Halibut Dinner – Free Food From the Entertainment Budget

This halibut dinner includes herbed fish, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. The fish and sweet potatoes come out of the entertainment budget. From the food budget perspective, they are free food.

Entertainment budget? How so?

Well, my husband likes to fish. It's one of his favorite things to do when he has free time. He has a good time spending the day with his friends fishing. He enjoys the thrill of the fight in landing a fish. He simply likes being out on the water. So the cost of his fishing equipment and fishing trips get budgeted to entertainment.

The fish he brings home? They are a bonus! Free food.

I love fall decorating. I like bountiful baskets of squash, sweet potatoes, and other fall vegetables. A common centerpiece at our house is a red, yellow, and orange display of mixed yams and sweet potatoes. I buy them for decorative purposes, so they, too, are paid for from the entertainment budget.

When I'm ready to change from autumn decorations to Christmas decorations, I'm left with the edible fall adornments. Another bonus! More free food.

So, this dinner includes halibut from one of Bob's fishing trips. I lightly saute the boneless, skinless pieces of fish in a little vegetable oil. When they are about done, I sprinkle them with mixed herbs.

The sweet potatoes get a quick scrubbing and a poke with a fork. I microwave them on the "baked potato" setting. We top them with salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

This halibut dinner hardly needs anything more than the fish and the colorful and vitamin A rich sweet potatoes. But, we have some fresh broccoli in the fridge that we bought on sale, so I fix us each a small serving of that. And, as usual, we have mugs of cold milk.

If you have trout, perch, walleye, or another kind of fish from your family's fishing trips, they'd work just as well. I often use salmon or cod. And, if there's no fisherman in your family, look for a fresh or frozen fish that is on sale.

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