BARBECUED SALMON WITH LEMON SLICES & ONION RINGS / BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD WITH TOASTED WALNUTS – CARROTS – SUMMER SQUASH – SEASONED CROUTONS IN ITALIAN DRESSING

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

–barbecue sauce (bottled; I use Bull’s Eye original)

–lemon (fresh, cut horizontally)

–onion (one-half, cut horizontally)

–butter lettuce (one-third package)

–toasted walnuts (toast in microwave for 2 minutes per large plate; then stir and toast 2 minutes more)

–miniature carrots (8 to 10, sliced)

–summer squash (1, small, sliced)

–croutons (packaged; seasoned; I use Texas Toast brand)

–Italian salad dressing (bottled; I use Paul Newman’s)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Slice the one-half onion horizontally, and lay the slices on either side of the salmon.  Slice the lemon horizontally, and lay the slices atop the salmon.  Pour one-third cup of barbecue sauce atop the salmon, onion, and lemon.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Add one-third package of butter lettuce to a mixing bowl.  Add a handful of toasted walnuts; 8 to 10 sliced miniature carrots; 1 small, sliced summer squash; and a generous amount of croutons.  Wait until just before dinner to add the Italian salad dressing to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 and one-half minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the salmon hot.  I also served field peas with snaps and corn seasoned with olive oil (recipes, see the search box on this blog).  Corn is especially good with salmon.

–recipes original.

CHICKEN WITH LEMON SLICES – ONION RINGS – PARSLEY / QUINOA WITH BROTH / SALAD WITH SUMMER SQUASH – ONION – FAUX BACON IN ITALIAN DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon (fresh, medium, 1)

–onion (medium)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–quinoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–crisp salad greens (one-half package)

–summer squash (1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-fourth, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–Italian salad dressing

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-third cups of chicken broth.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Peel and chop squash, and add to the bowl.  Slice one-fourth onion, and add to the bowl.  Sprinkle Bac’n pieces on top.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside until just before dinner.  Then add Italian salad dressing to taste.  Stir well.

3 – Wash a lemon.  With a sharp knife, slice the lemon horizontally.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Peel and slice an onion horizontally, and add to the baking dish.  Squirt lemon juice in the dish.  Add a little water.  Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then nestle chicken amid the lemon and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, and parsley.  Microwave for 5 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot, atop the quinoa.

–chicken adapted from the recipe of a friend in Minnesota; other recipes original.

ROSEMARY & PARSLEYED CHICKEN WITH CAULIFLOWER – TOMATO – BLACK OLIVES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / SPINACH – SPRING MIX SALAD WITH MUSHROOMS – TOMATO – SUMMER SQUASH – FETA IN RED WINE – OLIVE OIL DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–cauliflower (1 head, florets only)

–tomato (divided, 2, small, fresh)

–black olives (sliced, one-half can)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–garlic salt

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spinach – spring mix greens (packaged)

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

–summer squash (1, small, fresh)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–feta cheese (one-half small container)

1 – Wash and slice the florets off 1 head of cauliflower.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – In a very large baking dish, place 1 tomato, chopped, and one-half can of sliced black olives in a little white wine.  Season with rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Spoon cooked cauliflower into the dish.  Stir.  Place chicken on top.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

3 – Place one-half package of spinach – spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Wash and slice 6 to 8 mushrooms, and add to the bowl.  Chop 1 tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place in the bowl.  Peel and chop 1 summer squash, and place in the bowl.  Add one-half small container of feta cheese.  Season the salad with salt and pepper.  Add one-fourth cup of red wine and, to taste, olive oil.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course, then serve the chicken and cauliflower hot.

–chicken adapted from Ed Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking; salad original.

CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY & GARLIC IN BROTH / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON PEEL / SPRING MIX SALAD WITH TOMATO – SUMMER SQUASH – WALNUTS – FETA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–asparagus (fresh, 1 bundle)

–lemon peel

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spring mix greens (one-half package)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–summer squash (2, small, sliced)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–feta cheese (one-half small container)

–salad dressing (your favorite)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Wash and then place asparagus in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon peel, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place one-half package of spring greens in a mixing bowl.  Peel and chop the squash and add to the bowl.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and then add to the bowl.  Add walnuts and feta cheese to the bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add your favorite salad dressing.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Serve the chicken hot, with the asparagus as a side.

