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.

ATLANTIC COD WITH CHOPPED APPLE & GOLDEN RAISINS TOPPED WITH YELLOW & GREEN ONIONS IN APPLE JUICE SAUCE

For best flavor, marinate in apple juice for a couple of hours. . .

For 4:

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

–apple (fresh, chopped skin on)

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–yellow onions (chopped, packaged, one-quarter cup; or one-half onion, chopped)

–green onions (chopped, packaged, one-quarter cup; of 3 stalks, chopped)

–apple juice (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chopped apple and raisins in a covered baking dish.  Add apple juice.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some over top.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place yellow and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes; 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.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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.

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WRAPPED IN CRISPY PANKO CRUMBS SEASONED WITH BASIL AND TOPPED WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN A SAUCE OF MARSALA WINE – BASIL PESTO – GOLDEN RAISINS

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–panko crumbs (crispy, plain, packaged, one-third cup)

–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–baby bella mushrooms (chopped, fresh, 3 or 4)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–marsala wine (cooking wine, one-quarter cup)

–basil pesto (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the basil pesto in a small mixing bowl.  Add marsala wine slowly, stirring constantly.  Then pour sauce into a covered baking dish.  Add raisins.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Add olive oil to coat.  Pour in panko breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place chicken in the sauce.  Top with mushrooms and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken 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.

GARLIC SALMON TOPPED WITH GOLDEN RAISINS – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – GREEN ONIONS / ROMAINE LETTUCE SALAD WITH BANANA – BLUEBERRIES – HONEY – PECANS – FETA IN RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–golden raisins (one-fourth cup)

–balsamic vinegar

–green onions (chopped, 2 stalks)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–romaine lettuce (6 leaves, broken)

–banana (one-half)

–blueberries (one-third cup)

–pecans (chips, one-half small package)

–honey

–feta cheese (one-fourth small package)

–red wine

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Chop 2 stalks of green onion and place atop the salmon.  Set aside.

2 – Break apart 6 leaves of romaine lettuce and add to a mixing bowl.  Add to the bowl one-half sliced banana, one-third cup of blueberries, and one-half small package of pecan chips.  Season with salt, pepper, and honey.  Add red wine and extra virgin olive oil to taste.  Stir gently.  Sprinkle one-fourth small package of feta cheese on top.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot.  I also served Brussel sprouts with onion and oregano, and field peas with snaps (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from bell’alimento web site (Paula Jones, chef); salad original.

BAY SCALLOPS WRAPPED IN BREADCRUMBS ATOP GREEN PEAS & MUSHROOMS WITH OREGANO – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / FRESH FRUIT SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES – ORANGE SLICES – BANANA IN MAYONNAISE SAUCE / PASTA WITH CAULIFLOWER FLORETS & RAISINS IN MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH GARLIC – PARSLEY – CAYENNE

–bay scallops (half a package, thawed from frozen)

–plain breadcrumbs

–green peas

–mushrooms (fresh, baby bellas, 5 or 6, quartered)

–oregano & parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–strawberries (4 or 5, sliced, fresh)

–orange (1, fresh)

–banana (1, fresh)

–mayonnaise

–penne pasta (one-half cup dried)

–cauliflower (fresh, florets only)

–golden raisins (fresh, one-third cup)

–marinara sauce (Italian spaghetti sauce, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and peel 1 orange; separate into segments; and then cut once horizontally.  Add to mixing bowl.  Peel and slice 1 banana and add to the bowl.  Wash 4 or 5 fresh strawberries, slice, and add to the bowl.  Stir together 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and a little water.  Then pour this sauce on the fruit.  Stir gently.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-half cup of dried pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Cut off cauliflower florets from one-half head of cauliflower.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of golden raisins.  Spoon 6 to 8 tablespoons of marinara sauce into the dish.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, add the drained pasta to this dish.  Recover.  Just before dinner, stir together the pasta with the cauliflower and raisins.

5 – Place the thawed scallops from one-half package in a plastic bag.  Rinse well, and then drain well.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour plain breadcrumbs into the plastic bag, and shake well.  Set aside.

6 – Place one-half package of frozen green peas in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Wash 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, quarter them, and add to the green peas.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then add the bay scallops atop the peas and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

7 – Serve the pasta as a first course, the scallops as a second, and the fruit as a third.

–pasta and scallops adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; fruit original.

TARRAGON BAY SCALLOPS & CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & ONION IN WINE WHITE SAUCE & TOPPED WITH PARMESAN / WHITE RICE / HERBED BUTTER PEA – PASTA SOUP WITH CARROTS & ONION IN BROTH / GREEN SALAD WITH PEAR – APPLE – RAISINS – PECANS IN GINGER – SESAME DRESSING

Note:  Shrimp can be substituted for scallops.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–bay scallops (tiny, one-half cup, thawed from frozen)

–tarragon (bottled)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–onion (1, divided, chopped)

–white wine (use the real stuff)

–flour

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice

–butter peas (1 package, frozen)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marjoram, 2 bay leaves (bottled)

–miniature carrots (6 to 8, chopped)

–garlic powder

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

–apple (one-half, chopped)

–pear (one-half, chopped)

–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)

–raisins (one-half cup, golden)

–ginger – sesame salad dressing (to taste)

1 – Place the butter peas in a slow cooker.  Peel and chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Chop 6 to 8 miniature carrots, and add to the cooker.  Add chicken broth to 1 inch above the vegetables.  Season with pepper, marjoram, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 5 hours and 45 minutes.  Then add 1 cup of penne pasta.  Cook on low for 15 minutes more.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Chop one-half apple and one-half pear.  Add one-half cup of golden raisins, with the other fruit, to a mixing bowl.  Add one-half small package of chopped pecans.  Add salad greens to the vegetables and nuts.  Set aside until just before dinner.  At that time, add ginger sesame dressing to taste, and stir well.  Serve immediately.

3 – Place one-half chopped onion in a covered baking dish.  Add 4 or 5 sliced baby bella mushrooms to the dish.  Set aside.  Place one-half cup of white wine (the real stuff) in a measuring cup.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Microwave the white wine for 1 minute on high.  When finished, slowly add the wine to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then pour the sauce into the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

4 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

5 – Microwave one-half cup of thawed bay scallops on high for 2 minutes in a covered baking dish.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

6 – Add chicken to the baking dish with mushrooms and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, pour the cooked scallops into the dish.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

7 – Serve the butter pea soup as a first course, and then serve the salad as a second.  Serve the chicken hot, atop the white rice.

–chicken and scallops adapted from “taste of home” web site; soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

SWEET ROSEMARY – THYME – PARSLEY CHICKEN WITH GOLDEN RAISINS – MUSHROOMS – ONION IN SHERRY & WHITE WINE SAUCE / PARMESAN CAESAR SALAD WITH TOMATO

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary, thyme (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–golden raisins (1 handful)

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

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–spring mix salad greens (one-half package)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–tomato (1, fresh, chopped, medium)

–Caesar salad dressing (I used Paul Newman’s creamy Caesar)

1 – Place the chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, and raisins in a covered baking dish with a combination of sherry and white wine, just a little.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.   Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a very small amount of plain breadcrumbs on top.  Then add chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

2 – Place one-half package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Chop a tomato, and season it with salt and pepper; then add to the bowl.  Add a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  Just before serving dinner, add Caesar salad dressing to taste.

3 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot.  I also served squash casserole (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

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