Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Quick and Easy Last Minute Meals

Ava is 3 weeks old and I’m happy to report we’ve been able to do some cooking.  That said, it has been some of our “tried and trues,” so I won’t bother posting the recipes/pictures.  Just picture, homemade pizza, grilled tofu and veggies, stuffed pork tenderloin, etc. 

I’ve also had a couple instances when I was alone with a fussing baby and getting a bit fussy myself due to hunger.  So, I’m going to show you a couple of the “5 Minute” meals I came up with for myself.  Literally, 5 minutes (when you have ingredients on hand) which is faster than it would take me to run to the nearest drive thru, and a whole lot more nutritious. 


This is my One Dish Micro-Steamed Asian Fish and Veggies. 

I took some fresh baby bok choy and sliced mushrooms and microwaved them on high, for 3 minutes.  While the veggies were cooking, I defrosted a tilapia fillet and made a little sauce of sake, soy sauce, fresh grated ginger (from a jar,) and sesame oil.  When the veggies were done, I layed the tilapia on top and poured the sauce over all.  Put back in the micro (covered) and cook on 70% power for approximately 3 minutes or until fish flakes easily.  Be careful not to overcook. 

OK, so it is a 6 minute meal – sue me.  ;-)

Paired with a refreshing  glass of rose, a perfect light dinner. 


Next up is a quick lunch time salad.  Utilizing frozen cooked cocktail shrimp and whatever greens available in the fridge, equals a tasty and satisfying salad.  I used some leftover homemade creamy dressing, but any of your favorites would work.  Also, substitute canned salmon and it’s equally as fast and nutritious. 


I threw in a few sliced sugar snap peas, mushrooms, avocado,and onion, on top of a bed of spinach.  I forgot to add some creamy goat cheese, until after I took the first couple bites.  Not to bad in a pinch, eh?

Finally, this is a picture of the Edible Arrangement I received as a gift from my team at work.  This is an awesome gift idea for new families.  Not only was the fruit delicious, and needed with extra family around, but it was something we could easily eat with one hand, when baby was in the other. 


Ava –having a large pour of Enfamil. 


What’s your favorite 5 minute meal?


Kelly said...

That is too cute. I love the baby pictures so keep them coming. I am so impressed you were able to cook the fish in the microwave and get the texture right. Genius! My favorite 5 minute meal would have to be scrambled eggs or an omelette.

eatingRD said...

How adorable! I bet you have your hands full! That's awesome you're able to get great meals situated in a short amount of time. My favorite quick meal is baked pasta. Just saute some veggies, boil pasta, top with sauce and cheese and broil till crispy! Yum!