dinner in 30 minutes · Fish · Main dish.

Balsamic Baked Salmon with Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Our little raised bed garden is producing about a pint of Cherry Tomatoes each day. right now. They are so good that I can’t bear to see one go to waste! Their sweet flavor makes them a great snack all on their own, but they’re also good baked into savory recipes!.

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Beef · dinner in 30 minutes · Main dish.

An American Favorite – Salisbury Steak

Recently I went to the kitchen to fix supper and I suddenly thought about an old favorite recipe, and the craving for it caused me to immediately change my menu for the night! It’s one of those comfort-food kind-of-dishes that is delicious, easy and filling, yet so simple that I had everything for it on hand already! It’s also ready in under 30 minutes!!

What did I make?  Salisbury steak.!  If you’re thinking about the frozen dinner variety, think again.  This is meaty, plump and bursting with flavor as well as plenty of gravy to cover the meat and/or any potato you might eat with it.

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dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal · Fish

Crispy Fish with Lemon Dill Sauce

When I need a quick meal idea, I love to make fish. It thaws quickly and it cooks quickly. I found a great, healthy way to make crispy fish without frying it. The recipe came from none other than my favorite source – Cooking Light! The Panko crumbs give it its crunch and the lemon dill sauce adds a great flavor to the fish! Here’s the easy recipe…

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Budget friendly meal · dinner in 30 minutes · Fish · Healthy Eating · main dish · Uncategorized

Dijon Crusted Fish

Most times if I ask guests that are coming to my home for a meal if they have any foods they don’t enjoy eating, they will often say fish. I get that because some recipes for fish are just stinky and bland.

But the recipe I’m sharing today is so good that it would make a great restaurant menu item. The ingredients are simple, but add incredible flavor and texture to the fish. It is above ordinary for something that’s fixed at home. Like most fish recipes, this is super fast to pull together because it doesn’t require long in the oven, making this a great weeknight menu.

I served this with oven-roasted potatoes and a seven layer salad. It was a delicious meal! If you are a nominal fish fan, I hope you will try this great recipe from taste of home.

Dijon Crusted Fish

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish – (I didn’t add this)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 tilapia fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Mix the first 4 ingredients and 1 tablespoon cheese. Place tilapia on a baling sheet coated with cooking spray; spread evenly with mayonnaise mixture.
  2. Toss bread crumbs with melted butter and remaining cheese; sprinkle over fillets. Bake until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 12-15 minutes.

Easy, fast and delicious!! I should also add, “healthy!” Its only 214 calories per filet! You might just being having fish mire often after trying this recipe!

dinner in 30 minutes · Pasta

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta With Italian Sausage

 I did it again!  I tried out a new recipe on guests!  I have a reputation for doing this, but it’s not on purpose!  I will sit down to plan my menu, and as I contemplate the night guests will be with us, I’ll consider what’s in the fridge or freezer.  Then it goes from there.  Soon I’m searching Pinterest for a recipe using those ingredients and there it is – a new menu item that sounds amazing!

In this case I was searching for a pasta recipe using Italian sausage because I had gotten a great deal at Kroger recently.

I’m happy to report that this recent recipe was successful in that it turned out as good as it sounded, and everyone loved it!  Mission accomplished, even if it was a bit risky!

I have said in the past that I’m not really a pasta lover, but it seems like that is changing, and it’s mostly because of some incredible recipes that I’ve tried!  I’ve learned that my favorite way to eat pasta is a dish made on the stove top and not baked in the oven after being prepared.  It leaves the pasta tender and the sauce creamy.  What’s not to love about that?  

Here’s the delicious recipe I found with my changes…

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Italian Sausage

  • 1 package (12 oz.) bow tie pasta
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream – I used 3/4 2% milk and 3/4 C cream
  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves, cut into thin strips
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain. (I do NOT cook my pasta al dente when it’s not going to cook longer in the oven.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet crumble the sausage and add onion. Over medium-high heat until sausage cooked through and browned and onion is tender. Add garlic. Cook one minute. Add the tomatoes and cream/milk. Simmer until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach and cook an additional 3 minutes. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce.

You could lighten up this recipe by using all2% milk in place of the heavy cream.  I think you could also use half chicken stock and half milk.  I haven’t tried that yet, but it would still give a creamy sauce with less calories.  At any rate, this was delicious with a nice slice of French bread for soaking up the sauce!  Maybe not good table manners, but delicious!

What’s your favorite way to have pasta – Fresh from the stove top or baked in the oven? 

This is a great weeknight meal…and also a good one for company!