MEDITERRANEAN SEAFOOD TRIO OF SHRIMP – COD – CRAB MEAT WITH POTATOES – TOMATO – ONION & SEASONED WITH BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–shrimp (half a dozen, already cooked, tail-off, shell off)

–crab meat (canned, 2 tablespoons)

–potatoes (2, medium, cut in 1-inch pieces)

–tomato (fresh, vine-ripened (if possible), medium, cut in 1 – inch pieces)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–basil, oregano (fresh if possible; 2 tablespoons of each, fresh; or 1 teaspoon of each, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (bottled, one-fourth cup)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–olive oil (several drops, to taste)

1 – Place the cut-up potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add the tomato and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes. 

2 – When finished, nestle the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – When finished, top the cod with the cooked crab meat and cooked shrimp.  Microwave, to heat, for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, atop jasmine rice (for recipe, see the microwave instructions that come with the brand you buy).

–recipe original.

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COD & SHRIMP NATURALLY WITH ALMOND SAUCE ON THE SIDE

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

–shrimp (8 to 10, small, thawed from frozen)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Almond sauce:

–almonds (15)

–marinara sauce (2 tablespoons)

–green onions (4, chopped)

–capers (1 tablespoon)

–green olives (10, from a jar)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–flour (1 teaspoon)

1 – To make the sauce, place in a food processor, 15 almonds, 2 tablespoons marinara sauce, 4 chopped green onions, 1 tablespoon capers, 10 green olives, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  Cover; be prepared to serve at room temperature.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Set aside, still covered.

3 – Place 8 to 10 small, thawed, shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.

3 – Pour the shrimp on top of the cod.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, with the almond sauce on the side.

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

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.

PARSLEYED SALMON – SHRIMP – ASPARAGUS SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PAPRIKA IN FAUX BUTTER SAUCE

For 4:

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 8 to 10 small)

–asparagus (1 handful, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–paprika

–parsley (fresh)

–salt and pepper

–margarine (Promise, heart-healthy)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add asparagus on each side, not covering the salmon.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and dots of Promise margarine.  Set aside.

2 – Place 8 to 10 small, thawed shrimp in a covered microwaveable bowl.  Season with minced garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and a little Promise margarine.  Set aside.

3 – Microwave the salmon and asparagus for 7 and one-half minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 2 minutes.  Then pour over the salmon and asparagus.

5 – Serve the salmon, shrimp, and asparagus hot.

–recipe adapted from Valentino’s Corner blog.

CATALINA COD WITH ONIONS – HORSERADISH SAUCE – PARSLEY ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note:  This recipe was originally intended for shrimp.

For 4:

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

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–horseradish sauce (bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine

–parsley (fresh)

–Catalina salad dressing (1 cup)

–jasmine rice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and three-fourths cup of water.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  (You can freeze any rice that is left over.)

2 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  In a mixing bowl, place 1 tablespoon of horseradish sauce.  Slowly add 1 cup of Catalina salad dressing, stirring constantly.  Place the sauce in the baking dish.  Add white wine to make sauce your desired consistency.  Stir well.  Place cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, 2 stalks of chopped green onions, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–cod inspired by To the Taste of a King (fifties cookbook from Louisiana).

ROSEMARY – LEMON COD & SHRIMP IN CREAMY GARLIC TERIYAKI SAUCE

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 8 to 10, medium)

–lemon juice

–creamer (dairy or soy; soy creamer does well in the microwave)

–garlic (minced, from a jar)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a little teriyaki marinade in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 teaspoons of creamer.  Season with minced garlic, 1 teaspoon, and a little olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

3 – Place the shrimp in a covered, microwaveable bowl.  Add a little teriyaki marinade, a drop or two of creamer, and a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, place the shrimp atop the cod.

4 – Serve the shrimp and cod hot, atop pasta, rice, or quinoa if desired (for recipes, see the search box).

