SALMON WITH PEACHES & VIDALIA ONION SEASONED WITH GINGER – THYME – LEMON IN PEACH JUICE ATOP QUINOA COOKED IN BROTH

For 4:

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

–peaches (small can, save the juice)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, sliced)

–ginger, thyme (bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–quinoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a small can of peaches with juice in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half, sliced, Vidalia onion.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, ginger, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the peaches and juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, ginger, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes more.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce atop quinoa (recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from the Real Simple web site.

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A Simple Dinner:  HERB CHICKEN WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES & CAPERS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marjoram, thyme

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, marjoram, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 1 small, drained, can of sliced black olives on top.  Add 2 tablespoons of capers.

2 – Microwave the chicken for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

POT – AU – FEU:  CHICKEN STEW IN A POT WITH CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS – CELERY SEASONED WITH THYME – GROUND CLOVES – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC IN CHICKEN BROTH GRAVY

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–carrots (2, fresh, peeled and sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–celery (2, fresh, chopped)

–thyme, ground cloves, bay leaves (2) (bottled)

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–flour

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – In a slow cooker, place the chicken, 2 peeled and sliced carrots, 3 stalks of chopped green onions, and 2 stalks of chopped celery.  Season with thyme, ground cloves (one-fourth teaspoon), 2 bay leaves, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth just to cover the chicken and vegetables.  Cook on low in the cooker for 5 hours. 

2 – Then remove the chicken to a plate, and shred with 2 forks. 

3 – Scoop out with a ladle one-half cup of broth, placing the broth in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When broth has heated, slowly add to the flour, stirring briskly.

4 – Place the broth/flour and the chicken back in the cooker.

5 – Cook on low for one-half hour more.

6 – Serve the chicken stew hot, in a bowl, atop quinoa, pasta, couscous, or rice.

–chicken inspired by Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook.

COD TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & IN A BLUEBERRY – RED WINE SAUCE

Note:  This has a delicately-flavored sauce.  If more taste is desired, I would recommend seasoning with thyme.  But my husband and I enjoyed with the recipe given below:

For 4:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–blueberries (1 cup, fresh)

–red wine

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 cup of fresh blueberries and one-half cup of red wine in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod in the sauce, spooning some on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.

3 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop rice, pasta, couscous, or quinoa.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN FRANCAISE ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS – THYME – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN RED WINE & BRANDY SAUCE

Note:  Chopped ham slices can be added to this recipe.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, chopped fine)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–thyme

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–red wine

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Add breadcrumbs and shake well.  Then place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish with a little red wine and 3 tablespoons of brandy.

2 –  Chop 5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms, and sprinkle on top of the chicken.  Chop 3 stalks of green onions and sprinkle on top, also.  Chop 1 handful of chopped fresh parsley and place on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

CHICKEN TARRAGON ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH THYME & BAY LEAVES TOPPED WITH PARSLEY & GREEN ONIONS IN A WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE AND ACCOMPANYING CREAM SAUCE

Note:  A favorite chicken dish of the Kennedys in their family dining, and often served at important White House functions.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–tarragon, thyme, bay leaves (2)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful)

–green onions (fresh, chopped, 2 stalks)

–white wine

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–soy creamer (or dairy creamer)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (the chef used butter)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place the chicken in a covered baking dish with enough white wine and chicken broth to form a sauce after cooking.  Season the chicken with tarragon, just a little thyme, and 2 bay leaves.  Top with chopped parsley and chopped green onions (2 stalks).  Add a drop or two of additional olive oil, if desired.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – Place one-fourth cup of soy creamer (or dairy creamer) in a small, microwaveable bowl.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  (Be careful that it doesn’t bubble up.)

4 – Serve the chicken atop quinoa, rice, couscous, or pasta, with the creamer as an accompanying sauce to be added at the table.

–chicken adapted from Rene Verdon’s The White House Chef Cookbook.

THYME CHICKEN WITH CELERY – ONION – CARROTS IN BROTH

Note:  These are the seasonings for Real Simple’s favorite roast turkey for Thanksgiving 2016.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 1 stalk of celery, and place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Add one-half, sliced onion.  Then add 1 handful of shredded carrots.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the vegetables.

–chicken adapted from turkey recipe from Real Simple magazine.

THYME – LEMON CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY & GREEN ONIONS IN RED WINE SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–lemon (sliced, fresh)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

–green onions (4 stalks, chopped)

–red wine

–flour

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place two-thirds cup of red wine in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Pour the wine gradually on top of the flour, stirring briskly.  Place the wine sauce in a covered baking dish.

2 – Place the chicken in the wine sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and chopped green onions on top.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon, and place the slices atop the chicken.

3 – Microwave for 6 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from The Microwave French Cookbook.

MUSHROOM CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH THYME – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES IN RED WINE – BRANDY SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–thyme

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–bay leaves (2)

–red wine

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little red wine and a very little amount of brandy.  Season with thyme, 2 bay leaves, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and thyme.  Pour plain breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Nestle the chicken amid the mushrooms in the red wine – brandy sauce.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and mushrooms hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

THYME – TOMATO CHICKEN WITH VIDALIA ONION – CAPERS – PARSLEY IN MARINARA – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP GARLIC COUSCOUS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one half, sliced)

–capers (bottled, about 12)

–parsley (fresh)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own, with basil)

–white wine

–couscous (boxed, garlic – olive oil variety)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the entire contents of the box of couscous in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 and one-fourth cups of water.  Sprinkle seasoning packet on top.  Add a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop a tomato and half a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with one-third bottle of marinara sauce.  Add a little white wine and olive oil.  Season with pepper and thyme.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – When finished, nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Add 12 capers on top.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes (more because of the sauce).

