CHICKEN ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS – MINCED GARLIC IN SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, sliced, 1 handful)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–sherry (one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and several drops of olive oil.  Massage the bag so that olive oil covers the chicken.  Pour in the breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish.

2 – Top the chicken with sliced mushrooms and green onion.  Drop the garlic in various places on the chicken.  Drench the chicken with sherry, being careful to cover all.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for a minute or two longer.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

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CRAB CAKES WITH MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED BY CILANTRO & LEMON SLICES IN SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–crab cakes (ready-prepared, 4)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–cilantro (or parsley, fresh)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish, not touching each other.  Drench in sherry, with a little extra for sauce.  Spread minced garlic atop each crab cake.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place a slice atop each crab cake.  Sprinkle chopped cilantro or parsley atop the crab cakes.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes, enough time to allow the lemon slices to release their juices.

2 – Serve the crab cakes hot.

–crab cakes inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & GREEN ONIONS IN SHERRY CREAM SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Pour a little sherry and a little creamer in a covered baking dish.  Season lightly with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, stir the sauce, and then place the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chop 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, 3 stalks of green onions, and 1 handful of parsley, and sprinkle atop the chicken.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  (Sauce will bubble up unless cooked on 50 percent power.)

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop rice or quinoa if desired.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration)>

CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS IN A BRANDY – SHERRY – CREAM SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

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

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little brandy, sherry, and creamer.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken amid the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop white or brown rice (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken inspired from a pheasant recipe out of Rene Verdon’s White House Chef Cookbook (from the Kennedy administration).

CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH GINGER & TOPPED BY LEMON SLICES IN A SHERRY – LEMON – TERIYAKI MARINADE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–ginger

–lemon (fresh, 1)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in a small amount of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place in a covered baking dish with a little sherry and a little teriyaki marinade.  Drench the chicken in lemon juice.  Sprinkle ginger on top.

2 – With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon.  Place the lemon slices atop the chicken.  If desired, add a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop white or brown rice, couscous, pasta, or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–chicken inspired by John and Jacqueline Kennedy’s chef, Rene Verdon, from his book, The White House Chef Cookbook.

CRAB CAKES VALENTINE ATOP ASPARAGUS IN PARMESAN WHITE SAUCE SEASONED WITH SHERRY

Note:  For an easier dinner, use ready-prepared crab cakes.

For 4:

–crab cakes (4)

–asparagus (frozen, 1 package)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–milk (almond or dairy, not soy, three-fourth’s cup)

–flour

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine, one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place three-fourth’s cup of almond or dairy milk in a microwaveable cup.  Add one-fourth cup of sherry.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk/sherry has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.  Stir one-fourth cup of shredded Parmesan cheese into the milk/sherry.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, stir well.

2 – Microwave the asparagus, seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil in a covered baking dish for 4 minutes.

3 – Place the sherry/milk/Parmesan sauce in the dish with the asparagus.  Place crab cakes in the sauce, spooning sauce on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the crab cakes hot, atop the asparagus and covered with sauce.

–crab cakes inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

SPICY GARLIC – LEMON CHICKEN & SHRIMP WITH BROCCOLI & MUSHROOMS TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & IN SHERRY SAUCE

For 4:

–3 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 10 to 12 small)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–broccoli (florets only from 1 large head)

–mushrooms (5 or 6 baby bellas, sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cut the florets from 1 head of broccoli, and place around the edge of a large, covered baking dish.  Slice 5 to 6 baby bella mushrooms, and add atop the broccoli.  Place the chicken in the center of the dish.  Season with lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of sherry to the dish.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place 10 to 12 small shrimp in a small, covered baking dish with a little sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of sherry.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, pour the cooked shrimp atop the chicken dish.

3 – Serve the chicken, shrimp, and vegetables hot, atop rice or quinoa (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

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

THYME COD WITH STEAMED FRESH PEAR CHUNKS IN CLAM JUICE – SHERRY SAUCE

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

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–pear (fresh, peeled, diced)

–clam juice (bottled)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish a little clam juice and a little sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Peel and dice 1 pear, and place around and on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot, with the pear chunks on top.

