There are times when your work day is especially challenging and loaded with deadlines and long meetings. The last thing you wish to do is to return to the nest and labor in the kitchen over a meal. Maybe you have school-aged children who have to be picked up from extra curriculum activities like football, basket ball, etc. After these games, kids are ravenous and the first thing they ask is “What’s for supper?” It easy to drive through one of fast food joints within your neighborhood; however, the pay off nutritionally is no good. Most of these items on the menu are loaded with saturated fats, high sugar and sodium content which overtime cause cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
There’s a solution. And, it involves quick and easy seafood meals which take minutes to prepare and cook. While you oversee your kids’ homework, these meals can be whipped up right before their eyes. Supper will be on the table before they finished that book report. Some of examples of easy supper ideas are:
*Shrimp and vegetables
Ask your fishmonger to clean and de-vein your shrimp. This move certainly decrease your time in the kitchen. Bear in mind that s shrimp takes approximately two to three minutes on each side. Season s shrimp with a little salt and pepper to taste along with a clove of crushed garlic. Set this aside. In the meantime, boil some linguine or any choice of pasta. Make sure to salt the pasta water on boiling as this is the perfect time for pasta to be flavored. Cook pasta al dente as the cooking process will be finished with sautéed veggies.
Julienne or give a quick chop to veggies like bell peppers, onions, broccoli, etc. In a hot skillet, drizzle a few teaspoon olive, discard garlic from shrimp and give a quick stir-fry to seasoned shrimp and set aside on a plate. Add a few drops of oil to skillet and add veggies. Season with salt, pepper and any other seasoning to taste. Sprinkle a few drops of sweet and sour sauce to veggies. Drain pasta and add to veggies and combine. Retain a splash of pasta water and add to skillet. This will give body to sauce and also finish the cooking of pasta. Remove skillet from burner and add cooked shrimp. Serve with a green salad with vinaigrette dressing.
A dish of broiled salmon is super quick and easy. Season salmon with salt and pepper to taste. Combine balsamic vinegar and a little honey. This will provide a sweet and tart flavor to fish. Brush it on salmon and drizzle a little olive oil. Cook under broiler for about ten minutes. Squeeze a little lemon on fish for freshness. Serve with sweet baked potatoes and steamed broccoli and/or asparagus. This is the perfect time to utilize the microwave for the potatoes and broccoli.
This dish is a one pot delight. Each member of the family will reap their very own packet of baked fish. Maybe, you could prepare packet from the night before and stick in oven when you return home. Use sea bass, or any other sturdy white fish. Season cuts of fish with salt and pepper. Lay these on individual parchment paper. Thinly chop veggies of choice and place alongside fish. Also, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle a little olive oil over both fish and veggies along with a pat butter. Carefully fold packet of fish along all the corners while poking a few holes on top for steam to emit.
Place packets on baking sheet and bake in oven at 350 degrees until veggies are crunchy and sea-bass is flaky. Bear in mind that the veggies will expel moisture and will aid in cooking. For an extra kick, add a little white wine. Serve baked fish with crusty bread a Pinot Noir.
There is no need to fear and be frazzled at supper time. When you are tired and everyone is looking to you for culinary answers, whip up a quick, easy and delicious supper. You will be granting you and your loved ones essential nutrients in the form of omega fatty acids that the heart craves. Your hearts and palates will thank you for any of these dishes.