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the couscous.

–chicken adapted from NYT Cooking web site.

THYME COD WITH STEAMED FRESH PEAR CHUNKS IN CLAM JUICE – SHERRY SAUCE

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

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–pear (fresh, peeled, diced)

–clam juice (bottled)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish a little clam juice and a little sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Peel and dice 1 pear, and place around and on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Serve the cod hot, with the pear chunks on top.

–cod adapted from “nonbudsman” blog site.

A Simple Dinner:  HERB CHICKEN WITH ONION – GARLIC – THYME – ROSEMARY – MARJORAM – CAYENNE – PARSLEY IN BROTH

Note:  To make this super easy and quick but still good, use all bottled herbs.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced onion, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, cayenne pepper (optional), and parsley (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, minced onion, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, cayenne pepper (optional), and parsley.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from allrecipes.com.

FETA – STUFFED SALMON WITH THYME – OREGANO – PARSLEY IN DIJON – MAYO SAUCE

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

–feta cheese

–thyme, oregano, parsley (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–mayonnaise

–salt and pepper

1 – With a very sharp, carefully slit the salmon, and sprinkle feta in the pocket.  Place the stuffed salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a separate mixing bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.  Spread the mayo – Dijon on top of the salmon.  Sprinkle thyme, oregano, and parsley on top.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from an old recipe from the web; recipe no longer on web.

A Simple Dinner:  SALMON WITH THYME – MARJORAM – BASIL & OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE

Note:  These herbs go especially well with olive oil.

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

–thyme, marjoram, basil (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – When the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from NYT Cooking.

THYME CHICKEN WITH DIJON – MINCED GARLIC – BALSAMIC & NESTLED IN MUSHROOM BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–Dijon mustard

–minced garlic (bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (bottled

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, quartered)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and quarter 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes (do not overcook). 

2 – When finished, nestle the chicken in the mushrooms and broth.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil. 

3 – In a small mixing bowl, place 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and enough balsamic vinegar to form, when stirred, a paste.  Spread the Dijon, garlic, and balsamic on top of the chicken. 

4 – Finish with a few additional drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the mushroom broth. 

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.  Received 5 out of 5 rating with 41 reviews.

PARMESAN & BREADCRUMB – ENCRUSTED SALMON WITH ROSEMARY – THYME – PARSLEY – GARLIC IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS

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

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–rosemary, thyme, parsley (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–clam juice (bottled)

–green peas (frozen)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Microwave 2 tablespoons of margarine in a covered, small baking dish.  Pour one-half of the melted margarine atop the salmon.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add to the remaining one-half of the melted margarine, chopped thyme, rosemary, parsley, and garlic powder.  Sprinkle a little Parmesan on top.  Finally, sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top.  Stir well.  Spread the breadcrumb mixture on top of the salmon.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place half a large package of green peas in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Cut 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms into quarters, and place atop the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the green peas as a side.  I also served pasta and a salad (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–salmon adapted from food.com web site; peas original.

COMFORT CHICKEN WITH CELERY – ONION DRESSING / THYME – MARJORAM GREEN BEANS WITH CELERY & ONION

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–breadcrumbs (plain, packaged, I use Pepperidge Farm herbed)

–celery (2 stalks, divided)

–onion (one-half, divided)

–green beans (frozen)

–thyme, marjoram (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs, a small bit, on top.  Set aside.

2 – Chop 1 stalk of celery, and divide between 2 individual, microwaveable serving bowls.  Chop one-fourth onion, and divide between the 2 bowls.  Add a small amount of chicken broth and olive oil.  Cover, and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Then add stuffing, chicken broth, and olive oil, and stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place 1 chopped stalk of onion and one-fourth chopped onion in a covered baking dish with a little water and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then add green beans.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and marjoram.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Microwave the dressing for 1 minute.

6 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the dressing, with the green beans as a side.

–green beans adapted from Betty Crocker; other recipes original.

THYME COD WITH SOY SAUCE – BROWN SUGAR – ONION IN MARINARA SAUCE ATOP ANGEL HAIR PASTA

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

–soy sauce

–brown sugar

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–marinara sauce (bottled, spaghetti sauce)

–thyme (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–angel hair pasta

1 – Chop one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with soy sauce and brown sugar.  Add a medium amount of marinara sauce.  Season with pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place a handful of angel hair pasta, lengthwise in a long baking dish.  Cover with water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the marinara sauce.  Season the cod with salt and thyme.  Spoon some of the sauce over the top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop the angel hair pasta.

–cod adapted from the BBC “good food” web site; pasta original.

ETRUSCAN COD STEW WITH TOMATOES – ONION – THYME – GARLIC IN WHITE WINE ATOP WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFIN

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

–tomatoes (3, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, chopped)

–thyme

–garlic powder

–white wine (use the real stuff)

–whole wheat English muffin (or French bread)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop 3 tomatoes, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and thyme, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-half chopped onion.  Add white wine a little above the top of the vegetables.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then add cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes, and then on 50 percent power for 10 minutes.  Check the oven to be sure that the wine sauce is not bubbling up over the baking dish.  When finished, break apart the cod into bite-sized pieces.  