–cod adapted from “nonbudsman” blog site.

HONEY – CORIANDER COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – VIDALIA ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC IN SHERRY SAUCE ATOP FARFALLE PASTA

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

–honey

–coriander

–tomato (medium)

–Vidalia onion (one-half)

–red bell pepper (3 slices)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–farfalle pasta (bowtie)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of farfalle pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to 1 inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop the medium tomato and place in an UNcovered baking dish with a very little bit of sherry.  Slice the red bell pepper, just 3 slices, and place on top.  Chop one-half Vidalia onion and add to the baking dish.  Season with coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, honey, and olive oil.  Microwave in a covered baking dish on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, atop the pasta.

–cod adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

ASIAN TUNA STEAKS TOPPED WITH GREEN ONION – SESAME – GINGER – HONEY – GARLIC IN SHERRY & SOY SAUCE

–tuna steak

–green onion (1, chopped)

–sesame seeds, ginger, garlic powder (bottled)

–honey

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–soy sauce

–pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tuna steak in a covered baking dish with a little sherry and a little soy sauce.  Season with sesame seeds, ginger, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of honey, pepper, and olive oil.  Top with 1 chopped green onion.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes (do not overcook).

2 – Serve the tuna steak hot, atop white rice.  I also served asparagus with mushrooms and zipper peas (recipes, see the search box on this blog

–tuna steak adapted from allrecipes.com web site.

COD SPRINKLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN SHERRY – BROTH – FAUX BUTTER SAUCE / EGGPLANT DIP WITH ROSEMARY – ONION – GARLIC – RED WINE / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – ZUCCHINI PENNIES – SLICED ALMONDS – FETA IN CREAMY CAESAR DRESSING

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

–mushrooms (medium baby bellas, 2, sliced)

–onion (fresh, one-quarter, sliced)

–garlic powder (bottled with parsley)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–eggplant (medium, fresh)

–rosemary (fresh is much better than dried)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–spring mix salad (one-half package)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–zucchini (1, medium, sliced into rounds)

–sliced almonds (generous sprinkle)

–feta cheese (one-fourth of a small container)

–creamy Caesar salad dressing (I use Paul Newman)

1 – Wash and puncture all round a medium-sized eggplant.  Place on a microwaveable plate and microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then turn over, and microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool, either on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, cut off the stalk, and then slice vertically, once.  Rake out the pulp onto a cutting board.  Cut 2 ways, repeatedly.  Then place the pulp in a mixing bowl.  Mince one-quarter onion, and add to the bowl.  Snip rosemary from 1 stalk, and add to the bowl.  Season with garlic powder and red wine.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator, covered, until time for dinner.

2 – Wash and slice 2 medium-sized baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish.  Slice one-quarter onion and place in dish with mushrooms.  Add a little sherry and a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod amid the mushrooms and onion.  Microwave 1 tablespoon of Promise margarine in a covered baking dish.  Pour the margarine over the cod.  Sprinkle a little bit of breadcrumbs over the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of spring mix salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of shredded carrots, 1 peeled and sliced zucchini, and a generous sprinkle of sliced almonds.  Season with salt and pepper.  Just before serving, add creamy Caesar salad dressing and stir well.  Sprinkle one-fourth container of feta cheese on top. 

4 – Microwave the cod on high for 6 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the eggplant dip with crackers as a first course.  Then serve the salad as a second course.  Serve the cod as the entrée.  I also served baby lima beans with the cod (recipe, see the search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salad and eggplant dip 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.

