If you work long hours and have a long commute, the last thing you probably want to do is cook a meal from scratch when you get home. Never mind that you may already be hungry and cooking from scratch tends to mean investing an hour or two. After all your efforts, you get to enjoy a rewarding meal, but also a pile of dishes.
So it's understandable that some people shy away from cooking meals from scratch during the workweek. It's easier to order takeout or resort to a frozen dinner here and there.
But both those alternatives — even if you stick to low-fat, low-calorie options — tend to translate into high levels of sodium.
The good news is that there are a few dishes that you can prepare from scratch that won't suck up all your time, and are healthy to boot. Try this quick and easy baked fish with veggies, for instance.
Oregano, salt and pepper to taste
1 filet of your favorite white fish (halibut or Pacific cod are nice options)
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 medium red or white onion, sliced
1/2 small or medium tomato, sliced
Cilantro, finely chopped, approximately 2 tablespoons' worth (optional — substitute parsley if you're a cilantro hater)
Preheat oven 375 degrees.
Place the filet on a sheet of aluminum foil.
Lightly coat your fish filet in olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle oregano, salt and pepper, to taste, on both sides.
Layer the minced garlic, sliced onion, sliced tomato and chopped cilantro or parsley on top of the fish filet.
Cover the filet with the aluminum foil, like you would a burrito with a tortilla.
Bake for 15 minutes.
This recipe pairs nicely with grilled asparagus, which you can prepare while the fish is baking.
Minimal prep work, minimal cooking time and minimal cleanup, which will afford you the luxury of a healthy meal and plenty of time to unwind and not go to bed feeling bloated because you ate too late and too heavy.
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