I love this time of year.
After the Summer Holidays when the days are long and filled with picnics in the park and squeezing meals in around playing out and day-trips, going back to school means that we get back into our routine.
I find that meal planning is much easier when we have more set meal times and I enjoy getting together for our family meals and catching up with what everyone’s done that day. The problem with them going back to school is that there never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything that I want to do so I try and spend as little time as possible cooking during the week.
Monday – Chicken and Mushroom pasta with brocolli and garden peas – one of our favourite pasta dishes using up some of the chicken from Sunday’s roast, some brocolli that needed using up and some frozen peas.
Tuesday – Oven baked chicken and chilli risotto – adapted from our oven baked risotto recipe using chicken and chilli.
Wednesday – Baked salmon – see below.
Thursday – Easy freezer tea – chicken nuggets, chips and beans.
Friday – Home made pizza.
Saturday – Homemade burgers and potato wedges.
Sunday – Miss Frugal’s birthday party so we’ll be having party buffet for breakfast lunch and tea.
Over the last year or so, we’ve been eating a lot more fish than we used to (mainly because the lovely fish is the dish ladies showed me it’s good value for money and easy to cook). My favourite fish recipe is possibly the easiest fish recipe ever so I thought I’d share it with you all today. It’s not even really a recipe but I wanted to show you that you can make a lovely healthy meal with about a minutes preparation (not including cooking – it’s not that quick ;-)).
The thing that makes this meal so quick and easy to cook is the fact that the fish is cooked in a fish bag which is basically a disposable . You can get these all over including eBay but I get mine from Lakeland. If you haven’t got fish bags then you could always use foil – you just need to make a bit of a parcel with it.
You can make this recipe with most fish – I usually buy whatever’s on offer or what’s reduced in my local supermarket who have a brilliant fish counter. I bought these two salmon fillets for the bargain price of £1.40 for the two!
I just pop the fillets into a fish bag, sprinkle in some herbs and add a squeeze of lemon juice. I often cut up the lemon and add that in there too.
Then you just need to pop it in the oven until it’c cooked through. I won’t give you an indication of time on this one as it varies so much depending on the size of your fish.
You may notice a slight issue with the final recipe picture – the salmon is half eaten with nothing to make it look pretty. That’s because I served it up and was distracted for a moment (damn you Twitter) while I waited for the vegetables to cook. In the time it took for me to send a tweet about needing wine and chocolate, Miss Frugal decided that it was her tea and sat herself down at the table to tuck in. At least it proves she loves it I suppose.
So there you have it – my recipe that’s not really a recipe for baked salmon.
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