My Definition of Fast Food

As I was cooking dinner this evening, it hit me that THIS is what should come to mind when we hear the term “fast food”. A meal cooked and on the table in 20 minutes. I made Parsley Potatoes, Salmon sautéed with ramps, red peppers, and mango and a Salad.

Here’s the count down:

5:40 – 5:45 p.m. Preheat a skillet on medium heat for the salmon, scrub the ‘taters and cut them into 1/2″ cubes. Add them to a pot with some sea salt and just enough water to keep them from burning – no more than an inch in the bottom of the pot. Turn on high heat.

5:45 – 5:53 p.m. Add a few T of butter (one of these days I’ll get around to telling you why butter is a true health food) to the preheated pan. When it melts, add the salmon filet, skin side down. When the potatoes begin to boil, turn the heat down to simmer. Check the water level. The trick is to have just enough water to cook them, without any left over. Chop the ramps, red pepper, and mango and toss into pan with the salmon.

5:53 – 6:00 p.m. Flip the salmon and stir the chutney. Put together a tossed salad while the potatoes and salmon finish cooking. Toss with oil and vinegar. Add a T or so of butter to the potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley.

6:00 p.m. Prepare each plate with a serving of salad, a scoop of potatoes and a piece of salmon. Cover the salmon with mango/pepper chutney. Sit down, thank God for this incredible blessing, and enjoy!

What’s your definition of fast food?

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12 Responses to My Definition of Fast Food

  1. nkawawaki says:

    Yum – that’s all

  2. My version of fast food is either quick brown rice pasta tossed with shrimp, butter and garlic or flash frying a grass-fed steak and throwing the skillet in the oven for 10 minutes. Rob and I could live off of a hunk of meat and a salad for dinner, and I save the more complicated meals for the weekends.

  3. growingslower says:

    What a great point! When you consider the time it would take to drive to pick up dinner, order it, wait for it, and drive home, your version of fast food is probably way faster and of course much healthier! I’m stopping by from the Frugally Sustainable blog hop.

  4. Lyndsy says:

    “Fast food” the way we’ve come to know it never looks that beautiful and delicious! I know I’m always more satisfied by a tasty panful of veggies or a big salad I’ve thrown together than anything that I’ve paid someone else to prepare with mystery ingredients… There are a lot of reasons to fall in love with quick and tasty meals like pasta with creamy avacado sauce (

  5. Jeana says:

    Wild caught smoked salmon (thank God my kids love it and no cooking involved), a big slice of sourdough toast with raw butter, a cup of bone broth and a steemed green veg.

  6. Cynthia Ferguson says:

    what are ramps?

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