An Appetizer:  CHILLED CANTALOUPE SALAD WITH BASIL – ZUCCHINI – SLICED ALMONDS – FETA – GREEN ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–cantaloupe (fresh, chilled, cut into 1-inch pieces)

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried)

–zucchini (1, medium, sliced

–sliced almonds (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, broken, packaged)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cantaloupe in a large salad bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Then add, in layers, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper:  zucchini, green onions, sliced almonds, and feta cheese.  Sprinkle with basil.  Pour in the white wine.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Refrigerate until time for dinner.

3 – Serve the salad cold.

–adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARINATED IN SOY SAUCE – GARLIC – CAYENNE AND COOKED ON A BED OF ONION – FRESH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI ATOP BASMATI RICE

Note: Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour prior to cooking.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-eighth teaspoon)

–onion (one-quarter, medium, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–zucchini (one-half, sliced and then halved)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with the soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Marinate for 1 hour, at least, in the refrigerator. Set aside.

2 – Place the onion, tomato, and zucchini in a covered baking dish with the remainder of the minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon).  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the marinated chicken (with marinade) in the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Microwave for 7 and one-half minutes on high.  Check for doneness on a center piece.  Return to the microwave for a minute more, if needed.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, atop basmati rice (use microwave instructions on the package; brand differ).

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

ROSEMARY – GARLIC CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH PARSLEY & SMOTHERED WITH VEGETABLES OF ONION – MUSHROOMS – ZUCCHINI – POTATO – CELERY – FRESH TOMATO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

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

–zucchini (one-half, small, sliced)

–potato (red, small, chopped into bite-sized pieces, skin on)

–celery (one-half stalk, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, one-half, medium, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the bite-sized potato in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Add the other vegetables (onion, mushrooms, celery, tomato, zucchini) to the dish with the potato.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, and a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place parsley on top.

4 – Microwave the chicken and vegetables for 8 minutes.  When finished, check an inside piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave on high for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken tenders and vegetables hot.

–chicken and vegetables inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

COD WITH MUSHROOMS & WILTED LETTUCE IN TARRAGON LEMON BUTTER & WHITE WINE SAUCE / CHICKPEA SALAD WITH TOMATOES & CARROTS IN OLIVE OIL / PARMESAN & BREADCRUMB – ENCRUSTED ZUCCHINI

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

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 3 to 4, sliced)

–spring mix salad (2 handfuls)

–tarragon (fresh if possible)

–lemon juice

–Promise Activ margarine (heart-healthy)

–white wine

–chickpeas (one-fourth can, rinsed and drained)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–extra virgin olive oil

–zucchini (2, small, peeled)

–Parmesan cheese

–herbed breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Wash and slice 3 to 4 baby bella mushrooms, and place in a covered baking dish with a little white wine.  Add 2 handfuls of spring mix salad.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place cod amid the mushrooms.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Melt Promise Activ margarine in a measuring cup, covered, by microwaving for 10 seconds.  Pour over the cod.  Season with tarragon.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-fourth rinsed can of chickpeas in a mixing bowl, along with 1 chopped tomato (seasoned with basil, salt, and pepper), and 2 handfuls of shredded carrots.  Season with extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.

3 – Peel the zucchini, and then cut horizontally, once, and then vertically, once.  Place a small amount of herbed breadcrumbs, with Parmesan cheese and olive oil, in a small bowl.  Stir well, and then place the breadcrumb mixture atop the zucchini.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

4 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.

5 – Serve the cod hot, with the zucchini (hot) and the salad (cold).

–cod adapted from the Char restaurant, Jackson, Mississippi; zucchini adapted from the Olive Garden; and salad original.

A Simple Dinner:  CHICKEN WITH OREGANO & BASIL IN TOMATO JUICE & TOPPED WITH FETA / ZUCCHINI TOPPED WITH BREADCRUMBS & PARMESAN

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano, basil (bottled)

–tomato juice (low sodium)

–feta cheese

–zucchini (1, fresh, medium)

–breadcrumbs (I used Pepperidge Farm)

–Parmesan cheese

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with a small amount of tomato juice.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top.  Set aside.

2 – Peel 1 zucchini, and cut into silver dollars.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place a small amount of breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl.  Add olive oil to taste, and stir well.  Then pour the breadcrumbs over the zucchini.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

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

4 – Serve the chicken hot, with the zucchini as a side.  I also served a salad (recipes, use the search box on this blog).

–zucchini adapted from the Olive Garden restaurant; chicken original.

PARSLEYED FLOUNDER & SHRIMP WITH MUSHROOMS & CROUTONS IN WINE – BRANDY – WORCESTERSHIRE WHITE SAUCE / BASIL SPRING MIX SALAD WITH TOMATO – ZUCCHINI – BROCCOLI FLORETS IN RED WINE – OLIVE OIL DRESSING

–flounder (2, thin, thawed from frozen)

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 6 to 8 small)

–parsley (fresh, chopped)

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

–croutons (Texas Toast garlic & butter, a handful, packaged)

–white wine (cooking wine is fine

–brandy (1 tablespoon)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 tablespoon)

–flour

-salt and pepper

–olive oil

–spring mix salad (one-half package)

–tomato (1, medium, chopped)

–zucchini (1, medium, sliced)

–broccoli florets (one-half head, broken apart in bite-sized pieces)

–red wine (cooking wine is fine)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place one-half package of spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Add 1 chopped tomato, 1 peeled and sliced zucchini, one-half head of broken florets of broccoli, basil, salt, and pepper.  Stir well.  Just before dinner, add a small amount of red wine and a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil. 

