A Simple Dinner:  BAKED CHICKEN STRIPS WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – FRESH ITALIAN PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken breast strips

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon (bottled, 3 squirts)

–fresh Italian parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (use the real stuff; one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken strips in a covered baking dish.  Place on top salt and pepper to taste, rosemary, minced garlic, lemon juice, and fresh Italian parsley. 

2 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Strips are usually narrow, and cook rapidly.  Check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

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A Celebratory Dinner for 2:  NEW ORLEANS STYLE ORANGE ROUGHY PECAN CREOLE WITH WORCESTERSHIRE – LEMON – PARSLEY – CLAM JUICE

For 2:

–orange roughy (4 thin fillets, one-half pound)

–pecan bits (one-half cup, divided)

–creole seasoning (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons, divided)

–lemon juice (4 squirts, divided)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful; or dried, 1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (bottled, one-third cup)

–bread crumbs (small amount just to dust the fish)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place one-half of the pecan bits in a food processor.  Add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire, 2 squirts of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Pulse until smooth, a pecan butter.  Set aside.

2 – Place the orange roughy in a single layer in a large, shallow baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add clam juice and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.  Season with creole spice.   Sprinkle lightly with bread crumbs.  Then carefully spread the pecan butter on top of the fish.  Sprinkle with parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test a thicker piece to be sure that fish is done.  If not, replace in microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the orange roughy hot.  This dish goes well with the nutty flavor of quinoa cooked in chicken broth (microwave two-thirds cup of quinoa and 1 and one-third cup of broth for 6 minutes on high, followed by 9 minutes on 50 percent power).

–orange roughy adapted from The Commander’s Palace New Orleans Cookbook.

SPICY STEAMED COD WITH PARSLEY – MINT – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN A LEMON BUTTER – OLIVE OIL – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Dot with Promise margarine.  Season with mint, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.

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

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–cod inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

SPICY PECAN COD OREGANO WITH POTATOES – FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – VIDALIA ONION – ITALIAN PARSLEY – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE

For 4:

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

–pecan bits (3 tablespoons)

–oregano (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–potatoes (2, small, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–fresh tomato (medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, quartered)

–Vidalia onion (1, small, sliced)

–Italian parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

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

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes and Vidalia onion in a large, covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth and white wine.  Season with oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then add tomato and mushrooms.  Stir.  Place cod amid the vegetables.  Season with oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley and pecans on top.

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

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CHICKEN & GREEN PEAS ROSEMARY TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & WITH SMOKED TURKEY – MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–green peas (frozen, one-half cup)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–smoked turkey (sandwich meat, 1 slice, chopped)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, quartered)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the green peas, smoked turkey, mushrooms, minced garlic, and parsley in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir gently.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Top with green onions.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and peas hot.

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

PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARJORAM WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – CELERY – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–marjoram (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–celery (fresh, 4 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (dried, bottled, 3)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the carrots and celery in a covered baking dish.  Add the wine.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle marjoram on top.  Then also add green onions and parsley.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and veggies hot.

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

SWEET MEDITERANEAN BACCALA [COD] TOPPED BY BASIL – PARSLEY & WITH VIDALIA ONION – FRESH BASIL-SEASONED TOMATO IN GARDEN STYLE MARINARA & CRÈME SHERRY SAUCE ATOP ZETI PASTA

For 4:

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

–Vidalia onion (one-half, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, 1, chopped)

–basil (1 tablespoon, divided, bottled, dried)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–garden style marinara (I used Ragu, one-third bottle)

–crème sherry (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–zita pasta (1 cup, dried)

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

2 – Place the chopped tomato and sliced onion in a covered baking dish.  Add garden style marinara and crème sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes, and then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

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

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

TUNA STEAKS SPRINKLED BY LEMON ZEST & STUFFED WITH CHOPPED PARSLEY & MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM & LEMON JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 2:

–tuna steaks (2, fresh)

–lemon zest (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, chopped fine, 1 small handful)

–minced garlic (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice (packaged; follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – With a very sharp knife, cut a pocket in each tuna steak.  Place parsley and minced garlic inside.  Place the tuna in a covered baking dish.  Drench in clam juice and lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

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

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

SALMON BURGERS WITH PARSLEY – GREEN ONION – DIJON – MAYO – CIABATTA BREADCRUMBS – EGG

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, finely chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, fresh, finely chopped)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–mayonnaise (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–ciabatta bread (one-half roll, broken into very small pieces)

–egg (1)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of olive oil. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Salmon should be slightly rare, because there is more microwaving ahead.

2 – When the salmon has cooked for 5 minutes, shred with a fork.  Place in a mixing bowl with parsley, green onions, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, ciabatta bread, and beaten egg.  Stir very well.  Add more mayonnaise if it doesn’t form balls as you stir.

3 – Make 4 balls; place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon burgers hot, with ciabatta bread.

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

STEAMED LEMON COD WITH GREEN ONIONS – PARSLEY – LEMON SLICES IN WHITE WINE – CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  If you like mild fish with a delicate sauce, this is the recipe for you.

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine and clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add green onions and parsley.  With a very sharp knife, slice a cold lemon and place on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop the rice.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.