So here’s what I came up with based on available ingredients and my need for a healthy dinner quickly. Basic formula: saute greens w/ onions; add fish. Eat.
1 med yellow potato, sliced thinly
Cooking spray, such as PAM
1 BIG bunch Swiss Chard, greens only, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic minced
1 medium onion, diced
2T olive oil, divided (Keep reading)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
Kosher Salt and freshly ground-pepper
3 3-4 oz. walleye fillet, dusted with flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 fresh lemon
Spray grill pan well with cooking spray and heat pan to medium. Place sliced potatoes onto pan and salt and pepper well. Cook until brown on one side; turn and cook until brown and tender. Remove to plates; cover w/ foil.
Heat 12-14 inch saute pan with 1 T olive oil and add onion. Cook until just beginning to be soft and add chopped chard. Cook 2-3 minutes; add garlic. Salt and pepper to taste. Add spinach. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Remove all vegetables to plate and cover to keep warm.
Add other tablespoon olive oil to pan and carefully place floured and seasoned walleye fillets in pan. Cook over medium heat until one side is light brown; turn and cook until just done, about five minutes.
Divide vegetables between plates containing potatoes and top chard with a piece of fish, reserving third piece for seconds for hungry person. (Or tomorrow’s eggs) Garnish fish with chopped tomato and serve while warm.
Squeeze fresh lemon over entire plate. Watch for tiny bones.
MUST READING: Michael Pollen’s food piece in the NYTIMES Magazine today (Sunday, 8/2/09)). Be human; cook. Along with our thumbs, it’s what separates us from the other animals says one part of the long, but excellent article.
I’M LISTENING TO: Bernstein’s MASS. I perhaps have no choice, as it’s one of my conducting pieces for the week. Pray for my shoulder to relax as I learn to beat 5/8 in relaxed mode. If you think this is possible, tell me how.
This is our last week in St. Paul. Next weekend, it’s a long, leisurely drive back to the Springs with our sweet pup. I’ll miss the ‘hood so much, but will be so very glad to get home. On the way…Badlands and Mt. Rushmore.
Here’s Gabby (right) with good buddy Max… Gab will miss her. Me, too.
Sing a new song as you cook from scratch; this is faster than going out for fast food!