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.

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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.

GARLIC SALMON WITH VIDALIA ONION IN TOMATO – COCONUT SAUCE / CREAMY WHITE RICE / FRESH TOMATO – AVOCADO SALAD WITH CAPERS & FETA

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

–garlic salt

–Vidalia onion (1, small)

–tomato sauce

–coconut milk (lite, canned)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–milk (dairy, almond, or soy)

–tomato (1, large)

–avocado (1, medium)

–capers (bottled)

–feta cheese (one-half small package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice the onion and place in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of tomato sauce and one-fourth cup of coconut milk.  Season with garlic salt, salt, and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then place salmon amid the sauce.  Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of instant white rice into a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup water.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Set sit for at least five minutes.

3 – Measure one-fourth cup of coconut milk and one-fourth cup of plain milk into a measuring cup.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

4 – Slice the tomato and avocado, and place on a serving plate.  Add about a dozen capers and one-half container of feta cheese.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

5 – Microwave the salmon for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

6 – Stir the coconut milk/milk into the rice.

7 – Serve the salmon on top of the white rice, with the salad as a side.

–salmon and rice adapted from Pete Wells’s web site; salad original.

CURRIED WHOLE CATFISH WITH ONION & RED BELL PEPPER / WHITE RICE / BABY BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–catfish (bone-in, medium size, 1)

–green curry paste (bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (2 slices, chopped)

–white rice (instant)

–baby butter beans (dried; soak overnight)

–Bac-n pieces

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of baby butter beans in a slow cooker.  Add water to 1 inch above the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook in the slow cooker on low for 6 hours.  Put setting on warm until time for dinner.

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

3 – Slice onion and red bell pepper, and place in a covered baking dish (large enough to hold the catfish).  Add a little water, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the catfish on top of the onion and pepper.  Mix water and green curry paste to a thick liquid, and then pour over the catfish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes; then turn the catfish over, and microwave for 3 minutes more.

4 – Serve the catfish, with sauce, on top of the white rice, with the baby butter beans as a side.

–recipes original.

CURRIED COD WITH COCONUT MILK – TOMATO – ONION – GARLIC / WHITE RICE / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON

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

–coconut milk (canned)

–green curry paste (bottled)

–tomato (1, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–garlic salt

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green peas (one-half package, frozen)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

1 – Slice the onion, and place in a covered baking dish.  Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt; place in the baking dish.  Stir, briskly, 1 tablespoon of green curry paste into one-third cup of coconut milk.  Pour over the onion and tomato.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  Nestle the cod amid the onion, tomato, and coconut milk.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Set aside.

2 – Place the green peas in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

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.  Stir.  Microwave for 2 minutes on high.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes on high, and then for 6 minutes more on 50 percent power.

5 – Serve the cod with vegetables on top of the white rice, with the green peas as a side.

–recipes original.

BARBECUED COD WITH ONION / WHITE RICE / GREEN PEAS TARRAGON

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

–barbecue sauce (bottled)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–white rice (instant)

–green peas (frozen, packaged)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Slice the onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  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, and olive oil.  Pour barbecue sauce on top of the cod, not too much.  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, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

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

4 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

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

–recipes original.

LEMON CHICKEN / BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH OREGANO & ONION / WHITE RICE WITH CHICKEN BROTH

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–lemon pepper

–lemon juice

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Brussels sprouts (fresh, one-half package)

–oregano

–onion (one-half, medium)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Set aside.

2 – Cut each of the Brussels sprouts in half.  Place in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Slice the onion, and place among the sprouts.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the chicken on top of the rice, with the sprouts as a side.

–chicken adapted from Italian Microwave Cookbook; other recipes original.

SCALLOPS WITH MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE & BUTTER SAUCE / WHITE RICE / GREEN BEANS WITH ALMONDS

Note:  This is a variation of coquilles St. Jacques.

–4 scallops (fresh, large)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Promise Active margarine (heart-healthy)

–parsley

–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed)

–mushrooms (about 8 or 10, sliced, baby bellas)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–green beans (frozen, 2 handfuls)

–almonds (sliced, one-third small package)

 

1 – Place the mushrooms in a covered baking dish, just covered with white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 2 minutes on high.  Place the scallops on top of the mushrooms; spoon a little of the sauce over them.  In a measuring cup, place 2 tablespoons of margarine.  Microwave on high for 20 seconds.  Add a small amount of breadcrumbs to the margarine, and stir.  Place the crumb mixture on top of the scallops.  Slice the parsley and place over the scallops.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a drop or two of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes.

