SESAME SALMON WITH MAPLE SYRUP – PAPRIKA – CAYENNE – ONION IN MAPLE – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–maple syrup

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–clam juice (bottled)

–sesame seeds

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice one-half medium onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the onion.  Drench in maple syrup.  Season with paprika, cayenne pepper (more or less to taste), salt, pepper, sesame seeds, and a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the salmon and sauce for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop jasmine rice (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from Antonietta’s blog, “Simply Pure, Simply Fresh.”

SALMON WITH ORANGE MARMALADE – SOY SAUCE – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – BALSAMIC VINEGAR TOPPED WITH SESAME SEEDS & GREEN ONIONS

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

–orange marmalade

–soy sauce

–ginger

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–balsamic vinegar

–sesame seeds

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–pepper

–olive oil

1 – In a mixing bowl, place one-half jar of orange marmalade, one-fourth cup of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a few drops of both balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Season with ginger and pepper.  Stir very well.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Finish with 2 chopped stalks of green onions.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 7 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop white or brown rice, or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

BRANDY SALMON WITH BROWN SUGAR – TERIYAKI MARINADE – GINGER – LIME JUICE – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH SESAME SEEDS – GREEN ONION

Note:  If you are a salmon enthusiast, this is a recipe not to miss.  One of the best I have ever served, and I serve salmon twice a week.

For 4:

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

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–brown sugar

–teriyaki marinade

–ginger

–lime juice

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped fine)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Pour in one-third cup of teriyaki marinade.  Add 3 tablespoons of brandy.  Season with ginger and black pepper.  Dot the top of the salmon with minced garlic.  Spoon 3 tablespoons of brown sugar atop the salmon.  Sprinkle sesame seeds generously.  Finish with 2 chopped green onions.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Do not overcook.

3 – Serve the salmon with sauce hot, atop white or brown rice, quinoa, or couscous (recipes, the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from 20 Savory Salmon Recipes.

ASIAN SALMON WITH HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – BLACK PEPPER – SRIRACHA SAUCE & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & SESAME SEEDS

Note:  I thought this was the best salmon with soy sauce that I have ever served.

For 4:

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

–honey

–ginger

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–soy sauce

–lemon juice

–black pepper

–Sriracha sauce (optional)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–sesame seeds (toasted, if you have them)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  In a small mixing bowl, place one-quarter cup of honey, a sprinkling of ginger, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, one-quarter cup of soy sauce, a sprinkling of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce (optional.  Stir well, and then pour over the salmon.  Finish the salmon with 3 stalks of chopped green onions and a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds.

2 – Microwave for 6 minutes on high.  Do not overcook.

–salmon adapted from the cooking blog, “Delicious,” by the chef Chungah.

CHICKEN MOLE (CHOCOLATE!) WITH TOMATO – ALMONDS – SESAME – CINNAMON – CLOVES – PEPPERS – GARLIC – OREGANO AND ATOP FAJITA BREAD

Note:  This is an easy-to-cook version of an exotic dish, with my husband giving it 5 stars out of 5.  Mole sauce originated in Mexico and is part of traditional cuisine in Central America and the Caribbean.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–cinnamon

–ground cloves

–almonds (minced in a food processor, about 12)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–sesame seeds

–pickled banana peppers (in a jar)

–oregano

–garlic powder

–dark chocolate (1 2” by 2” square, broken apart)

–salt and pepper

–fajita bread (small size)

1 – Place the chicken in a slow cooker.  Chop 1 medium tomato, and place in the cooker.  Add 2 chopped tablespoons of pickled banana peppers.  Mince 12 almonds in a food processor, and add to the cooker.  Add one-fourth cup of chicken broth to the cooker.  Season with sesame seeds, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and ground cloves.  Stir well.  Cook on low for 5 hours.  After 5 hours, remove the chicken to a plate, and shred with 2 forks; then return to the cooker.  Break apart a 2” by 2” square of dark chocolate, and add to the cooker.  Stir all ingredients very well.  Continue cooking on low for 30 more minutes, making for 5 and one-half hours in all.  Place setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – For 2 people, microwave 2 slices of fajita bread on high for 30 seconds.  Keep warm.

