Start the New Year Right with Healthy Cooking!
It’s been an eventful holiday break. At the beginning, I was so ready to sleep in and not have to make a mad rush out of the house to drop the kids off to school. I needed the break from the hustle. Eventually, we all caught up on sleep…but we’ve also been very busy keeping the kids entertained. Yes, even fishing!
Last week, we took the kids fishing at Trout Dale in Agoura Hills (818-889-9993) to catch fresh Rainbow Trout. The kids loved it and everyone caught a fish, of course I caught the most! Skills baby! Then, after catching five big fish, we came home and cooked them for dinner. What a great experience for the kids being able to help me prepare and cook the fish they had caught for dinner. Both had lots of questions about catching the fish, cleaning them out (which thankfully is done by the employees at Trout Dale) and finally eating the fish. This was a great educational and very necessary lesson for the kids as well as for myself.
You never know when something like fishing will come in handy!
Have an amazing week!
Ali in the Valley
Photo by: Ali
Baked Rainbow Trout:
Extra-virgin olive oil 4 small rainbow trout, boned Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 lemons, one sliced, one cut in wedges 8 fresh tarragon or dill sprigs, or 4 rosemary sprigs Chopped parsley for serving
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut four sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Oil the dull side of the foil with olive oil, and place a trout, skin side down, on each square. Season both sides with salt and pepper, and open them out flat. Place two tarragon or dill sprigs (or one rosemary sprig) and two lemon slices down the middle of each, and fold the two sides together. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over each fish.
Making sure that the trout are in the middle of each square, fold up the foil loosely, grabbing at the edges and crimping together tightly to make a packet. Place on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, checking one of the packets after 10 minutes. The flesh should be opaque and pull apart easily when tested with a fork.
Place each packet on a plate. Carefully cut across the top to open it, taking care not to let the steam from inside the packet burn you. Gently remove the fish from the packet, and pour the juices over it. Sprinkle with parsley.