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 WILD SALMON SALAD WITH FETA CHEESE – GRAPE TOMATOES – BLACK OLIVES – RED LEAF LETTUCE – FRESH PARSLEY IN SALAD DRESSING OF RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – HONEY DIJON

Mediterraneans don’t eat salmon, but this recipe has all their other ingredients. . .

For 4:

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

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–feta cheese (broken apart, one-quarter cup)

–grape tomatoes (fresh, 12 to 15)

–black olives (sliced, drained, 1 small can)

–red leaf lettuce (8 large lettuce leaves, broken apart into bite-sized pieces)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

Salad dressing:

–one-quarter cup red wine

–one-quarter cup extra virgin olive

–1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard

1 – Place the salmon fillet in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

2 – When finished, let cool but do not refrigerate.  Break apart the salmon into bite-sized pieces, but discard the skin.  Set aside.

3 – In a large salad bowl, place bite-sized pieces of red leaf lettuce.  Top with grape tomatoes, black olives, and feta cheese.  Then add salmon.  Finish with chopped parsley.

4 – For the salad dressing, stir together, briskly, the red wine, olive oil, and honey Dijon.  Serve the dressing on dinner table for individuals to serve themselves.

4 – Serve the salad immediately.

–salmon salad adapted from Les Illagan’s Salmon Recipe Book:  Delightful Salmon Recipes Made Easy for Beginners.

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.

GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS ON A BED OF SMALL RED POTATOES – SLICED ONION – FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO – CHOPPED CELERY STALKS – SHREDDED CARROTS – MINCED GARLIC – NUTMEG IN MARINARA – RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–small red potatoes (1-inch in size, with jackets, 5 or 6)

–sliced onion (one-half)

–fresh chopped tomato (medium, fresh)

–chopped celery stalks (2, fresh)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–nutmeg (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

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

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

1 – Place the potatoes, onion, tomato, celery, carrots, garlic in a large, covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.  Add marinara sauce and red wine.  Stir well.  Finish with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs to coat.  Shake well.

3 – When the vegetables have cooked for 5 minutes, place the breaded chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot atop the vegetables.

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

A Simple Dinner:  PARSLEYED ITALIAN – STYLE SALMON WITH RED WINE – MARINARA SAUCE

Note:  My husband had seconds on this, something he almost never does!

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–marinara sauce (6 tablespoons; I used Ragu “Mama’s” garden variety)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the red wine over the salmon.  Then spoon on the marinara sauce.  Finish with parsley and a few drops of olive oil.

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

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

SPICY BAKED COD WITH CAYENNE IN GARDEN MARINARA – RED WINE SAUCE & TOPPED WITH FETA

For 4:

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

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–marinara sauce (I used Ragu garden; one-half bottle)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the marinara sauce and red wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with cayenne and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, and spoon some of the sauce on top.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice (place 1 cup rice and 1 and three-fourths water in a covered baking dish; microwave on high for 5 minutes, and then microwave for 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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.

A Winner:  GLAZED SALMON WITH HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC SPRINKLED WITH SESAME SEEDS AND IN A RED WINE & SOY SAUCE

Note:  Originally intended as a glaze for grilling outside.

For 4:

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

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–ginger (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (low sodium, bottled, one-eighth cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with red wine and soy sauce.  Season with honey, ginger, and mined garlic.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste and sesame seeds.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Salmon is best if cooked medium rare.)

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted to the microwave from a recipe of friends in Marion, Illinois.

An Appetizer:  SESAME EGGPLANT DIP WITH SOY SAUCE – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON JUICE – RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–eggplant (fresh, medium size)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–red wine (2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–sesame seeds (2 tablespoons, bottled)

1 – Prick the eggplant all around, generously.  Place in the microwave, on an uncovered plate, and microwave for 5 minutes.  Turn over, and then microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool.  Then cut into 2 pieces, and rake out the pulp, discarding the skin.

2 – Criss-cross the pulp with a knife.  Then place in a mixing bowl.  Add soy sauce, minced garlic, lemon juice, red wine, sesame seeds, and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.

3 – Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers.

–eggplant dip inspired by Better Homes and Garden magazine.

CHICKEN TENDERS ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & MARINARA IN RED WINE SAUCE ATOP POLENTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

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

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, quartered)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–polenta (minced corn sauce)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one and one-quarter cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt.  Place one-half package of polenta in the dish.  Stir well, for about 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the mushrooms and marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Add the red wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Roll the chicken in breadcrumbs that have been salted and pepper, and seasoned with olive oil.  Add to the baking dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the polenta.

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