Baked Crispy Fish

We are a fish-loving family. It’s nice to go to the store and pick up whatever is cheapest/freshest/on sale/etc. and know that we will like it somehow or another. I have yet to make a whole fish, which I want to try, but we like our fish in a skillet, grilled, from the sous vide, with sauce, baked, etc. This recipe is a good one if you have someone wanting to dip their toes into fish. We used rockfish instead of cod as the original recipe called for, just because of a sale, but it is a really nice mild fish that worked well for this. The fillets are super thin and you get a lot of crunchy bits to go with the fish. Everyone also really liked the dip.

 

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs (yes, another one)

This is the week of me sharing recipes I enjoy making but then I forget to take pictures of them. “Oops Week” maybe? Well, this is a super easy slow cooker recipe that makes my slow cooker extra valuable. I made short ribs in the slow cooker before but this recipe takes the yumminess of short ribs and makes them even easier to cook. This is not for a spur of the moment dinner, though. It cooks for 9 !!! hours and you need to marinate it overnight first, so there’s that. But otherwise, you just dump it all in and turn it on. Super easy. And no browning of the meat required!

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Baked Chicken with Thyme and Dijon

Are you in need of a quick chicken dinner? Well, today is your lucky day. Not only is it chicken, but it is chicken breasts. You could totally do chicken thighs, but I think it is hard to find good recipes for breasts to keep them from being dry. I’d rather save my chicken thighs for more finicky dishes, like a stir fry. This is also allergy-friendly since I first made this when the Chiplet couldn’t have any nuts at all, and I like that I can use a butter substitute if dairy is an issue.

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Clementines and Roasted Vegetables

After my dad and M visited, they had left me with some chicken thighs, clementines, carrots, and celery. I didn’t have any plans for them but decided to throw them together into something. Somehow they all worked together and made something delicious. I served it on top of rice to take advantage of the sauce.

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Roasted Peppers and Sausage with Fennel

Before I get to the recipe, I just have to share the funny coincidence. I am writing this on April 28, I made it March 28, and I am posting it May 28. Now, to today’s simple recipe…

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Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Awhile ago, before the Chiplet arrived, K had to do a work trip. He was gone for a few days, which made my evenings fairly quiet and slow. One of these nights, I decided to make a huge batch of meatballs. I made enough for us to eat for dinner twice, and to save for future meals post Chiplet. Sauce included! These were really yummy meatballs with the cheese inside. You can make them as small as you like, but ours were on the more normal size since I was making so many (about 100). I doubled the recipe below because I figured that if you’re going to make meatballs, you may as well make a double batch to save. Right?

 

Directions for Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Adapted from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

  • 8 ounces mozzarella, cut into small cubes (about 1/2 inch cubed)
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Spaghetti/tomato sauce recipe of your using, jarred or homemade

In a bowl, stir together all of the ingredients except for the mozzarella.

When the mixture is well-combined, spoon out a small amount of the meat mixture to wrap around a piece of mozzarella. Cover the mozzarella completely, then place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Make all of the meatballs and then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bake the meatballs until browned and mostly cooked through (about 15-20 minutes). At the same time, bring your tomato/spaghetti sauce to a simmer and when the meatballs are ready, add them and simmer gently until cooked through.

Serve.

Directions for Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs (without pictures)

Adapted from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

  • 8 ounces mozzarella, cut into small cubes (about 1/2 inch cubed)
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Spaghetti/tomato sauce recipe of your using, jarred or homemade

In a bowl, stir together all of the ingredients except for the mozzarella. When the mixture is well-combined, spoon out a small amount of the meat mixture to wrap around a piece of mozzarella. Cover the mozzarella completely, then place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Make all of the meatballs and then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bake the meatballs until browned and mostly cooked through (about 15-20 minutes). At the same time, bring your tomato/spaghetti sauce to a simmer and when the meatballs are ready, add them and simmer gently until cooked through. Serve.

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Ina’s Weeknight Bolognese

I made this sauce around Halloween time because it sounded good, easy, and worked with our schedule of many activities. I was able to make the sauce one night while baking that night’s dinner. This way, we had easy sauce ready to go with some pasta. We ended up having enough for a few nights because this made a lot of sauce and we don’t go nuts with our sauce. I opted out of adding the Parmesan and basil to the sauce directly, until I was ready to serve. I also had some without and didn’t miss it. We liked how the sauce was rich in flavor from the beef and wine, but was still a bit sweet from the tomatoes. And, because you use crushed tomatoes, there is no blending needed so you could make this while a baby was sleeping! (That means I am saving this for future meals, too.)

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