3 – Ask dinner guests to place the fajita bread on their plate, and top with the chicken mole, spreading the chicken mole across the bread.  Serve additional sesame seeds for a garnish.

–chicken mole adapted from Eating Well magazine (May/June 2016).

SESAME SALMON WITH MUSHROOMS – PEPPER – GREEN ONION – HONEY – SRIRACHA – DIJON IN BALSAMIC – RED WINE – SOY SAUCE ATOP BROWN RICE

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

–green onion (1 stalk, finely chopped)

–honey

–Sriracha sauce (spicy chili)

–Dijon mustard

–balsamic vinegar

–red wine

–soy sauce

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 or 4, sliced)

–red bell pepper (one-half, cut lengthwise)

–sesame seeds

–brown rice

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half sliced red bell pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a little red wine, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce to the dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  In a small bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey, and a little red wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and soy sauce.  Stir vigorously.  Place the salmon in the covered baking dish, amid the mushrooms and red bell pepper.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Finely chop a green onion, and place atop the salmon.  Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.  Add a more olive oil, if desired.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave the rice and broth for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Microwave the salmon and sauce for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce atop the brown rice.  I also served carrot chips with dill and a salad that included chick peas.

–salmon adapted from Country Living web site; rice original.

A Simple Dinner:  TUNA STEAK WITH HONEY – SESAME SEEDS – GARLIC – GINGER IN A WINE & SOY SAUCE / WHITE RICE

–tuna steak (partially frozen, to cook rare, medium size)

–honey (bottled)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–garlic powder

–ginger (bottled)

–white wine (use the real stuff)

–soy sauce (bottled)

–white rice (instant)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tuna steak, partially frozen, in a covered baking dish.  Season with pepper, garlic powder, and ginger.  Add a small amount of white wine and a small amount of soy sauce.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the tuna.  Drizzle honey on top.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered for at least 5 minutes so that water is absorbed.

3 – Microwave the tuna steak for 3 minutes for rare tuna.  (Fully cooked tuna is likely to be too dry.)

4 – Divide the tuna steak into 2 portions, and serve atop the white rice.

–tuna steak adapted from the cooking channel web site; rice original.

THYME – OREGANO – GARLIC TUNA STEAKS WITH TOMATO & ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / RICE PILAF / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON / ASIAN BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD WITH TERIYAKI – SESAME – GINGER – WATER CHESTNUTS

–tuna steaks (2, size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–sweet onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–thyme and oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice pilaf (boxed)

–green peas (frozen, steamable package)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–bibb lettuce (one-half package)

–teriyaki sauce

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–ginger

–water chestnuts (one-half small can)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Chop tomato and onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the tuna steaks amid the tomato and onion in the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add one-fourth small can of tomato sauce to the white wine.  Stir gently.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place the rice in a covered baking dish.  Add the herb package and stir.  Add 2 and one-fourth cups of water to the dish.  Microwave on high for 18 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Steam the green peas in the package in the microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.  Let sit briefly, to cool a bit.  Empty into a serving bowl and sprinkle with tarragon, salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Place one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with teriyaki sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.  Add one-half small can of water chestnuts.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the tuna steaks for 3 and one-half minutes for well-done, less if you desire a rare center.

6 – Serve the Asian salad as a first course.  Then serve the tuna steaks with sauce atop the rice pilaf, with the green peas as a side.

–tuna steaks adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; other recipes original.

