Weeknight. Quick food.
Night one: Pasta with Pancetta and Spinach
Saute half an onion with cubed pancetta. Maybe add garlic – I do. Boil water for the pasta. Add chopped spinach to the onion and pancetta. Keep heat on medium – no burning or high flame drama needed here. Add a little chicken stock to the onion/pancetta/spinach mix; and salt and pepper if needed (most likely). Reserve a mug full of pasta water. When pasta is al dente, drain but not too well – a little water is ok. Add pasta to the pan with the pancetta/spinach etc. Toss it all together. Add some parmesan cheese. Keep tossing. If it looks dry, add a little of the reserved pasta water and yes, toss! Then, serve. See pics below. Simple, somewhat healthy, tasty (how can you beat pancetta and cheese). Get creative – you can use broccoli rather than spinach if you like.
Night Two: Salmon and Broccoli
We are going for power foods here. And quick tasty food.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Salmon on plate. Pour a little soy sauce over it. Grate some ginger over that. Let it sit.
Chop a stalk of broccoli and microwave it (with just a little water) for about 2 minutes. Pull it out of the microwave and set it aside. Chop a clove of garlic. In a pan on the stove, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic. Medium heat. Chop the broccoli into smaller pieces. When you smell the garlic and it starts to sizzle, add the broccoli to the pan. Salt/pepper. Stir to combine. Let heat for about two minutes. Turn heat off.
Once the oven is preheated, get working on the salmon. On a burner, heat a pan with a little olive oil. When it's hot, add salmon flesh side down in the pan. Heat it for a couple of minutes. Flip the salmon over, and then put the whole pan in the oven. Five minutes tops. Salmon out of the oven – leave it in the pan but let it rest while you reheat the broccoli (still sitting on the stove in a pan). Maybe add a little sesame oil to the broccoli for flavor.
Plate the broccoli. Add the salmon on top (see pic). Squeeze a little lemon. Prepare to feel full but healthy – all in about 20 minutes.