Spring of self-care #3 – cooking fresh and local with Life Made Delicious
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About two weeks ago, I finally got tired of warm and wintery meals. Like, enough already. It’s Spring and forget the continuing cold temperatures outside, I’ve had enough stews and roasts.
So I’m very thankful for Ontario hothouse tomatoes and cucumbers. It’s not summer so we don’t have a huge variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables yet. Farmers growing them in greenhouses means that we can have local produce available most of the year.
I’ve been buying loads of tomatoes and keeping dinners pretty quick and simple by not actually cooking vegetables – chopped or sliced tomatoes are so easy and so tasty.
I’ve made bruschetta topping a couple of times lately. I keep it really simple: chopped hothouse or plum tomatoes, chiffonade of basil (did you like that fancy cooking term I just threw in there?), grated or finely chopped garlic, salt, and olive oil. Check out this Tomato-Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe from Life Made Delicious for an even fancier yet still easy idea.
And yes, forgive my completely-not-local avocados but these fish tacos I made were a winner with everyone in the family – even my pickiest eater. This dinner was slightly more complicated. I plastered some sole fillets with some Bajan seasoning I found at the back of my fridge (just like my grandmother used to do), breaded them in panko and shallow fried them. Broken pieces of the cooked fish were placed into small grilled corn tortillas, with homemade guacamole and chopped tomatoes, and with some coleslaw as a topper or side.
If you want to cheat, Life Made Delicious has a recipe that is just much easier – using frozen fish fillets, and Old El Paso taco kit, and pre-made coleslaw means you can have fish tacos on the table quickly even if you don’t know what a chiffonade of basil is.
Visit Life Made Delicious for even more dinner ideas.