HERBED CHICKEN WITH SPICY PEACH – STRAWBERRY SALSA / COLLARDS WITH FAUX BACON / MUSHROOMS WITH RED WINE – LEMON – WORCESTERSHIRE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–seasoning salt (I use Mrs. Dash’s original)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–peaches (one-half can)

–strawberries (fresh, 6)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–cayenne pepper

–mint (dried, bottled)

–sugar (4 teaspoons, divided)

–lemon juice

–collards (fresh, packaged)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–mushrooms (fresh, 1 small package)

–Worcestershire sauce

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

 

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, seasoning salt, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Slice the strawberries and peaches and place in a mixing bowl.  Chop one-half onion and add to the mixing bowl.  Season with cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons of sugar, mint, lemon juice, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

3 – Place one-half package of collards in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Place the mushrooms in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of red wine.  Season with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes, taking care that the wine does not overflow.

5 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the chicken hot, accompanied by cold salsa, and serve the collards and mushrooms as hot sides.

–chicken and salsa adapted from the American Heart Association’s recipe in a magazine provided free by Walgreen’s; collards and mushrooms original.

CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – OREGANO – PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE / PASTA WITH HERBS / GREEN PEAS WITH FETA & ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary, oregano, parsley

–red wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–pasta

–green peas (frozen, one-half package)

–feta cheese

–onion (one-half, medium)

 

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in a wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished keep covered to preserve warmth.  Drain before serving.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add a small amount of both red wine and chicken broth.  Season with the herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Slice the half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Add the green peas to the baking dish, and stir in the onion.  Fold in one-half container of feta cheese.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken on top of the pasta, with the green peas as a side.

–chicken from The Best of French Cooking; other recipes original.

CROUTON – ENCRUSTED CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY – THYME – GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE SAUCE / KALE WITH PESTO SAUCE / BASIL CARROTS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–croutons (1 cup, seasoned)

–thyme and parsley

–green onions (2 stalks)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–kale (one-third large package, fresh)

–pesto sauce (or basil, garlic powder, and olive oil)

–carrots (miniature, 12, fresh, packaged)

–basil

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  In a separate plastic bag, place croutons.  Pound the croutons on the kitchen counter with your fist.  Then pour the crushed croutons in the bag with the chicken.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of red wine.  Season the chicken with thyme and parsley.  Dice green onions in one-quarter inch pieces.  Sprinkle the onions on top of the chicken.  Add a drizzle of olive oil over the whole.  Set aside.

2 – Place kale in a large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add an inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, take 1 tablespoon of pesto sauce and add small amounts of water as you stir.  The sauce should remain a thick consistency.  Microwave the sauce for 20 seconds on high.  Then pour the pesto sauce over the kale.

3 – Place miniature carrots in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken adapted from Microwave French Cookbook; other recipes original.

CORNISH HEN WITH RED WINE & CURRANT JELLY / HERBED POTATOES / GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE / CORNBREAD STUFFING WITH CELERY & GREEN ONION

Note:  This is a holiday dinner for two, taking about an hour to prepare.

–Cornish hen (1)

–red wine

–red currant jelly

–thyme

–onion bits

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–celery (1 stalk)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–parsley

–nutmeg

–red potatoes (2, medium)

–tarragon, marjoram, parsley, onion bits, thyme, garlic powder

–green beans (2 handfuls, frozen)

–French fried onions (boxed)

–mushrooms (4 or 5, baby bellas)

–green onions (4 stalks, divided)

–cornbread stuffing (boxed)

–milk (dairy if not lactose sensitive, soy, or almond)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Unwrap the hen and place on a sturdy cutting board.  Using your sharpest knife, cut through the hen by the backbone, making two portions.  Turn breast side up in a covered baking dish.  Season with thyme, salt, pepper, nutmeg, parsley, and olive oil.  Add one-fourth cup of chicken broth.  Set aside.

