Flavor Your Life

I recently tried a new recipe that I wanted to share.

It is perfect for weeknight meals when you want protein, but don’t want to eat meat or chicken.

Best part, it’s delicious and easy to make!Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1 lb cod fillet, cut into four pieces
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, rough chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil, butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, and lemon zest until butter is melted. Stir in the capers. 
  3. Place cod in an ungreased 13″x 9″ baking dish. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Spoon the olive oil/caper mixture over fillets and place in the oven.
  4. Place sliced lemons on top of cod.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  6. To serve, sprinkle with the fresh chopped parsley and divide onto 4 plates.I served it with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots.

I hope you like this as much as we did! 

For this recipe I used Zucchi Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I feel that when I use EVOO, it brings out the best flavors in my food.

About Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

Olive oil comes from the fruit (known as a drupe) of the plant Olea europaea, or European olive. EVOO is made by pressing without heat or chemicals. It represents the freshest and purest olive oil available. EVOO is virtually free of acidity—below 0.8%. This is to assure its quality rather than its taste, because overly processed and rancid oils contain higher levels of oleic acid. Olive oils are also tested for peroxide values. Lower values indicate fresher oil and more rapid processing, and are required for Extra Virgin designation. Each oil is judged by expert tasters, who must agree that it meets the high flavor standards of an Extra Virgin rating. These experts also test for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness and spiciness. If the oil doesn’t have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance it won’t receive an Extra Virgin rating. Olive oil has a high smoke point (400° F), so it can handle anything from a light sauté to a deep (and deeply flavorful) fry. You can bake with olive oil, as well. Between uses, store your oil someplace dark and cool (around 57° F, if possible), not on a counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight, and use your oil within 6 months of opening, and within 18 months of purchasing.

Why Choose European?

The olive tree has been revered in Europe since Antiquity. Over thousands of years farmers have evolved hundreds of varieties of olive trees (cultivars) and optimized them for different environment conditions and terrains to produce the most delicious yields. The result of this centuries old bond between the people and the land is the nest extra virgin olive in the world. The greatest impact on taste is the type of olive tree (cultivar), region (which affects climate and soil) and time of harvest. Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles, so keep a variety of oils in your pantry for different occasions. Olives harvested early in the season, late August (varies by region), are under-ripe and produce oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent. Olives harvested at the end of the season, late November into December, are over-ripe and tend to taste mild and buttery. Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor. Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor. Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green. French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor.

About Zucchi:

Zucchi is a premier Italian Olive Oil Company delivering traceable and sustainable products that you can trust. You can find Zucchi at Big Y, HEB, King Kullen and Shaw’s.

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Moms Meet provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Cod Piccata With Lemon and Capers
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 1 Tbsp butter
  3. 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  4. ½ tsp garlic powder
  5. ¼ tsp grated lemon zest
  6. 2 tsp capers
  7. 1 lb cod fillet, cut into four pieces
  8. 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  9. 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, rough chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil, butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, and lemon zest until butter is melted. Stir in the capers.
  3. Place cod in an ungreased 13"x 9" baking dish. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Spoon the olive oil/caper mixture over fillets and place in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  4. To serve, sprinkle with the fresh chopped parsley and divide onto 4 plates.
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Fillmore Train Field Trip

I recently went on my 4th Fillmore Train Field Trip. Twice with Sarah and twice with Jacob.I love doing the same things with my kids and when I remember take the same picture. We are so very thankful for our mommy and me class.

My train loving boy was super excited about his 2nd turn to ride the train!Classmate Nathan and Jacob holding their trains and conductor hats.All abroad the choo choo! My little conductor is so excited! Ready for our stop, The Fish Hatchery. I totally thought Jacob would be excited to see the conductor, but for some reason Jacob was super nervous around him. We got our fish food and Jacob dropped in a few at a time.  Then he noctied his buddy Aubrey throwing in handfuls and then her whole bag so Jacob decided to do the same. Monkey see, monkey do! Now that the fish are full it’s time to go back on the train!Once we got back to the train station, we played peek a boo on the stationed trains. Such a fun day out with little man!

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites.