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

4 – Microwave the scallops for 6 minutes on high.

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

–scallops adapted from French Microwave Cookbook; other recipes original.

CREAMED CHICKEN WITH PARSLEY – ONION – GARLIC / WHITE RICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley

–yogurt

–mayonnaise

–Worcestershire sauce

–onion (one-half, medium)

–garlic powder

–white rice (boxed, instant)

1 – Slice the onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place the chicken on top of the onion.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Add diced parsley over the top of the chicken.  Set aside.

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

3 – Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a small baking bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce.  Stir well.

4 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

5 – Microwave the yogurt and mayonnaise for 45 seconds on high.  When finished, spoon the sauce on top of the chicken.

6 – Serve the chicken, hot, on top of the rice.

–chicken adapted from a recipe of a friend in Shakopee, Minnesota, culled from Betty Crocker, 1964; white rice 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.

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

–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.

COD WITH PARSLEY CREAM SAUCE / WHITE RICE

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

–parsley (1 large bunch, fresh)

–yogurt (non-fat, plain) and mayonnaise

–bay leaves (2)

–ginger

–lemon juice

–onion bits (bottled)

–white rice (boxed)

 

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water. Drench in lemon juice.  Season with bay leaves (submerge in the water), ginger, onion bits, a very generous amount of parsley, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons on mayonnaise to a microwaveable small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Add two-thirds cup of white rice to a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes, covered.

4 – Cook the cod for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.  Then microwave the yogurt and mayonnaise on high for 30 seconds.  Pour the hot yogurt – mayonnaise over the cod.

5 – Serve the dinner hot, the cod on top of the rice.

–cod adapted from “how to cook great,” youtube; white rice original.

SPICY CREOLE COD WITH TOMATO / WHITE RICE

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

–hot sauce (bottled, Louisiana or Tabasco, etc.)

–onion (one half, medium)

–tomato sauce (1 small can)

–tomato juice (one-third cup)

–Worcestershire sauce

–paprika

–garlic powder

–lemon juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant)

 

1 – Chop the onion, and place in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Add the tomato sauce and tomato juice, seasoning with 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and 2 teaspoons of hot sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Then place the cod in the tomato sauce.  Drench with lemon juice.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice into a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt (one-half teaspoon) and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit, covered, at least 5 minutes.

3 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce on top of the white rice.

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

TOMATO – & BASIL – TOPPED COD & ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE / RICE WITH PARSLEY / GARLIC GREEN BEANS / GARLIC BLACK OLIVES IN OIL

Note:  Prepare the black olives at least 3 hours in advance and marinate in a closed container in the refrigerator.

 

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

–tomato (1 whole, fresh, medium

–basil

–onion (one-half, medium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–Italian style bread crumbs

–white rice

–parsley

–green beans (frozen)

–garlic powder

–black olive (sliced, one small can)

–extra virgin olive oil

–olive oil (regular)

–salt and pepper

 

1 – To prepare the black olives, pour out the juice in the olives and then pour the olives into a small contained with tight lid.  Sprinkle with garlic powder.  Stir.  Add extra virgin olive oil to cover.  Close container and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours before dinner.

2 – Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and place in a small microwaveable bowl with cover.  Heat in the microwave for 4 minutes, until the tomato has the consistency of puree.  Set aside.

3 – Chop the onion, and place in a small microwaveable bowl with cover.  Add water just to cover.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  Set aside.

4 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add a quarter of a cup of white wine.  Place the cooked onions on either side of the cod.  Season the cod and onion with salt, pepper, olive oil, basil, and a sifting of Italian style bread crumbs.  Spread the tomato on top of the cod.  Set aside.

5 – Place 2 handfuls of green beans in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high.

6 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice in a large, wide-mouthed, baking dish with cover.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt, and a drop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

7 – Cook the cod for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.  Test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

8 – Serve the dinner hot, with the black olives as a relish, cold, on the side.

–black olives adapted from the recipe of a friend in Shakopee, Minnesota; other recipes original.

A Simple Dinner:  COD WITH PARSLEY IN A CATSUP & LEMON SAUCE / WHITE RICE / BROCCOLI / GREEN SALAD WITH FETA & TOASTED WALNUTS

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

–catsup

–lemon juice

–parsley

–white rice

–broccoli

–salad greens

–Caesar salad dressing

–feta cheese

–toasted walnuts

 

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add one-fourth cup of catsup to a small bowl.  Stir in 3 tablespoons on lemon juice.  Smooth over the cod.  Season with parsley on top.  Drizzle olive oil over the whole.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice to a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with a half teaspoon of salt and a couple of drops of olive oil.  Cook in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit at least 5 minutes.