BREADCRUMB – COVERED COD WITH GARLIC & PARSLEY IN SHERRY SAUCE / BUTTERED WHITE CORN / BUTTER LETTUCE WITH MUSHROOMS – SUMMER SQUASH – CHICKPEAS – GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DRESSING

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

–garlic powder

–parsley

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–white corn (frozen)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–butter lettuce (packaged)

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

–summer squash (1, small)

–chickpeas (1 handful)

–green onions (2 bunches, sliced)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a small amount of sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a small amount of breadcrumbs on top.  Then sprinkle cut parsley on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Slice 3 or 4 baby bella mushrooms, and add to the bowl.  Peel and slice 1 summer squash, and add to the bowl.  Add 1 handful of chickpeas.  Slice 2 stalks of green onions, and add to the bowl.  Stir well.  Wait until just before serving to add dressing of red wine and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir.

3 – Add two-thirds cup of white corn to a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and margarine.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot, with the corn as a side.

–cod adapted from a lobster recipe in Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

PAPRIKA TILAPIA WITH WHITE WINE & SHERRY / GREEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES, FETA, & WALNUTS / GARLIC ZUCCHINI WITH ONION

–tilapia (2 medium)

–white wine and sherry (cooking variety us fine)

–paprika

–cream or milk (dairy, soy, or almond, plain)

–plain fine breadcrumbs

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–salad greens

–strawberries (fresh, 4 or 5)

–feta cheese

–walnuts (toasted)

–salad dressing of your choice

–onion (1, divided)

–zucchini (1 large)

–garlic powder

 

1 – Place the tilapia in a plastic bag.  Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Add one-third cup of breadcrumbs to the bag.  Shake well.  Place the tilapia in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine and one-fourth cup of sherry.  Sprinkle the tilapia with paprika and parsley.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice a zucchini into one-fourth inch slices.  Chop one-half of an onion.  Place the zucchini and onion in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 4 minutes.

3 – Add sliced strawberries, one-half cup of feta cheese, and a handful of walnuts to half a package of salad greens, in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add your favorite salad dressing, just to coat.   Transfer to a serving bowl.

4 – Place one-third cup of cream or milk in a microwaveable dish.  Cook on high in the microwave for 1 minute.  Set aside.

5 – Cook the tilapia on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, pour the cream or milk over the whole.

6 – Serve the tilapia and zucchini hot, and the salad cold.

–tilapia adapted from White House Chef Cookbook; zucchini adapted from a hotel dining hall in Rome, Italy; salad original.

COD WITH PAPRIKA, THYME, AND CILANTRO / SLAW WITH HONEY, SHERRY, AND DEJON MUSTARD

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

–paprika

–thyme, cilantro (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–shredded cabbage (one-half package)

–honey

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–Dejon mustard

–onion (one-half, medium)

–green olives (one-half cup)

 

1 – Place the cod in a baking dish with cover.  Drench with lemon juice.  Add a little water.  Season with paprika, thyme, cilantro, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place shredded cabbage in a mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of sherry, and 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard. Chop onion and add to the mixing bowl.  Cut the green olives into two pieces each and add to the bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.

3 – Cook the cod for 5 minutes on high in the microwave.

4 – Serve the cod hot and the slaw cold.

–cod and slaw inspired by Yummly, Food52, on the web.

SHERRY – TERIYAKI SALMON WITH RICE NOODLES / GREEN BEANS

–salmon (the size of 3 decks of cards)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–teriyaki sauce

–onion

–ginger

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice noodles

–green beans (frozen)

 

1 – Chop an onion and place in bottom of a covered baking dish.  Cover with 1 inch of sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place 2 fistfuls of rice noodles in a long, uncovered baking dish.  Cover with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt.  Cook on high in the microwave, uncovered, for 5 minutes; then cook on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

3 – Place salmon on top of the onion in the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, and olive oil.  Sprinkle teriyaki sauce over the top.  Spoon a little of the sauce over the salmon.  Set aside.

4 – Place green beans in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and pour in 1 inch of water.  Cook for 5 minutes on high in the microwave.

5 – Cook the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes in the microwave on high.  When finished, test the center for doneness.  If not completely cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

6 – Serve the meal hot, with the salmon on top of the noodles, and the green beans on the side.

–adapted from Real Simple Meals Made Easy.

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.