Friday, February 8, 2008

Quick and Easy Fish Meals for Lent

Here's some quick, meatless meals for Lent - but they all make easy dinner party fare, too.
And fish is something we should all be eating more of anyway.

None of these ideas requires specific measurements.

Poached Orange Salmon: Put about 1/2 an inch of orange juice into a frying pan. Add salmon fillets. Thinly slice your favorite vegetable (carrots, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash or whole snow peas are all nice). Cover and cook over low until salmon flakes easily - about 10 minutes according to thickness. Serve over rice spooning some of the pan juices over the top.

Salsa Fish
Put about 1/4 inch of water, vegetable broth or white wine into a frying pan. Add you favorite skinless, mild white fish (like flounder, haddock, cod or tilapia). Pour (to taste) your favorite salsa over the top. Cover and cook on low till fish flakes - about 10 minutes according to thickness of the fish. Serve over rice or pasta, spooning some of the pan juices over the top. Some fresh fruit (particularly mango, pineapple or papaya) would be nice with this.

Italian Fish Parmesean
Put about 1/4 inch of water, vegetable broth or white wine into a frying pan. Add you favorite skinless, mild white fish (like flounder, haddock, cod or tilapia). Pour (to taste) your favorite thick pasta sauce over top. Cover and cook on low till fish flakes - about 10 minutes according to thickness of the fish. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top of the cooked fish and replace cover. Cook until cheese melts - a minute or so. Serve over cooked pasta, spooning some of sauce over the top. Add a salad or some broccoli sauteed with garlic and olive oil to round things out.

Fish Florentine
Put about 1/4 inch of water, vegetable broth or white wine into a frying pan. Add you favorite skinless, mild white fish (like flounder, haddock, cod or tilapia). Cover and cook on low till fish flakes - about 10 minutes according to thickness of the fish. Remove fish and keep warm. Put a few handfuls of fresh spinach into the pan juices. Cover and steam briefly - about a minute. Serve cooked fish on a bed of the steamed spinach. Sprinkle with some bread crumbs to garnish.
Carrots or steamed mushrooms and rice would be nice with this.

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