2 – Place 3 tablespoons of currant jelly in a microwaveable bowl.  In a separate bowl, pour one-fourth cup of red wine.  Set aside.

3 – Scrub potatoes thoroughly.  Slice into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add an inch of water.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, place in a food processor.  Season with tarragon, garlic powder, thyme, onion bits, marjoram, and parsley.  Add milk to desired consistency.  Drain the baking dish of water, and then add the potatoes to it.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 

4 – Slice mushrooms and place in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Slice 2 stalks of green onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add an inch of milk.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Add green beans to the other vegetables, and stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes, taking care to be sure that milk does not overflow.  If so, cut power to 50 percent, and double remaining cooking time.

5 – Chop celery and green onion into fine pieces.  Place in 2 microwaveable bowls, half in each.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  When finished, add cornbread stuffing to the bowls.  Fill almost to the top with chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.

6 – Microwave the Cornish hen for 5 minutes on 1 side; then turn over (with fork) and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Heat the red wine for 45 seconds in the microwave; also heat the currant jelly for 45 seconds.  Stir the wine and jelly together, and then pour over the hen.  Add Bac’n pieces to the top of the hen just before serving.

7 – Serve the dinner hot.

–Cornish hen adapted from astray recipes.com; potatoes, green beans, and stuffing original.

BASIL – OREGANO TILAPIA WITH TOMATOES & RED WINE / COUSCOUS / GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES, HONEY AND PECANS

Note:  My husband Paul recommends this dinner.

 

–tilapia (2, medium)

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–tomatoes (2, medium)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–couscous (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salad greens

–strawberries (6, fresh)

–honey

–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)

–feta cheese

–red wine

 

1 – Chop tomatoes.  Add to covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 3 minutes in microwave.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds’ cup of couscous.  Add to wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Add one cup of chicken broth.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Then let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Measure two handfuls of salad greens to mixing bowl.  Slice strawberries and add to bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of honey, one-half small package of pecans, and one-third package of feta cheese to salad greens.  Pour 3 tablespoons of red wine into mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Transfer to serving bowl.

4 – Place the tilapia on top of the tomatoes in covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 minutes in microwave.

5 – Serve the tilapia and couscous hot, and the salad cold.

–recipes original.

BASIL TILAPIA PARMIGIANO / SPICY OVEN FRIED OKRA

–tilapia (2, medium)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–tomato (medium, fresh)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–garlic powder

–Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs (packaged)

–okra (2 large handfuls, fresh)

–Shake n Bake seasoning mix, hot and spicy

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Chop tomato and add to covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and 4 tablespoons of red wine.  Add basil.  Cook for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.  Set aside.

3 – Cut the okra into half-inch pieces.  Place in plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour 1 package of Shake n Bake seasoning mix into plastic bag.  Shake well.  Add 2 inches of water to an uncovered baking dish.  Pour in the okra.  Cook for 10 minutes in the microwave on high.  Check from time to time to be sure that water has not boiled out.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

4 – Cook the tilapia for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

5 – Serve the tilapia and the okra hot.

–recipes original.

SALMON SPINACH SALAD

Note:  If you want to serve this dinner as a late-summer entrée for company, choose smoked salmon.  Otherwise, regular salmon is just fine.

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–spinach (fresh, half a package)

–carrot (1, medium)

–mushrooms (3, baby bellas are good)

–honey

–feta cheese (one-half carton)

–onion (one-half)

–oregano and basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–walnuts (one handful)

–red wine

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the salmon (if you are using regular; smoked is already cooked) in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 4 and one-half minutes in the microwave on high.  When finished, test to see that center of salmon is done.  If not, replace in microwave for 1 more minute.  Place the salmon in the refrigerator or freezer (briefly) to cool.

