CHICKEN TENDERS IN MOROCCAN SAUCE MADE OF TOMATOES – ONION – TURMERIC – CINNAMON – MINCED GARLIC – GOLDEN RAISINS AND SPRINKLED WITH PINE NUTS

A unique and good flavor. . .the cinnamon and turmeric work well together. . .and turmeric is a very healthy spice. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–tomatoes (one-third can of petite diced tomatoes)

–onion (chopped, one-quarter cup)

–turmeric (1 teaspoon, dried)

–cinnamon (1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup)

–pine nuts (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenderloins in a covered baking dish, and then set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place tomatoes, onion, turmeric, cinnamon, minced garlic, golden raisin, and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir briskly.  Season with salt and pepper, and stir again.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Then sprinkle with pine nuts.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center piece of doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken tenders with sauce, hot.

–recipe adapted from The Best of French Cooking.

MISSISSIPPI CATFISH FILLET – BREADED – SPRINKLED WITH ONIONS – PINE NUTS – RAISINS AND PLACED IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE SAUCE

Edward Giobbi intended this recipe for catfish.  I recommend catfish from Mississippi. . .

For 2:

–catfish fillet (1, size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound; small is better)

–breadcrumbs (plain, one – third cup, boxed)

–green onions (one-quarter cup, chopped, about 3 stalks)

–yellow onions (one-quarter cup, chopped)

–pine nuts (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–raisins (dark variety, one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the catfish fillet in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Pour in the breadcrumbs; shake well.  Place the breaded catfish in a covered baking dish. 

2 – Sprinkle the catfish with lemon juice.  Add white wine.  Top with raisins, pine nuts, yellow onions, and green onions (in that order, green onions on top).  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the catfish for 6 minutes, 20 seconds, longer if there are thick parts to the fillet.  Catfish is done when it breaks apart easily.

4 – Serve the catfish and sauce hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED ATLANTIC COD IN A PESTO – MARINARA SAUCE AND SPRINKLED WITH BASIL & PINE NUTS

A gourmet taste, but quickly prepared. . .

For 2:

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

–pesto (basil variety, 1 tablespoon stirred into 2 tablespoons of clam juice)

–marinara sauce (bottled; I used Ragu, “Mama’s garden variety”; one-quarter cup)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–pine nuts (packaged, 3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon marinara sauce on top.  Set aside.

2 – Stir together the basil pesto and clam juice.  Then spoon atop the cod.  Finish with basil, pine nuts, and extra virgin olive oil to taste.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with sauce.

–recipe original.

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.

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE WITH FRESH BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – PINE NUTS – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Really delicious with chicken.  Must be made with fresh basil. . .

For 4:

–fresh basil (1 cup, packed leaves, then chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–pine nuts (3 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

1 – Pick the basil just before preparing pesto, or keep it in water.  Place in a measuring cup, pack firmly, 1 cup.  Then chop the basil.

2 – Place chopped basil in a food processor.  Add minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, and salt and pepper.  Pulse until relatively smooth.

3 – Serve room temperature.

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

A Simple Dinner:  SWEET CHICKEN TENDERS WITH GOLDEN RAISINS & PINE NUTS IN A CRÈME SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–golden raisins (half cup, boxed; soak in warm water for 15 minutes ahead of time)

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–crème sherry (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the crème sherry.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place soaked raisins and pine nuts on top.  End with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

ITALIAN CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ONION – CAYENNE – PINE NUTS – CHIVES IN A HONEY – RED WINE – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BABY DUTCH POTATOES

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

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

–breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed, plain)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (1 cup dry)

1 – Slice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes on high.

2 – Place the honey, red wine, and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Add sliced onion.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Meanwhile, place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.  Pour in breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

4 – Place the breaded chicken in the sauce.  Season with cayenne.  Top with pine nuts and chives.  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.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the potatoes.

–chicken adapted from “chicken agrodulce” at the Bravo! restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi.

CHICKEN TENDERS & SLICED FRESH PEAR SPRINKLED WITH FETA & PINE NUTS IN A SAUCE OF HONEY – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – WHITE WINE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pear (medium, fresh, retain skin, slice)

–feta cheese (3 tablespoons, packaged)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the white wine in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place chicken tenders in the wine, leaving enough room between to add pear slices.  Place the pear slices between each piece of chicken.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place balsamic vinegar and honey.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle feta cheese and pine nuts on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Prepare basmati rice according to package instructions, because brands differ.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 9 minutes on high.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for at least 1 and one-half minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and pear atop the basmati rice.

–chicken, pear, and sauce inspired by “The Cookie Rookie” cooking blog.

BAKED CHICKEN WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – ONIONS – CELERY IN BROTH & ACCOMPANIED BY A COOL PUREED GREEN SAUCE OF MINT – PARSLEY – GARLIC – PINE NUTS – GREEN ONIONS – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shredded carrots (1 handful, packaged)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium, packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Green sauce:

–mint (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–pine nuts (3 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons, bottled)

1 – Place the mint, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, green onions, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Plan to serve room temperature.

2 – Place shredded carrots, onion, and celery in broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables and in the broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot with the cool green sauce on the side.

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

ONE – DISH CHICKEN BOWTIE PASTA WITH PARMESAN – PINE NUTS – CREAMER – MARINARA SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–bowtie pasta (farfalle, 2 cups dry)

–Parmesan (shredded)

–pine nuts (packaged, one-half small)

–creamer (soy or almond for lactose – free; or dairy)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 2 cups of bowtie pasta in an uncovered baking dish, with water to cover plus 1 inch above.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Do not drain yet.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of soy or almond creamer, 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, one-half small package of pine nuts, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the chicken in a fresh, covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.  Add to the seasoned marinara sauce.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the chicken pasta hot.

–recipe original.