Healthy Baked Fish

As we shop for deals we will often times buy food that we can freeze, because the prices are good.  That doesn’t mean that we necessarily have a recipe in mind.  A couple of weeks ago one of those items was a nice white fish.  I don’t cook fish very often, so I knew I would need to think of a way to cook it, but the price was too good to walk away from.
I decided to defrost the fish and add it onto our weekly meal plan.  I knew that our days have been pretty busy and I wouldn’t have time for anything gourmet, so I settled on a pretty basic baked fish recipe.
Similar to how I cook most meals, I looked at a few recipes, settled on what temperature the oven should be, approximately how long the fish should cook for, and promptly threw the rest out the window.  I played around with some ingredients I thought would taste good, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  Fortunately it turned out great!  Some how that tends to happen, but then I’m always disappointed with myself for not being able to recreate the same recipe next time.  So at least  this time I wrote it down!
Here is what I came up with:

  • Pre-heat oven to 425º
  • Lightly grease a glass baking dish big enough to fit fish
  • Rinse fish filet with cool water and pat dry with paper towel
  • Lay the fish in the greased baking dish
  • In a small sauce pan, melt 1/4 stick of butter, 1/4 cup of olive oil, a few cloves of minced garlic, the juice of one lemon, and dried basil, parsley, thyme and oregano.
  • Pour the melted butter mixture over the fish filets

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Melted butter mixture gets poured directly onto the waiting fish

 

  • Sprinkle the top of the fish with Italian bread crumbs (I think panko bread crumbs would have been even better, but this is what I had on hand)

 

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Sprinkle the top of the fish with bread crumbs

 

  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the fish flakes apart.

 

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Yum!

The end result was an unbelievably light and delicious fish.  Easy clean up since it was baked, and we both agreed the flavor was perfect.  I added in some garlic mashed potatoes with a side of corn for a well balanced and healthy meal.  Yum!

How do you like to cook your fish?

It’s finally that time of year!

This is the beginning of my favorite time of year!  Thanksgiving needs it’s well deserved time in the spot lot, but as soon as it’s over…bring on the Christmas Cheer!  This year we finally got around to getting and putting up our tree.

We don’t own a tree skirt, but after getting the tree in the stand it was pretty obvious that we needed one…

So I hit the store, and picked up a cheap $6 fleece blanket.  Spread it out on the floor…

Folded it into quarters…

Cut an arch, which created a big oval shape…

Then I cut a slit so that it would fit around the tree.

 Then I put it under the tree, covering up the tree stand, and was quite pleased with the end result!

Here’s to $6 and 5 minutes of my time!

Brian and I had a great weekend together decorating and seeing lots of fun Christmas lights!

 After a fantastic weekend, it was back to work today.  Getting home at 7, it was grocery shopping time, ugh.  Getting home after 8, with no dinner made, and the pledge to stay healthy and under my calorie goal, I was just not feeling it.  But I’m pretty happy with what I came up with!

Easy, healthy, low calorie chicken salad!  I picked up a small rotisserie chicken while at the grocery store.  Shredded it up, added one cup of plain greek yogurt (much healthier and better than mayo!), 1 cup of red grapes cut in half, 1/2 cup of green onions, and 1 avocado chopped.

I stirred it all up, taste tested it, and was thrilled that it wasn’t missing anything flavor wise!

I added it to a tortilla (much lower calories than 2 slices of bread) and a glass of V-8 splash.  Overall my dinner came in around 346 calories (BAM!).  It was delicious, healthy, filling, and only took a couple minutes to whip up.  Best part is that I now have lunch for tomorrow, plus I will probably skip the tortilla which puts it at only 146 calories…love it!

I would say that throughout this whole healthy kick, my greatest achievement has been cutting out my daily cup of coffee, and my nightly glass(es) of wine.  I’m down to about 2 cups of coffee weekly, and only an occasional glass of wine.  I’m definitely feeling good!

Happy Monday to you all!

Simply Living