3 – Chop the stalk off a head of broccoli.  Break apart, with a knife, the florets and stems.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 4 minutes (longer for more tender broccoli).

4 – Place 2 handfuls of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Add one-half cup of feta cheese and handful of toasted walnuts.  (Toast a plate of walnuts for 2 minutes on high in the microwave; take out and stir; replace for 2 and one-half minutes more.  Do this ahead of time.)  To the mixing bowl, add a small amount of Caesar salad dressing.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir well.

5 – Serve the salad cold, as an appetizer; serve the cod on top of the rice, with the broccoli as a side.  Serve the latter hot.

–cod adapted from my mother’s recipe; other recipes original.

CHICKEN WITH GREEN GRAPES & TARRAGON / WHITE RICE / CAESAR SALAD WITH AVOCADO, TOMATO, FETA, & WALNUTS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–green grapes (large bunch)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine)

–fine plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant)

–salad greens

–tomato (1 medium)

–avocado (one-half medium)

–walnuts (a handful)

–feta cheese

–Caesar salad dressing

 

1 – Wash grapes.  Then split each grape lengthwise.  Place in bottom of covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine and one-fourth cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Cook in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place on top of grapes in the baking dish.  Season with tarragon and a little more olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Measure two-thirds cup of rice in wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Season with salt.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

4 – Pour one-half package of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Chop the tomato, season with salt and pepper, and add to bowl.  Add one-half cup of feta cheese to the bowl, along with the walnuts.  Stir well.  Add Caesar dressing to taste.  Wash an avocado, and then slice one-half in small pieces.  Fold gently into the salad.

5 – Serve the chicken on top of the rice, hot, and serve the salad cold as an appetizer first.

–adapted from The French Microwave Cookbook; salad original.

A Simple Dinner:  GARLIC SHRIMP WITH CHIVES, ONION, & WHITE WINE / WHITE RICE / BUTTER BEANS WITH FAUX BACON & BUTTER

–shrimp (half a package of medium, frozen shrimp)

–garlic powder

–chives

–onion bits

–white wine

–white rice (instant)

–butter beans (canned)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 

1 – Thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.  Place the shrimp in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, onion bits, garlic, and olive oil.  Add white wine to cover.  Set aside.

2 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a covered baking dish.  Place one and one-third cups of water in the same dish.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Rinse butter beans in a colander.  Empty into a covered baking dish.  Season with Bac’n pieces, salt, pepper, and Promise Activ margarine.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.

4 – Cook the shrimp on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.

5 – Serve the shrimp on top of the white rice, with the butter beans as a side.  Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

VIETNAMESE SWEET AND SOUR SHRIMP / WHITE RICE

–shrimp (one-half package of fresh medium shrimp)

–red bell pepper

–onion

–garlic powder

–clam juice

–brown sugar

–paprika

–lime juice

–peanuts

–white rice (instant)

 

1 – Slice off two sections of red bell pepper, and then chop.  Chop one-half onion.  Place the pepper and onion in a covered baking dish, and add one-quarter cup of clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in the microwave.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and a dollop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let sit, covered, for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Rinse the shrimp, and then place on top of the pepper and onion.  Season with paprika, garlic powder, and lime juice.  Cook for 2 minutes on high in the microwave.  Then add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, sprinkled on top of the shrimp.  Season with olive oil.  Than cook for 1 minute more in the microwave on high.

4 – Just before serving, sprinkle the shrimp with a handful of peanuts.  Serve the shrimp hot on top of the rice.

–inspired by Real Simple.

SALMON WITH COCONUT MILK, TOMATO, ONION & SPICES / BROCCOLI / WHITE RICE

Note:  Allow 45 minutes to cook this dinner.

 

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

–coconut milk (one-third can)

–tomato (fresh, medium)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–olive oil

–garlic powder

–ginger

–jalapeno peppers (from a jar, half a dozen rings)

–coriander

–cumin

–cayenne pepper

–tumeric

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (fresh, 1 head)

–white rice (instant)

 

1 – Chop the tomato and onion, and place in covered baking dish.  Season with garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, turmeric, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add coconut milk.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes, and then cook on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of rice into a large, wide-mouthed cooking dish.  Add one and one-third cup water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Cut the stalk off the broccoli, leaving the florets and some stem. Cut apart the remaining broccoli.  Place in a microwaveable, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 4 minutes.

