CREAMY BASIL – PARSLEY COD WITH MATCHSTICK SQUASH – VIDALIA ONION – RED BELL PEPPER SLICES – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH PARMESAN CHEESE

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

–basil, parsley (fresh)

–summer squash (2, small)

–onion (Vidalia, one-half)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

–minced garlic (bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–milk (dairy or almond; soy doesn’t microwave well)

–flour (1 tablespoon)

1 – Peel and slice squash into matchstick pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Peel and slice one-half Vidalia onion, and place in the dish.  Wash and slice one-half red bell pepper, adding to the dish.  Microwave 1 cup of milk (dairy or almond) for 1 minute on high.  When finished, add 1 tablespoon of flour, stirring briskly.  Pour over the vegetables in the baking dish.  Season with basil, parsley, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the cod in the sauce (do not place any vegetables on top of the cod).  Season the cod with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

2 – Microwave for 7 minutes on high.  Test the center of the cod to be sure that it breaks apart easily.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the vegetables.  I also served a green salad, black-eyed peas (slow cooker), and green beans (recipes, see the search box).

–cod adapted from the “Little Broken” blog site of Katla.

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GARLIC COD WITH TOMATO – ONION – CELERY  –  PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE – BRANDY SAUCE / PAPRIKA SQUASH WITH ONION IN MILK SAUCE

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

–garlic powder

–tomato (1, medium, fresh, chopped)

–onion (1, divided, medium)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped fine)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–squash (2, medium, sliced)

–paprika (bottled)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 chopped tomato, one-half chopped onion, and 1 chopped stalk of celery in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and 2 tablespoons of brandy.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then place the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Set aside.

2 – Slice the squash and place in a covered baking dish.  Chop one-half onion and place in the dish amid the squash.  Season with salt, pepper, a little paprika, and olive oil.  Add a small amount of milk.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the squash as a side.  I also served a salad as a first course.

–cod adapted from a lobster recipe in Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; squash adapted from the web, a recipe for scallop squash.

BAKED FLOUNDER TOPPED WITH BUTTERED GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH PARMESAN / BASIL SQUASH WITH POTATOES – ONION – TOMATO / SPINACH – ARUGULA SALAD WITH BLUEBERRIES & FETA IN RED WINE – HONEY – OIL DRESSING

–flounder (2 large, thawed from frozen)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–Parmesan cheese

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–summer squash (1, medium, sliced fine)

–potatoes (small yellow Dutch, 4 or 5, sliced)

–onion (one-half, medium

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–basil

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach – arugula salad greens (packaged)

–blueberries (1 handful)

–feta cheese (one-half small carton)

–honey

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby yellow Dutch potatoes.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place one-half package of spinach – arugula salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of fresh blueberries.  Generously add honey, to taste.  Just before serving, add red wine and extra virgin olive oil, and stir.  Top with feta cheese.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Wash and chop the tomato, and then season it with salt, pepper, and basil.  Chop one-half onion.  Add all vegetables to the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Place the flounder in 1 layer in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small microwaveable bowl, place 3 tablespoons of Promise Activ margarine.  Cover tightly.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Then add 2 tablespoons of garlic – herb breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to the margarine, and stir well.  Spoon the butter sauce atop the flounder.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the flounder hot, with the squash medley as a side.

–flounder adapted from all recipes web site; squash medley adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salad original.

A Simple Dinner:  ROSEMARY SALMON & POTATOES / GARLIC SPINACH / BACON – FLAVORED YELLOW SQUASH WITH ONION

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

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–baby Dutch potatoes (5 or 6)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach (fresh, packaged)

–garlic powder

–yellow squash (3 small, fresh)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, bottled)

–onion (one-half)

1 – Rinse and cut each potato in half.  Then place the potatoes in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, nestle the salmon amid the potatoes.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice the squash and one-half onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

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

4 – Microwave the salmon and potatoes for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the salmon hot, with the squash and spinach as sides.

–recipes original.

BAKED COD WITH MUSHROOMS – CARROTS – GREEN ONION IN BROTH GRAVY / SPRING GREEN SALAD WITH SQUASH – BANANA PEPPER – FETA – GREEN ONIONS

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

–mushrooms (4 or 5, baby bellas)

–miniature carrots (6 to 8, fresh)

–green onions (3, divided)

–flour

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

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

–squash (2, small, fresh)

–banana pepper (one-half, sliced small)

–feta cheese (one half small container)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place one-half cup of chicken broth in a microwaveable cup; microwave for 45 seconds.  Add 1 heaping teaspoon of flour to another cup.  Slowly add the heated broth to the flour, and stir briskly.  Slice mushrooms and carrots, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add the chicken broth with flour.  Microwave the mushrooms and carrots for 3 minutes.  Place the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Slice 1 green onion, and place on top of the cod.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half package of spring greens for salad in a mixing bowl.  Peel and slice the squash into small pieces.  Dice one-half banana pepper.  Slice 2 green onions into one-half inch pieces.  Add squash, banana pepper, and green onion to the spring greens.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add a small amount of red wine to the salad.  Sprinkle generously with extra virgin olive oil.  Add one-half small container of feta cheese to the salad.  Stir well.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course; then serve the cod hot.  I also served oven fried okra and great Northern beans (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–cod inspired by Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; salad original.