2 – Break apart 1 English muffin into 2 bowls, bite-sized pieces.  Then ladle the stew on top.

3 – Serve the cod stew hot.  I also served broccoli as a side (recipe, use the search box on this blog).

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

LEMONY SALMON WITH CREAMY DILL SAUCE / CRABMEAT DRESSING WITH MINCED ONION / THYME – ROSEMARY – GARLIC BABY LIMA BEANS WITH TOMATOES

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

–lemon juice

–garlic powder

–lemon pepper (bottled

–minced onion (bottled)

–clam juice (bottled)

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–mayonnaise

–dill (bottled)

–horseradish (optional)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–crabmeat (1 small can)

–dressing (packaged; I used Pepperidge Farm)

–baby lima beans (dried; soak overnight)

–thyme, rosemary (bottled)

–tomatoes (2, medium, chopped)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of baby lima beans in a slow cooker.  Chop 2 tomatoes; season with thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and then add to the cooker.  Fill the cooker with chicken broth, just to cover the beans and tomatoes.  Season with olive oil, and, if desired, more thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Cook for 6 hours on low; when finished, keep setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place 1 small can of crabmeat in a covered baking dish.  Add a generous amount of dressing; the dish should be mostly dressing.  Season with minced onion and olive oil.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Add 1 teaspoon of horseradish (optional).  Season with salt, pepper, dill, garlic powder, and 1 squirt of lemon juice.  Stir vigorously.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

4 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

5 – Microwave the dressing for 2 and one-half minutes.

6 – Microwave the salmon for 5 minutes.

7 – Serve the salmon hot, with the cold dill sauce beside it.  Serve the dressing and baby lima beans as sides.  I also served eggplant caviar as an appetizer, with crackers (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–salmon and dill sauce adapted from the Taste of Home web site; crabmeat dressing is a simpler version of Mulate’s (New Orleans restaurants web site); baby lima beans original.

HONEY – DEJON CHICKEN WITH ROSEMARY & GARLIC IN ORANGE JUICE / FIELD PEAS & SNAPS WITH THYME AND FAUX BACON IN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–honey

–Dejon mustard

–rosemary

–garlic powder

–orange (fresh, 1, medium

–field peas & snaps (frozen)

–thyme

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place package of field peas and snaps in a slow cooker.  Season with pepper (but no salt), thyme, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth to cover.  Cook on low for 6 hours; then keep on warm setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish with a very little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and rosemary.  In a separate bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard; then pour over the chicken.  Cut the orange into 2 pieces; then squeeze both pieces over the chicken.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the field peas and snaps as a side.  I also served Brussel sprouts with Parmesan and a salad (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; field peas and snaps original.

SWEET ROSEMARY – THYME – PARSLEY CHICKEN WITH GOLDEN RAISINS – MUSHROOMS – ONION IN SHERRY & WHITE WINE SAUCE / PARMESAN CAESAR SALAD WITH TOMATO

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary, thyme (bottled)

–parsley (fresh)

–golden raisins (1 handful)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 5 or 6, sliced)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–spring mix salad greens (one-half package)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–tomato (1, fresh, chopped, medium)

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

1 – Place the chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, and raisins in a covered baking dish with a combination of sherry and white wine, just a little.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.   Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a very small amount of plain breadcrumbs on top.  Then add chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

2 – Place one-half package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Chop a tomato, and season it with salt and pepper; then add to the bowl.  Add a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  Just before serving dinner, add Caesar salad dressing to taste.

3 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the chicken hot.  I also served squash casserole (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

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

An Encore Holiday Dinner for 2:  THYME CORNISH HEN WITH FAUX BACON IN RED WINE – CURRANT JELLY SAUCE / DRESSING WITH MUSHROOMS – ONION – PARSLEY IN BROTH

Note:  It will take 3 days to thaw a frozen Cornish hen in the refrigerator.

–1 Cornish hen (game hen)

–thyme (bottled)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–red currant jelly (bottled)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm herbed)

–parsley (fresh)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–mushrooms (sliced, baby bellas)

1 – While still encased in plastic, cut through the Cornish hen lengthwise, just to one side of the backbone.  Place in a large, covered baking dish with a very little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes; then turn the hen over, and microwave for 7 minutes more.

2 – Place 2 tablespoons of red currant jelly in a microwaveable cup.  Add one-fourth cup of red wine.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Pour over the cooked Cornish hen.  Then sprinkle the hen with Bac’n pieces.

3 – Place one-half sliced onion, chopped parsley, and sliced baby bells mushrooms (1 handful) in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Then add a generous amount of breadcrumbs and more chicken broth.  Stir well.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve one-half Cornish hen to each person, with sauce spooned over the hen and the dressing.  I also served baked potatoes with plain yogurt and broccoli (for recipes, use the search box in this blog).

–Cornish hen adapted from astray recipes.com; dressing adapted from To the Taste of a King.

