My go-to fish recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express. The fish fillets are smeared with a paste made from garlic, oregano, olive oil, and lemon juice. Then they're baked for just eight minutes and sprinkled with olives. I make this recipe time and time again because it works with any kind of fish, it’s easy and made with ingredients I always have, and it consistently comes out delicious. This time I used fresh mahi mahi that we got on trip to the Texas gulf coast.
Almond baked flounder
You know you should be eating more fish, right? This recipe is mild, easy, and delicious. I used flounder but you can use any thin fish fillets. I’ve always loved fish coated with nuts, but it’s a little labor intensive and sometimes the coating doesn’t stick. This recipe eliminates those issues by simply sprinkling the nuts on the fish before serving. Simple fix. I don’t know why I never thought of it.
This orange and avocado salad is fantastic. The flavors combine in a special way. The bite of the jalapeño and shallot bounces perfectly off the sweetness of the orange and richness of the avocado. I need more of this in my life. I already have plans to buy the ingredients so I can make it again, very soon. This recipe is Whole 30, paleo, and low carb friendly. But you don’t have to be on a diet to appreciate it. It’s super yummy.
This shrimp and grits dish is deeply satisfying comfort food. It’s a lot lighter than it tastes though. Grits/polenta recipes often use butter, milk, or cheese for richness and creaminess. Tip: you don’t need these things for rich and creamy grits. All you need is cornmeal and good tasting broth. The little bit of pork in this recipe certainly adds some richness, but it’s a small amount with a big payoff.
Shrimp & Zoodles with Marinara
I was never a fan of zucchini until I tried zoodles. I received a Vegetti as a gift, and my whole family giggled about the name of the device for days. I initially tried the Vegetti with cucumber, but it didn’t work well. I knew I would have to try zucchini, so I reluctantly looked up some recipes. Now I’m a total convert. This zoodles and marinara recipe has become a summer staple for us.
My name is Hillary. This blog is about the everyday food I prepare in my kitchen, with tips and recipes for easy, wholesome, and diet friendly meals. I have been chanting "cheese please!" since I was a toddler, although lately I've cut back on dairy.