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

PARSLEYED COD & SHRIMP WITH MUSHROOMS – MINT – CAYENNE – GREEN ONIONS – GARLIC IN WHITE WINE & SOY SAUCE

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 8 to 10, small)

–mushrooms (6 to 8 baby bellas, sliced)

–mint (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–white wine

–soy sauce

1 – Place the shrimp in a small covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with mint, cayenne, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the 6 to 8 sliced baby bella mushrooms in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and a little soy sauce.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, cayenne, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Top with chopped parsley and 2 sliced green onions.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Microwave the shrimp for 1 minute on high.  When finished, place the shrimp on top of the cod.

5 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, atop pasta or rice if desired (recipes, see search box on this blog).

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

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED PARMESAN – BASIL SHRIMP WITH OLIVE OIL

Note:  This easy recipe tastes like a “fine dining” experience.

–shrimp (one-third package, 30 shrimp, small)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–basil (fresh)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place 30 small shrimp in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Serve the shrimp hot, atop rice if desired.

–adapted from “how sweet it is” blog site.

A Celebratory Dinner for 2:  HERB CHICKEN & SHRIMP IN MARINARA SAUCE MADE WITH VINE-RIPENED TOMATO

Note:  This delicious and fancy entrée, designed by well-recognized chef Edward Giobbi, can be prepared and cooked in less than 30 minutes using the microwave.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shrimp (8 small, fresh)

–tomato (medium, vine-ripened, fresh)

–rosemary, basil, mint, parsley (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–capers (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–white wine (use the real, not cooking)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, and place in a covered baking dish with just a few drops of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, basil, mint, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Drop half a dozen capers on top.  Stir in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – When finished, nestle the chicken amid the marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, basil, mint, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Place chopped parsley on top.  Set aside.

3 – Place 8 small shrimp in a small, covered microwaveable bowl with a very small amount of water.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp atop.

5 – Serve the chicken and shrimp hot, with the marinara sauce.

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

CREOLE SALMON & SHRIMP IN WINE & BROTH GRAVY WITH LEMON – ROSEMARY – OREGANO – GARLIC / SPICY PURPLE HULL PEA SOUP WITH SHREDDED CARROTS & ONION

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

–Creole seasoning (bottled, in spices section of grocery store)

–shrimp (tiny, a dozen, thawed from frozen)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–lemon juice

–rosemary & oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–purple hull peas (frozen)

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–shredded carrots (one handful)

–onion (one-half, sliced in small pieces)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the peas in a slow cooker with water to cover.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and a little olive oil.  Optionally, add a generous amount of cayenne pepper.  Add 1 handful of shredded carrots, and one-half sliced onion.  Stir.  Cook for 5 and one-half hours on low.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with Creole seasoning, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Rinse and drain about a dozen tiny shrimp.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Place one-half cup of chicken broth in a measuring cup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the heated broth to the flour.  Stir well.  Pour atop the shrimp.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, a squirt of lemon juice, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, pour the shrimp gravy atop the salmon.

5 – Serve the soup as a first course; then serve the salmon atop quinoa (recipe, see the search box on this blog). 

–salmon and shrimp adapted from food.com web site; soup original.

SPICY SHRIMP WITH GINGER – HONEY – SRIRACHA – ONION – GARLIC IN WINE – ORANGE – SOY SAUCE / RICE STICKS

–shrimp (one-half package, thawed from frozen)

–ginger (bottled)

–honey

–Sriracha chili sauce

–garlic powder

–white wine

–orange juice (juice of 1 fresh orange)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–soy sauce

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice sticks (packaged)

1 – Peel and chop one-half onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine, soy sauce, and the juice of 1 orange.  Season with ginger, 1 tablespoon of Sriracha chili sauce, garlic powder, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the rice sticks in at least 2 inches of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Stir the thawed shrimp amid the onion and sauce.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the shrimp with sauce atop the rice sticks.

–shrimp adapted from “my recipes” web site; rice sticks original.

COLD BOILED SHRIMP WITH PESTO DIPPING SAUCE / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON ZEST / PARSLEYED BABY LIMA BEAN SOUP WITH CORN – TOMATOES – ONION IN BROTH

–shrimp (60, small, for 2 servings)

–pesto sauce (in a jar)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–asparagus (one-half bunch, fresh)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–baby lima beans (frozen, 1 cup)

–corn (frozen, one-third cup)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–tomatoes (2, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of baby lima beans in a slow cooker.  Add one-third cup of corn.  Chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Chop 2 tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and add to the cooker.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and season the soup.  Season also with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 6 hours on low.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Rinse 60 small thawed shrimp in a colander.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.   Drain the water.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce.  Stir well.  Keep refrigerated until time for dinner.

