A Simple Dinner:  ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH GOLDEN RAISINS – PINE NUTS – CHOPPED FRESH PARSLEY IN CREAM SHERRY SAUCE

A deliciously sweet way to serve chicken . . .

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenders

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup; soak for 15 minutes in warm water)

–pine nuts (one-quarter cup)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–cream sherry (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add the cream sherry.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle golden raisins, pine nuts, and chopped fresh parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop rice if desired.

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

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SPICY COD WITH OREGANO – GINGER – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – BRANDY SAUCE

A touch of heat in the cayenne blends well with the surprise taste of ginger & oregano. . .

For 4:

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

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–ginger (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne (one-half teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–brandy (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine and brandy.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, oregano, ginger, cayenne, and minced garlic.  Finish by sprinkling with fresh parsley and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED COD SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY

The simple dinners can be the best—with the right seasoning, and this seems to be the right seasoning. . .

For 4:

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

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup water (for steaming).

2 – Sprinkle rosemary, minced garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil on top.

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

ITALIAN COD BASIL WITH MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH FRESH BASIL – RED WINE – MINCED GARLIC ATOP SMALL SHELL PASTA

Fresh basil makes this recipe sing!

For 4:

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

–basil (fresh, 5 or 6 medium leaves, cut up)

–marinara sauce (half a bottle; I used Ragu “Mama’s Special Garden”)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–small shell pasta (1 cup, dry)

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup water and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with 1 teaspoon salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes for al dente.  Cook on 50 percent power for 4 minutes for softer pasta.

2 – Place the marinara sauce, red wine, minced garlic, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and cut-up basil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

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

–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – RED ONION – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – FRESH PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC IN RED WINE – PUREED TOMATOES – MARINARA SAUCE

Worthy of company. . .

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–red onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, chopped, fresh)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon))

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–pureed tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–marinara sauce (I used Ragu “Mama’s garden” variety; 3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the red onion, mushrooms, parsley, minced garlic, red wine, pureed tomatoes, marinara sauce in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WITH A WARM SIDE SAUCE OF BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – MINCED DRIED ONION – FRESH PARSLEY – FLOUR – MARSALA WINE

Note:  This is a way to upgrade a simple dish to something really spectacular!

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–chicken bone broth (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Sauce:

–4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms (fresh, sliced fine)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–minced onion (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped very fine)

–flour (1 teaspoon)

–marsala wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the bone broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

2 – While the chicken is cooking, place mushrooms, garlic, onion, parsley, flour, and wine in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  If wine has been in the refrigerator, you may want to heat the sauce for 30 seconds in the microwave on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot; place the sauce as a side on the table, to be spooned over the chicken before dining.

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

A Simple Dinner: BAKED WILD SALMON TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES & PARSLEY AND SEASONED WITH LEMON ZEST & ROSEMARY IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–lemon (chilled, fresh, sliced)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–rosemary (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, just enough to steam)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon jest, rosemary, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, carefully slice a chilled lemon into four segments.  Place the lemon atop the salmon.  Finish with chopped parsley.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 5 minutes.  Do not overcook.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with a lemon slice on each serving.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipe Book:  Delightful Salmon Recipes Made Easy for Beginners (a kindle e-book).

STEAMED COD SPRINKLED WITH GREEN ONIONS & PARSLEY AND IN A SAUCE OF MARINARA – WHITE WINE – MINCED GARLIC – BROTH

For 4:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–marinara sauce (3 tablespoons; I used Ragu, “Mama’s garden”)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–broth (chicken bone, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the marinara sauce, white wine, minced garlic, and chicken bone broth in a covered baking dish.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Top with green onions and parsley.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.  Do not overcook.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED LEMON COD TOPPED WITH FRESH LEMON SLICES – PARSLEY – CAPERS – LEMON ZEST & IN A SAUCE OF CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–lemon (fresh, sliced when chilled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–capers (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–lemon zest (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Place caper on top.  Slice a chilled fresh lemon with a very sharp knife.  Place slices atop the cod.  Finish with parsley sprinkled on top.

2 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS IN A MARINARA SAUCE OF BLACK OLIVES – GREEN OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC – DICED TOMATOES – LEMON ZEST – MARJORAM – CHOPPED PARSLEY – GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

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

–black olives (sliced, 10 slices)

–green olives (sliced, 10 slices)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, 1 teaspoon)

–marjoram (bottled, 1 teaspoon, or more to taste)

–chopped parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (chopped, 3 stalks, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Set aside.

2 – Place black olives, green olives, diced tomatoes, lemon zest, marjoram, green onions, chopped celery,  and minced garlic in a small mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Then place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce, spooning some sauce on the top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and marinara sauce hot.

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