Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Star-Studded Dinner

Well, we have been trying various crockpot recipes and other solutions for staying on our diet and having real meals rather than fast-food on a regular basis in spite of our hectic schedule.  The latest possible solution?  My nine-year-old wants to cook.  So she gets extra allowance and credit for home-ec in homeschool for fixing dinner on Wednesday nights between hectic activities.  (Don't worry, she's still heavily supervised!)  Tonight was her first night on the job, and I must say, we were all rather impressed.  She selected the recipe, gave her daddy a grocery list, and prepared it with very little assistance, even enlisting her younger brother to help set the table.  It was rather timely help, as my husband and I had to end up dealing with spoiled food in a freezer that went bad and leaked on the garage floor.  We got it all cleaned up and still had a home-cooked dinner on the table!  Salmon loaf is a common meal at our house, but tonight we got it in individual star-shaped cupcake tins, served with colorful potholders made by the cook - my daughter's personality shining through!!

Here is the recipe as handed down by my mother-in-law (we double it and may be going triple soon!):

1 can salmon (15 oz)
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 tblsp parsley
1 tblsp lemon juice
onion to taste

Mix well, spread in loaf pan (or mini-star-shaped-pans) and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Healthy and tasty!  Enjoy!  :)

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