4 – Place one-half bunch of fresh asparagus in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes (longer if desired for more tender asparagus).

5 – Place ice cubes in 2 soup bowls.  Arrange the shrimp atop the ice.  Serve the pesto in small cups, on a plate with the soup bowls filled with shrimp.

6 – Serve the bean and corn soup as a first course.  Then serve the shrimp ice cold, with the asparagus as a side.

–bean and corn soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

MEDITERRANEAN COD & SHRIMP SEASONED WITH BASIL – OREGANO – GARLIC IN RED WINE SAUCE WITH ONION – TOMATO – RED BELL PEPPER

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

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 6 to 8, small)

–basil, oregano, garlic powder (bottled)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop one-half onion, 1 tomato, and 2 slices of red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish with a little red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Rinse the shrimp, and then place in a small microwaveable, covered, bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the onion, tomato, and pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Then pour the shrimp, with any liquid, atop the cod, and microwave for 30 seconds more.

4 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot.  I also served white rice and oven fried okra (for recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–recipe original.

PARSLEYED FLOUNDER & SHRIMP WITH MUSHROOMS & CROUTONS IN WINE – BRANDY – WORCESTERSHIRE WHITE SAUCE / BASIL SPRING MIX SALAD WITH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI – BROCCOLI FLORETS IN RED WINE – OLIVE OIL DRESSING

–flounder (2, thin, thawed from frozen)

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 6 to 8 small)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8, sliced)

–croutons (Texas Toast garlic & butter, a handful, packaged)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine

–brandy (1 tablespoon)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 tablespoon)

–flour

-salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spring mix salad (one-half package)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–zucchini (1, medium, sliced)

–broccoli florets (one-half head, broken apart in bite-sized pieces)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place one-half package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 chopped tomato, 1 peeled and sliced zucchini, one-half head of broken florets of broccoli, basil, salt, and pepper.  Stir well.  Just before dinner, add a small amount of red wine and a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil. 

 

2 – Slice 6 to 8 baby bella mushrooms and place in a covered baking dish.  Place one-half cup of white wine and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce in a microwaveable cup, and microwave on high for 1 minute.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the wine mixture to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then pour the resulting white sauce atop the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

3 – Rinse 6 to 8 small, deveined, tail-off, shell-off shrimp, and then place in a small microwaveable covered bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Set aside.

4 – Place the flounder atop the mushrooms, in the white sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minute (longer if flounder are thick).  Add shrimp, 1 handful of Texas Toast garlic – butter croutons, and a sprinkling of parsley.  Microwave for 30 seconds more.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Serve the flounder and shrimp hot.  I also served Brussel sprouts with oregano (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–flounder and shrimp adapted from To the Taste of a King; salad original.

PARMESAN COD & SHRIMP IN WHITE SAUCE / FRESH TURNIP GREENS WITH PICKLE RELISH

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

–shrimp (8 to 10, thawed from frozen)

–Parmesan cheese

–milk (dairy or almond; soy isn’t advised)

–flour

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–turnip greens (fresh)

–pickle relish (bottled)

1 – Place one-half package of fresh turnip greens in a large baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Place one-half cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup; microwave for 45 seconds.  Place 1 heaping tablespoon of flour in a second cup.  When the milk has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.  Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, generously, on top.  Pour the white sauce into the dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Pour the shrimp atop the cod.  Microwave for 2 and one-half minutes more. 

3 – Serve the cod and shrimp hot, with the turnip greens as a side, accompanied by pickle relish.

–cod/shrimp adapted from allrecipes.com; turnip greens original.

