I am an adequate cook. My cooking isn't fantastic, but I cook three meals a day, seven days a week. We don't order "take-aways" we go out to eat maybe once a month. I don't bother much with pre-prepared food at the grocery store either. It isn't usually value for money. So basically, I grind out the planning, shopping and cooking pretty much the way women have done for generations. It's a bore and often a chore, but what's the alternative?
One half of my family tend to be naturally very thin, but still develop type 2 diabetes. The other half has some very, very large women in it. I had gestational diabetes in pregnancy, and I am not very thin. So, the doctor is on me to watch my weight and eat sensibly. I find it tiring, and I get fed up with it, but on the other hand the consequences are a lot worse than not looking fashionable in clothes. I want to live a long time and be there to support and encourage my daughters well into their adulthood.
So, healthy meals that taste good are *gold-dust*. And here is one that even my four and seven year old like! It was given to me by a dear friend who turned 43 yesterday, but looks no more than 35. She spends all her time in her vegetable garden and being a good neighbour. She is obviously doing something right!
I am not the best explainer so I took a lot of pictures. Here goes:
|You will need: Wide egg noodles, olive oil, an onion, vegetable bullion, salmon, fresh spinach, creme fraiche (I use half fat and we don't taste a difference.)|
|Start with a little olive oil in your pan. Start boiling salted water for your noodles.|
|Sweat some chopped up onions in the olive oil. My heat was too high and they are betting brown no the edges, ooops. Now is a good time to start boiling your salted water for the noodles.|
|Skin your salmon and cut it into chunks. Whenever my local supermarket marks down wild Pacific sockeye salmon, I buy it. It is amazing. All other meal plans are out the window.|
|Then add as much spinach as you can fit. It really shrinks down. If you haven't just washed the spinach you might want to add a table spoon of water. Put a lid on. Keep the heat low.|
|After about 30 to 40 seconds, take the lid off and this is what you have. A couple of pushes with your wooden spoon and it will be completed wilted.|
|Add in your creme fraiche (creme fraiche is like sour cream but it doesn't split when heated.)|
|Add a heaped teaspoon of vegetable bullion, or a bullion cube. Straight into the pan, no water.|
|A quick, gentle stir and this is what you have.|
|A little salt and pepper to taste.|
|My noodles are ready. I just move them straight in to the pan. I don't worry about a little water loosening up the sauce, and I don't want to wash a colander.|
|Mix, mix, mix.|
|With two super foods (spinach and salmon) and low fat dairy, I feel entitled to a little sprinkle of parmigiano reggiano! (You see how I get into trouble:-)|
Do you guys have any tasty, easy, healthy meals? Do share! I am always looking for inspiration to that age old question: "Mom, what's for dinner?"
PS. My sewing machine comes home today, woohoo!