CHICKEN PARMESAN WITH FRESH TOMATO IN HOMEMADE TOMATO – BASIL PESTO

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Pesto sauce:

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – To make the pesto sauce, place 1 chopped tomato, one-half small package of pine nuts, 1 tablespoon of basil, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste, in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Place in the refrigerator until time to cook dinner.

2 – Chop 1 tomato and place in a covered baking dish with the pesto.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then nestle the chicken amid the tomato and pesto.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle, generously, Parmesan cheese on top.

3 – Microwave for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce atop pasta (submerge 1 cup pasta in salted water; microwave on high for 6 minutes; then on 50 percent power for 8 minutes; drain).

–chicken adapted from food.com web site.

COD SEASONED WITH CORIANDER & MINCED GARLIC WRAPPED IN ROMAINE LETTUCE AND SERVED WITH HOMEMADE TOMATO – BASIL PESTO

For 4:

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

–coriander

–minced garlic (in a jar)

–romaine lettuce (2 large leaves)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Pesto sauce:

–pine nuts (one-half small package)

–tomato (1, medium, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried)

1 – To make the pesto sauce, place one-half small package of pine nuts, 1 chopped, medium tomato, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of basil, a few drops of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste, in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Place the sauce in the refrigerator until time to serve.

2 – Place the cod on a bed of romaine lettuce.  Add a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, coriander, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Place broken lettuce pieces on top of the cod.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod hot with the pesto sauce on the side.

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