COD & SHRIMP WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY / WHITE RICE / GARLIC SPINACH / BACON – FLAVORED BEAN SOUP WITH TOMATOES – ONION – THYME – BAY LEAVES

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

–shrimp (small, thawed from frozen, 8 to 10)

–baby bella mushrooms (6 to 8)

–flour

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–spinach (packaged, fresh)

–garlic powder

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–great Northern beans (two-thirds cup, dried—soak overnight)

–tomatoes (1 can, undrained, diced)

–onion (one-half, fresh)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2, dried, bottled)

1 – In a slow cooker, place two-thirds cup of great Northern beans that have been soaked overnight.  Add one and one-half cups of chicken broth.  Then add the can of tomatoes, with juice.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, thyme, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Cook on low in the slow cooker for 8 hours.  When finished, place the setting on warm until time for dinner.

 

2 – Place one-half cup of chicken broth in a microwaveable bowl.  Microwave for 45 seconds.  In a second bowl, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the heated broth to the flour, stirring briskly.  Set aside.

3 – Wash and quarter the mushrooms.  Place in a covered baking dish with the newly made gravy.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then place the cod in the mushroom gravy.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

4 – Measure 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.

5 – Place 3 handfuls of spinach in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Place the thawed shrimp in a small, microwaveable bowl with a tiny bit of water (for steaming).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.

7 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.  When finished, spoon the shrimp on top.

8 – Serve the bean soup as a first course.  Serve the cod and shrimp hot, atop the white rice, with the spinach as a side.

–bean soup and cod/shrimp entrée adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; other recipes original.

HERBED SPICY SHRIMP & CHICKEN WITH GREEN PEAS – TOMATO – SWEET ONION / RICE PILAF / TRADITIONAL CAESAR SALAD WITH PARMESAN & SEASONED CROUTONS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shrimp (12, thawed from frozen, small, deveined, tail-off, raw)

–green peas (frozen, to be steamed in package)

–tomato (1, medium, vine-ripened, fresh)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–mint (fresh if possible)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice pilaf (boxed)

–romaine lettuce (half a package)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–seasoned croutons (packaged)

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

1 – Pour the rice pilaf into a covered baking dish.  Add the herb package and stir.  Add 2 and one-fourth cups of water.  Season with olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 18 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes. 

2 – Slice the tomato and one-half sweet onion into small pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with oregano, mint, lemon zest, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Microwave the steamable frozen package of green peas for 4 and one-half minutes.  Place half the peas with the tomato and onion.  Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.  Season with oregano, mint, lemon zest, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.  Place 12 thawed shrimp in a small bowl with a very little water.  Season with oregano, mint, lemon zest, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of prepared romaine lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Add Parmesan cheese to taste.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add Caesar dressing to taste.  Stir well.  Sprinkle croutons atop the salad.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes.  When finished, pour the shrimp on top. 

5 – Serve the Caesar salad as a first course.  Serve the chicken and shrimp with vegetables atop the rice pilaf.   

–chicken and shrimp recipe adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking; other recipes original.

COLD SHRIMP WITH FRESH APPLE SALSA / DILLED CARROTS / GARLIC SPINACH

–shrimp (one-half package, thawed from frozen, peeled, deveined, tail off)

–apple (peeled and chopped finely)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, medium, finely chopped)

–lime juice

–banana pepper (fresh, one-fourth pepper, chopped finely)

–ginger

–salt

–sugar (1 tablespoon)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–miniature carrots (one-half package, fresh)

–spinach (fresh, package)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Thaw the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.  Rinse well.  Place in a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish in 1 layer.  Add a little water.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, submerge the shrimp in cold water.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Peel and chop, finely, 1 apple.  Peel and chop finely 1 Vidalia onion.  Place apple and onion in a mixing bowl.  Sprinkle with lime juice.  Chop finely one-fourth banana pepper, and add to the bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts to the bowl.  Season with ginger, salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and cilantro.  Stir well.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.  (If making the salsa ahead, do not add walnuts until just before dinner.)

3 – Place the carrots in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with dill, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes (longer if want more tender carrots).

4 – Place the spinach in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the shrimp cold, with the salsa, and the carrots and spinach as sides.

–salsa adapted from Christine Muhlke’s web site; other recipes original.