SEASONED COD WITH TOMATO & ONION IN COCONUT MILK / WHITE RICE / 15 – BEAN VEGETABLE WITH THYME & TARRAGON / BACON – FLAVORED TURNIP GREENS

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

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–banana peppers (8 to 10 sliced pieces, bottled, optional)

–cumin, coriander, cilantro, turmeric, ginger (bottled)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (optional)

–coconut milk (one-third cup, canned, lite)

–15 – bean variety (dried; soak overnight)

–thyme, tarragon (bottled)

–turnip greens (canned)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant, boxed)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of 15 – bean mix in a slow cooker.  Add chicken broth just to the top of the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, tarragon, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 7 hours; then place setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Chop the tomato and onion, and place in a covered baking dish with the one-third cup of coconut milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Place the cod amid the vegetables, in the coconut milk.  Season with cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, pepper, and cilantro.  Spoon some coconut milk over the cod.  As an option, sprinkle cut banana peppers on top.  Set aside.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered for at least 5 minutes.

4 – Place the turnip greens in a covered baking dish.  Season with pepper and Bac’n pieces.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Microwave the cod on high for 9 minutes, checking toward the last to be sure that milk is not bubbling over.  If so, microwave on 50 percent power for twice the remaining time.

6 – Serve the cod hot, atop the rice, with the turnip greens and beans as sides.

–cod adapted from the food.com web site; other recipes original.

NEW ORLEANS CHICKEN POT AU FEU / WHITE RICE / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON ZEST

Note:  My “pot au feu” (meaning “pot on the fire”) is adapted from a New Orleans version of a provincial French dish.  The original recipe featured beef, but the New Orleans version features chicken.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–hot sauce (optional; like Tabasco)

–garlic powder

–thyme

–milk (1 cup, dairy or almond; soy does not work well in the slow cooker)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–tomatoes (1 can, diced, no extra seasoning)

–white rice (instant, two-thirds cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (fresh, 1 bunch)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, bottled)

1 – Place the chicken in a slow cooker.  If spicy is desired, add 1 tablespoon of hot sauce.  Season with garlic powder, thyme, salt, pepper, parsley, and olive oil.  Add 1 can of diced tomatoes with liquid.  Then add 1 cup of almond or dairy milk.  Chop one-half onion, and add to the slow cooker.  Stir.  Cook on low for 5 hours; then remove the chicken, and shred with 2 forks.  Return the chicken to the cooker, and cook for 1 more hour on low.  When finished, place the setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water to the rice.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes for all water to be absorbed.

3 – Cut off the ends of a bunch of fresh asparagus.  Then rinse in a colander, and place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes (more if greater tenderness is desired).

4 – Serve the chicken pot au feu atop the white rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King; other recipes original.

GARLIC CHICKEN WITH THYME – BAY LEAVES – ROSEMARY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / GREAT NORTHERN BEAN SOUP WITH ONION – CARROT – CELERY AND SEASONED WITH THYME – ROSEMARY – GARLIC IN BROTH ATOP GARLIC TOAST

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic powder

–thyme

–bay leaves

–rosemary

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–great Northern beans (dried, soak overnight)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–shredded carrots (2 handfuls)

–celery (1 stalk, chopped)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–whole wheat ciabatta sandwich rolls (1 roll)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of great Northern beans in a slow cooker.  Add one-half chopped onion, 2 handfuls of shredded carrots, and 1 stalk of celery (chopped).  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add chicken broth just to cover the beans and vegetables.  Cook in a slow cooker for 6 hours; when finished, keep setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaves (2), rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

3 – Separate 1 whole wheat ciabatta roll, and season with garlic powder and olive oil.  Microwave for 30 seconds on high.

4 – Serve each serving of soup atop a garlic ciabatta roll as an appretizer.  Then serve the chicken hot.  I also served a butter salad (as a first course) and tomato pie (for recipes, use the search box in this blog).

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

TOMATO COD WITH CORIANDER – THYME – GARLIC – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / PARMESAN BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH RED BELL PEPPER – ONION – CAPERS / SPINACH SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES – AVOCADO – WALNUTS

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

–tomato (medium, fresh)

–coriander (bottled)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–cayenne pepper (bottled)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Brussel sprouts (one-half package, fresh)

–red bell pepper (one-half, fresh)

–onion (one-half)

–capers (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–spinach (one-half package, fresh)

–strawberries (6 to 8, sliced

–avocado (fresh)

–toasted walnuts (1 handful)

–salad dressing (of your choice)

1 – Chop a tomato, and place it in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, thyme, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle the cod in the sauce.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, coriander, thyme, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place 2 handfuls of fresh spinach in a mixing bowl.  Slice 6 to 8 fresh strawberries, and add to the bowl.   Slice open an avocado, and remove the pit.  Cut the flesh two ways, and then remove, adding to the bowl.  Then add 1 handful of toasted walnuts to the bowl.  Season with salad dressing of your choice.  Stir gently to avoid injuring the avocado pieces.

3 – Place one-half package of fresh Brussel sprouts in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Chop one-half red bell pepper, and place on top.  Chop one-half onion, and also place on top.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of capers on top.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and then recover.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot, with the Brussel sprouts as a side.  I also served canned lentils with this dinner (microwave for 4 minutes).

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; Brussel sprouts adapted from Real Simple; other recipes original.

CURRIED SALMON WITH SWEET POTATO & GREEN ONIONS / RICE STICKS / THYME EGGPLANT APPETIZER WITH ONION – TOMATO SAUCE – GARLIC

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

–green curry paste

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy)

–sweet potato (large, fresh)

–green onions (3 stalks)

–rice sticks (one-third package, 2 handfuls)

–eggplant (fresh)

–thyme

–onion (one-half, diced finely)

–tomato sauce (one-fourth small can)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the eggplant, and then pierce all around with a fork.  Place on a microwaveable plate.  Microwave 5 minutes on high; then turn over, and microwave for 5 minutes more on the other side.  Let cool, either on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator.  When cool, rake out the pulp onto a cutting board.  Cut 2 ways, and then place in a mixing bowl.  Finely dice one-half onion, and place in the bowl.  Add one-fourth small can of tomato sauce.  Season with thyme, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive.  Stir briskly.  Keep in refrigerator until time for dinner.