2 – Place spinach in a mixing bowl.  Peel and slice the carrot; slice the mushrooms.  Add to the mixing bowl.  Measure 1 tablespoon of honey, one-half carton of feta cheese to bowl.  Chop half an onion and add to the bowl.  Season with oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 2 tablespoons of red wine to the bowl.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Break apart the salmon, discarding the skin.  Fold the salmon gently into the rest of the salad ingredients.  Pour into serving bowl.  Place walnuts on top.

4 – Serve the salad cold.

–recipe original.

SALAD WITH SALMON, SALAD GREENS, AND QUINOA

Note:  Prepare early for a cold salad.  Mix all together just before serving.

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–sugar

–onion

–salad greens (pre-packaged)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–quinoa

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place one-half cup of quinoa, with 1 cup of chicken broth, in a large, wide-mouthed covered baking dish.  Add one tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook for 12 minutes in the microwave on high.  Check midway to be sure that chicken broth is not foaming up in a too-small dish.  Refrigerate when finished.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a tablespoon of sugar.  Cook for 4 and one-half minutes in the microwave on high.  When finished, test center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in microwave for 1 minute.  Refrigerate when finished.

3 – When ready to serve dinner, place 2 handfuls of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Cut if pieces are large.  Chop one-half onion and mix with the salad greens.  Season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of red wine.  Break apart the previously prepared salmon into chunks.  Discard the skin.  Add the previously prepared quinoa.  Fold all gently together.

4 – Serve the salad cold.

–adapted from Candice Kumai (CK), from the web.

COD & WILD RICE SALAD / TOMATO PIE WITH PARMESAN & OREGANO

Note:  The cod and rice salad is for four servings.  Prepare ahead of time, and refrigerate for at least two hours.

–cod (the size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound

–long grain & wild rice (boxed, 6 ounces)

–onion

–red bell pepper

–marjoram, thyme, tarragon (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–tomatoes (2 large, vine-ripened if possible)

–Parmesan cheese

–buttery crackers (Ritz or Breton is good)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Prepare the cod and rice salad to be refrigerated for at least two hours.  Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.  Set aside to cool.

2 – Cook the entire box of long and wild rice.  Place in covered, large-mouthed baking dish.  Add 2 cups of water and a little olive oil and salt.  Cook for 5 minutes on high; then cook for 15 minutes on 50 percent power.  Set aside to cool.

3 – Chop bell pepper and onion.  Place in covered baking dish with an inch of water.  Cook for 4 minutes in the microwave on high.  Set aside to cool.

4 – Mix one – third cup of olive oil with one – quarter cup of red wine.  Add a generous amount of tarragon, marjoram, and thyme, with one teaspoon salt.  Stir well.

5 – Break apart the cod, and mix gently with the rice, pepper, and onion.  Pour in the salad dressing, the olive oil with red wine, and stir gently.

6 – Refrigerator the cod and rice salad for at least two hours.

7 – Before meal time, slice tomatoes in wide slices.  Place 1 package of crackers in a plastic bag, and pound to pulverize.  Place one-half of the crackers in the bottom of a wide covered baking dish.  Place tomatoes on top, seasoning with salt, pepper, and a generous amount of oregano.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top, and then cover the whole with the remainder of the cracker crumbs.  Cook for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.  Be sure to let the dish sit for 15 minutes after cooking, because the tomatoes will be very, very hot.

8 – Serve the cod and rice salad cold, and the tomato pie warm.

–cod–rice salad adapted from “taste of home” web site; tomato pie inspired from a recipe shared by a friend.

BREADED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS AND RED WINE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–red wine (I use cooking Marsala)

–mushrooms (I use baby bellas, sliced and pre-packaged)

–dry breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–parsley (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Place sliced mushrooms in covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Salt and pepper, and then coat with olive oil.  Pour one-half cup of breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Place chicken on top of the mushrooms in the baking dish.  Spoon a little wine over the chicken.  Then season with parsley, and a touch more olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.  Serve hot.

3 – I served with white rice (placing chicken with sauce on top) and broccoli (previously described in this blog; use search box to get cooking instructions for the microwave).

–recipe original.