A Simple Dinner:  HERB COD WITH ROSEMARY – PARSLEY – BASIL – THYME – CHIVES – MINT IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

This entrée looks as though it were dropped on the floor and stomped.  But it is mighty good.  Substitutions are possible, but I can vouch for the herbs mentioned. . .

For 2:

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

–rosemary, basil, thyme, chives, mint (1 teaspoon, dried)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in the clam juice.  Use a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle with rosemary, basil, thyme, chives, mint, salt, pepper, and parsley, in that order.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

BAKED PARSLEYED SALMON WITH CORIANDER & CHOPPED ONION SPRINKLED WITH PEANUTS & BREADCRUMBS IN A LIME JUICE – WHITE WINE – SOY SAUCE

Don’t leave off the peanuts, which are a high point of this dish. . .

For 2:

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

–coriander (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–peanuts (1 handful)

–breadcrumbs (3 tablespoons, boxed)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Add soy sauce and white wine.  Season with coriander, salt, and pepper.  Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil.  Drop a handful of peanuts on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

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

ONE – DISH PARSLEYED CHICKEN DINNER WITH JASMINE RICE – DICED TOMATOES – ENGLISH PEAS – CHOPPED ONION IN MARSALA SAUCE

Simply layer, microwave, and enjoy. . .

For 4 small appetites:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–rice (cooked, three-fourth’s cup)

–tomatoes (diced, 1 can, do not drain)

–English peas (one-half cup, frozen)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–parsley (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–marsala wine (or sherry; one-third cup)

1 – Place the rice, tomatoes, English peas, and chopped onion, in this order, in a large, covered baking dish.  Pour in the marsala wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 2 minutes more.  (Note:  This dish takes a long time to cook.)

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED HERB SALMON SPRINKLED WITH DILL – ROSEMARY – BASIL – PARSLEY IN A LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Use these herbs, if you have them, for a really good flavor. . . You can substitute canned salmon. . .moisten the salmon with clam juice and lemon. . .

For 2:

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

–dill, rosemary, basil, parsley (1 teaspoon each, dried, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, and then drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, rosemary, basil, and parsley.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 40 seconds.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, so that it is flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED SALMON SEASONED WITH CUMIN – TURMERIC – PARSLEY AND IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

This is so easy.  I didn’t think the seasonings would work together, but, boy, was I wrong!  I will return to this recipe. . .

For 2:

–salmon (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound); or substitute canned salmon, 1 can (microwave only 1 and one-half minutes, just to heat up, with the canned salmon)

–cumin, turmeric, parsley (dried, one-half teaspoon each)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–lemon juice (bottled; 3 squirts)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle turmeric, cumin, and parsley (in that order) on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 40 seconds.  (Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, to be flaky.)

2 – Serve the salmon hot, with a little sauce dribbled on top.

–salmon inspired by Real Simple magazine.

BAKED TOMATO – GARLIC COD WITH CAPERS & PARSLEY AND A SPRINKLE OF RED WINE & LEMON JUICE

I offer some substitutes if grocery shopping is difficult. . .

For 2:

–cod (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound); or 2 drained cans of crabmeat (just heat the crabmeat for 1 and one-half minutes)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon; or garlic salt, 1 teaspoon; or flaked garlic, 1 tablespoon)

–capers (optional; 2 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped; or 2 tablespoons, dried; or substitute cilantro, dried, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-eighth cup; optional)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts; optional)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–diced tomatoes (one-half can, do not drain; or 1 medium tomato, chopped, fresh)

1 – Place the tomatoes in a large, covered, baking dish.  Add red wine and minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the tomato.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley.  Place capers on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

FAST ITALIAN FISH STEW WITH WILD ATLANTIC COD – CANNELLINI BEANS – GRAPE TOMATOES – STEWED TOMATOES – MINCED GARLIC – CAPERS – LEMON PEPPER – PARSLEY – ROSEMARY

This is a great way to use leftover slow cooker beans. . .

For 2:

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

–cannellini beans (slow cooker leftovers; or one can, drained and rinsed in a colander)

–grape tomatoes (6 to 8, halved)

–stewed tomatoes (one-half can; I used Pomi imported Italian)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–capers (bottled; 2 tablespoons, drained)

–lemon pepper (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the beans, grape tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, minced garlic, capers, parsley, and half the rosemary in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the cod atop the stew.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the stew, hot, in bowls; use soup spoons.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

HEALTHY CHICKEN FRICASSEE WITH CHOPPED RED ONIONS & PARSLEY IN A WHITE SAUCE OF NONFAT MILK – WHITE WINE – WHITE FLOUR – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 2:

A comfort dish, creamy, delicious. . .good but healthy in this version. . .

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–chopped red onions (one – third cup)

–milk (nonfat, one-half cup)

–white wine (one-half cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place 2 tablespoons of milk in a glass measuring cup.  Microwave for 30 seconds.  Add 1 teaspoon of flour to the milk, beating rapidly until dissolved.  Add more milk to the one-half cup level.  Then add white wine to the 1 cup level.  Season with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and then, to taste, salt and pepper.

2 – Place in a covered baking dish.  Add chopped onions.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the chicken tenders atop the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.

3 – Microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken tenders and sauce hot, atop pasta (microwave the pasta, salted and uncovered, in water 1 inch above the pasta for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes).

–inspired by Arnaud’s in New Orleans, from the cookbook, To a King’s Taste, compiled by the Colonial Dames of Louisiana.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN TENDERS SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND RESTING ATOP A SAUCE OF STRAINED ITALIAN TOMATO – FETA CHEESE – MINCED GARLIC – RED WINE

Secret ingredients in the sauce are the feta cheese and red wine. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (just a light sprinkle on each chicken tender)

–strained Italian tomato sauce (I used Pomi, one-half cup)

–feta cheese (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the tomato sauce, feta cheese, minced garlic, and red wine in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders atop the sauce.  Sprinkle the tenders with chopped parsley and, lightly, with garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, check the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

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

–recipe original.

MEDITERRANEAN TOMATO CHICKEN TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS & PARSLEY AND WITH GRAPE TOMATOES & GREEN OLIVES IN ITALIAN TOMATO – GARLIC – ONION SAUCE

This is going to become one of my favorite ways to cook chicken. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–grape tomatoes (organic, 8 to 10)

–green olives (bottled, 8 to 10)

–Italian tomato sauce (I used Pomi strained tomatoes, packaged, imported)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–onion (fresh, ready-prepared, 3 tablespoons, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the tomato in a covered baking dish.  Add minced garlic and chopped onion, and stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the tomato sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place the grape tomatoes and green olives around the chicken.  Sprinkle the chicken with green onions and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe original.