COLD SHRIMP WITH AVOCADO – PEACH SALSA / OVEN FRIED SQUASH WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS / SPRING MIX WITH DRIED BERRIES – PECANS – FETA IN HONEY – WINE SALAD DRESSING

Note:  The salsa is very, very tasty.

–shrimp (one-half package, frozen, tails off, deveined, shelled)

–avocado (1, fresh)

–peach (1, fresh, medium)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, finely diced)

–red bell pepper (1 slice, finely chopped)

–banana peppers (bottled, 6 or so, sliced)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–garlic salt

–summer squash (5, very small)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–spring mix (packaged salad, one-half package)

–dried berries (packaged)

–pecans (1 small package)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

–honey

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Thaw and rinse the shrimp.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Submerge in water to cool.  Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

2 – Cut open an avocado, remove the pit, and cut the flesh into small squares.  Set aside.  Peel the peach, and then slice into small squares.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Finely dice the onion, banana peppers, and red bell pepper.  Add to the mixing bowl.  Season with cilantro and olive oil.  Stir well.  Then fold in the avocado, being careful not to stir too vigorously.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for serving.

3 – Place one-half package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add one-third cup of dried berries, the pecans, and the feta to the spring mix.  Season to taste with honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of red wine.  Stir well.

4 – Wash and peel the squash.  Cut lengthwise, one time, each squash.  Place in a plastic bag, about one-half of the squash at a time.  Add olive oil.  Pour in a small amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the squash in one layer of a wide-mouthed covered baking dish.  Add a very small amount of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Serve the cold shrimp with the salsa, using the squash as a side.

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

LEMON SHRIMP WITH MINT – GARLIC – PARSLEY / NEW DILLED WHOLE POTATOES / BROCCOLI WITH HOT SAUCE

Note:  Thaw frozen shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.

–shrimp (frozen, one-half package)

–lemon juice

–mint (bottled)

–garlic salt

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (6 to 8)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–broccoli (1 stalk)

–hot sauce (such as tabasco)

 

1 – Wash and scrub the small potatoes.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Separate broccoli stalk from stems and florets, discarding the stalk.  Break apart the remainder.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Rinse the shrimp in a colander.  Place in one layer in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with mint, garlic salt, salt and pepper, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Serve the shrimp hot, with the broccoli and potatoes as sides.  Serve hot sauce with the broccoli.

–shrimp adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); potatoes adapted from Real Simple; broccoli original.

COLD BOILED SHRIMP WITH HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE / PAPRIKA POTATOES / BROCCOLI WITH BLACK OLIVES & TOMATO

–shrimp (frozen, one-half package, deveined, tail-off)

–mayonnaise

–lemon juice

–sweet pickle relish

–onion (one-half, small)

–paprika

–Bartlett potatoes (4, small)

–black olives (1 small can)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–broccoli (1 small head)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Pour half of the package of shrimp into a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Drain and cool in the refrigerator.

2 – Place about one-half cup of mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish.  Chop, in fine pieces, one half of an onion; then add to the bowl.  Season with 1 squirt of lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Stir well.  Let sit in the refrigerator to season.

3 – Wash and scrub the potatoes.  Chop into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Cut florets and stems from the stalk of broccoli, and discard the stalk.  Arrange in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Chop a tomato, season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt, and add to the baking dish.  Also add 1 small can of sliced black olives.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Serve the shrimp cold, with the tartar sauce.  Serve the hot potatoes and broccoli casserole as sides.

–broccoli recipe adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); other recipes original.

CREAMY SHRIMP PENNE PASTA WITH SPINACH – ONION – PARMESAN

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 60 to 80 small)

–pasta (gluten free, penne)

–lemon pepper (spice)

–spinach (fresh, one-half package)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–Parmesan cheese

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–mayonnaise

–salt

 

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to cover the pasta, plus about 1 extra inch of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minute.  Check to be sure that water hasn’t boiled out, and, if so, add more water.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Place shrimp in one layer in a wide-mouthed, large, uncovered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Sprinkle with lemon pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then drain.

3 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a small microwaveable bowl with water to cover.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Drain.

4 – Place spinach in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish. Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Drain and squeeze to get out extra water.

