…or tolerate it?
Mitch is not a fish person and I LOVE it so I’m making it my goal to find ways to prepare fish so that he’ll like it (or eat it and not hate me). I picked up some California Wild Halibut at the store tonight and threw together two “Hallie-style” dishes. The poor guy…I shouldn’t have thrown fish and quinoa at him in the same meal, but he was a trouper.
Halibut for the Anti-Fish Eater
- 2 halibut fillets (a little under half a pound each…holy protein!)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp lemon juice, divided
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Sprinkle 1 tsp of lemon juice and the salt over the fish. Let sit about 10 minutes.
- Heat the butter and oil in a large pan over medium-medium high heat.
- Sprinkle pepper all over one side of the fish fillet and place that side down on the pan. Pepper the other side.
- Cook fish until it flakes easily with a fork, about 6 minutes each side (depending on thickness).
- Transfer to a plate and cover with foil if you need more time to finish making dinner (my cooking timing is not the greatest). Serves 2.
I made a quick pan sauce for Mitch’s fish to add some more flavor. I deglazed the pan with about 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth, then swirled in about 1 tsp butter until melted. I added a shake or two of garlic salt, and poured the sauce over his fish. Here’s my plate, without any sauce:
On the side, I made a quinoa pilaf. I sautéed one shallot and about 1/4 cup onion (chopped) in a small pan in 1 tsp olive oil until soft. I then added 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth and 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed. Once the quinoa comes to a boil, I reduced the heat and let it simmer covered for 15 minutes. Then I added 2 sliced green onions and there you go! I covered mine in Sriracha, but what else is new there. We had salad too, lest you think I forgot my veggies.
Mikey Mitchy like it? (yes, I quote pop culture references from before my time). He said, “Not bad babe. It wasn’t fishy.” SUCCESS! He certainly won’t be requesting fish for dinner any time soon, but it was a start. And when I asked him what he thought of the quinoa, he said, “it was good…with the hot sauce.” Like I said, I’ll take it.
Does anyone else “force” their significant other (or parents, friends, etc) to eat new foods or foods that they don’t particularly care for? How does it usually work out? I have Mitch to thank for lots of foods that I didn’t eat before, so I can try to do the same for him, I think.
I have so much TV to watch in my DVR! This blogging is coming between me and my tv. Not that I mind…but I think my tv-watching partner is going to start watching shows without me and I MUST be there for my favorites, 24 and Criminal Minds! And there’s a new Grey’s Anatomy tonight, and American Idol…now if only I could find a way to get paid for watching TV. I’d be set!