If you follow this blog, you know that I have a new baby. She is just over 6 months old, the most fun ever, and seriously hard work. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks. Add that my husband just started his third year of law school and I’m working from home, and you can imagine how much free time I’ve had to cook no less to take pictures of what I’m hurriedly throwing together for a 9pm dinner.
Sometimes this mom thing makes me feel completely inadequate. I have moments of regretting vulnerable conversations I’ve had where I complained about how overwhelmed I often feel, because I should be able to handle it with a smile and a freshly baked pie, right? I know that’s wrong, but it’s still how I often feel. I know I’m not alone in that, and when I’ve had a little more sleep than usual and I’m thinking clearly, I’m grateful for the strength I’m building from this season of life. I’m blessed with a husband who loves, supports and helps me constantly and a beautiful baby girl who is full of joyful energy and happiness 99% percent of the time. But on some nights, I could still use an extra break when it’s time to make dinner AGAIN.
My younger sister is having her second baby this month, and I’m leaving in a couple days to stay with her for two weeks while she has him so I can help out. I can’t promise that I’ll have any time to post something original and delicious while I’m there, but I bet I will be falling back on some tried and true favorite recipes from bloggers I follow.
My fellow food bloggers have been life savers to me this last month, so I wanted to take a minute and highlight a recipe that I’ve made no less than five times in the last four weeks. This recipe for Steamed Cod with Black Beans and Chili from Pop and Wok is quick, simple, and crazy delicious. True to my style, I adapted the recipe to fit my needs. I used a jalapeno instead of a red chili, I use can black beans instead of dried, I substituted some rice wine vinegar for the fish sauce, and I cook the fish in the beans with the lid on instead of steaming it separately. I also use frozen, wild-caught Alaskan cod from Trader Joe’s instead of fresh.
(photo is from Pop and Wok)
What are your favorite go-to recipes for a quick and delicious week night dinner?