Somehow it’s the end of January and we’ve managed to stay on our healthy eating streak, save for a few indulgences on the girls weekend trip I took with my friends to Nashville.
Surprisingly, our pickiest kid — the oldest one — enjoyed the poached fish in tomato basil sauce that I made recently. She even wanted to taste it while it was cooking because it smelled so good. The other two kids complained about not liking tomatoes but somehow thought the fish was chicken.
It was really easy and quick to make, and it’s pretty versatile. I used chicken broth instead of white wine, because I had some on hand already The recipe can accommodate almost any kind of fish you’d like, and it can be done with either fresh fish or something frozen. I used giant hunks of cod I got fresh at Harris Teeter.
POACHED FISH IN TOMATO BASIL SAUCE
ARUGULA SALAD WITH PARMESAN, LEMON & OLIVE OIL
We had this with the poached fish, and it was a nice change of pace from the heavy meal salads we’ve been eating. It’s easy to get bored with salad when you’re trying to eat healthy and that’s often the simplest option in front of you to stay on track.
This one would be fantastic topped with grilled chicken and maybe a handful of walnuts or pine nuts. I would think about adding some craisins or dried cherries in there, too. Dried cherries in salads are the bomb.
ARUGULA SALAD WITH STEAK & BLUE CHEESE
My problem with arugula has always been that a little goes a long way for me, and I didn’t want to waste the rest of the container. To entice myself to press on with it, I planned to have my favorite arugula salad — topped with steak, avocado, red onion and Simply Dressed Blue Cheese dressing — to use up the remaining leaves.
This looks like a puny salad, but there was plenty of fat here to make it filling. I made grilled cheese and tomato soup for the kids when we ate this, because I knew there was no chance they’d tackle this one. And they go crazy for tomato soup, despite the aforementioned tomato complaints. (I know, I know. I don’t get it either.)
What kinds of things do you dig with arugula?