Mrs. Carla Monti

Mrs. Carla Monti

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Healthy Weeknight Dinners, part 1!

My family and I love to cook, and we typically eat healthy with lots of seafood, and using olive oil instead of butter, following a traditional Mediterranean diet (we are Portuguese on my side, Italian on my husband's).

Below are three typical weeknight dinners that I prepare, and my husband and toddler both enjoy.

#1: Chicken

  • Oven roasted chicken tenderloins, seasoned simply with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and then diced. 
  • Portabella mushrooms cooked in a port wine sauce. 
  • Diced zucchini, oven roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then oven broiled with Italian breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.

#2: Salmon

  • Oven roasted Asian-marinated salmon fillets. The marinade consists of rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, and sesame seeds. (I omit salt because the soy sauce is salty enough!).
  • Sauteed cannellini beans and spinach in a white wine, olive oil and lemon sauce.
  • Portabella mushrooms sauteed in Marsala wine.
  • Brown rice.

#3: Tilapia

  • Oven roasted tilapia filets seasoned with olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice, and a pinch of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Oven roasted yellow potatoes and zucchini, seasoned with olive oil, salt black pepper, garlic powder, and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Orzo (small type of pasta that more closely resembles rice) and sauteed spinach in a garlicky Alfredo sauce (roux of flour and butter, then minced garlic, heavy cream, milk, and Parmesan cheese whisked together for a thick sauce). 

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