Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lunch Lady - Easy Fish For One

Every morning we pack lunches for the kids and my husband.
They go off with their lunch boxes and coolers packed to the brim with nutrition.  
My daughter and I get to stay home and whip up whatever we want for lunch.
Which sounds great, but it's sort of more difficult than it sounds sometimes.
Do you ever wonder what to eat for lunch?

We like to make a batch of egg salad and have that on hand for a quick sandwich.
Tuna salad is also a great thing to have in the fridge.
Honestly, though cold salades to stuff in some bread can get real old, real fast.
So we try to mix it up a bit with a hot and quick meal every once in awhile.
Lately a favorite has been fish {any kind of fish} with a lemon sauce.

It is so yummy.
It is so healthy.
It is so easy.
It is so quick.

Let me show you how to whip up a quick and easy gourmet entree in less than ten minutes.
The board of ingredients are pretty simple.
Any kind of frozen white fish you like can be used AS LONG AS IT IS WILD CAUGHT.
I am begging you not to eat farm raised fish.
Just look on the package of fish to see what you are buying.
I bought a bag of wild caught Whiting fish for $5.00 at Wal Mart.

Now for the board of ingredients for our super fast, super good lunch.
  • White Wine or Stock 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Italian Parsley
  • Lemon
  • Green Beans
  • Butter
  • Fish

Let's make the green beans first. 
I have a unique way of making green beans.
Put the beans in a pan with enough water to partially cover the beans.
I also add a pinch of salt...but that is optional.

Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

Pour the boiling water out of the pan when the beans turn bright green.
They will still be crispy, but don't worry.
Put a lid on the beans.
Put the pan back on the burner with the heat turned off.
Let the beans sit in the pan until you are ready to serve the meal.
They will soften up and be so yummy without turning grey and losing all their vitamins. 

Now, let's cook the fish.
Add a drizzle of olive oil to a non-stick pan over medium high heat.

Add the fish to the pan.
Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides.

While the fish cooks on one side, pick some parsley leaves.

Chop them up a bit.

Slice two thirds of the way through a slice of lemon.
A twist of lemon is so pretty on a piece of fish.

Our fish is looking very good.
See that white bubbly stuff along the side of the fish?
That is going to be great in the sauce.
When the fish is cooked through remove it from the pan and put it on a plate.
Don't forget to add your fancy slice of lemon to the fish.

Add lemon juice and a splash of white wine to the pan. 

When the lemon juice and white wine have cooked down a bit, turn the heat off.
Add a pat of butter to the pan.  
Use a whisk to stir the melting butter into the reduced liquids.

Toss in the chopped parsley.
Swirl the sauce a bit to mix in the parsley.

This is making me very happy.

We are going right over the top of the lemon with this spoon of sauce.
It will drip down through the lemon and be so yummy.

Don't forget our lovely and tender green beans.

Bon Apetite!

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