RM Dinner Club – Halibut with Fried Ginger & Quick Paella

As I get ready to make a new life in frosty Massachusetts from balmy Florida, I thought it would be appropriate to choose dishes that warm my stomach and my soul.  I have a delicious Asian halibut with fried ginger dish, quick paella, smoked salmon and pasta, as well as a chicken and vegetarian pot pie recipes.

All the recipes below have been tried and tested by myself or a RebelMom reader. They don’t require expensive ingredients or take more than 30 minutes.

Check back next Friday for more meal ideas from RebelMom and the amazing mommies and readers who support this site.

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Steamed Halibut with Fried Ginger – Food52.com RebelMom Reader!

My friend Gabi turned me onto Food52.com and this recipe. It’s very similar to one of the best fish dishes a former grad school classmate from China made for me.  Her version consisted of rubbing sea salt on a good slab of fish, cutting slits in the flesh and placing thin wedges of ginger in between. She’d then pour soya sauce over it and place it in a metal bowl in the middle of a pot of water (The bowl would balance on the lip of the pot and not touch the bottom). She’d then close and steam for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, she’d saute sesame seeds and scallion in a bit of sesame oil and pour over the fish when it was done. It is absolutely delicious and the sauce that was left in the bowl tasted great over rice and sauteed spinach.

Halibut with Fried Ginger from Food52.com- Photo by mtlabor

Chicken Pot Pie IX – AllRecipe.com RebelMom Pick!

This is a good basic recipe for chicken pot pie, one of my favorite comfort food dishes. I generally add a splash of white wine, a pinch of sage or rosemary, and defrosted mixed veggies (carrots, corn, and peas).  I also cook the chicken in chicken broth and skip the celery (my hubby doesn’t like it).  Don’t throw the chicken broth away but add it to the liquid mixture as I find there generally isn’t enough to cover the pie filling. (You may need to add a little more milk and flour.)  Serve this with cranberry sauce – yumm!

Vegetarian Pot Pie – Epicurious.com RebelMom Pick!

I’m not crazy about the amount of fennel in this dish and prefer to use cauliflower, but to each his own.  It’s a great vegetarian option and you can add squash or frozen mixed vegetable medley (corn, carrots, and peas). I also love adding crimini mushrooms, chunks of quorn (mycoprotein), or firm smoked tofu.  Don’t run yourself ragged trying to find mushroom broth as vegetable broth works just as well.

Vegetarian Pot Pie from Epicurious.com

Quick Paella – Epicurious.com RebelMom Pick!

I love paella but the real deal is often a bit time consuming. This works well if you can find good quality chorizo.

Quick Paella

Photo by Marcus Nilsson for Epicurious.com

Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Yoghurt – Tastebook.com RebelMom Pick!

This is a great dish to whip up when the girls come over for lunch or dinner, because it’s filling without being heavy. I generally use poached salmon instead of smoked, but both work well.  Of course, a Meyer Lemon adds the most flavor but I’ve used a regular lemon and its still pretty darn good. The fresh dill really makes this dish, so don’t skip it.

Check back next Friday for more meal ideas from RebelMom and the amazing mommies who support this site. If you have suggestions on how to improve on any of these recipes, please post your comments below or send me your recipe recommendations via my contact form.

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