A Simple Dinner:  GINGERED ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH FRESH YELLOW & GREEN ONIONS IN A TERIYAKI – BROTH SAUCE

My husband says “this works”. . .

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–ginger (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–yellow onions (chopped, bought packaged, fresh, 3 tablespoons; or one-half onion)

–green onions (chopped, bought packaged, fresh, 3 tablespoons; or 3 stalks)

–teriyaki sauce (or soy sauce; one-quarter cup, bottled)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and ginger.  Add teriyaki sauce and chicken broth.  Top with yellow and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

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

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

OVEN FRIED CHICKEN TENDERS ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND SERVED WITH A TEMPURA BLEND OF CORIANDER – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY – LIME JUICE – MARINARA – GINGER – SOY SAUCE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

Tempura sauce:

–coriander (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped fine)

–lime juice (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–marinara sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–ginger (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–soy sauce (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

1 – Place coriander, minced garlic, parsley, lime juice, marinara sauce, ginger, soy sauce, and extra virgin olive oil in a small mixing bowl.  Stir briskly until all ingredients are dissolved.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken tenders in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Do NOT add water.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with a room-temperature tempura sauce for dipping.

–chicken and sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

A Winner:  GLAZED SALMON WITH HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC SPRINKLED WITH SESAME SEEDS AND IN A RED WINE & SOY SAUCE

Note:  Originally intended as a glaze for grilling outside.

For 4:

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

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–ginger (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (low sodium, bottled, one-eighth cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with red wine and soy sauce.  Season with honey, ginger, and mined garlic.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste and sesame seeds.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Salmon is best if cooked medium rare.)

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted to the microwave from a recipe of friends in Marion, Illinois.

A Simple Dinner:  COD APRICOT WITH SOY SAUCE AND SPRINKLED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–apricot preserves (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–soy sauce (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place the apricot preserves, and gradually add the soy sauce, stirring vigorously.  Add a few drops of olive oil, again stirring vigorously.  Then pour the sauce over the cod. Season with pepper.  Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.

2 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–cod inspired by Real Simple magazine.

SALMON ORANGE WITH ORANGE ZEST – ORANGE JUICE – SOY SAUCE – HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–orange zest (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–orange juice (juice of 1 fresh orange squeezed)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–honey (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–ginger (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (fresh, 2, chopped)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the soy sauce.  Squeeze 1 orange for its juice, atop the salmon.  Season with orange zest, pepper, minced garlic, honey, ginger, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 2 chopped stalks of green onion atop the salmon.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

FROM – SCRATCH SALMON TERIYAKI WITH SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – BROWN SUGAR – SESAME SEEDS – DIJON – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC

Note:  We found this easy, homemade teriyaki sauce quite tasty.

For 4:

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

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–brown sugar (2 tablespoons)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–ginger (1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 teaspoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil (or sesame seed oil)

1 – In a small mixing bowl, place the soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, sesame seeds, Dijon mustard, ginger, minced garlic, and olive oil (or sesame oil).  Stir well.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky; err on the side of undercooking.

3 – Serve the salmon with sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by Salmon Recipes (Healthy and Delicious Salmon Recipes), a kindle e-book.

An Appetizer:  SESAME EGGPLANT DIP WITH SOY SAUCE – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON JUICE – RED WINE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

For 4:

–eggplant (fresh, medium size)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–red wine (2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (1 tablespoon)

–sesame seeds (2 tablespoons, bottled)

1 – Prick the eggplant all around, generously.  Place in the microwave, on an uncovered plate, and microwave for 5 minutes.  Turn over, and then microwave for 5 minutes more.  Let cool.  Then cut into 2 pieces, and rake out the pulp, discarding the skin.

2 – Criss-cross the pulp with a knife.  Then place in a mixing bowl.  Add soy sauce, minced garlic, lemon juice, red wine, sesame seeds, and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.

3 – Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers.

–eggplant dip inspired by Better Homes and Garden magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON GLAZED WITH BROWN SUGAR – SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

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

–brown sugar (packaged, 2 heaping tablespoons)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, minced garlic, and a ew drops of olive oil in a small mixing bowl.  Stir thoroughly.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce over the top.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Do not overcook; salmon should be flaky.)

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the sauce.

–salmon adapted from the Recipe Critic (web recipe).

GARLIC-Y CHICKEN WITH YELLOW BELL PEPPER – SWEET ONION – JAPANESE EGGPLANT IN SOY SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–yellow bell pepper (or red; one-half, sliced, fresh)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–Japanese eggplant (small, maybe 6 inches long, sliced, fresh)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the bell pepper, onion, eggplant, and garlic in a covered baking dish with the soy sauce.  Season with pepper and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with pepper and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken, vegetables, and sauce, hot, atop jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ).

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARINATED IN SOY SAUCE – GARLIC – CAYENNE AND COOKED ON A BED OF ONION – FRESH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI ATOP BASMATI RICE

Note: Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour prior to cooking.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

–onion (one-quarter, medium, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–zucchini (one-half, sliced and then halved)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with the soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Marinate for 1 hour, at least, in the refrigerator. Set aside.

2 – Place the onion, tomato, and zucchini in a covered baking dish with the remainder of the minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the marinated chicken (with marinade) in the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.  Check for doneness on a center piece.  Return to the microwave for a minute more, if needed.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, atop basmati rice (use microwave instructions on the package; brand differ).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.