Oh hey there- I just flew in from Vegas and boy are my arms tired! Me me me me….Is this thing on? Okay, we can probably skip the cheesey introduction.
Hi! I’m Rachel, Kathi’s Daughter. As you might have read about, I’m helping out with her blog, and frankly- I couldn’t be more thrilled! I love cooking, creativity, and combining the two and I can’t wait to share some really fun recipes. My mom and I have a similar cooking style- we both adore home cooking- nothing tastes as good as a meal you cooked yourself and to be able to do that with great recipes, at 30 minutes or less makes something automatically a hit in my book. No complicated techniques, no ‘milk of virgin milkmaids but storebought is fine’ a la Barefoot Contessa, just simple ingredients, simple instructions, and easy prep is what you can expect from me!
So- What else do you want to know? I’m an open book. I would be remiss not to tout one of the best things in my life though, this is certainly an appropriate platform- my relationship with my mom.My mom and I are the best of friends- and not in a ‘fakey-look-how-close-we-are kind of way’- we’re close in a ‘genuine-kindred-spirit-would-love-you-if-you-we-weren’t-related’ kind of way. My mom is my hero in all forms- quick witted, fun-spirited, quirky, creative, kind beyond all doubts- well, I could go on. See, the best thing about my mom is that she’s real; she faces everything head on with a ‘life is too short’ mindset and with that, the world is her oyster. We’ve had some health struggles in our family the past year- luckily, that’s a hump we’re over, but boy let me tell you how much it makes you appreciate your life and those in it. I could keep going on about my mom- sweet, lovely, kind, amazing, not to mention cute..But I’ll save some of the mush for later on. 🙂 #chokedup.
Here is us- This was about 10 years ago- mothers day + matching Juicy jackets. 🙂
So- here we are- my first blog post! I wanted to do something that us 40-hour-a-week-workers could make on a work night, and still ‘wow’ our friends, families, husbands, wives, kids, or even that weird guy down the street you cook for every so often. Oven steamed parchment fish & veggies is just the ticket. The presentation is fabulous, but the prep time and leg work is minimal which really counts. I would even suggest this for a dinner party- you could plate it really cute, and for added farmhouse effect (#chipandjojo amiright?!) you could use brown colored parchment paper. To be brutally frank- I’m kinda cheap, so I used Tilapia- the frozen kind from Costco, but it was actually fabulous! The steam helps infuse the flavor of the herbs/veggies, and keeps the fish moist as it cooks. This would be absolutely amazing with halibut, salmon, actually….any kind of fish. Hell, even shrimp would be great! After it was cooking I decided it was too healthy, and I whipped up a batch of hollandaise- Lord I love me some hollandaise. Just the Knorr packet kind- it’s the best. 🙂 Real quick, then I’ll shut up..Yes, I talk a lot, IIIIIIII knoww…….. Trader Joes makes this awesome seasoning blend called the 21 Seasoning Salute that works on everything and then some. It’s like, 4 bux, and it will definitely get you on the fast track to Flavortown (Guy Fieri- I see you!). Add some of that to your steamed-anything. You will be glad you did!
*Do you know how hard it is to get a pretty picture of steamed fish in parchment? Kinda hard, especially when you’re hungry. Don’t judge…first post:)
You can see all my healthy recipes HERE!
One of my favorites is Chili Lime Sheet Pan Fajitas ! Easy on the cook , low calorie with tons of flavor!
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 Tilapia fish fillets any firm white fish would work
- 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1/4 cup whole garlic cloves, peeled
- 4 teaspoons all purpose seasoning
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut parchment paper into roughly a 10x10 inch square.
Dividing all veggies into 4 servings (including garlic), layer asparagus, garlic, red peppers peppers and top with fish and tomatoes.
When done arranging your fish & veggies, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over top of fish. Sprinkle your favorite seasoning brand over olive oil to taste.
Fold your parchment packet: easiest way to do this is to twist both corners (individually) and turn upwards. Think of it like a tootsie roll, only you don't want to turn it upside down, and you want the seal to be on top!
Place on large baking sheet and for 20-25 minutes. Serve with hollandaise if desired!