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Standard weeknight fare

Made this for supper recently and thought it was a pretty fair representative of a standard weeknight meal. 2 veggies, a little protein, simple, fresh and yummy (in my opinion).

  • Asparagus tossed with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, then broiled. Serve with lemon wedge
  • Roasted gold beets, quartered and tossed with sherry vinegar, salt, pepper and a little feta and mint
  • Wild salmon- pan-seared (skin side up), then flipped, slathered with some pesto from the freezer and popped into the oven on broil (still on from the asparagus) for a few minutes.

Roasted salmon with dill beurre blanc

Please don’t overreact, but I don’t really love salmon. It’s fine, but there’s no WAY it would make my top 5 fish list or even necessarily my top 10 fish list. Whatever. My husband, on the other hand, is gaga for the stuff, skin and all, so I try to chef it up time-to-time. This recipe is by far my favorite. It’s perfectly cooked through- firm, but still slightly translucent and amazingly tender. The sauce is just the icing on the cake and is not necessary. I also love a fruit salsa (mango, tangerine, pineapple) with it, but just about anything works.

1 skin-on salmon fillet, cut into equal pieces, OR equal slices of salmon fillet (the point is you don’t want to try to cook that measly little tail at the same time as the big meaty part)

2  teaspoons EVOO

Kosher salt & Pepper

  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Use a sharp knife to remove any whitish fat from belly of fillet and cut into 4 equal pieces, if not pre-cut.
  2. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Rub fillets evenly with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees and remove baking sheet. Carefully place salmon skin-side down on baking sheet.
  3. Roast until centers of thickest part of fillets are still translucent when cut into with paring knife or instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of fillets registers 125 degrees, 9 to 13 minutes. Transfer fillets to individual plates or platter. Serve with dill beurre blanc  sauce or relish

I am a culinary genius

Not really, but I did say that after I tasted everything last night. Good lord. I made Pescado Veracruzano with kale, my easy bread and an avocado salad. I could east that supper once a week for the rest of my life. For the avocado salad, I mixed a little lime juice, honey, diced jalapeno, cumin, S&P and olive oil in a jar. Shook the hell out of it, cut the avocado in half, pulled out the stone and spooned the limey-cumin dressing in the hole and served. The simplest things are the best!Pescado supper

Pescado Veracruzano

This is one of my all-time favorite weeknight dinners. It’s fast, has super intense flavors and is a one-pot dish. It tastes just like a little Mexican beach town.  Taste the jalapeños before adding. If they are good and spicy, 2 will be plenty. Sometimes they are puny and you may want 3.  I usually serve this with crusty bread and a salad. If you don’t feel like making a salad, think about adding half a head of kale. Just wash it REALLY well, tear it into pieces and add in step 2.2 (with tomatoes, jalapenos, etc). It’s yummy and filling and full of iron.

2          thick, uniform pieces of firm, white fish like Cod or certified planet-friendly Sea Bass (about ¾ -1 lb)

2          T EVOO

1          small white onion

2-3       fresh jalapenos, seeded and cut into thin strips or rounds

2          cloves (or toes, as I call it) of garlic, sliced thin

2          tomatoes, seeded and cut into strips

2          T fresh oregano, chopped course

½         C  sliced green olives

1          C dry white wine

¾         C fish or shrimp stock (clam juice can be substituted if you’re lame)

1          lemon, juiced and zested

Salt & Pepper

  1. Cook fish
    1. Check your fish for bones, pat dry and season both sides with salt and pepper
    2. Heat a large, deep pan or pot over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. When hot, add 2 T EVOO and add fish. If your fish has skin, cook first skin-side up.
    3. Sear fish until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook other side for ~2 minutes.
    4. Set aside on a plate and cover with foil
  2. Make soup
    1. Return pan to high heat and add remaining oil. When very hot, add onions and cook, stirring frequently until translucent and golden (about 3 minutes).
    2. Add the jalapenos, garlic, tomato, oregano and olives. Cook , stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes, until tomatoes start to release their juices.
    3. Add wine, broth and lemon zest. Bring to a simmer and cook until the booze has burned off and the broth is slightly reduced, about 3 minutes
    4. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and any fish juices (from plate of cooked fish), and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve soup
    1. Laddle broth into bowl
    2. Nestle fish into broth
    3. Let rest for 2-3 minutes to cool slightly and let fish warm through
    4. Eat with crusty bread