4 – Nestle the salmon in the middle of the tomato-onion sauce.  Season with garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, turmeric, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on high for 3 minutes, and then cook on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

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

CURRIED CHICKEN WITH GINGER AND YOGURT / WHITE RICE / CAESAR SALAD WITH AVOCADO AND FETA

–4 tenderloins or breast strips

–ginger

–curry

–cumin

–yogurt

–onion

–tomato sauce (1 small can, 8 ounces)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–garlic powder

–romaine lettuce

–feta cheese

–Caesar salad dressing (bottled)

–avocado

 

1 – Use a slow cooker, cooking all day long on low (or 4 hours on high).  Pour in tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder (or to taste), 1 teaspoon of ginger, one-half teaspoon of cumin, one-fourth cup of water, a chopped onion, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.  Add chicken.  Season with a drop of olive oil.  Cut on cooker to low for all day.

2 – When ready to make final preparations, remove chicken from the cooker and use two forks to shred.  Return chicken to slow cooker. 

3 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice to a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add two-third cup of water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a drop of olive oil.  Cook on high in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.

4 – Place one-half package of romaine lettuce in mixing bowl.  Sprinkle one-fourth package of feta cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add 2 tablespoons of Caesar salad dressing and stir well.  Chop an avocado and fold into the lettuce and feta. 

5 – Add one-third cup of yogurt to the slow cooker and stir well.  Remove from heat and serve immediately.

6 – Serve the salad as an appetizer.  Serve the curried chicken on top of the white rice.

–chicken adapted from Real Simple; salad original.

COQ AU VIN / CAESAR SALAD WITH FETA AND TOMATO

Note:  Cabernet red wine works best with this recipe (not cooking wine).

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Cabernet red wine

–onion

–carrots

–mushrooms (I use baby bellas)

–marjoram, thyme, garlic powder

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–white rice (instant, boxed)

–salad greens (I used spring mix)

–Caesar salad dressing (Paul Newman’s creamy is good)

–feta cheese

–tomato

 

1 – Slice onion, carrots, mushrooms (a modest amount of all three) and place in bottom of covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with olive oil.  Pour 1 inch of red wine in dish.  Cook on high for 3 minutes in the microwave.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds’ cup of white rice into measuring cup.  Then pour into wide-mouthed, large baking dish.  Add two-thirds’ cup of water and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Cook for 3 minutes in the microwave on high.  When finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Place 2 handfuls of salad greens in mixing bowl.  Chop 1 tomato and add to the bowl.  Sprinkle half a package of feta cheese in the bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour 2 tablespoons of Caesar salad dressing into the bowl and stir well.  Prepare for serving.

4 – Place chicken on top of vegetables and wine.  Season with marjoram, thyme, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.  Add a little olive oil.  Sprinkle Bac’n pieces on top.  While you serve the salad, cook for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the coq au vin on top of the white rice, while still hot.

–coq au vin adapted from Joy of Cooking; salad original.

CUMIN TILAPIA WITH CHIVES AND LIME / WHITE RICE / SLAW / TOMATO

–2 tilapia

–cumin

–lime juice

–garlic powder

–chives

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant)

–cabbage (shredded, pre-packaged)

–sugar

–Dejon mustard

–mayonnaise

–tomato

–green olives

 

1 – Place tilapia in a covered baking dish.  Add a little water and 2 squirts of lime juice (about 2 tablespoons).  Season with cumin, chives, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds of a cup of white rice into a large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Add two-thirds cup of water and one-fourth teaspoon of salt.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in the microwave  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Empty one-half package of shredded cabbage in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2 squirts of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of Dejon mustard, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Stir well.

4 – Slice a tomato.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place on a serving dish with a few green olives.

5 – Cook the tilapia for 5 minutes in the microwave on high.

6 – Serve the tilapia hot, on top of the warm rice, with the cold slaw, tomato, and olives on the side.

–recipes original, except the slaw, adapted from my mother’s kitchen.

A Simple Dinner:  CILANTRO TILAPIA WITH LIME / WHITE RICE / GREEN SALAD

Note:  This dinner takes 20 minutes maximum to prepare, no rushing.