CHICKEN FINGERS ROLLED IN CRUSHED TEXAS TOAST CROUTONS ATOP HONEY MUSTARD GREEN SALAD WITH RAW BROCCOLI – SUMMER SQUASH – VIDALIA ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Texas Toast seasoned croutons

–Dejon mustard

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–honey

–lemon juice

–salad greens

–broccoli (florets only)

–summer squash (3, small)

–Vidalia onion (1, small, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 4 tablespoons of yogurt in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard and a squirt of lemon juice (to taste).  Add 2 tablespoons of honey.  Stir well.  Set aside.

2 – Place half a bag of croutons in a plastic bag.  Using the back of an ice cream spoon, crush the croutons against the kitchen counter.  Place the chicken in a separate plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour the crushed croutons on top of the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a very little water.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Peel and slice the squash, adding to the bowl.  Cut off the florets of the broccoli, and then slice, as needed, before adding to the bowl.  Slice the onion and add to the bowl.  Season the whole with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Then pour honey mustard salad dressing, to taste, atop the salad greens and vegetables, and then stir well.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, on top of the cold salad.

–chicken and salad original. 

DILLED SALMON WITH LEMON & GARLIC TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS / TENDER YOUNG SQUASH WITH PAPRIKA – ONION – PARMESAN – BREADCRUMBS / BABY SPINACH WITH RED BELL PEPPER

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

–dill (fresh if possible)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–garlic salt

–squash (5 tender, young, small squash)

–paprika

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–Parmesan cheese

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–spinach (fresh, packaged)

–red bell pepper (2 slices)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with garlic salt, salt, pepper, and dill.  Cut the stalks of green onion into one-half inch pieces.  Sprinkle the green onion on top of the salmon.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Slice one-half onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Peel the squash and cut in half, lengthwise.  Place on top of the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  Squash will be firm; if more tender squash are desired, microwave for 8 minutes.

3 – Chop the red bell pepper.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  Empty the bag of spinach on top of the bell pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  When finished, stir to bring the red bell pepper to the surface.

4 – Microwave the salmon for four and one-half minutes on high.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, return to the microwave for 1 minute.

5 – Serve the salmon hot, with the squash and spinach as sides.

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

CAJUN SALMON / CILANTRO – AVOCADO SALSA WITH PINEAPPLE – TOMATO – ONION / SPINACH WITH GARLIC / SQUASH WITH ONION & FAUX BACON

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

–Cajun seasoning (I use New Orleans-based “Slap Ya Mama,” available on the web; or use Creole seasoning)

–avocado (1, ripe, chopped)

–pineapple (one-half small can of chunk)

–tomato (3 slices, chopped)

–onion (1, divided, chopped)

–cilantro (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach (fresh, half a package)

–garlic salt

–squash (2 small, fresh)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Chop the avocado, pineapple, tomato, and one-half onion, and add to a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, cilantro, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator to chill for dinner.

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

4 – Slice the squash and one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Microwave the salmon on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If done, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

6 – Serve the salmon with the salsa, with the squash and spinach as sides.

–avocado salsa adapted from food.com; other recipes original.

ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH PARMESAN & GARLIC / GREEN PEAS WITH PARMESAN – GARLIC – ONION – TOMATO / BACON – FLAVORED SUMMER SQUASH WITH ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–Parmesan cheese

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–onion (1, divided)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–summer squash (4, small)

–Bac’n pieces

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with rosemary, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Set aside.

2 – Slice one-half onion and chop the tomato.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Stir in the frozen peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

3 – Peel and slice the squash, and place in a covered baking dish.  Slice one-half onion.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the peas and squash as sides.

–chicken and green peas adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

LEMON ORANGE ROUGHY / SUMMER SQUASH WITH GREEN ONIONS / CAULIFLOWER WITH OREGANO

–orange roughy (2 medium fillets, frozen)

–lemon pepper

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–summer squash (1, medium)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–cauliflower (1 small head)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

 

1 – Wash the cauliflower and remove the leaves.  Cut off chunks of the cauliflower and place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

2 – Place the thawed orange roughy in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Slice green onions into 1-inch pieces.  Place squash and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Microwave the orange roughy for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the orange roughy hot, with the cauliflower and squash as sides.

