Cooking healthy even when you are tired!

I was really really tired yesterday. After spending a few hours working on a consulting gig and spending the rest of the day chasing my 2.5 year old and keeping up with the feedings for my 8 week old, I was tired! Most parents are pretty tired by the end of the day whether you have watched kids all day or not and there are days that you cannot/want to  do anything at the end of the day regardless of how stocked your refrigerator is.  This is when cooked food from anywhere sounds so appealing. I was ready to send my hubby for a takeout run, so there would be little clean up to do after dinner. As he was leaving, I had this burst of energy and decided to put together whatever I could find in the refrigerator.

The result:

Fish, Spinach and Baguette for dinner

Fish, Spinach and Baguette for dinner

The total time it took me to make this dinner was 15 minutes. I was proud that we saved money and ate healthy.

Here’s what I did:

Goat Cheese Baguette:

1)      Cut up a baguette into smaller pieces and put them it in a toaster oven for about 2-3 minutes.  I removed it and garnished it with goat cheese.

Spinach Sautee

1)      Cut one bunch of spinach into smaller pieces. The smaller the pieces, the easier it is I think for toddlers to eat a leafy vegetable.

2)      Cut a small shallot (or an onion)

3)      Dice one small tomato.

4)      Add a teaspoon of olive oil on a frying pan set on medium heat. Add the cut onion/shallot, sauté till onions are translucent.

5)      Add the tomatoes and sauté for 2 more mins.

6)      Add the spinach leaves and sauté for another 2 minutes.

7)      Add salt to taste.


1 lbs of Petra Sole (this is enough to feed 2 adults and 1 toddler)

1 teaspoon of butter

1 small shallot cut into small pieces

Salt to taste

Heat a frying pan on medium heat.

Add the butter and the shallots and sauté till the onion/shallot is translucent.

Add the fish and cook for 3-4 minutes

I really enjoyed the meal and so did Simone and hubby.  We were sitting on the table and eating within 15 mins, even faster than it would have taken us to get takeout. Simone ate several pieces of the fish, a few bites (3-4) of the spinach and 2 baguette pieces – not bad for a preschooler!

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