After a week on holiday and constantly eating out we felt like something homemade, clean and uncomplicated for dinner tonight. That, of course, doesn’t mean it has to be boring, or lacking flavor.
There are always ways to make a dish come to life however healthy and simple it may be.
And, after an incredibly busy first day back I certainly didn’t want to be cooking for too long. Pasta and noodles are my go-to options after a long day and can be done in minutes.
However: if you feel like zushing the whole thing up, by all means incorporate whatever it is you feel like. Green beans, salmon, capers, dill, lime juice or even something spicy like cayenne pepper or chili. Whatever you and your family feel like.
Cod or any wild caught white fish cut into chunks
Courgette aka zucchini
Diced red onion
Spring onion aka scallions
Toasted sesame seeds
Pour a splash of olive oil in a non-stick pan and fry the red onions until crispy. Add the diced courgettes, chopped tomato and sesame seeds to the pan and fry on a medium heat for 5mins. Turn heat off and set aside.
Add the egg noodles to rapidly boiling, salted water in a big pasta pot and boil to the recommended time. Do not over cook!
Strain noodles into a colander, drizzle some olive oil to keep it from sticking and set aside.
Add olive oil to the big pot, grind black pepper generously into the oil, add salt and turn to a medium heat. Add the fish and spinach and cook for 2mins gently stirring only once or twice.
Add the fried onion, vegetable and tomato into the pot with the fish and pour the Chardonnay over everything. Cook for 1min more to infuse all the flavors and to allow the alcohol to evaporate, then add the noodles and give it a final, very gentle stir.
Serve in bowls and sprinkle with the chopped spring onions.
DO NOT STIR TO MUCH. White fish is flaky and will disintegrate quickly.
Veggies can be chopped while you wait for the water to boil.
Noodles can be substituted for pasta; I just forgot to buy some.
Fresh chili or jalapeños will work beautifully if you like it spicy.
Garlic would be my preferred flavor profile, but my husband made a point of asking me not to put any garlic in this dish. Apparently I’ve over used it a little. My bad.
The entire preparation time from start to finish was 15mins, but I have to admit I was rushing a bit. Some nights you’re just not in the mood but we have to eat, right?