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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fillet of Sole Meunière--making good use of what is in the freezer


Every once in a while I like the challenge of cleaning out my freezer and refrigerator with food that I somehow haven't yet used. This meal was one of those meals. I had sole in the freezer and leftover peppers and some russet potatoes. The combination of foods in my kitchen made for a great dinner. Most often I start from scratch with my menus, picking what interests me and trying to make sure I have a good variety of vegetables, proteins and starches throughout the week. Then there are those times, like with this meal, when I take what I have on hand and figure out how to make a delicious meal. I started with the sole. I had remembered a good looking recipe in Rocco Dispirito's Now Eat This! cookbook. It is actually a very simple recipe for Fillet of Sole Meunière (259 calories). It is a healthy version using wholewheat flour and a lot less butter. The spinach was actually supposed to go under the fish, making a "bed" for it....but we forgot to do it, hence it is on the side of the plate next to it. The peppers were simply sliced, the seeds removed and then sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkled with garlic powder and herb de Provence then grilled. The potatoes were scrubbed, cut into chunks then also sprayed with olive oil cooking spray, sprinkled with herb de Provence (I clearly had a hankering for this herb!) and some salt,  then roasted in the oven at 375 for 30 minutes. The calories for the meal were 539. It was a tasty meal and I was not only satisfied by it but also because I made a dent in clearing out my freezer and refrigerator! The Fillet of Sole Meunière was simple, a healthy version of a classic, and a definite repeat.