–recipes original.

ORANGE CHICKEN WITH CUMIN – CAYENNE – ONION / BROWN RICE WITH SHREDDED SQUASH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange (1, medium)

–onion (1, medium)

–cumin

–cayenne pepper

–brown rice (five-minute cook)

–summer squash (1, medium)

1 – Peel and slice an onion into large chunks.  Place the onion in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Peel and break apart the orange.  Cut each section into two pieces.  When the onion has cooked, add the orange and microwave for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the orange and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and cut the squash horizontally into two pieces.  Using the shredder attachment of a food processor, shred the squash.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of brown rice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave the rice and squash together for 7 minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, on top of the rice – squash vegetable.

–recipes adapted from Real Simple.

LEMON CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY – GARLIC – ONION IN WHITE WINE / SUMMER SQUASH WITH ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon pepper

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–onion (1, sliced, divided)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–summer squash (1, large)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  Nestle the chicken amid the onion.  Season with lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice the squash.  Slice one-half onion.  Place squash and onion in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken inspired by Italian Microwave Cookbook; squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

OVEN FRIED COD WITH PAPRIKA & GARLIC / SQUASH WITH PAPRIKA – GARLIC – ONION IN A MILK SAUCE

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

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–paprika

–garlic

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–squash (1 large or 2 medium, fresh)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–milk (dairy if not lactose intolerant, soy, or almond)

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Set aside.

2 – Peel the squash and slice.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Slice the onion and place with the squash.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and olive oil.  Pour in a little milk, about one-third cup.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it starts to break apart.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–cod original; squash adapted from “healthy recipes for kids” web site for pattypan (scallop) squash.

SPICY OVEN FRIED CATFISH WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – LEMON – PINE NUTS / SPINACH – KALE WITH GARLIC / SQUASH CASSEROLE

–catfish (1 large or 2 medium)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lemon juice

–cayenne pepper

–parsley

–pine nuts (one-third small package)

–spinach – kale blend (packaged)

–garlic powder

–squash (2, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place the catfish (1 at a time) in a plastic bag.  Season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.  Drench with lemon juice and olive oil.  Add a generous amount of garlic – herb breadcrumbs to the bag.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Sprinkle with parsley and pine nuts.  Set aside.

2 – Place the package of spinach – kale in a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice the onion.  Layer squash, onion, salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and breadcrumbs in a covered baking dish.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the catfish for 6 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–catfish inspired by a Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) newspaper clipping; other recipes original.

GINGER – HONEY SALMON WITH GREEN ONIONS – SOY SAUCE – GARLIC / ALMOND  SQUASH WITH CUMIN & LIME JUICE / GREEN PEAS WITH ONION & GARLIC

Note:  There are three recipes here, but it will take only about 30 minutes to prepare the dinner.

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

–ginger

–honey

–green onions (3 stalks, divided)

–soy sauce

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–summer squash (2 small)

–cumin

–lime juice

–sliced almonds (one-half small package)

–green peas (frozen, one-half package)

–onion (one-half)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water and one-eighth cup of soy sauce.  Season with honey, ginger, garlic powder, a small amount of salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Slice 1 stalk of green onion and place on top.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice the squash.  Slice 2 stalks of green onions.  Place squash and green onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with cumin (just a little), lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle the almonds on top.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Slice one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add a little chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the green peas in the baking dish on top of the onion.  Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a little more olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–salmon and green peas adapted from allrecipes.com; squash adapted from Real Simple (web).

MARINATED LEMON PEPPER COD / CAULIFLOWER WITH PARMESAN & OREGANO / SQUASH CASSEROLE WITH GREEN ONION / FETA – TOMATO SALAD

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

–lemon pepper seasoning (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cauliflower (fresh)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–oregano

–summer or yellow squash (2, fresh, medium)

–green onions

–Bac’n pieces

–plain breadcrumbs

–feta cheese

–tomatoes (2, medium, fresh)

–capers (about 12)

 

1 – The day before your dinner, season cod with lemon pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil, placing in a covered baking dish, and then putting in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.

2 – Slice “steaks” of cauliflower, one-half inch thick, and place in one layer in a covered baking dish.  Season with oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high. 

3 – Peel and slice squash.  Slice 2 stalks of green onion.  Make 2 layers in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle each layer with plain breadcrumbs, Bac’n pieces, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Slice the tomatoes and place on a serving plate.  Slice the green onions and sprinkle on top.  Sprinkle capers around the plate.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and feta cheese. 

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

6 – Serve the cod, squash, and cauliflower hot, and the salad cold.

–cauliflower adapted from French Gardener Dishes; other recipes original.

PARMESAN SALMON WITH DILL / GREEN SALAD WITH RAW VEGGIES

Note:  Swiss cheese can be substituted for Parmesan.

