BAKED COD WITH A CRUMB TOPPING OF SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE – HERB CORNBREAD STUFFING – OLIVE OIL AND SITTING IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–shredded Parmesan (one-third cup, packaged)

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

–olive oil (4 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the Parmesan cheese, cornbread stuffing, and olive oil in a small mixing bowl, and stir well.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add the white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Carefully place the topping across the length of the cod.  Pat down.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod hot. 

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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CREAMED & SPICY CRAB CAKES PARMESAN IN A SAUCE OF MINCED GARLIC – CAPERS – TOBASCO – YOGURT – MAYO  

For 4:

–4 ready-prepared crab cakes

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–tobasco (squirt on each crab cake, bottled, or other hot sauce)

–yogurt (one-third cup)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place yogurt, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil (drop or 2).  Stir well.  Spoon the sauce on top of the crab cakes.  Finish with capers and tabasco on top.

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

3 – Serve the crab cakes hot, with the sauce.

–crab cakes inspired by Chef Rene Verdon (chef of the John F. Kennedy administration).

COD PAPRIKA WITH TOPPING OF CRABMEAT – PARMESAN – SLICED ALMONDS – LEMON – MAYO ON JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–paprika (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–crabmeat (one-half small can, drained)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 2 tablespoons)

–sliced almonds (packaged, 2 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 2 squirts)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–mayonnaise (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crabmeat, Parmesan cheese, sliced almonds, lemon juice, and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Remove to a small covered baking dish; microwave on high for 1 minute, just to heat.  (If the crabmeat is not heated, it will interfere with microwaving the cod.)

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spread the crabmeat topping over the cod.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod/crabmeat topping for 9 minutes on high.  Check for doneness.  The cod is cooked when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and crabmeat hot, atop jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving of rice; brands differ).

–cod and crabmeat topping adapted from Taste of Home web site.

CRUSTLESS SALMON QUICHE WITH PARMESAN – CHEDDAR – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – GREEN ONIONS – MILK – EGGS

For 4:

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

–cheddar cheese (4 ounces, size of 2 fingers, cubed)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 4 tablespoons)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–eggs (2)

–milk (dairy or almond (not soy), 6 ounces)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–parsley (dried, one-quarter teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes, undercooked.  Then shred the salmon.

2 – Place the salmon in a mixing bowl.  Add cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onions, eggs, milk, minced garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir well.  Place the sauce with salmon in 4 covered compotes, dividing equally. 

3 – Microwave 2 compotes at a time.  Microwave for 7 minutes on high.  Then microwave the second set of compotes.  Leave time for cooling before serving.

4 – Serve the salmon quiche warm, but not too hot.

–salmon adapted from Healthy and Delicious Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

CREAMY CHICKEN & BROWN RICE CASSEROLE SEASONED BY THYME AND COOKED WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS – ONION – CHEDDAR CHEESE BITS – SHREDDED PARMESAN IN BROTH

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–milk (one-third cup; almond or dairy, not soy)

–brown rice (5 – minute cook, 1 cup dry)

–thyme (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–broccoli florets (1 head, fresh)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cheddar cheese (size of 3 matchboxes, crumbled)

–Parmesan cheese (2 tablespoons, shredded)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the brown rice in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Then add onion and broccoli florets on top of the rice.  Add the cheddar cheese.  Season with thyme, salt, and pepper.  Place the chicken on top.  Cover with Parmesan cheese.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Add chicken broth and milk to cover one-half the chicken.

2 – Cook for 5 and one-half hours on low.

3 – Serve the casserole hot.

–chicken and rice dish adapted from Kristine’s Kitchen web site.

HONEY – GARLIC – HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH GREEN ONIONS & BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS TOPPED BY PARMESAN IN A RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed, 2 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

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

–Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons, shredded)

–red wine

1 – Place the green onions and mushrooms in the red wine sauce, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Dribble honey on top, to taste.  Sprinkle garlic – herb breadcrumbs on top, including the top of the sauce.  Finish with a few more drops of olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

EGG – BATTERED OVEN FRIED COD ROLLED IN PARMESAN & GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH A SIDE OF BROCCOLI – AVOCADO SALAD SEASONED WITH LEMON – DIJON – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

–egg (1)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 3 tablespoons)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (fresh, 1 head, chopped into bite-sized pieces)

–avocado (1, cut into one-half inch pieces)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–Dijon mustard (2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

1 – Cut off the stalk from a head of broccoli, but keep the stems and florets.  Place in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, remove lid to allow broccoli to cool to room temperature.  Set aside.

2 – When broccoli has cooled, remove from baking dish, and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Drain the water from the baking dish, and place Dijon, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of the dish.  Return the broken broccoli to the dish, and stir well in the sauce. 

3 – Cut the avocado into one-half inch pieces.  Then fold into the broccoli gently.  Allow broccoli – avocado salad to remain at room temperature until time for dinner.

4 – Place an egg in a small mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Beat the egg until smooth.  Add the cod to the bowl, and be sure that the egg thoroughly covers the cod.  Place the garlic – herb breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese on a large plate.  Roll the cod in the crumbs, both sides, and then place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water to the dish.  Finish a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the cool broccoli – avocado salad as a side.

–cod inspired by a friend in Boone, North Carolina; broccoli – avocado salad inspired by a friend in Minnesota and adapted from the Andrew Weil web site.

OPEN – FACED CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH PESTO – TURKEY SLICES – FETA – PARMESAN – OLIVE OIL ATOP CIABATTA BREAD

For 2:

–2 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pesto (ready-prepared, in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–turkey slices (luncheon meat, 2 slices)

–feta cheese (4 tablespoons)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, 4 tablespoons)

–olive oil

–ciabatta bread (2 halves)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place turkey slices in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Place the chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil, to taste.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Microwave 2 halves of a ciabatta roll for 30 seconds.  Spread with pesto.  Place a turkey slices, and then the chicken on top.  Sprinkle with feta and Parmesan cheeses.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  If desired, you can microwave again for 20 seconds on high.

3 – Serve the open-faced chicken sandwiches hot.

–sandwiches adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

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

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

–flour (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Louisiana hot sauce (1 teaspoon)

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

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

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

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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

CRUNCHY COD AND SHRIMP TOPPED WITH HERB CORNBREAD STUFFING – PARMESAN – OLIVE OIL

For 4:

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, about 15, small)

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-half cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish (no water).  Season with salt and pepper.  Place the shrimp in a separate, small covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

2 – In a mixing bowl, place the herb cornbread stuffing, the Parmesan, and olive oil to taste.  Stir well.  Then place the stuffing/Parmesan/olive oil atop the cod and the shrimp.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.  Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, the shrimp piled atop the cod.

–recipe original; inspired by a recipe for zucchini at the Olive Garden restaurant.