SPICY SALMON WITH PAPRIKA – TURMERIC – GINGER – ONION – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN A CREAMY MARINARA SAUCE ATOP PARMESAN COUSCOUS

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

–paprika, turmeric, ginger (bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–garlic (minced, in a jar)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

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

–marinara sauce (one-half jar; I used Newman’s Own cabernet)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place 1 and one-third cup of water in a covered baking dish, with the spice packet from a box of Parmesan couscous.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes (or until boiling).  When finished, add the couscous; stir.  Keep covered for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Place one-half jar of marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add one-third cup of almond or dairy creamer and one-half medium sliced onion.  Season with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and olive oil.  Spread 1 teaspoon of minced garlic on top.  Finish by sprinkling with chopped, fresh parsley.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the Parmesan couscous.

–salmon adapted from the blog, Immaculate Bites, by Imma.  Imma features Afro – Caribbean recipes made easy.

LEMON BUTTER COD TOPPED BY GREEN ONIONS IN A CREAMY TURMERIC SAUCE

Note:  There is speculation that turmeric protects against dementia.  This is based in part on the fact that people in India often live long lives with clear minds, and they frequently enjoy curcumin in turmeric and curry sauces for their dining.  Turmeric, often substituted for expensive saffron, has much more curcumin than curry.

For 4:

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

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Promise margarine (heart-healthy)

–lemon (1, fresh, sliced)

–lemon zest (lemon peel)

–flour

–milk (dairy or almond)

–turmeric (bottled)

1 – Place 1 cup of dairy or almond milk in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the milk has heated, slowly add the milk to the flour, beating vigorously.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add a generous amount of turmeric.  Microwave the sauce for 3 minutes on high.  Stir well.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some sauce over the top of the cod.  Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.  Chop 2 stalks of green onions and place on top of the cod.  Season with 1 tablespoon of melted healthy margarine.  With a sharp knife, cut the lemon into slices.  Place the lemon slices atop the cod.  End with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop white rice (preferably), couscous, pasta, or quinoa.

–cod adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Turmeric Recipes.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY TURMERIC – MARINARA SAUCE

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–soy creamer (or dairy)

–turmeric (bottled)

–marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own cabernet marinara)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place a small amount of soy creamer in a covered baking dish.  Add 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup of rice, 1 and three-fourths cup water; microwave 5 minutes on high; 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–chicken adapted from The White House Chef Cookbook (French chef from the Kennedy administration).

MARINATED CILANTRO – LIME CHICKEN ATOP TURMERIC JASMINE RICE & WITH SALSA OF AVOCADO – PEACH – ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – FRESH PARSLEY – LIME JUICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–lime juice (bottled)

–turmeric (or saffron)

–jasmine rice (sticky white rice)

–avocado (one-half, chopped)

–peach (1, fresh, chopped)

–onion (one-fourth, chopped)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–lime juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with cilantro and lime juice.  Let marinate at least three hours (or overnight).

2 – Place two-thirds cup of jasmine rice in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with turmeric (generously) and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Then microwave for 10 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Peel and chop 1 fresh peach, scoop out pulp of one-half avocado, chop 2 slices of red bell pepper, and peel and chop one-fourth onion.  Add to a mixing bowl.  Season with lime juice.  Chop 1 handful of fresh parsley, and add to the bowl.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.  (Better if done ahead.)

4 – Pour the contents of the plastic bag with chicken into a covered baking dish.  Add a little more water.  Season chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 and one-half minutes.

5 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the turmeric rice, with chilled salsa to the side of the chicken.

–chicken, rice, and salsa inspired by “my recipes” web site.

A Simple Dinner:  SPICED CHICKEN WITH TURMERIC – CLOVES – GARLIC – ROSEMARY – ETC. – IN WHITE WINE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–turmeric, cloves, garlic powder, rosemary, cayenne pepper (optional), bay leaves, salt, pepper (bottled)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Season with turmeric, cloves (minimally), garlic powder, rosemary, cayenne pepper (optional), bay leaves (2), salt, pepper, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.  I also served broccoli and zucchini (for recipes, use the search box on this blog).

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

BONE-IN TUMERIC CATFISH WITH LEMON – SUGAR – GINGER IN COCONUT MILK / WILD RICE IN BROTH / GREEN PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS / CANNELLINI BEANS

–catfish (bone-in, 1, medium)

–tumeric (bottled)

 –lemon juice (bottled) 

–lemon pepper 

–ginger (bottled) 

–sugar

 –coconut milk (canned) 

–clam juice 

–onion (one-half, sliced) 

–ginger (bottled) 

–wild rice (boxed) 

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium) 

–green peas (one-half package, frozen) 

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

–cannellini beans (canned) 

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

 

1 – Slice one-half onion and place in a long, covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place catfish on top of the onion.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with ginger, lemon pepper, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Turn the catfish over.  Repeat the same seasonings.  Stir a little clam juice into the coconut milk.  Pour over the fish.  Set aside.

 2 – Pour contents of the wild rice package into a covered baking dish.  Add seasoning packet that comes with the rice.  Then add one and three-fourth’s cups of chicken broth.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Let sit for 5 minutes, to allow time to absorb the broth.

 3 – Place green peas and mushrooms (latter on top) in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

 4 – Rinse cannellini beans in a colander.  Then place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes.

 5 – Microwave the fish for 3 minutes on one side.  Then carefully turn over and microwave for 3 minutes more.

 6 – With a sharp knife, divide the catfish into two pieces.  Serve each half on top of the wild rice, with the green peas and beans as sides.

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

TURMERIC COD STEW WITH ONION IN WHITE WINE ATOP CIABATTA BUN / SALAD EXTRAVAGANZA

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

–turmeric

–onion (1, divided)

–ciabatta bread (1 bun)

–garlic salt

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

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

–tomato (1, fresh)

–feta cheese (one-half package)

–chopped pecans (one-half package)

–oregano (fresh if possible)

–honey

–balsamic vinegar

–extra virgin olive oil

–Parmesan cheese

 

1 – Place spring mix salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato; season salt and pepper and add to the bowl.  Empty feta cheese and pecans into the bowl.  Snip the fresh oregano generously (3 sprigs).  Add Parmesan cheese (generous amount) and sliced onion.  Add honey, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil to the salad.  Stir well.  Transfer to serving bowl.

2 – Chop one-half onion and place in a covered baking dish with a little water and white wine (equal parts of each).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the cod on top of the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and olive oil.  Add a bit more white wine.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it starts to break apart.

3 – Break apart the ciabatta bun.  Drizzle olive oil on top.  Sprinkle with garlic salt.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.

4 – Serve the cod with sauce atop one piece of ciabatta bread for each serving, with the salad as a side.

–cod adapted from Italian Family Cooking (Edward Giobbi, author); salad original.