CHINESE – STYLE OVEN FRIED SESAME CHICKEN WITH BROCCOLI – CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS IN ORANGE SAUCE / WHITE RICE

Reposted from 2015.   At the time it was the most popular post from this blog—more views and more “likes” than any other. . .

For 4:

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange sauce (I used Panda Express bottled sauce)

–broccoli (one-half stalk, florets only)

–miniature carrots (a dozen)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–toasted sesame seeds (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant, boxed)

 

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag, adding olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Coat.  Add one-third cup of breadcrumbs to the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Pour orange sauce over the whole.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Set aside.

2 – Measure 1 cup of white rice into a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Cut florets from the broccoli, in bite-sized pieces.  Slice the green onions in one-half inch pieces.  Add broccoli, green onions, and carrots (uncut) to a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a generous amount of orange sauce over the whole.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes. 

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.  When finished, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Add the chicken to the vegetables, and stir well.  Add more sesame seeds on top.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

MEDITERRANEAN TUNA STEAKS WITH BASIL – TOMATO – ONION – CAPERS – GARLIC / WHITE RICE

–tuna steak (medium size)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–tomato (Roma, 1, fresh)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–capers (about a dozen)

–garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (boxed, instant)

1 – Chop 1 tomato, and place in a covered baking dish.  Then slice one-half onion, and place in the dish.  Add 12 capers.  Season with basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the tuna steak amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – 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 2 minutes.

3 – Microwave the tuna steak for 3 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook.

4 – Serve the tuna atop the white rice.  I also served bean soup and a salad.

–tuna steak adapted from Epicurious web site; rice original.

A Simple Dinner:  TUNA STEAK WITH HONEY – SESAME SEEDS – GARLIC – GINGER IN A WINE & SOY SAUCE / WHITE RICE

–tuna steak (partially frozen, to cook rare, medium size)

–honey (bottled)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–garlic powder

–ginger (bottled)

–white wine (use the real stuff)

–soy sauce (bottled)

–white rice (instant)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tuna steak, partially frozen, in a covered baking dish.  Season with pepper, garlic powder, and ginger.  Add a small amount of white wine and a small amount of soy sauce.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the tuna.  Drizzle honey on top.  Season with olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Place 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.  When finished, keep covered for at least 5 minutes so that water is absorbed.

3 – Microwave the tuna steak for 3 minutes for rare tuna.  (Fully cooked tuna is likely to be too dry.)

4 – Divide the tuna steak into 2 portions, and serve atop the white rice.

–tuna steak adapted from the cooking channel web site; rice original.

TARRAGON BAY SCALLOPS & CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS & ONION IN WINE WHITE SAUCE & TOPPED WITH PARMESAN / WHITE RICE / HERBED BUTTER PEA – PASTA SOUP WITH CARROTS & ONION IN BROTH / GREEN SALAD WITH PEAR – APPLE – RAISINS – PECANS IN GINGER – SESAME DRESSING

Note:  Shrimp can be substituted for scallops.

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–bay scallops (tiny, one-half cup, thawed from frozen)

–tarragon (bottled)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–onion (1, divided, chopped)

–white wine (use the real stuff)

–flour

–Parmesan cheese (shredded)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice

–butter peas (1 package, frozen)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–marjoram, 2 bay leaves (bottled)

–miniature carrots (6 to 8, chopped)

–garlic powder

–penne pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

–apple (one-half, chopped)

–pear (one-half, chopped)

–pecans (chopped, one-half small package)

–raisins (one-half cup, golden)

–ginger – sesame salad dressing (to taste)

1 – Place the butter peas in a slow cooker.  Peel and chop one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Chop 6 to 8 miniature carrots, and add to the cooker.  Add chicken broth to 1 inch above the vegetables.  Season with pepper, marjoram, 2 bay leaves, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 5 hours and 45 minutes.  Then add 1 cup of penne pasta.  Cook on low for 15 minutes more.  When finished, keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Chop one-half apple and one-half pear.  Add one-half cup of golden raisins, with the other fruit, to a mixing bowl.  Add one-half small package of chopped pecans.  Add salad greens to the vegetables and nuts.  Set aside until just before dinner.  At that time, add ginger sesame dressing to taste, and stir well.  Serve immediately.

3 – Place one-half chopped onion in a covered baking dish.  Add 4 or 5 sliced baby bella mushrooms to the dish.  Set aside.  Place one-half cup of white wine (the real stuff) in a measuring cup.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Microwave the white wine for 1 minute on high.  When finished, slowly add the wine to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then pour the sauce into the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

4 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice, and place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

5 – Microwave one-half cup of thawed bay scallops on high for 2 minutes in a covered baking dish.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

6 – Add chicken to the baking dish with mushrooms and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, pour the cooked scallops into the dish.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

7 – Serve the butter pea soup as a first course, and then serve the salad as a second.  Serve the chicken hot, atop the white rice.

–chicken and scallops adapted from “taste of home” web site; soup adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way; other recipes original.

CHICKEN & POTATO CURRY WITH CORIANDER – GINGER – ONION – GARLIC IN COCONUT MILK ATOP WHITE RICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–5 or 6 baby Dutch potatoes (sliced)

–curry powder, coriander, ginger, garlic powder (bottled)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–lite coconut milk (canned)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a slow cooker, along with the chopped onion and sliced potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of curry, coriander, garlic powder, ginger, and olive oil.  Add two-thirds cup of lite coconut milk.  Cook on low for 5 and one-half hours.  Then remove the chicken, shred with 2 forks, and return to the cooker for 30 minutes (total cooking time of 6 hours).  Keep setting on warm until time for dinner.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish with two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave for 2 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the white rice.  I also served the dinner with a salad.

–chicken adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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.

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.

ORANGE CHICKEN IN SAUCE WITH THYME – BROCCOLI – CARROTS – ONION / WHITE RICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange sauce (Chinese; I used the brand Panda Express)

–thyme (fresh if possible)

–broccoli (half a head, florets only)

–miniature carrots (about a dozen)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

1 – Break the florets off half a head of broccoli, and place in a covered baking dish.  Cut miniature carrots in small pieces, about half an inch each, and add to the dish.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the dish.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil.  Add one-half of the bottle of orange sauce to the dish.  Stir.  Cut apart chicken into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive.  Pour plain breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in 1 layer atop the vegetables.  Season with a little more olive oil and with thyme.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice and place in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes, still covered.

3 – Microwave the chicken and vegetables for 9 minutes on high.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables atop the rice.

–recipes original.

SWEET COCONUT FLOUNDER WITH BASIL – GINGER – BANANA PEPPER  – GREEN ONION / WHITE RICE / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

–2 flounder (thawed from frozen)

–coconut milk (lite)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–ginger

–green onions (2 stalks)

–lime juice

–sugar

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–almonds (sliced, one-half small package)

1 – Place one-third cup of coconut milk in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Place the flounder in the coconut milk.  Drench in lime juice.  Slice the green onion into small pieces and sprinkle atop the flounder.  Slice one-fourth banana pepper, and place on top of the flounder.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, basil, and ginger.  Set aside.

2 – 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 2 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Microwave the flounder for 6 minutes.

5 – Serve the flounder hot, on top of the white rice, with the green beans as a side.

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