Mid-week. Crazy work. No food. Yup, it's time for another Weeknight Dinner for the Working Woman (Or Man). Yesterday, I went down to the lunch room at 10:30 a.m. to warm up my lunch. You read right, at 10:30 a.m. on the nose. I hadn't eaten breakfast and figured an hour and a half was enough time to eat lunch before I left for court at noon. Note, it takes me an hour and a half to eat given the 13,864 interruptions while I'm eating. Seriously peeps, just because I eat at my desk instead of the local fine dining establishment (read Sweet Tomatoes) doesn't mean I want to contemplate your case question while reading about how to travel on a budget (yup, I love that NY Times blog). Plus, it's disconcerting for me to slurp my spaghetti with you standing right there. You understand that a spaghetti sauce moustache ruins my professional image right? So if I'm not answering your question, it's not 'cause I didn't hear you but rather, because I'm ignoring you, hoping you'll go away (at least until I'm done eating my spaghetti).
Long story short (or short'ish), even after trying to eat at 10:30 a.m., I didn't get to eat lunch yesterday. Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I did have a giant Coke flavored Icee later in the day. And yes, I noticed the ten-year-olds in front of me buying giant Icees as well. Don't hate because I'm young at heart. Maybe I should change the name of the blog to Lawyer Longs for Lunch. I knew that after a day of no food, I'd die if I ate ramen for dinner. For the sake of my innards, dinner had to be relatively healthy. Fish n' Beans it was. Fish n' Beans sounds a lot like Hot Dogs n' Beans but it is not. It is definitely not. As an aside, who actually publishes such a recipe? Add cans of pork and beans, hot dogs, and brown sugar to a crock pot, cook, and serve for dinner? That's not a recipe, that's a heart attack. And that's really sayin' somethin' comin' from a girl with a deep-seated attachment to ramen.
I'm the first to admit all recipes don't have to be worthy of Bon Appetit magazine but they have to involve something more than adding canned beans and hot dogs to a crock pot. You can have a pretty decent meal, even after a ten hour work day, so long as you have a meat and a vegetable on hand (and while hot dogs are fun, they don't count as meat). Jeez, forget both a meat and a vegetable, you can even have a pretty decent meal with just a meat or a vegetable.
On this fine Wednesday night, the meat of choice was tilapia and the vegetable, gorgeous green beans from the local farmers market. The green beans recipe is courtesy of my favorite Chinese restaurant (they just don't know it). What? I got tired of paying $10 for a plate of green beans when I can make a bathtub of green beans for $10 (ok, closer to $14 but only because I have zero haggling skills at the farmers market). The fish recipe is courtesy of well, me (and probably numerous other people who have their own recipes for quick frys). A quick bath in an egg wash, a dip in a mixture of bread crumbs, flour, cornmeal and herbs, and a pan fry later you have a meal that's worthy of skipping lunch for. Ok, I lie. No meal is worth skipping lunch but this is a meal that will make you never, ever want hot dogs n' beans.
1 pound tilapia (generally 2-3 medium fillets)
2 tbs. bread crumbs
2 tbs. all purpose flour
2 tbs. cornmeal
3/4 tb. garlic powder
3/4 tb. onion powder
1/2 tb. dried Italian herbs of your choice
1/4 tb. cayenne
Salt and pepper
Heat oil in large frying pan. Beat egg with a teaspoon of water for egg wash. In a separate plate, mix all dry ingredients together thoroughly. Make sure tilapia fillets are dry (feel free to pat 'em down with a couple of paper towels if necessary). Egg wash and then coat with bread crumb mixture. Pan fry in well, a pan. Serve with a side of Chinese-Style Green Beans or side of your choice. Unless your side of choice is hot dogs n' beans. If so, then I forbid you from making this recipe. Ever.
1 pound green beans, trimmed
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tbs. Asian chili garlic sauce
Salt and pepper
Heat oil in pan. Cook garlic until fragrant. Add green beans. If you like your green beans crunchy, cook them quickly in the pan for a few minutes. If you like them a bit softer, add a few splashes of water and a lid, and cook them for a few minutes with the lid on and the heat turned low. When the beans are as crunchy (or as soft) as you like, add chili garlic sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat on high. Stir fry for a quick minute or two. Plate. Eat with fingers.