Quick Dinner Ideas
We got home late the other day from my son’s tae kwon do practice and had less than an hour until we had to get back to his school for a fundraiser. Normally this is the time when every busy parent just runs through the drive thru but without a change of clothes for my son we had to head home and the clock was ticking.
Less than 30 minutes and no idea what to do. Yes, I know I preach meal planning and teach it frequently so you can be assured that I was supposed to have an easy recipe in the slow cooker . . . but, I had forgotten. Yep, that happens to the best of us.
Here’s how it all came together in this easy recipe.
Start with Leftovers
In a pinch, I always start with what are the leftovers in the refrigerator. There was a bunch of mashed potato leftovers and some slaw. I found some frozen fish in the freezer. I put the fish fillets in a bowl with cold water running over them while I heated up the oven, minced some green onions and mixed together the leftovers into a “crust”. Quickly I added some panko crumbs to melted ghee to make a layer of texture crunch to the dinner ideas. Threw it all in the oven in time to make sure my son had changed clothes and my husband had gathered the items were donating to the fundraiser.
In less than 30 minutes the fish cooked and I added the slaw leftovers to plates. This is definitely going in my easy recipes file for dinner ideas. In the rush I forgot to stage a pretty picture and just snapped this easy recipes photo while still on the parchment paper, so don’t judge the picture too much. It was a quick easy recipe and now I have another idea to use mashed potato leftovers.
Easy Recipes – Baked Fish in Mashed Potatoes
- 1 lemon
- 2 cup mashed potatoes
- 4 green onions
- 2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon white pepper, divided
- 4 white fish fillets, 5-6 oz each
- 4 teaspoons ghee
- 1 cup panko crumbs
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange fish fillets on sheet.
- Mince green onions and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Grate the lemon peel to measure 2 teaspoons.
- Crumble dried thyme into a bowl. Mix in potatoes, green onions, lemon peel, ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper until well blended.
- Squeeze lemon juice over fish fillets. Season with remaining ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper.
- Spread ¼ of the potato mixture over each fillet. Make sure to cover completely.
- Melt ghee in a skillet. Add panko crumbs and toss until evenly coated.
- Spoon ¼ crumbs mixture over potato mixture on each fillet pressing crumbs into potato mixture to adhere.
- Bake fish until cooked through and crust is beginning to brown. Time depends on type and thickness of fish fillets, usually about 15-20 minutes.