Parmesan-crusted flounder makes a delicious main dish, even with prepackaged sides.
Parmesan-crusted flounder makes a delicious main dish, even with prepackaged sides. (Submitted photo)

Everyone is so busy these days. It's easy to stop at a drive-thru and pick up a bag of food or hit the local grocery store salad bar. I get it, I really do! There are days when I just need to do something quick but still meet my personal standard of food quality. If you make just one thing homemade and fill the rest of the plate with quick or prepackaged foods, I believe you'll have a balance that will meet your standards, too.

Frozen veggies are so easy and contain all the nutrients of fresh to help make your meal complete. When I'm doing homemade sides, I freeze some for other meals. I just put them in those deli containers and label them. I keep squash, greens, mac and cheese, rice and other sides that thaw in the microwave and heat up well. With this meal, I made prepackaged potatoes from Bob Evans since I'm not a fan of frozen potatoes. I also had enough leftover corn for another meal at another time.

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Ingredients (flounder)

4 flounder fillets

¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs

¾ cup fresh parmesan cheese

1 Tbs. melted butter

2 Tbs. olive oil

Ingredients (spicy corn)

Corn from 6 ears

½ tsp. chili powder

2 jalapeno peppers, minced fine

2 Tbs. butter

Salt and pepper to taste

1 14oz can of black beans, rinsed

Directions

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While you wait for the oven to reach temperature, put all of the corn ingredients into a large skillet and cook on medium high until done. If the corn mixture starts to dry, add a little milk until it's creamier. In a separate bowl, add the bread crumbs and cheese. Add the butter and oil and mix completely. In a shallow baking dish, add the flounder and sprinkle the crumb mixture over each fillet. Cook in the oven for 20 mins. The fish should be brown and crispy on top but soft and flaky underneath.

Lori Edmonds is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached via email at silkypup@msn.com.



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