ASIAN MARINATED CHICKEN WITH HONEY – GINGER – GREEN ONIONS – SESAME SEEDS IN SOY SAUCE / RICE STICKS / CAESAR SALAD WITH RED BELL PEPPER / RED ONION / WALNUTS / AVOCADO

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–soy sauce

–honey

–ginger

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice sticks (rice noodles, packaged)

–spring mix salad greens

–Caesar salad dressing

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–walnuts (toasted, 1 handful)

–red onion (one-half, sliced)

–avocado (1, medium, diced)

1 – Marinate the chicken in a plastic bag with soy sauce and lemon juice for 1 hour prior to preparing dinner.  Place the marinated chicken with marinade in a covered baking dish.  Season with pepper and ginger.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs very sparingly on top.  Pour 1 slender thread of honey on top of each piece of chicken.  Sprinkle sesame seeds generously on chicken.  Dice the green onions into one-fourth inch pieces, and place on top of the chicken.  Season with olive oil.  Pour additional soy sauce around the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Place 2 handfuls of rice sticks in water to cover.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

3 – Place one-half package of spring mix salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add chopped red bell pepper, walnuts, red onion.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add Caesar salad dressing (to taste) and stir well.  Fold in a diced avocado.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course, and serve the chicken hot, on top of the rice sticks.

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com; other recipes original.

COD WITH DILL – PARSLEY – BAY LEAF IN WHITE WINE – LEMON SAUCE / BROCCOLI WITH SOY – SESAME – LEMON SAUCE / GARLIC PASTA

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

–dill

–parsley

–bay leaf

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–lemon juice

–garlic powder

–broccoli (one stalk)

–soy sauce

–sugar

–sesame seeds (toasted, bottled)

–pasta

 

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in a large, covered, baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic powder.  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 in a colander before serving.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in one-fourth cup of white wine.  Season with dill, parsley, bay leaves (2, submerge in wine), garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Cut the florets and some stem from the broccoli stalk.  Break apart the remaining pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and sesame seeds.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Place one-quarter cup of soy sauce in a small, microwaveable bowl.  Add one-quarter cup of both lemon juice and white wine.  Season with 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Stir well.  When broccoli has finished cooking, microwave the soy sauce on high for 1 minute.  Then pour over the broccoli.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 and one-half minutes, longer if it does not yet break apart easily.

6 – Serve the cod on top of the pasta, with the broccoli with soy sauce on the side.

–recipes adapted from Real Simple.

CHINESE – STYLE OVEN FRIED SESAME CHICKEN WITH BROCCOLI – CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS IN ORANGE SAUCE / WHITE RICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange sauce (I used Panda Express bottled sauce)

–broccoli (one-half stalk, florets only)

–miniature carrots (a dozen)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–toasted sesame seeds (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant, boxed)

 

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag, adding olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Coat.  Add one-third cup of breadcrumbs to the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Pour orange sauce over the whole.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Set aside.

2 – Measure 1 cup of white rice into a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Cut florets from the broccoli, in bite-sized pieces.  Slice the green onions in one-half inch pieces.  Add broccoli, green onions, and carrots (uncut) to a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a generous amount of orange sauce over the whole.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes. 

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.  When finished, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Add the chicken to the vegetables, and stir well.  Add more sesame seeds on top.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

COD WITH POTATOES, ONIONS, & WHITE WINE / EGGPLANT APPETIZER WITH DICED SQUASH

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

–potato (1, medium)

–onion (one-half)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–parsley

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (1 medium)

–squash (summer squash, small)

–green onions (one-half bunch)

–cayenne pepper

–toasted sesame seeds (bottled)

–garlic powder

–crackers

 

1 – Cook the eggplant in the microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Turn over, and cook for 5 minutes more.  Let cool.  When cool, cut off the stalk and then cut lengthwise.  Rake out the flesh.  Place on a cutting board, and cut in 2 directions.  Place in mixing bowl.  Peel and dice the squash into small pieces.  Slice green onions into one-half inch pieces.  Season the eggplant mixture with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds.  Stir well.  Refrigerator until time to serve.

2 – Scrub the potato.  Slice into very narrow pieces.  Place in covered baking dish with 1 inch of white wine.  Cook in microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Slice one-half onion.  After 10 minutes of cooking the potato, place the onion on top and cook for 5 minutes more.  Check to be sure that there is plenty of wine, still not absorbed by the potato.  When finished, place cod on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the cod.  Cook for 5 minutes on high in the microwave.

