Saturday, August 13, 2011

They say we need to eat more fish.... (Salmon and Beans)

I am not a big fish eater -- but they say we should eat more fish.... the people in charge say this.  So I try to eat more fish.  This is an easy fish recipe.  The best parts of this recipe are it is easy, fast -- you can put it together literally 20 minutes before you eat, and it is very healthy -- beans and fish -- the foods we should eat more of.

I usually use salmon because of its high omega-3 fatty acids and high vitamin D content. But you can use any fish. 

Salmon and Beans

2 medium sized leeks
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil
2 cans of Cannellini beans
salmon (2-4 pieces)
salt / pepper to taste

serve over rice

Start making your rice -- that is the longest part of this meal.  In a medium sized pan with a lid, saute leeks (only use the white part - toss out the greens) in olive oil and lightly salt and pepper. After about 3 -4 minutes add the garlic for about 1 minute.  Then place salmon in the pan.  Drain both cans of beans and place them in the pan. Put olive oil and salt and pepper over entire dish and cover.  Let salmon cook for five to seven minutes on one side then flip and cook for another five minutes. It is done! -- Yes, it is that easy and fast.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Making Baby Food

I made all my son's and my daughter's baby food.  I gave Aidan store bought peaches and apples once.  He wouldn't eat it.  I guess you just get used to what you get used to.  Madeleine has never tried purchased jar baby food.  Not because I'm one of those moms who cannot trust the baby food out on the market -- I know there are all sorts of natural organic choices.  But I just wanted to make it.  I loved making it for him. All kinds of veggies and fruits.  I also made chicken soup and lentil soup for some protein choices.  Now I have to say that I tasted all the food I have made, and I know that my chicken soup puree is better than the ridiculous excuse for chicken puree in the stores.

Making their baby food gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride.  My son is almost three and to this day I still make, store, and freeze extra applesauce, chicken soup, and lentil soup for him.  We usually have family dinners, but when my husband and I go out for dinner or don't feel like eating at 5:30 these frozen meals help me feed the kids when I am not sure what to give him for dinner. I can always defrost 7 cubes of homemade chicken soup.

Here is a picture of what the cubes look like in the freezer bags.  I have bags upon bags in my freezer. I will miss having these cubes for a quick meal for the kids.