Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lite and simple

Oh don't mistake my title. Yesterday was not a lite and simple day. With school, some much needed exercising and running around for last minute ballet attire, I needed a lite and simple dinner.

I'll keep this post from becoming a "look what my daughter can do" kind of post.  Let's just keep it lite and simple, nobody gets hurt, and you get to walk away with a really delicious recipe. Yay for you!

Hey how did these get in here?

Alright, I couldn't resist. Look what my daughter can do! My little pumpkin displaying such grace and immaculate posture. 

Her very first day and she loves it!............Loves it!

Because of your patience with my show and tell.......



Fresh white fish in Chardonnay lemon sauce.
Served over fresh herb rice.

For the Fish

Lay fish on foil and top with ingredients. LITE!

Wrap in little foil packages and place in baking dish. SIMPLE!

For the rice

Saute onion and garlic in butter

Add stock, herbs and rice.

White fish in Chardonnay lemon sauce


4 6 oz fillets of white fish(I used wild Cod)
1 lemon
4 handfuls of fresh parsley
4 Tb Chardonnay(or a crisp white wine)
olive oil
salt and pepper


Place each fish fillet in foil large enough to fold into package;leaving room though for steam to expand and puff up foil. Season fish well with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, place a handful of parsley on top and 4 small wedges of lemon. Pour 1 Tb of Chardonnay over the top and fold up foil.

Place sealed fish packages in a 9*13 pan that has just enough water to cover bottom of dish. Bake for 12-18 minutes, depending on thickness of fish. Serves 4

Lemon and fresh herb rice


1 lemon, zested and juiced
About 3 cups quality chicken stock
2 Tb butter
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
A few grinds of pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped(about 1 tsp)
handful fresh basil, chopped
handful fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp dried dill
1 1/2 cups long grain brown rice( I like to use Mahatma Natural brown rice brand)


In a liquid measuring cup, add lemon juice. Then pour enough chicken stock to equal 3 cups. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt butter. Add onion, salt and pepper. Saute until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more. Turn heat to high and add chicken stock and lemon juice mixture, lemon zest, all the herbs and rice. Stir until well combined. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook covered for 35-40 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Pull off heat and let stand just a few minutes. Fluff with fork. 

If you do anything at all today.......make this dish! It's amazingly satisfying. 

It's Lite and Simple.


  1. Oh what a pretty little dancer! I am a dancer myself so I am so just loved the pictures and your recipe looks fantastic too!

  2. Your daughter is beautiful and your fish with chardonnay sauce is calling my name. I've been sitting here all morning poring through similar recipes. Perfect timing!

  3. I am always looking for a meat substitute during my lenten season. I will add this to my recipes to try. Thanks!

  4. Little ballet is SO cute!! I always oh and ah every time my daughter has class!

    I wish I liked fish because this dish looks amazing!

  5. Sounds like a great dinner for a busy night! Your daughter is adorable.

  6. That dinner looks terrific. There's nothing better than light and lemony fish.

  7. Oh Ang..this is mouth watering delicious, and what a wonderful photos..
    By the way..your daughter is so adorable!!!

  8. Looks really amazing. It will go very well with a glass of Chardonnay:)

  9. thanks for coming by my blog- i am so excited I found yours... I think this dish looks amazing and your daughter is precious!!

  10. @claireThanks so much Claire! Glad you stopped by:)

  11. What a beautiful little girl! And what a delicious-sounding meal! Thanks for sharing ;)

  12. You daughter is a doll! I enjoyed viewing all the beautiful photos and you have a healthy delicious meal there.

  13. I'm SO glad you posted her ballet pics! When I read you weren't going to I actually was going to write and ask to see them! She is adorable... takes me back about 7 years, now Liv is in competition dance and talk about getting things ready at the last minute. We are headed into the beginning of the season in a few weeks, I'm sure I won't be able to resist posting pics too!
    And as for the meal, it's beautiful (not as beautiful as your daughter though!) and I would love to have someone place this in front of me. I've bookmarked as I know my husband would love the same!

  14. I do love fish and need to eat more of it. This is a recipe I'd really enjoy. I so love the ballet pics of your daughter. My oldest did ballet around that age, I just loved going to watch her. Have a great weekend!

  15. @Kim KellyThat is so great Kim to hear that Liv is now in competitions. My daughter is so passionate about ballet, and she's only 5! Yikes:)

  16. @whatsfordinner-acrossstatelines It's a beautiful thing isn't it? (Watching your little one dance) :)