It seems that my mind is on food at the moment!
It is early morning in the run up to Christmas, all the family are where they should be on a Sunday morning, fast asleep and I of course am sitting at the computer!!
So in the little time I have before they all wake up I thought I really should write another article for the website! I have so many things I would like to write about but I am limited on time and I really need to write something that is quick and easy….. ‘Quick and easy’ seems to be my theme at the moment!!
Christmas is making things crazier than normal, and that is saying something, so with that in mind my thoughts went to last night’s ‘quick and easy’ dinner.
It all started when I recently called my mum up to have a whinge about the fact that the dinners in our house were just getting so repetitive. It’s so hard to find something everyone like…. My husband loves his food and if its meat based will eat nearly anything, but if it’s anything else, fish, vegetables (well anything healthy really) then I would classify him as fussy. My kids are pretty good eaters as far as kids go, I am lucky that they like their fruit and veg and will eat some fish (although fish is never their favourites of dinners) but it still can be a bit hit and miss with them and getting the little one to try new things with an open mind can again be a challenge. So between then all finding something that they all like and that I consider healthy for them is not easy and I just don’t have time to cook everyone separate meals.
We have about 10 ‘quick and easy’ dinners that I mix and match with some others meals but I was just getting so bored and frustrated with them and really wanted a change, so after telling my mum about some of the successes and failures from a few new recipes I had found online, she passed me on one of her ‘quick and easy’ meals that she had recently discovered for a fish based dinner and what a life saver it turned out to be, thanks again Mum.
Not only is it ‘quick and easy’ but everyone in the house love it. The kids gobble it up and hubbies words when he first tried it were ‘OMG this is like the nicest and freshest fish finer ever’. Now if you knew my husband you would know this really is high praise indeed, as other than the odd fish finger he really doesn’t do fish! I am amazed that he now looks forward to the nights we have this dinner!
Anyway enough about my house hold and onto the recipe…..
You can see my comments to the recipe in the brackets
- 680g white fish fillets (I always use Merluza (Hake) from Mercadona)
- Cooking spray (I use olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (I use lemon)
- 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise (I use normal mayonnaise as I don’t do the light thing)
- 1/8 teaspoon of onions powered (I use about ¼ teaspoon of garlic salt)
- 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper (nothing to change here)
- ½ Cup of fresh breadcrumbs (I use Mercadonas Gluten free breadcrumbs)
- 1 ½ tablespoons butter or stick margarine melted (I use olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I will use dried if I don’t have fresh in the house but then I will add it will all the other dried ingredient)
- Preheat oven to 200
- Place fish in a baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Combine lime juice, mayonnaise, onion powder and peper in a small bowl (if I am using dried parsley I add this at this point)
- Spread mayo mix over the fish and then sprinle with breadcrumbs.
- Dizzle with butter.
- Bake at 220 for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork (adjust the baking time depending on the thickness of the fish).
- Sprinkle with parsley.
I would love to hear from anyone who has any other alternative ‘quick and easy’ healthy recipes.
If you can please email them to me on firstname.lastname@example.org I will post them on here for us all to benefit from.
Thanks and enjoy.