Make Dinner Wait for You: Simple Salt and Pepper Salmon with Lemon Thyme Rice and Roasted Green Beans

Next week I’ll have a post on Scary Mommy‘s Scary Mommy Society. To go along with it, I’m offering you some of my strategies for getting dinner on the table. Check out some of my other family-themed posts: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Today: Make Dinner Wait for You

I like weeknight recipes that are not time-dependent. If there’s an emergency poo-plosion, dinner must wait!

Contrast a typical spaghetti alla carbonara that begs you to sit and eat as soon as its noodles are cooked, to a typical baked ziti that sits patiently in a warm oven (or even on the counter under foil) for an extra 20-30 minutes waiting for you to relaxingly enjoy its stringy cheese.

Recipes with a bit of patience are easy to find if you’re on the lookout but very few include fish. Fish doesn’t wait for anyone.

That’s why I developed this fairly patient fish dinner.

Note that it’s not about the seasonings (rub or splash on whatever you like). It’s more about the method:

  • Do a tiny bit of measuring and seasoning.
  • Put the salmon and side dishes in a hot oven for a short time.
  • Turn the oven off.
  • Everything cooks as the oven cools.
  • When everything’s ready, the oven is warm and unlikely to burn anything. Your food waits until you’ve gotten back from the change table and everyone is ready to enjoy.

(Note: This method has been tested in three different ovens and it worked perfectly. However, different ovens cool at different rates and I wonder if all ovens will yield similar results. If your oven cools very quickly, you may not be able to let dinner wait for as long. Please let me know how it works for you and for your oven.)

Click here for the recipe for Simple Salt and Pepper Salmon with Lemon Thyme Rice and Roasted Green Beans

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