ONE

Hubby and I went to a wedding this week. Hanging out with him is my FAVORITE.TWO

Sarah was the Star Student last week. She brought home her poster and asked for a picture with it. Between the wind and the rolled up poster we had some laughs getting this picture. Laughing with my kids is my FAVORITE.THREE

I’ve been feeling pretty blah this week so when hubby told me he was running behind at work I asked my friend, Erin to watch my kiddos while I go to my Yoga class. Yoga is my FAVORITE. Thank you Erin I owe you one!FOUR

We played with bubbles this week at Mommy and Me. Seeing the kids running around trying to catch the bubbles was super sweet. These little moments with Jacob are my FAVORITE. FIVE

Brunch is my FAVORITE meal of the day. So after I volunteered in Sarah’s class I took myself out to brunch. I got a power grain bowl with 2 fried eggs, harissa sauce, and sauteed kale. Yum!! Happy Friday, friends!

Harlem Globetrotters

Once a month I try to find something fun to do with the family. So when I saw that the Harlem Globetrotters were in town and on a Sunday I knew we needed to go.

Hubby went when he was younger and I’ve never been, but the idea of watching a team of basketball players play tricks while they run up and down the court seemed fun. And fun it was!We picked our seats on Stub Hub blindly and totally lucked out! We sat right where the Harlem Globetrotters players walk in from. We got to see the players once again as they went to their lockerooms during halftime.The tricks were even cooler during half time! They brought out mats and a trampoline. My kids thought it was so cool. See more tricks here.

Globie, their mascot, even came out and did a few tricks.  See Globie breakdance here.

Sarah was really impressed!Such a fun day spending time with my loves! Looking forward to our next family adventure!

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday {2018}

Every Spring I try to find a way to celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.

The reason I celebrate his birthday is to instill a love of reading in my kids. So every year on March 2nd we celebrate the silly author on the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

We started the celebrations with a visit to Barnes & Noble with friends Greyson and Remy for a Dr. Seuss themed story time.

Thing 1 and Thing 2. Thanks for the fun props Ms. Kathy. In the past we celebrated with breakfast, but with busy mornings and busy weekends we decided to change it up a little bit and host a Dr. Seuss brinner (breakfast for dinner) for his birthday. We kept the menu simple; green eggs, green cheese, hash browns and smoothies.

The cheese was Gouda pesto cheese from Trader Joe’s.The green eggs were spinach, eggs, a splash of milk and salt and pepper.The smoothies were spinach, peach, banana and a splash of milk. For dessert we used Sarah’s cake she made in baking class a few days before and even stuck a candle in it. I love celebrating life with my family and I like it even more when it involves learning and food.   

See past celebrations below.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2016}

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2013}

Oh, The Places You’ll Go Keepsake Book

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! Thank you for writing such fun books.

Father Daughter Dance {2018}

Last year when Sarah was in Kindergarten I got a save the date for the Father Daughter Dance, but unfortunately we already had plans to be in Florida and couldn’t make it. She found out after the fact and was really bummed.

This year I had my flight booked to Portland when I got the email. Now that she’s older and can read the bulletins at school she expressed that she really wanted to go. So we hired a sitter and got her outfit ready for the dance. I really wanted to be there, do her hair and to see her off, but hubby was totally capable. He even dealt with a plan B dress and did her hair!

My loves!Hubby sent me the cutest pictures throughout the night. He even sent me this little gem of a video.

They had so much fun!

They took pictures in the photo booth, hung out with friends and took a group picture.

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites.

ONE

Starting the week off after an amazing trip to Portland was not easy. Being a stay at home mama to this little guy makes things easier. Shh don’t tell Sarah, he’s my FAVORITE. ;)

TWO

I haven’t been feeling well this week, but I decided to go to Yoga anyways. My class was not easy, but seeing my stats on my watch was my FAVORITE.

THREE

I grabbed a bar of Moonstruck 68% dark chocolate while I was at Powell’s Books. This has definitely been a FAVORITE this week.  FOUR

Sarah finished school this week at 12:15 pm due to parent teacher conferences. So I decided to take both kiddos out for lunch on Friday. Hanging out with them is my FAVORITE. Soon they will be to old to hang out with their mama.

FIVE

I’m down for the count. My throat hurts, my body aches and my energy is way down. Hoping my FAVORITE Jewish penicillin helps this mama out!Happy Friday, friends!

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