5 – Place 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise in a small covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave for 30 seconds on high.

5 – Drain the pasta, and place in a large bowl.  Add the shrimp, onion, and spinach.  Stir in the yogurt-mayonnaise sauce.  Then top with Parmesan cheese.

6 – Serve the shrimp pasta hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple.

A Simple Dinner:  GARLIC SHRIMP WITH CHIVES, ONION, & WHITE WINE / WHITE RICE / BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON & BUTTER

–shrimp (half a package of medium, frozen shrimp)

–garlic powder

–chives

–onion bits

–white wine

–white rice (instant)

–butter beans (canned)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.  Place the shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, onion bits, garlic, and olive oil.  Add white wine to cover.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Place one and one-third cups of water in the same dish.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Rinse butter beans in a colander.  Empty into a covered baking dish.  Season with Bac’n pieces, salt, pepper, and Promise Activ margarine.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.

4 – Cook the shrimp on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.

5 – Serve the shrimp on top of the white rice, with the butter beans as a side.  Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

VIETNAMESE SWEET AND SOUR SHRIMP / WHITE RICE

–shrimp (one-half package of fresh medium shrimp)

–red bell pepper

–onion

–garlic powder

–clam juice

–brown sugar

–paprika

–lime juice

–peanuts

–white rice (instant)

 

1 – Slice off two sections of red bell pepper, and then chop.  Chop one-half onion.  Place the pepper and onion in a covered baking dish, and add one-quarter cup of clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in the microwave.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and a dollop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Rinse the shrimp, and then place on top of the pepper and onion.  Season with paprika, garlic powder, and lime juice.  Cook for 2 minutes on high in the microwave.  Then add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, sprinkled on top of the shrimp.  Season with olive oil.  Than cook for 1 minute more in the microwave on high.

4 – Just before serving, sprinkle the shrimp with a handful of peanuts.  Serve the shrimp hot on top of the rice.

–inspired by Real Simple.

CURRY – GINGER TILAPIA WITH ONION / SQUASH CASSEROLE / GREEN BEANS WITH WALNUTS

Note:  You may substitute deveined, tail-off shrimp for the tilapia.

 

–2 tilapia (medium)

–curry

–ginger

–cayenne pepper

–clam juice

–onion (1 medium, divided)

–lemon juice

–fine plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–squash (4 small, fresh)

–Bac’n pieces

–green beans (frozen)

–walnuts

 

1 – Slice half an onion and place in bottom of covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the tilapia in a plastic bag.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add one-third cup of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place in the baking dish with the clam juice.  Season the tilapia, on top, with the curry, ginger, cayenne pepper, and a little more olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Slice the squash and one-half onion.  Place in covered baking dish in layers, adding Bac’n pieces, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, and olive oil to each layer.  Cook in the microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Add two handfuls of green beans to a covered baking dish.  Top with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a handful of walnuts.  Cook on high in the microwave for 4 minutes.

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

6 – Serve the dinner hot.

–tilapia adapted from White House Chef Cookbook; squash and green beans original. 

A Simple Dinner:  COLD SHRIMP ON ICE / SALAD WITH WALNUTS, MUSHROOMS, TOMATO, ONION, AND OREGANO

 

–shrimp (frozen, pre-packaged, 60 to 80 small)

–cocktail sauce (bottled)

–romaine lettuce (one-fourth package)

–walnuts (a handful)

–mushrooms (3 sliced, baby bellas)

–tomato (2 slices, chopped)

–onion (one-half medium, chopped)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–salad dressing of your choice

–salt and pepper

 

1 – Thaw shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.  Dump shrimp into large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Pour cold water over the shrimp and rinse.  Then leave sitting in cold water.  Set aside.

2 – Pour walnuts, sliced mushrooms, 2 slices of chopped tomato, and one-half sliced onion, romaine lettuce into mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.  Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite salad dressing.  Stir well.

3 – Drain the shrimp.  Pour ice cubes in a bowl, and then distribute the shrimp between the bowls, with shrimp resting on top.  Place cocktail sauce in dipping cup.