 

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

–Parmesan cheese

–dill

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–salad greens (packaged)

–tomato (1 medium)

–summer squash or zucchini (one-half)

–avocado (1 medium)

–onion (one-half)

–carrot (1 medium)

–Caesar salad dressing (or your favorite salad dressing)

 

1 – Add 2 handfuls of salad greens to a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato, squash or zucchini, onion, and peel and chop the carrot.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add a small amount of Caesar salad dressing and stir well.  Dice the avocado, and add to the mixing bowl.  Fold into the other ingredients.  Set aside.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and dill.  Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes on high.  When finished, generously sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Then cook for one-half minute more.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, and the salad cold, as a side to the salmon.

–salmon inspired by Southern Living Cooking for Two; salad 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.

OVEN FRIED GINGERED SALMON / SQUASH CASSEROLE WITH GREEN ONIONS

–salmon (the size of 3 decks of cards)

–fine plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–ginger

–clam juice

–2 eggs

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–summer squash (2 medium)

–green onions (one-half bunch)

–paprika

–milk (dairy, soy, or almond)

–Parmesan cheese

 

1 – Break the eggs into a bowl.  Add a teaspoon of milk, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Beat briskly.  Submerge the salmon in the egg.  Spread breadcrumbs on a plate.  Turn the salmon in the breadcrumbs.  Transfer the salmon to a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of clam juice to the dish.  Sprinkle the salmon with salt, pepper, ginger, and a few breadcrumbs.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice the squash into one-fourth inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.  Slice the green onions into one-half inch pieces.  Place on top of the squash.  Sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top.  Season with olive oil.  Pour in 1 inch of milk.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.

3 – Cook the salmon on high in the microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, check the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–salmon adapted from The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet; squash adapted from the web, Healthy Recipes for Kids (scallop squash).

BONE-IN CATFISH WITH SOY SAUCE & GINGER / SQUASH WITH ONION / BROWN RICE

–bone-in catfish (1 medium)

–soy sauce

–ginger

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–squash (5 small or 3 medium or 1 large)

–onion (one-half medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–brown rice (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Rinse the bone-in catfish.  Place in large, covered baking dish.  Season with ginger, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Turn over and season the same.  Add one-half inch of water and a generous amount of soy sauce.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with a drop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.  Keep covered when finished.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice one-half onion.  Place in two layers in covered baking dish, seasoning each layer with salt, pepper, Bac-n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.

4 – Cook one side of the catfish for 3 minutes on high in the microwave.  Using spatulas, gently turn catfish over and cook for another 3 minutes on high. 

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–catfish and rice original; squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

THYME CHICKEN WITH APPLE / BUTTERY PASTA / SQUASH WITH ONION AND FAUX BACON

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–apple (1, medium)

–butter or margarine (Promise Activ is heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

–pasta

–squash (4 small)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water just to the top of the pasta.  Season with salt (1 teaspoon) and butter (or margarine).  Cook on high in the microwave for 2 and one-half minutes; then cook on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Slice apple and add to covered baking dish.  Season with salt (minimal amount) and butter (or margarine).  Add one-fourth cup water to the dish.  Cook on high in microwave for 4 minutes.  When finished, add chicken to the dish, nestling the chicken among the apple slices.  Season with thyme, salt, pepper, and more butter (or margarine).  Set aside.

3 – Chop squash and onion, and layer in covered baking dish with Bac’n pieces, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in microwave for 5 minutes.

4 – Cook chicken on high in microwave for 5 minutes.

5 – Drain the pasta in a colander.

6 – Serve the chicken and apples on top of the pasta, with the squash as a side.

–chicken adapted from Real Simple; squash adapted from my mother’s recipe.

PARSLEYED COD / GREAT NORTHERN BEAN STEW WITH VEGETABLES

–cod (the size of 3 decks of cards)

–great Northern beans (1 can)

–squash (summer, 2 small)

–tomato (large)

–onion (medium)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–parsley (fresh if possible)

 

1 – In a departure from the microwave, use a slow cooker.  Rinse a can of beans in a colander until the foam is washed away.  Add to the slow cooker.  Add 2 cups of chicken broth.  Chop the squash, onion, and tomato, and add to the cooker.  Season the whole with a teaspoon of salt, a small amount of pepper, tiny snips of parsley, and a dollop of olive oil.  Start when you leave the house in the morning (8 or 9), and leave cooking until you return at night (5 or 6).  (The beans will be tender.)

2 – Cook the cod for 5 minutes in the microwave in a covered baking dish, with a small amount of water and snips of parsley on the top.  Season with olive oil.

3 – Serve the dinner in a bowl with spoon for eating.  Place one-third of the cod on the top of each bowl of stew.

–adapted from Real Simple.

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.