Food planning is hard. It’s hard for people like me, who are highly indecisive. Don’t get me wrong, having a meal plan helps me out, but sometimes what I think sounds tasty the night before or morning of doesn’t sound quite as delicious the day I plan to make the meal for dinner.
I had a few months off of work after graduate school, while I was waiting to start my new job. It was at this very time that I moved into a place on my own, and finally had full autonomy to design my own meals. During this time, recipe planning and meal planning was so easy! I had time to prep the ingredients during the day. I had time to change my indecisive mind, and still had time to prep items. And, best of all, just about everything I made was from scratch.
Working a full time job certainly eliminates the calmness of meal prep. My mindset has quickly changed, but after being into my job for a touch over 6 months, I have readapted to my new method of cooking. While ever so often satisfying my sweet tooth, I generally try to eat healthy. This means I don’t like to just buy frozen meals. I still enjoy making meals mostly “from scratch”. One thing I have found that saves me and makes cooking super fast, is my George Foreman Grill. The removable plates are a MUST! They make for easy cleaning and are dishwasher safe.
Tonight I made Salmon that I got from CostCo. It is Kirkland brand, and comes in individual servings that are frozen. They are vacuum sealed and keep well for a long time. I had the frozen fish packet in the refrigerator for 1 day to thaw. I added “Chef Paul’s Magic Salmon Seasoning” for flavor and gently placed the piece on the grill to cook. To the grill, I also added slices of fresh bell pepper. In the meantime, I placed a bag of frozen broccoli in the microwave for 5 minutes.
The fish finished cooking in about 10 minutes. I removed the fish and peppers from the grill. I added balsamic vinegar to the peppers, and a few peanuts. The last touch was my serving of broccoli. The meal was ready within 15 minutes. That is MY style of healthy speed cooking after a busy day at work.
- 1 piece of salmon
- 2 tsp Chef Paul’s Magic Salmon Seasoning
- 1 bell pepper of any color, julienned
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- handful of peanuts
- Place salmon on George Foreman Grill. Sprinkle seasoning on fish. Add julienne pepper slices to grill plates. Close grill and cook for approximately 10 minutes.
- Place frozen bag of broccoli in microwave and microwave according to package directions.
- Remove fish and peppers from grill, and place on dinner plate. Add balsamic vinegar and peanuts to peppers. Place 1/2 cup serving of broccoli onto plate.
- Bon appétit!