 

–2 tilapia

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–cayenne pepper

–lime juice

–onion

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–white rice (instant)

–salad greens

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice in a wide-mouthed, large, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water and one-fourth teaspoon salt.  Cook on high for 3 minutes in the microwave.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

2 – Chop one-half onion.  Place in covered baking dish with a little water, and salt, pepper, olive oil to season.  Cook for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, place the tilapia on top of the onion.  Drench with lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

3 – Place 2 fistfuls of salad greens in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil.  Place in serving bowl.

4 – Serve the tilapia on top of the rice, with the salad greens on top of the tilapia.  Serve the fish and rice hot, and the greens cold.

–inspired by Real Simple.

MUSHROON – CHEESE – WINE APPETIZER / CILANTRO SHRIMP / GREEN BEANS / WHITE RICE

–flatbread

–baby bella mushrooms (about 8, small)

–Parmesan cheese

–onion (one-half medium)

–white cooking wine

–shrimp (frozen, 60 to 80, tail off, de-veined, uncooked)

–green beans (frozen)

–white rice (instant)

–cilantro (fresh if possible)

–lime juice

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Defrost the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.  When thawed and ready to cook, place in large, wide-mouthed baking dish with cover.  Season with salt, pepper, a dash of lime juice, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with cilantro.  Cook for 3 minutes on high in microwave.  Keep covered to retain warmth.

2 – Place two handfuls of green beans in baking dish with cover.  Season with cilantro, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes (less if you like crispy beans).

3 – Place two-thirds cup of instant white rice in large, covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of chicken broth.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.  Fold in cilantro.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.

4 – Chop one-half onion and place in baking dish with cover.  Chop mushrooms.  Add one-fourth cup of white wine to the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes in microwave.

5 – Sprinkle generous amount of Parmesan cheese on flatbread.  Add mushroom – onion mixture on top, including some wine.  Finish with more cheese.  Cook on high for 1 minute in microwave.  Serve immediately.

6 – Serve shrimp, green beans, and white rice while still warm.

–adapted from Real Simple.

MOROCCAN CHICKEN / WHITE RICE

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–tomato soup (can)

–onion (medium)

–garlic powder

–cinnamon

–curry powder

–raisins (one-third cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–chickpeas (garbanzo beans, 1 can)

–almonds (one-third cup)

–white rice (instant)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Chop one onion.  Place in covered baking dish, and season with onion oil.  Add a small amount of water.  Cook on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Lay the chicken on top of the onion in the covered baking dish, and season with salt and pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder, curry powder, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Measure two-thirds cup of white rice.  Pour into wide-mouthed baking dish.  Measure two-thirds cup of chicken broth and add to the rice.  Cook for 3 minutes on high.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

4 – Drain the can of chickpeas in a colander.  Empty undiluted tomato soup in a large baking dish, adding the chickpeas to it.  Add one-third cup of almonds and one-third cup of raisins.  Season with cinnamon, garlic powder, curry powder, and olive oil.  Cook for 6 minutes in the microwave on high.

5 – Cook the chicken on high for 5 minutes.

6 – Serve with the chicken (with onion) and tomato sauce on top of the white rice.  Serve hot.

–adapted from a Campbell’s tomato soup advertisement.

NEW ORLEANS COD WITH CRABMEAT / WHITE RICE / SALAD WITH BRIE AND STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE

–cod (size of three decks of cards)

–crabmeat (canned, 1 can)

–diced tomato (canned)

–Cajun spices – basil, thyme (fresh if possible), paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant)

–bibb lettuce

–brie cheese

–strawberry vinaigrette

–pecan bits (one small package)

 

1 – Dip out one-half can of diced tomato in baking dish with cover.  Place the cod on top.  Spoon the crabmeat on either side of the cod (but not on top, for this would hinder cooking in the microwave).  Season with the Cajun spices (basil, thyme (fresh if possible), paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper), and olive oil.  Set aside.

2 – Measure two-thirds cup of instant white rice in wide-mouthed, large baking dish with cover.  Season with one teaspoon of salt.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Cook in microwave for 3 minutes.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Use food processor to puree 5 or 6 fresh strawberries.  Add 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and two tablespoons of sugar, and puree the whole.  Set aside.

4 – Break the bibb lettuce in small pieces.  Cut small pieces of brie cheese.  Mix lettuce, brie, and pecan bits.  Just before serving as a first course, add the strawberry vinaigrette to the salad. 

5 – Cook the cod for 8 minutes in the microwave, covered.

6 – While cod is cooking, serve the first course of salad.  Then serve the cod on top of the white rice, while still hot.

–cod adapted from the Black Bass (Lumberville, Pennsylvania); salad adapted from Zynodoa (Staunton, Virginia)