2- Scrub the sweet potato, and then pierce all around with a fork.  Place on a microwaveable plate.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high; then turn over, and microwave for 4 minutes more on the other side.  Let cool, so that you can handle the potato easily.  Add 3 tablespoons of green curry paste to a small mixing bowl.  Add one-fourth cup of chicken broth, and stir.  Then add one-fourth cup of milk, and stir.  Set aside.  Cut open the cooled potato, and cut the pulp into 1-inch size pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Place the salmon amid the potatoes, but not covering them.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the curry sauce on top of salmon and sweet potato.  Sprinkle 3 stalks of chopped green onions atop the salmon.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-third package, 2 handfuls, of rice sticks in an uncovered baking dish.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes. 

4 – Microwave the salmon for 7 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the eggplant appetizer as a first course.  Then serve the salmon atop the rice sticks.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes; other recipes original.

PARSLEYED PARMESAN COD COVERED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH THYME – BAY LEAVES – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE – ONION SAUCE / GREEN SALAD WITH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI – FETA – GREEN ONIONS / PARSLEYED BABY BUTTER BEANS WITH TOMATO & POTATOES IN BROTH

Note:  Julia Child’s recipe was originally intended for scallops.

 

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

–parsley and thyme (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (bottled)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salad greens

–tomatoes (2, divided)

–zucchini (1, fresh)

–feta cheese

–green onions (6, divided)

–your favorite salad dressing

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–potatoes (small yellow Dutch, 4)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Place two-thirds cup of baby butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add 1 and one-third cup of chicken broth.  Chop 1 tomato and add to the cooker.  Slice 4 small potatoes into 1-inch pieces, and add to the cooker.  Season with salt (1 teaspoon), pepper, Bac’n pieces, and parsley.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, keep setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place one-half package of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Chop 1 medium tomato, and add to the bowl.  Peel and slice the zucchini, and add.  Add one-half small carton of feta cheese.  Wash and slice 2 stalks of green onion into one-half inch each.  Add your favorite salad dressing.  Stir well.

3 – Chop one-half onion and add to a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaves, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, add cod to the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle plain breadcrumbs on top.  Then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Add chopped parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the cod hot, with the baby butter beans as a side.

–cod adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; butter beans adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; salad 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.

THYME – OREGANO – GARLIC TUNA STEAKS WITH TOMATO & ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / RICE PILAF / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON / ASIAN BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD WITH TERIYAKI – SESAME – GINGER – WATER CHESTNUTS

–tuna steaks (2, size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–sweet onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–thyme and oregano (fresh if possible)

–garlic powder

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–rice pilaf (boxed)

–green peas (frozen, steamable package)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–bibb lettuce (one-half package)

–teriyaki sauce

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–ginger

–water chestnuts (one-half small can)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Chop tomato and onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the tuna steaks amid the tomato and onion in the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add one-fourth small can of tomato sauce to the white wine.  Stir gently.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place the rice in a covered baking dish.  Add the herb package and stir.  Add 2 and one-fourth cups of water to the dish.  Microwave on high for 18 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Steam the green peas in the package in the microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.  Let sit briefly, to cool a bit.  Empty into a serving bowl and sprinkle with tarragon, salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Place one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Season with teriyaki sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.  Add one-half small can of water chestnuts.  Stir well.

5 – Microwave the tuna steaks for 3 and one-half minutes for well-done, less if you desire a rare center.

6 – Serve the Asian salad as a first course.  Then serve the tuna steaks with sauce atop the rice pilaf, with the green peas as a side.

–tuna steaks adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; other recipes original.

CHICKEN MARSALA WITH ONION – MUSHROOMS – ASPARAGUS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Marsala wine (cooking wine is fine)

–sweet onion (one-half)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 6 to 8)

–asparagus (fresh, 8 to 10, long stem)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

Slice one-half onion and place in a large, covered baking dish.  Slice the mushrooms and place in the baking dish.  Cut off the ends of the asparagus, leaving the most tender parts.  Add to the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.  Add one-quarter cup of Marsala wine.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Place chicken atop the asparagus.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Serve hot.

–chicken Marsala adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SWEET ONION BALSAMIC RELISH / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON / BROWN RICE WITH BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Vidalia onion (1, medium)

–balsamic vinegar

–thyme and oregano (fresh if possible)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–brown rice (boxed, 5 – minute cooking)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

1 – Slice a Vidalia onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken tenders in the midst of the sauce.  Season the tenders with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place the green peas in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of brown rice in a covered baking dish with two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the brown rice, with the peas as a side.

–chicken adapted from food network web site; other recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  LEMON – THYME – GARLIC CHICKEN IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / SEASONED CARROTS / SEASONED NEW POTATOES

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon juice

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–garlic salt

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–miniature carrots (about 20)

–potatoes (6 small or 2 medium)

 

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Squirt lemon juice on top.  Season with thyme, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Scrub and cut the potatoes in 1-inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of white wine.  Squirt with lemon juice.  Season with thyme, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high (if wine is cold; if not, check to be sure that midway through the wine is not bubbling up too much).  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the carrots in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Squirt lemon juice on top.  Season with thyme, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the potatoes and carrots as sides.

