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Preparing a family meal with fresh, inexpensive and traditional ingredients is always a goal of mine at least a couple of times a week. Sounds ambitious, right? It is. But you will be surprised how easy it could be achieved with plenty of organization, creativity and most important, resourcefulness.
Organization is important because without it, time and money is wasted. Plan your menu ahead of time and around supermarket specials. Select a day of the week you dedicate a few hours to meal planning and grocery shopping. Use shopping lists and divide that list by grocery store sections. You’d be surprised how much time you save as you zip through each store isle knowing exactly what you need to purchase. Impulse purchases will most likely be averted as well, when you follow a list.
Creativity in meals keeps the dinner menu exciting. One thing I like to do to keep things interesting around meal time is that I like to swap out ingredients in some of our favorite dishes. For example, chicken mole is a traditional dish that takes hours to prepare. Sometimes I switch out the chicken for fish and prepare a less labor intensive mole sauce with fresh ingredients. Fish cooks quickly and the mole sauce is made in just a few minutes.
Be resourceful. Know where to shop for the best ingredients. My local Kroger store, Ralphs carries a wide variety of Latin produce to incorporate in my Mexican traditional meals. I don’t have to waste time going to different stores in search for the ingredient I’m looking for. When you bring value and convenience together you can make your life easier.
Use Kroger’s coupon app and digital coupons for items that you purchase often. Also, don’t forget to check your mail for sales announcements in your weekly circulars. Kroger stores already have great low prices but they also have coupons and sales promotions to help you save even more.
To visit your nearest Ralphs for the best ingredients, check their store locator and start saving.
- 6 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
- ½ cup onion, roughly chopped in large pieces
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- ½ cup parsley, roughly chopped
- 3 jalapeños, seeds and veins removed, roughly chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 white fish filets (about 2 pounds - such as cod or tilapia)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Salt and pepper to taste, I used Kroger label salt and pepper
- cooked Kroger white rice to serve with
- warm Kroger corn tortillas to serve with
- Place tomatoes, onion and garlic cloves in a skillet over medium heat. Toss with a large spoon to avoid sticking to skillet and to roast evenly.
- Transfer roasted vegetables to a blender container. Add cilantro, parsley, jalapeño, lemon juice and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat large skillet over medium heat. Carefully pour in blended sauce without straining. Cook until the sauce darkens in color. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Season fish filets with salt and pepper.
- Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add filets and cook thoroughly; approximately 3-4 minutes on each side. Do not overcook. Place filets on a serving tray, top with green mole sauce and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve with white rice and corn tortillas.