4 – Serve the shrimp with cocktail sauce and the salad cold.

–shrimp serving suggestion from Wiedman’s, Meridian, Mississippi; salad original.

SHRIMP-TOMATO SALAD / CARROTS WITH BROWN SUGAR / PAPRIKA ONIONS

–shrimp (small, frozen, 30 to 40, uncooked, tail off)

–onions (3)

–tomato

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

–carrots

–brown sugar

–olive oil

–paprika

1 – Cook shrimp in covered baking dish in microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Rinse to cool.  Chop 1 onion.  Using food processor, pulse shrimp and onion, seasoned with salt, pepper, and mayonnaise (2 tablespoons).  Fold in 2 slices of chopped tomato.  Place in freezer (briefly) or refrigerator.

2 – Peel and cut 2 onions in quarters or eighths (depending on size, about an inch square for each piece).  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a generous amount of paprika.  Add water.  Cook in microwave on high for 15 minutes.

3 – Peel and then slice carrots diagonally.  Place in covered baking dish, seasoning with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a generous amount of brown sugar.  Cook for 4 minutes in the microwave on high.

4 – Serve the shrimp salad cold, with the onions and carrots hot.

–original recipes.

MUSHROON – CHEESE – WINE APPETIZER / CILANTRO SHRIMP / GREEN BEANS / WHITE RICE

–flatbread

–baby bella mushrooms (about 8, small)

–Parmesan cheese

–onion (one-half medium)

–white cooking wine

–shrimp (frozen, 60 to 80, tail off, de-veined, uncooked)

–green beans (frozen)

–white rice (instant)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–lime juice

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Defrost the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.  When thawed and ready to cook, place in large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Season with salt, pepper, a dash of lime juice, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with cilantro.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in microwave.  Keep covered to retain warmth.

2 – Place two handfuls of green beans in baking dish with cover.  Season with cilantro, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes (less if you like crispy beans).

3 – Place two-thirds cup of instant white rice in large, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Fold in cilantro.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.

4 – Chop one-half onion and place in baking dish with cover.  Chop mushrooms.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine to the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes in microwave.

5 – Sprinkle generous amount of Parmesan cheese on flatbread.  Add mushroom – onion mixture on top, including some wine.  Finish with more cheese.  Cook on high for 1 minute in microwave.  Serve immediately.

6 – Serve shrimp, green beans, and white rice while still warm.

–adapted from Real Simple.

SHRIMP NOODLE SALAD / ASPARAGUS

–shrimp (60 – 80 small, shelled, deveined, tail off, thawed)

–salad dressing (see below for recipe)

–avocado (chopped)

–Asian noodles (the size of two fists)

–salt and pepper

–basil (fresh if possible)

–asparagus (frozen)

–olive oil

 

Salad dressing:

–1/4 cup of olive oil

–minced ginger (one-half teaspoon)

–mayonnaise (1 teaspoon)

–sesame seeds

–soy sauce

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–lime juice (1 dash)

–cilantro

Add olive oil to measuring cup to one-fourth cup level.  Add to cup the following:  ginger, mayonnaise, sesame seeds (be generous), soy sauce, sugar, lime juice, and bits of cilantro.  The whole should reach the one-half cup level.  Stir vigorously.

 

1 – Thaw shrimp in refrigerator overnight.  Dump package in wide-mouthed, large dish with lid.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Rinse under tap water to cool.  Refrigerator or put in freezer (briefly).

2 – For Asian noodles, cook, just covered in water but without a lid, in microwave for 5 minutes.  Rinse under tap water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

3 – For avocado, cut in half lengthwise.  Remove pit.  Cut across two ways, and then use spoon to remove.  Set aside briefly (not too long or color will change).  Note:  If you wish to prepare the salad early and refrigerator, add the avocado just before serving.

4 – Stir together the shrimp, noodles, avocado carefully to avoid mashing the avocado and breaking the noodles.  Add snips of basil.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour sauce over all, and fold in gently.

5 – Cook frozen asparagus for four minutes in microwave.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

6 – Serve cold shrimp salad and hot asparagus immediately.

–shrimp salad adapted from White on Rice Couple.