–recipes adapted from a blog site featuring white and red wine.

MARSALA CHICKEN WITH PESTO – ROSEMARY – THYME – ONION / GARLIC PASTA WITH PARSLEY / PAPRIKA ONIONS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pesto sauce (bottled)

–rosemary and thyme (fresh if possible)

–onions (2, divided)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–marsala wine (cooking wine is fine)

–pasta

–garlic salt

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–paprika

 

1 – Place a cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.

2 – Chop one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish with a little marsala wine.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then place chicken on top of the onion.  Mix together in a small bowl 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce, one-half cup of marsala wine, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Pour over chicken.  Then sprinkle the dish with rosemary and thyme.  Set aside.

3 – Chop 1 and one-half onions into eighths.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken on top of the pasta, with the onion as a side.

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

CHICKEN & POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – WHITE WINE / HERBED TOMATO PIE / BACON – FLAVORED BABY BUTTER BEANS

–baby butter beans (frozen)

–Bac’n pieces

–Promise Active margarine (heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Bartlett potatoes (5, medium)

–rosemary (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–garlic salt (bottled)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–tomatoes (2, medium, fresh)

–basil and thyme

–whole wheat muffins (2, broken into small pieces)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

 

1 – Place the package of baby butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add water 2 inches above the top of the butter beans.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, a teaspoon of margarine, and 2 drops of olive oil.  Cook on high for 6 hours.  When finished, put setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Scrub the potatoes, and then slice four ways, to make 1-inch pieces.  Place the potatoes in a very deep, covered, baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine and one-fourth cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, 2 bay leaves, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high.  Check to be sure that wine is not bubbling up out of the dish.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the broken pieces of muffin in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Slice the tomatoes in high, and place on top.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, thyme, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Microwave for 10 minutes.  When finished, take lid off to allow tomatoes to cool.

4 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine and a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, rosemary, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, with the potatoes and tomato pie as sides.

–chicken and potatoes adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); tomato pie inspired by a recipe given to me by a friend.

SPICY PECAN ORANGE ROUGHY WITH PARMESAN / QUINOA IN BROTH / RED BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–3 fillets of orange roughy (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–pecan bits (one-half package)

–Cajun seasoning (or Creole, found in most supermarkets)

–thyme

–lemon juice

–Parmesan cheese

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–seasoned crackers (gluten free)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–quinoa (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–red beans (dried, soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon

–minced onion

 

1 – Place 1 cup of beans in a slow cooker.  Cover with chicken broth, allowing 2 inches at the top of broth.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, Bac’n pieces, and minced onion.  Cook in slow cooker for 6 hours.  When finished, turn setting to “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a covered baking dish.  Add one and one-third cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high, and then microwave for 9 minutes on 50 percent power.

3 – Empty half a box of gluten free, seasoned, crackers in a plastic bag.  Crush against the kitchen counter with the back of an ice cream spoon.  Place the orange roughy fillets on a large plate.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, lemon juice, and olive oil.  Place the orange roughy in the plastic bag with the cracker crumbs.  Shake well.  Place the completed fillets in a covered baking dish with a very small amount of water.  Sprinkle with pecans, Parmesan cheese (generously) and parsley.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the orange roughy on top of the quinoa, with the red beans as a side.

–fish recipe from the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, about 1990; other recipes original.

THYME CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & ONION / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS / WHIPPED SWEET POTATOES

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–mushrooms (sliced baby bellas, a handful)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–milk (preferably vanilla – flavored soy)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–almonds (sliced, half a package)

–sweet potatoes (2, medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Scrub the skins of the sweet potatoes, and place on a dish for the microwave.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Then turn over, and microwave for 7 minutes more.  Set aside to cool a few minutes before whipping.

2 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add the sliced mushrooms with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the onion and mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place the green beans in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Sprinkle the almonds on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Cut open the sweet potatoes.  Scoop out the flesh and place in a food processor.  Add a little milk.  Pulse to desired consistency, being careful to pulse long enough to break apart all of the sweet potato.  Pour into a microwaveable bowl.  Set aside.

5 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Microwave the whipped sweet potatoes for 1 minute.

7 – Serve the chicken hot, with the green beans and sweet potatoes as sides.

–recipes original.

PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH THYME IN RED WINE – ONION SAUCE / ZUCCHINI AND TOMATOES WITH BASIL

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged)

–thyme

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–zucchini (1 large)

–tomatoes (2, medium)

–basil

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, place the chicken on top of the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top of the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and slice the zucchini.  Chop the tomatoes.  Place zucchini and tomatoes in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken adapted from Italian Microwave Cooking; zucchini and tomatoes original.

CHICKEN WITH SPICY HERBS IN RED WINE – MUSHROOM SAUCE / KALE WITH GARLIC AND FAUX BACON / GARLIC PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–garlic and herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

–mushrooms (6 or 8 baby bellas, sliced)

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–thyme

–garlic powder

–onion bits (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–kale (fresh, packaged)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–pasta

 

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in a large baking dish.  Add water just to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes, and then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.  Drain before serving.

