Monday, January 2, 2012

First Healthy Meal

Hmmm....not sure what to think of my family right now.  They, minus the husband, claimed they liked the meal, but talked and talked and talked and made excuses and took FOREVER to eat!  So, are they saying they liked it to keep Momma happy, or did they REALLY like it?  I just can't say.  However, to say my family is incredibly frustrating is an understatement!  My hubby is the worst offender!!!!  He made faces while eating, put his elbow on the table and held his head as he chewed, and generally acted like a child!  He THEN threw away pretty much his entire plate!  Talk about a positive role model! 

Well, I for one, thought the meal was outstanding!!!  I had a great time making it and feeling like I was accomplishing something!

   Baked Fish w/Peppers and Parmesan Squash     

Ingredients:                                                                                      For Squash:
  1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced                                                             3 medium yellow squash,
  1 red pepper, thinly sliced                                                                           ends removed and sliced
  1/4 red onion, thinly sliced                                                                          lengthwise  into 1/4" strips
  1 Tbs olive oil                                                                                                1 Tbs olive oil
  1/2 tsp kosher salt (I used sea salt)                                                          1/2 tsp salt
  1/2 tsp black pepper                                                                                    1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  1- 1/2 pounds red snapper fillets or any fresh fish fillet as sub            1/4 tsp black pepper
  2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
  1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  1/2 tsp salt (I used sea salt)

                                                                          Baked Fish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Toss peppers and onion with olive oil, salt and pepper to coat.
  3. Spread the onion and pepper in large, oven proof baking dish and bake 10 minutes
  4. Remove from oven and arrange the fillets on top of onion mix.
  5. Combine the melted butter and the parsley and pour over fish.  Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Return to oven and bake covered for 10 minutes or until fish is firm but flaky.  Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.

                                                                          Parmesan Squash 

  1. toss squash with olive oil and salt.
  2. arrange the squash on a large baking sheet.
  3. bake for 7 minutes, flip over and sprinkle with parmesan and black pepper.  Bake until cheese
      starts to golden, about 5 minutes.

     FACEOMETER RATINGS:  3 1/2 forks

Mom Says: I loved it! Very refreshing and delicious!  I think this one is a keeper! (don't mind the picky veggie-hater!)


  1. I think you just need to make healthier versions of the foods that they normally like eating. I think starting slowly will make it easier on everyone. You don't want to drastically change what they are eating because they will as you said Jason did "make faces, put his elbow on the table and held his head as he chewed." Baby steps. Use bison ground instead of beef ( much leaner) or use turkey and chicken more instead of red meat.

  2. The problem I make 5 things period and that's not including ALL the FAST FOOD...I NEED to expand my recipe collection anyway! Kids are just going to have to suck it up and try new things! It's going to happen eventually!

  3. I'm a big believer in feeding the eyes before the mouth. I think maybe roasting the veggies and pansearing the fish would be better. A filet of opaque white fish doesn't appeal to me as much as a golden crusty filet of fish. You could pansear with a little olive oil and a small pat of butter, then finish off in the oven if it's a time issue (bc I see you have a lot of fish there). The veggies roasted til it's caramelized and slightly charred would appeal to the big guy. Then maybe finish off with a little pan dressing. -Thao