New focus for 2014--1/1/2014 Baked cod cakes for dinner.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
The 2014 goals that my husband and I have made together are:
No caloric drinks (not hard for me, harder for my husband) huge pay-off in terms of calorie control.
No snacking, only meals. People rarely had snacks before 1970 and now people average 4 snacks a day. I'm going to adopt the idea that I saw some refugees come to America with...basically that they come from a place where food has to be prepared. I think my grandmothers would say that's how they did it too. An emphasis on meals will increase our veggie intake, I believe.)
10 minutes of cardio in the evening with the DH and kids followed by 10 minutes strength training, with an emphasis on abs and arms.
Track calories before the drive home from work. Even if we are too busy to track dinner, at least before dinner starts we will get a good idea of how much to eat for dinner. I almost want to make some kind of bet or incentive with the hubby on this.
In addition, I will go to the gym at lunch time and I will do a 10 min exercise video with my co-workers in the morning. I figure I will get around 45-60 minutes exercise that way.
While I've been thinking of these goals, I've realized I want to focus on family meals. My husband's schedule has changed and he no longer has more time than I do in the evenings to put dinner on the table.
Tonight's meal: Baked Cod-Potato cakes and salad.
I looked at a bunch of recipes and then pulled mine together based on what I had and what sounded good. Two cups mashed potatoes (I make mine healthy with chicken broth, a bit of salt and some chopped garlic) and two pounds of steamed flaked cod is the balance. I added 1 leek, sautéed with 1 Table garlic, 1 tsp mustard seeds, and 1/2 cup salsa. Cool before adding to the rest. Add the juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp worsteshire, two eggs, and then I chopped 1 bunch of cilantro (about 1 1/2 cup worth), added 8oz of shredded "pizza mix" cheese. Put all together, rolled the patties in Panko. The oven was at 400 (I guessed and it worked). I lined the cookie trays with foil and brushed olive oil on the foil. I misted the patties on top with olive oil too to get a nice crispness. Baked for 25 minutes. Okay......they were AMAZING! The cod was delicate (not fishy) and the flavor profile was just right. The lime juice infused those patties with this extra heavenly mmmm. They were light, not heavy. I am always excited about a recipe that I pulled out of no where that works! My kids (who are not yet the food adventurers that their mother is) loved them too. I hope to make them again, but this next time when I already have left over mashed potatoes, since it will make them a lot faster to fix. Also I plan to try different favors (parsley was something I had thought I had on hand, although the cilantro was delicious), and as long as the patties are equal parts 1 cup mashed potatoes to 1 lb cod, 1 cup shredded cheese, 1 egg....then I don't see how anyone could go wrong.
Happy New Year!!!