2 – Place the sliced mushrooms in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of red wine and one-quarter cup of chicken broth.  Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour one-third cup of breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in the baking dish.  Season the chicken with paprika (a generous amount), cayenne pepper (to taste), thyme, garlic powder, onion bits, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Place the kale in a large baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Serve the dinner hot, with the chicken on top of the pasta, and the kale as a side.

–chicken adapted from food.com web site, chef Emeril; other recipes original.

A Company Dinner:  CHICKEN BREASTS WITH THYME – ONION – MUSHROOMS IN CHICKEN BROTH / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS / WHITE RICE / CROISSANTS

Note:  This is a dinner for 4 people, some of which is prepared ahead, so that time before dinner is 33 minutes.

–6 chicken breasts (deboned)

–thyme

–onion (1, medium)

–mushrooms (12, sliced, baby bellas)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–green beans (frozen)

–almonds (crushed in a food processor, 4 tablespoons)

–white rice (instant)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Note:  Prepare the chicken ahead of time, and place in the refrigerator.  Crush almonds in a food processor.  (Or, alternately, use sliced almonds.)  Slice the onion.  Place the onion and the sliced mushrooms in the bottom of a very large, deep, covered baking dish.  Add chicken, one layer only.  Add chicken broth to half the level of the chicken, about 1 inch.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Put in the refrigerator to cool together, for at least 2 hours.  When ready to cook, place, still covered, in the microwave, and microwave for 20 minutes (exactly).

2 – Place 2 cups of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 cups of water.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Let sit at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place 4 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and almonds.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Microwave 6 croissants for 1 minute.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

MUSHROOM CHICKEN WITH THYME – PARSLEY IN A RED WINE – CURRANT SAUCE / THYME POTATOES / BROCCOLI WITH HOT SAUCE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–parsley

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–red currant jelly

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–mushrooms (6 to 8, small, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (red, 2 medium)

–broccoli (1 stalk)

–hot sauce (like Tabasco)

 

1 – Using a measuring cup, place a small amount of chicken broth and red wine, and 2 tablespoons of currant jelly to the 1/3 cup measure.  Pour into covered baking dish.  Add mushrooms to the baking dish.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, nestle chicken among the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces.  Place in covered baking dish with 1 inch water.  Season with thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

3 – Cut broccoli florets and stems from the stalk.  Break apart the broccoli.  Add to covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken on high for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the dinner hot, with hot sauce for the broccoli.

–chicken adapted from the web; other recipes original.

THYME CHICKEN WITH APPLES – ONION – GARLIC – DEJON IN AN APPLE SAUCE / WILD RICE WITH HERBS  

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–apples (2, medium, peeled and sliced)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–garlic powder

–Dejon mustard (2 tablespoons)

–apple juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–wild rice (boxed, quick-cooking)

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish with one-quarter cup of apple juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  Peel and slice the apples.  Place in the dish with the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Drop, in small amounts, a total of 2 tablespoons of Dejon mustard on top.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Nestle the chicken among the apples and onion.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder, and a little more olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Empty the rice into a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Empty the herb packet.  Add 1 and three-fourths cup of water to the rice and herbs.  Season with olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

3 – Microwave the chicken for 7 minutes (longer because of the volume of apples and onion).

4 – Serve the chicken and apples with sauce on top of the wild rice.

–chicken adapted from Real Simple; wild rice original adapted for microwave from package instructions.

CREAMY COD WITH BASIL / QUINOA / BLACK-EYED PEAS WITH THYME & ONION

–black-eyed peas (frozen)

–thyme

–onion (medium, divided in halves)

–chicken broth (low sodium, non-fat)

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

–basil

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–mushrooms (4 small; I use baby bellas)

–onion (one-half medium)

–green onion (2 stalks)

–mayonnaise

–yogurt (plain, non-fat)

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–quinoa (boxed)

 

1 – Place 1 cup of black-eyed peas in a slow cooker.  Add one and one-third cups of chicken broth.  Chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Cook on low for no more than 6 hours (more will overcook).

2 – Place two-thirds cup of quinoa in a tight-fitting, covered, baking dish.  Add one and one-third cups of chicken broth.  Season with salt (one-half teaspoon) and a drop of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes, and then on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Slice mushrooms, (white) onion, and green onions, and place in bottom of a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice just to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Place cod in a plastic bag.  Pour a little olive oil in the bag.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add one-third cup of plain breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place cod on top of the vegetables in the baking dish.  Season with basil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when the fish starts breaking apart.

4 – Mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise together.  Stir well.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 45 minutes in a small bowl, covered.  Then spoon over the cod.

5 – Serve the cod and vegetables on top of the quinoa, with the peas as a side.

–cod adapted from The Commander’s Palace New Orleans Cookbook; other recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  HERBED SALMON, POTATOES, & CAULIFLOWER

Note:  This easy dinner takes 35 minutes of microwaving time.

 

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

–tarragon, rosemary, thyme, basil, marjoram, parsley

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–potatoes (2, medium)

–cauliflower (1 head)

 

1 – Scrub the jackets of the potatoes.  Cut into 1 – inch pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 inches of water.  Season with salt, pepper, all herbs, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Wash the cauliflower, and cut off the florets.  Place in one layer in a wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 2 inches of water. Season with salt, pepper, all herbs, and olive oil.  Microwave for 15 minutes on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish, with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, all herbs, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave 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.

