No Bake Fish

July 23, 2009

I like this recipe for the summer because it doesn’t require turning on the oven and it’s light but filling. (And healthy!)

Cod with Oregano Tomato Sauce

2 tsp olive oil

3 scallions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can diced tomatoes (14 and 1/2 ounces)

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 ib. cod, cut into 2 to 3 servings

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Stir together the oil, scallions and garlic in a large glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, poking a few holes in the plastic. Microwave on high for one minute. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano. Re-cover and microwave on high for three minutes.

Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Place the cod in the dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with wax paper (it will splatter) and microwave on high for six minutes. The fish should be cooked through. Spoon the tomato sauce over the fish and serve!

Dressing on the side?

I’ve made a few salads with dressing from scratch recently, and I’ve realized that when I pour salad dressing on from a bottle, I totally use way too much (most of which winds up unused on the bottom). Last night I made this dressing with sesame oil and lime juice and I was like, “there is no way this little bit is going to dress 5 cups of napa cabbage” and sure enough, it did. I think the key is not pouring it on top — you really need to take the time to “dress” the salad and toss it around.

Speaking of salads, Mark Bittman (love him) has a great article in today’s Times offering up recipes for 101 simple summer salads. Surely you can find one in here to float your boat! Check it out here.

Time to Write Your Councilman

I saw a statistic this morning that when cities add more sidewalks, bike lanes and parks, physical activity among its citizens goes up 48%. That’s incredible, and yet another reason why cities need to get away from being car-dominated. It’s funny, here in NYC it is such a walking culture — and now with shutting down Times Square and other “greening” initiatives, they are trying to allow people the space to move around. Even though the crazy lounge chair crowds are tough to take when you’re in a hurry, it’s the right idea! And the benefits of moving around are well documented: walking just a half an hour per day lowers a woman’s risk of heart disease up to 40%, and walking one hour daily cuts everyone’s risk for stroke in half. So lobby your community to put in more pathways and places you and your neighbors can get out and go!

Etc.

image2813501gMy DVR automatically records 60 Minutes — this past Sunday they ran a tribute to Walter Cronkite in its place, which I just watched. Such an incredible man! You can tell those around him truly loved and respected him. George Clooney was on and talked about him coming to his house in Italy. I was fairly young when he signed off the air so I don’t have too many memories of him, but of course so many historic events — Kennedy being shot, man landing on the moon — are indelibly linked to his delivery on the CBS Evening News.

I had the worst headache this afternoon. I think some days I don’t have time to drink enough water. That sounds crazy but it’s true! I’m not sure that’s what caused the headache, but maybe…

I had dinner with my friend Amanda tonight, who I haven’t seen in like 4 years. It’s always good to reconnect…she is building a home recording studio for John Legend so she had some good stories.

We made it over the hump day! Almost to the weekend…we can do it!!

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