9-27-11 Dinner Blog
Sometimes even with the best planning, dinners don’t always match up with the schedules. I was out with activities and carpools from 3:30 -6:40 and had a 6:45 speaker that I had signed up to hear. What was I thinking when I put the fish on the menu for tonight?!?!
Earlier in the day, I took 5 minutes to make the salsa. Seriously – 5 minutes. I had already chopped everything up. I just put it together, added the balsamic vinegar, mixed it together, and put it in the refrigerator.
The good thing is that fish is very easy and very fast. At 6:40 I got to work. I turned the oven on to 350, laid the fish on a lightly sprayed roasting pan, sprinkled ½ t salt, 1 t basil and 1 t thyme on top, and slid into the oven.
While the fish was cooking, I laid out the plates, and added a small side salad topped with carrots and bell peppers pre-cut for the soup on Thursday and the no-oil salad dressing. I also warmed up a bowl of frozen peas and cut a mango, dividing both peas and mangos across the plates.
8 minutes later the fish was ready, cracking on top and springing back to the touch. I portioned the fish, topped with the fall salsa and served!
The kids LOVED the fish. It was moist and flavorful. They each had a small second serving and everyone rated the fish a 9! The kids thought the fall salsa was OK. My husband and I loved it, rating the salsa a 9. It was really tasty with the cod. It seemed very versatile to us – you could use it on chicken or pork as well. So fish for all, salsa for adults or sophisticated palates!
Will I make it again? You betcha!