4 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

THYME – GARLIC CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / WHIPPED SWEET POTATOES WITH MARSHMALLOWS / TARRAGON GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS & ONION / SPOONBREAD WITH GREEN ONIONS & BROTH     

Note:  This is a holiday dinner for two people.

 

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–thyme

–garlic powder

–bay leaf (1)

–baby bella mushrooms (divided, half each, 8)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–sweet potatoes (fresh, 3 medium or 2 large)

–marshmallows (6 or 8 large)

–milk (dairy, soy, or almond)

–green peas (frozen)

–tarragon

–cornbread stuffing (boxed)

–green onions (divided, 2 bunches)

 

1 – Cut the mushrooms (4) in one-half pieces.  Chop one-half onion.  Place mushrooms and onion in a covered baking dish.  Just cover with chicken broth and a very small portion of white wine.  Season with thyme, bay leaf, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Scrub the sweet potatoes thoroughly.  Using a fork, pierce the skins all over.  Place on paper towels in the microwave.  Cook on high for 7 minutes; turn over the potatoes, and cook on high for 8 minutes.  Place on large plates.  Cut the potatoes lengthwise, and then slice through the meat of the potatoes several times, sideways.  Using 2 spoons, transfer to a food processor.  Add 2 inches of milk.  Gently pulse at first, and then pulse thoroughly.  Spoon the potatoes into a covered baking dish.  Set aside.

3 – Place one-half package of green peas in a covered baking dish.  Add one bunch of green onions, chopped, and 4 mushrooms, chopped.  Stir well.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 4 and one-half minutes.

4 – Fill 2 individual, microwaveable bowls with to one-half with stuffing.  Chop 1 bunch of green onions, and place one-half of the bunch on top of the stuffing.  Fill with stuffing, and the remainder of the green onions.  Add chicken broth and a drop of olive oil.  Set aside.

5 – Warm the potatoes in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Add the marshmallows on top, spread out, and then microwave for 1 minute.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

6 – Heat the stuffing for 2 minutes in the microwave on high.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

 

7 – Cook the chicken on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.

8 – Serve the dinner hot.

–chicken adapted from 60 Minute Gourmet, Pierre Franey, chef; other recipes original.

COD WITH RED BELL PEPPER, THYME, & PAPRIKA / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

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

–red bell pepper (2 slices cut from the pepper)

–thyme

–paprika

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–green beans (frozen)

–sliced almonds (one-third small package)

 

1 – Dice the red bell pepper.  Place in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Add a little water, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Place the cod on top of the pepper.  Season with thyme, salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Sift a few breadcrumbs on top.  Set aside.

2 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Add salt, pepper, olive oil, and almonds.  Cook on high in the microwave for 5 minutes.

3 – Cook the cod in the microwave on high for 6 minutes.  The cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and green beans hot.  I also served tomato pie, which can be found on this blog by using the search box.

–cod adapted from “Prevention” web site; green beans original.

CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS, ONION, & CARROTS IN BRANDY SAUCE / PENNE PASTA

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–mushrooms (4 or 5 small)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–carrots (1 medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–brandy (buy an inexpensive bottle at the liquor store)

–mayonnaise

–yogurt (non-fat, plain)

–penne pasta (1 cup)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–bay leaves (2)

–nutmeg

 

1 – Slice mushrooms and place in covered baking dish.  Peel onion and carrot, and slice; place in baking dish.  Just cover with water.  Season with bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish.  Cover with water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Cook on high for 2 and one-half minutes; then cook on 50 percent power for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, keep covered to retain warmth.

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of yogurt in a small, microwaveable bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of brandy.  Stir well.  Cook, covered, for 45 seconds in the microwave.  When finished, keep covered to retain warmth.

4 – Place the chicken on top of the vegetables in the covered baking dish.  Season with thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, spoon the faux cream sauce over the chicken.

5 – Drain the pasta.  Season with nutmeg.

6 – Serve the chicken on top of the pasta.

–adapted from The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet, with Pierre Franey, chef.

HERBED SALMON WITH FAUX CREAM SAUCE / SPINACH – CHARD – KALE

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

–dill, tarragon, marjoram, thyme, rosemary (fresh if possible)

–mayonnaise

–plain yogurt (non-fat)

–white wine

–onion (one-half)

–spinach – chard – kale (packaged)

1 – Chop onion and place in covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in microwave for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

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

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in small, microwaveable bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 45 seconds.

4 – Place the salmon on top of the onion in baking dish.  Season with all the herbs, plus salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook in the microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in microwave for 1 minute more.  Spoon the hot yogurt – mayonnaise sauce over the salmon.

5 – Serve the meal hot.

–salmon adapted from The Best of French Cooking; vegetable original.

HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP WITH THYME / BROCCOLI

–3 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–chicken broth (3 cups, non-fat, low sodium)

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half)

–carrots (3, fresh)

–olive oil

–broccoli (one head, fresh)

1 – In a slow cooker, place chicken, chicken broth, one-half chopped onion, and 3 peeled and sliced carrots (one-fourth inch each piece).  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and thyme.  Cook in a slow cooker on low for 7 hours.  After 7 hours, remove the chicken to a plate, and then shred; replace in cooker.   Then add pasta for 30 minutes.  Soup should be cooked at 7 and one-half hours.  When finished, place setting on “warm” until ready for your dinner.

2 – Separate a head of broccoli, cutting off the stalk, but leaving some stem with the florets.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 4 minutes.

3 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.