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

APRICOT SALMON WITH HONEY – DEJON – WHITE WINE / BACON – FLAVORED SPICY LENTILS / CREAMY PAPRIKA SUMMER SQUASH WITH VIDALIA ONION / POTATOES OREGANO

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

–apricot preserves

–honey

–Dejon mustard

–white wine

–lentils (dried; no need to soak)

–Creole seasoning (or Cajun)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–summer squash (5 or 6 small)

–paprika

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–mayonnaise

–potatoes (4 or 5 small)

–oregano

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of lentils in a slow cooker, well ahead of dinnertime.   Add 2 and one-half cups of chicken broth.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, Creole seasoning, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, keep slow cooker on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Scrub the potatoes and slice into 1-inch pieces.  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.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Slice the onion.  Place squash and onion in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  In a separate small bowl, place one-fourth cup of white wine, 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one-fourth cup of apricot preserves.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce over the salmon.  Microwave the salmon on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that the salmon is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 45 seconds.  Spoon the sauce over the squash just before serving.

6 – Serve the salmon hot, with the potatoes, squash, and lentils as sides.

–salmon adapted from “my recipes” web site (Randy Mayor); other recipes original.

CHICKEN WITH PEACH – BANANA PEPPER – BALSAMIC VINEGAR RELISH / SUMMER SQUASH WITH ONIONS AND FAUX BACON / SPINACH SALAD WITH VIDALIA ONION – TOASTED WALNUTS – FETA CHEESE IN DEJON – RED WINE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–peach (fresh, 1)

–banana pepper (fresh, one-half)

–balsamic vinegar

–salt

–sugar

–summer squash (5, small)

–Vidalia onions (2, small)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–spinach (fresh, packaged)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

–Dejon mustard (1 tablespoon)

–red wine (3 tablespoons)

 

1 – Peel and chop (in small pieces) the peach, and place in a mixing bowl.  Mince one-half banana pepper and add to the bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Season with salt.  Stir well.  Refrigerator the relish until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Peel and slice the squash.  Peel and slice 1 Vidalia onion.  Make 2 layers in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle each layer with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Place one-half package of fresh spinach in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 handful of walnuts and one-half package of feta cheese.  Peel and slice 1 Vidalia onion, and add to the bowl.  For the dressing, add 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard and 3 tablespoons of red wine to the spinach.  Season with olive oil and salt.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve the spinach salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken with the relish, and the squash as a side.

–spinach salad and relish adapted from allrecipes.com; other recipes original.

GREEK – STYLE CHICKEN WITH LEMON – PAPRIKA – GARLIC / NEW SUMMER SQUASH WITH GREEN ONION & FAUX BACON / GREEK SALAD WITH FETA & WALNUTS IN BALSAMIC – HONEY DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon pepper (bottled)

–lemon juice

–paprika (bottled)

–garlic salt (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–summer squash (5 tiny, fresh)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–Bac’n pieces

–spring mix salad greens

–feta cheese (one-half package)

–balsamic vinegar

–toasted walnuts (toast in microwave briefly, don’t let burn)

 

1 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water and a generous amount of lemon juice.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Slice the one-half onion, and place in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Peel and slice the squash.  Place on top of the onion.  Cut green onion into one-fourth inch pieces, and sprinkle on top.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Mix together balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and honey, equal parts in a small bowl; this is the dressing.  Place salad greens, feta cheese, and toasted walnuts in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the dressing (to taste).  Stir well.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

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

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com; 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 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.

ITALIAN-BREADED CHICKEN / SQUASH – ONION – RADISH MEDLEY

Note:  An easy meal after a hard day.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Italian breading (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–summer squash (2 small)

–onion (1 medium)

–radishes (5 or 6)

–lemon juice

–olive oil

 

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Fill with about one-half cup of Italian breading.  Shake well.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and cut (in large chunks) the summer squash.  Place in baking dish, covered, with a very small amount of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 2 minutes, just to soften a bit.  Set aside.

3- Chop onion and radishes.  Do not cook.  Stir into the squash.  Add an additional small amount of salt and pepper for seasoning.  Squirt a generous amount of lemon juice over the whole.  Add, if desired, more olive oil.

4 – Cook chicken in a covered baking dish for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, and the squash-onion-radish medley barely warm.

–adapted from Real Simple.