I used to see recipes labeled “Weeknight Dinner” and wonder what the big deal was. Cooking doesn’t take that much time. Of course this was back when I was cooking a few nights a week going out to dinner the rest of the time. Healthy was something I aimed for casually in those gormandizing, carefree days.
Things are different now. I’ve realized my health is pretty out of whack, so nutrients and quality are priorities. I’m working full time/commuting and writing, which leaves little time for meal prep. Nick and I are past our days of blissful, childish spending. We’ve set goals that involve being more financially conscious. Since food is one of the major paths that money finds out of our household, we have to be smart and accountable. That means cooking at home 98% of the time.
In the spirit of weeknight meals that satisfy, enliven and require little labor, I offer this speedy pan-fried tilapia and roasted eggplant.