Fish is done when it breaks apart easily.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–cod from Real Simple; other recipes original.

CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – OREGANO – PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE / PASTA WITH HERBS / GREEN PEAS WITH FETA & ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary, oregano, parsley

–red wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–pasta

–green peas (frozen, one-half package)

–feta cheese

–onion (one-half, medium)

 

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in a wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished keep covered to preserve warmth.  Drain before serving.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add a small amount of both red wine and chicken broth.  Season with the herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Slice the half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Add the green peas to the baking dish, and stir in the onion.  Fold in one-half container of feta cheese.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken on top of the pasta, with the green peas as a side.

–chicken from The Best of French Cooking; other recipes original.

OVEN FRIED HERB – ENCRUSTED COD WITH ITALIAN BREADCRUMBS / PESTO BROCCOLI / GREEN SALAD WITH PARMESAN & HONEYED WALNUTS

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

–oregano, rosemary, parsley

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic powder

–Promise Activ margarine (heart – healthy)

–Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (boxed)

–broccoli (fresh, 1 stalk)

–basil

–salad greens

–Parmesan cheese

–walnuts (1 handful)

–honey (2 tablespoons)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

 

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Drench with lemon juice.  Then add a small amount of olive oil.  Season the cod, in the bag, with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Set aside briefly.  Microwave 2 tablespoons of margarine in a small bowl for 20 seconds.  Stir in the herbs, minced.  Then stir in breadcrumbs to reach a consistency of paste.  Place the cod from the plastic bag in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Spread the breadcrumb mixture on top of the cod.  Set aside.

2 – Cut off the stalk of the broccoli, leaving some stem and the florets.  Cut into portions.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Add two handfuls of salad greens to a mixing bowl.  In a separate, small bowl, pour the honey, and then the walnuts.  Stir well.  Empty the honeyed walnuts into the salad.  Then add Parmesan cheese to taste.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, wine, and olive oil.  Stir well.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.  When finished, check to be sure that cod has started breaking apart, which will indicate it is done.  If not, replace for a bit longer in the microwave.

5 – Serve the salad cold, as a first course.  Serve the cod and broccoli hot.

–recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  TILAPIA WITH CAPERS & HERBS

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

–capers (a dozen)

–paprika

–oregano

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tilapia in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water.  Drench with lemon juice.  Season with paprika, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add capers on top.

2 – Cook the tilapia for 4 and one-half minutes in the microwave on high.

3 – Serve the tilapia hot.  I also served broccoli and quinoa, which can be found in the search box on this blog.

–tilapia from Taste of Home web site.

SPICY CREOLE TILAPIA / TUSCAN EGGPLANT APPETIZER

–tilapia (2 fillets, medium)

–cayenne pepper

–Creole seasoning (boxed)

–Worcestershire sauce

–chicken broth

–oregano

–onion bits

–parsley

–eggplant (1, medium)

–basil, oregano, garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–onion (chopped, one-half, medium)

–olive oil

–Parmesan cheese

–Italian seasoning breadcrumbs

–tomato (1, medium)

–crackers

 

1 – Prepare the eggplant ahead of time, so that it will cool.  Wash the skin of the eggplant, and puncture with a fork all around.  Microwave on a plate for 5 minutes on one side; then turn over for 5 minutes more.  Cool in microwave or the refrigerator.  When the eggplant is cool, cut off the stalk, and then cut open lengthwise.  Rake the inside onto a cutting board.  Cut two ways, and then place the eggplant flesh in a mixing bowl.  Finely chop the onion, and chop the tomato.  Place in the bowl.  Season with basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, olive oil.  Add one-fourth cup of breadcrumbs, and one-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese.  Stir well.  Keep in refrigerator until serving time.

2 – Place the tilapia in a covered baking dish.  Season with Creole seasoning, parsley, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, pepper, onion bits, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth just to cover.  Sprinkle Worcestershire sauce over the whole.  Cook for 4 minutes in the microwave on high.

3 – Serve the eggplant appetizer with crackers while the tilapia is cooking.  Serve the appetizer cold and the tilapia hot.

–eggplant adapted from allrecipes.com; tilapia adapted from The Commander’s Palace New Orleans Cookbook.

MARINATED LEMON PEPPER COD / CAULIFLOWER WITH PARMESAN & OREGANO / SQUASH CASSEROLE WITH GREEN ONION / FETA – TOMATO SALAD

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

–lemon pepper seasoning (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cauliflower (fresh)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–oregano

–summer or yellow squash (2, fresh, medium)

–green onions

–Bac’n pieces

–plain breadcrumbs

–feta cheese

–tomatoes (2, medium, fresh)

–capers (about 12)

 

1 – The day before your dinner, season cod with lemon pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil, placing in a covered baking dish, and then putting in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.

2 – Slice “steaks” of cauliflower, one-half inch thick, and place in one layer in a covered baking dish.  Season with oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high. 

3 – Peel and slice squash.  Slice 2 stalks of green onion.  Make 2 layers in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle each layer with plain breadcrumbs, Bac’n pieces, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Slice the tomatoes and place on a serving plate.  Slice the green onions and sprinkle on top.  Sprinkle capers around the plate.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and feta cheese. 

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

6 – Serve the cod, squash, and cauliflower hot, and the salad cold.

–cauliflower adapted from French Gardener Dishes; other recipes original.