The 40 Hour Work Week Challenge – Wednesday

I overslept this morning, which made me very cranky as I had to have leftover lamb chop for breakfast instead of my usual two eggs fried over easy. I missed those eggs terribly!

I don’t really have a lot to report for today. We had leftovers for lunch. For dinner, I had originally planned on steak, but couldn’t pull it in the morning because I overslept! Instead, I made us Copper River salmon in parchment, but I only sprinkled a little sea salt on the fillets because good salmon needs little gussying. Plus I didn’t have any of that other stuff.

Two weeks ago, I bought two Copper River salmon at QFC when they were on sale for $6.99/lb. I don’t normally shop at big chains, but QFC often has these crazy low deals on wild seafood that I just can’t pass up. The butcher filleted them for me for free. I cut each fillet into single serving portions, wrapped them in parchment paper, and froze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. When they were frozen, I stuck them in Ziploc freezer bags. What I really should do with such fine fish is vacuum seal it. My next big kitchen purchase will be a Foodsaver vacuum sealer.

But until then, the Ziplocs will have to do.

Seafood is my dinner contingency plan. If things don’t work out or I forget to plan dinner, I can take a couple of pieces of salmon or some mixed shellfish out of the freezer, fold them into little parchment pouches (still frozen!) with salt and butter, and bake them at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes while I fix some vegetables. Presto! Incredibly nourishing meal.

What do you cook when dinner doesn’t happen like it should?

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