Note: Buy packaged crab cakes for an easy dinner.
–crab cakes (4, ready-prepared)
–minced garlic (in a jar)
–soy creamer (or dairy)
–avocados (2, fresh, medium)
1 – Place a small amount of soy or dairy creamer in a covered baking dish. Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes. Place the ready-prepared crab cakes in the creamer. Drench in lemon juice. Place a few drops of hot sauce on top, half a teaspoon of minced garlic on each cake, a few capers (without liquid), and sprinkle Parmesan cheese to finish. Add a drop or two of olive oil atop each crab cake.
2 – Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
3 – Serve the crab cakes, with sauce, hot, with a side of half an avocado per person..
–crab cakes inspired by Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.
–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips
–soy creamer (or dairy)
–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own cabernet marinara)
–salt and pepper
1 – Place a small amount of soy creamer in a covered baking dish. Add 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce. Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce. Microwave on high for 8 minutes.
3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup of rice, 1 and three-fourths cup water; microwave 5 minutes on high; 10 minutes on 50 percent power).
–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (French chef from the Kennedy administration).
–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)
–dill, oregano (fresh if possible)
–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)
–basil marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own)
–rotini pasta (boxed)
–creamer (dairy or soy; the soy creamer works well in the microwave)
1 – Place 1 cup of rotini pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover. Season with salt. Microwave for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 6 minutes on 50 percent power. When finished, cover to preserve warmth (do not drain yet).
2 – Place one-third container of basil marinara sauce in a covered baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons of creamer and 1 small, drained can of black olives. Season with dill, oregano, pepper (but no salt), and olive oil. Stir well. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
3 – Place the salmon in the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, dill, oregano, and olive oil. Microwave for 5 minutes on high.
4 – Drain the pasta in a colander.
4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the drained pasta.
–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.