Cod with Italian Crumb Topping and Warm Zucchini SaladI immediately knew I wouldn’t be using cod in this recipe, from Instead, I customized the yield for 3 servings, using 3 fillets of mahi mahi, another firm, white fish that my toddler enjoyed eating. The simple topping of breadcrumbs, cheese, cornmeal, oil, and seasonings did taste pleasantly of Parmesan. The oven is hot, but the fish was cooked in 11:30.

I doubled the yield of the “Warm Zucchini Salad,” from Mix ‘N Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes, in order to make 4 servings. After boiling and draining 4 sliced zucchinis (1 1/2 lbs.), I immediately added the slices to the lemon-garlic-oil dressing. Simple and fabulous. I served the dressed zucchini and beans over mixed salad greens, rather than over mere Romaine lettuce. My toddler happily ate this dish too, which implies that the salad was not too aggressively spiced. “Kid-friendly,” as they say.

RECIPES: a quick and simple meal that your dinner guests will be pleased with
dinner in less than 30 minutes, and not too messy either
Parmesan fish with great garlic/lemon zucchini

Next time, I’m taking a vegetarian route with “Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah),” from, along with “Smashed Minty Peas,” from Cook’s Illustrated’s Notes from the Test Kitchen, March 14, 2008, (recipe below). Come back to my site on Tuesday, April 29, to witness my lentil magnificence.

Smashed Minty Peas
A little sugar added to the simmering broth intensifies the flavor of frozen peas. Be careful not to overprocess the peas. They can go from smashed to pureed in seconds.
Serves 4 to 6

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb. frozen peas, not thawed
  • 2 cups chopped Boston lettuce or Bibb lettuce
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Table salt and ground black pepper
  1. Bring broth, peas, lettuce, mint, butter, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste to simmer in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover and cook until peas are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to food processor and pulse until coarsely mashed, about ten 1-second pulses. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper and serve.