Flounder Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta
This would be a perfect dish to serve to a family that is trying to eat more fish — it is extremely mild with lemon and butter (I skipped the capers), and you can make it with whatever thin white flaky fish looks good at the store. I used wild flounder, but tilapia, snapper, sole, and catfish would also be good. I wouldn’t recommend a thick fish like halibut or cod for this recipe. I had never actually cooked fish using this process of dredging in flour and then lightly pan frying in olive oil before, and it turned out so well. The sauce was initially very strong with lemon, because I accidentally put the butter into the green beans instead of the fish sauce. Those were some really delicious green beans (since I had already tossed them in olive oil and lemon juice!).
Both the Fish Piccata and the Angel Hair Pasta recipes are from Melissa d’Arabian. You really want to serve them together as all the flavors combine so well (lemon, butter, olive oil, parmesan). And if you keep some fish fillets in the freezer, this is a super easy dinner to throw together with things you already have on hand. With the ingredient lists so short, these aren’t as much recipes as they are methods of cooking, but I’m thrilled to now know how to cook fish this way and the kids loved it.
- Italian Fish Fillets on Orzo (amommys2cents.wordpress.com)
Bowties with Salmon & Peas
My kids (like many kids I know) are happiest when the components of their meals are all separate from one another — protein, grains, fruit/vegetables are mixed together at your own risk. I prefer the exact opposite: easy one-pot meals that incorporate everything into one dish. I’m especially happy when the recipe calls for lots of vegetables, herbs, and spices (a nightmare to my children). This kind of cooking makes for easy leftovers too. Every now and then I will see a recipe that incorporates everything in one dish but features ingredients the kids actually like to eat, and this Creamy Farfalle with Salmon and Peas from Self Magazine fit the bill. Well, I take that back — they would happily pass on the peas, but you can’t get everything you wish for.
This meal turned out really well. The sauce was thick and creamy (save some of the starchy pasta water to thin it out if necessary) and the smell of cream cheese with fresh dill was fantastic. It was a mild, “kid-friendly” combination. For the pasta, I used Barilla’s “Piccolini” Mini Farfalle. When my girls first eyed their bowls, they made faces about all those peas, but after a bite of pasta I heard lots of, “Mmmm, this is actually pretty good”. The recipe could easily be modified to use cubed chicken or ham instead of salmon, and you could switch out the peas for another favorite veggie. I will definitely be keeping this one on hand for an easy one-dish meal that everyone at my table will eat.
- Salmon Pasta (mummysknee.wordpress.com)