3 – Serve the eggplant as an appetizer, with crackers.  Serve the cod hot.

–eggplant inspired by a web recipe; cod adapted from The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet cookbook.

PAPRIKA TILAPIA / SESAME EGGPLANT DIP / SQUASH AND ONIONS WITH FAUX BACON

–tilapia (the size of 3 decks of cards)

–paprika

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (medium)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–feta cheese

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–squash (3 young, small, and tender)

–onion

–Bac’n bits (soy bacon)

 

1 – Cook the eggplant ahead of the meal, so that it has time to cool before preparation.  To prepare in microwave, cook 5 minutes on one side; then turn over and cook 5 minutes on the other side.  When cool, slice downward lengthwise.  Remove seeds and rake the eggplant onto a cutting board.  Cut 2 ways, repeatedly.  In a mixing bowl, add half a small carton of feta cheese, one-half cup of fresh parsley leaves, cut (or 2 tablespoons dried), a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds, salt, pepper, and olive oil to season.  Refrigerate.

2 – Place tilapia in covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with generous amount of paprika, then salt and pepper, and olive oil.  Add a tiny amount of water to the bottom of the dish.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and cut squash and onion.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Salt, pepper, and add Bac’n pieces to taste.  Season with olive oil.  Cook on high in microwave for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the eggplant with crackers as an appetizer.  Meanwhile, cook the tilapia on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Serve tilapia hot and squash warm.

–eggplant adapted from Real Simple; tilapia adapted from Pierre Franey’s 60 Minute Gourmet; squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

ASIAN FRIED CHICKEN / BRUSSELS SPROUTS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–fine bread crumbs (plain)

–olive oil

–ginger

–garlic powder

–soy sauce

–brown sugar

–sesame seeds (toasted, if possible)

–cayenne pepper

–Brussels sprouts (15 to 20 sprouts)

 

1 – Put chicken pieces in plastic bag. Add salt, pepper, ginger, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil (to coat). Pour out into baking dish with cover. Add soy sauce lightly. Add water to dilute the soy sauce, about one-fourth cup. Top with sesame seeds. Set aside.

 2 – Cut each Brussels sprout into two pieces with sharp knife. Pour into large, wide-mouthed baking dish. Add the same spices as for the chicken–salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and olive oil. Fill to about one inch of water, to cover the sprouts. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes on high, checking toward the end to be sure that water has not boiled out. Cover to keep warm after cooking is finished.

3 – Cook the chicken for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve immediately.

 

–adapted from Real Simple recipes.

HONEYED SALMON / TARRAGON GREEN PEAS / PASTA

–penne pasta (dry, one cup)

–salt

–garlic powder

–salmon (size of three decks of cards)

–honey

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–soy sauce

–ginger

–sherry (cooking wine is fine)

–sesame seeds (toasted if possible)

–olive oil

–green peas (frozen)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Measure 1 cup of penne pasta into cooking dish. Add one teaspoon of salt into dish. Just cover with water. Cook, uncovered in microwave for 2 and one-half minutes. Then cook for 8 and one-half minutes more on 50 percent power. When cooking is finished, cover with a lid to keep warm.

2 – Place salmon in cooking dish with cover. Add one-fourth cup of red wine and one-eighth cup of soy sauce. Sprinkle ginger and powdered garlic on top. Add a very small amount of sherry on top. Cover with sesame seeds generously. Then top the whole with a generous amount of honey. Season with olive oil. Set aside.

3 – Place green peas in cooking dish with cover. Sprinkle with salt, tarragon, and olive oil. Stir. Add one inch of water. Cook on high for four minutes.

4 – Cook salmon on high for four and one-half minutes. Test center of salmon to see if cooked. If not, return to microwave for one minute.

5 – Drain pasta in colander.  For serving, place salmon on top of pasta.

6 – Serve dinner hot.

–Salmon adapted from a recipe by friends Steve and Jan Bly. Green peas and pasta original.