 

2 – Slice 6 to 8 baby bella mushrooms and place in a covered baking dish.  Place one-half cup of white wine and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce in a microwaveable cup, and microwave on high for 1 minute.  In a separate cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  Slowly add the wine mixture to the flour, stirring briskly.  Then pour the resulting white sauce atop the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

3 – Rinse 6 to 8 small, deveined, tail-off, shell-off shrimp, and then place in a small microwaveable covered bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Set aside.

4 – Place the flounder atop the mushrooms, in the white sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minute (longer if flounder are thick).  Add shrimp, 1 handful of Texas Toast garlic – butter croutons, and a sprinkling of parsley.  Microwave for 30 seconds more.

5 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Serve the flounder and shrimp hot.  I also served Brussel sprouts with oregano (for recipe, use the search box on this blog).

–flounder and shrimp adapted from To the Taste of a King; salad original.

CHICKEN WITH CARROTS AND ONION IN BROTH GRAVY / GREEN SALAD WITH AVOCADO – TOMATO – ZUCCHINI IN GINGER – SESAME DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–shredded carrots (packaged, fresh)

–onion (one-half, fresh, medium)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green salad (packaged)

–avocado (1, fresh, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, large, 2 slices, chopped)

–zucchini (1, fresh, sliced)

–ginger – sesame dressing (Paul Newman)

1 – Pour one-half cup of chicken broth in a microwaveable cup.  Microwave for 45 seconds.  Place 1 heaping teaspoon of flour in a second cup.  Slowly add the heated chicken broth to the flour, stirring vigorously.  Set aside. 

2 – Place 2 handfuls of shredded carrots in a covered baking dish.  Chop one-half onion and add to the baking dish.  Then pour the chicken broth/flour into the baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, nestle the chicken amid the carrots and onion.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Add one-half package of green salad to a mixing bowl.  Chop 2 slices of a large tomato; then season with salt and pepper, and add to the bowl.  Peel and slice the zucchini, and add to the bowl.  Add, to taste, the ginger – sesame salad dressing.  Stir to mix well.  Then fold in a chopped avocado.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 6 minutes on high.

–chicken adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking; salad original.

NEW ORLEANS – INSPIRED CAJUN CHICKEN ATOP SPICY RED BEANS & BROWN RICE / ZUCCHINI FINGERS WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–red beans (dried, soak two-thirds cup overnight)

–brown rice (5-minute, boxed)

–chicken broth

–Bac’n pieces

–minced onion (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–hot spice (bottled; I use New Orleans – based “Slap Ya Mama”)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–garlic & herb breadcrumbs (boxed)

 

1 – Place two-thirds cup of red beans (that have been soaked overnight) in a slow cooker.  Add chicken broth to 1 inch above the beans.  Season with salt, pepper, hot spice, Bac’n pieces, minced onion, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  When finished, place setting on “warm” and wait for dinnertime.

 

2 – Place chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, hot spice, and olive oil.  Pour plain breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Set aside.

 

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

 

4 – Peel and slice zucchini in half.  Then slice horizontally.  Place in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in some garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes or less (depending on taste).

 

5 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

 

6 – Serve the chicken atop the rice and beans, with the zucchini as a side.

 

–recipes original.

SALMON & ZUCCHINI WITH GINGER – GREEN ONION – SESAME SEEDS – GARLIC IN SOY SAUCE / BROWN RICE IN BROTH

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

–zucchini (1, fresh)

–ginger (bottled)

–green onion (2 stalks)

–sesame seeds (bottled)

–garlic salt

–soy sauce

–brown rice (boxed, 5-minute)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Peel and slice the zucchini.  Place on either side of the salmon.  Drench in soy sauce.  Slice the green onions in one-half inch pieces, and sprinkle on top of the salmon and zucchini.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Season with ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

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

3 – Microwave the salmon for 4 and one-half minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon and zucchini on top of the brown rice.

–salmon and zucchini inspired by health.com web site; rice original.

SPICY & CRUNCHY PAPRIKA OVEN FRIED CHICKEN / WHOLE WHEAT STUFFING WITH ZUCCHINI AND ONION / KALE WITH SALAD TOPPING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Shake ‘n Bake Extra Crunchy breading

–paprika

–cayenne pepper

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–zucchini (1, fresh)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–garlic salt

–whole wheat stuffing mix (boxed)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–kale (fresh, 3 handfuls)

–Southwest salad topping

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and olive oil.  Add half a package of Shake ‘n Bake extra crunchy breading.  Shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish with a very, very small amount of water.  Set aside.

2 – Peel and chop the zucchini and onion.  Place in a covered baking dish with a little chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When finished, add the stuffing to the vegetables.  Stir.  Add enough chicken broth almost to cover the stuffing.  Set aside.

3 – Place the kale in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, Southwest salad topping, and olive oil.  Add one-half inch of water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.

5 – Microwave the stuffing for one and one-half minutes.

6 – Serve the hot chicken on top of the stuffing, with the kale as a side.

–recipes original.