Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.
You guys, Thanksgiving is next week and I’m kinda freaking out about my upcoming holiday cooking!!! I have butterflies in my stomach just writing about it!
Why the freak out session?
For the first time in my 34 year existence I will be hosting and cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Last year I swore to my husband I was never going to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner, but my husband’s brother and his family are coming to visit for Thanksgiving. Yay for family! No yay for cooking a massive meal for an additional 7 people!
My sister-in-law is bringing the turkey, and I’m sure she’ll cook it so that is a load off, but still, I’m nervous about all the side dishes and dessert. I love to cook, but I am NOT a baker.
So why, if I love to cook, am I so nervous about my holiday cooking?
Well, I like simple, healthy one or two dish meals. I’m not great at cooking multiple dishes at one time–I tend to burn stuff when I try to do that. This girl is not good at multitasking.
Here is a great example of what I’m good at…
It’s as simple as sautéing a few ingredients here…
Pour those ingredients over some nice fresh fish (don’t forget to spray the pan first, fish has a tendency to stick)…
And 15 minutes later…Voilà!
Here is the recipe. I told you it was simple.
Baked Fish with Mushrooms
- Approx 1 lb of fresh or frozen fish fillets (the fresher the better)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions (substitute other onions if necessary)
- 1 tsp fresh thyme or 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- If frozen, thaw and dry fish. Arrange in a rectangular baking pan sprayed with Pam cooking spray. Sprinkle lightly with salt (optional). Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In a small saucepan melt butter, add mushrooms, onions, and thyme. Cook over medium heat until the mushrooms and onions are green and tender. Spoon mixture over fish.
- Bake at 450 for 12 to 18 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
It is an easy, healthy, quick to prepare dinner and takes a minimum amount of multitasking. And I know clean up will be a breeze. I found the new PAM Cooking Spray that leaves up to 99% less residue build up at the grocery store last month and I like how I’m not left trying to scrub baked on spray off my pans.
…So, back to Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve got to get my courage up for this one because there’s no way out of it. So I came up with three “Smart-tips” or holiday cooking tips to help me preserve my sanity (and maybe you yours, too) while cooking this holiday season…
- Utilize the PAM Cooking Spray like a cooking spray ninja! Not only do I NOT want to be scraping stuck, crusty food onto my guests’ plates, but I also would like to make clean-up as easy and scrub-free as possible.
- Write out a schedule of what dish needs to start cooking at what time in order to get my holiday meal on the table at the desired time and ensuring nothing burns or is under cooked.
- Who ever doesn’t cook gets to clean up. This includes putting food away (a massive task after a holiday meal), doing the dishes, counters, etc. The cook needs time to enjoy the festivities too without having to worry about being stuck in the kitchen all day.
- Prepare whatever can be frozen and reheated the week before the holiday feast. Oh dear, this means I need to get cooking!
Do you have any tips you’d add? I can use all the help I can get!
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Full size sample of PAM
Le Creuset Pie Dish
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.
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