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Salmon Pasta Presto

Salmon Pasta Presto

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Salmon Pasta Presto
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Jill had something the other night so I was a latch key husband for a night. When this happens I go grab Thai or Indian or seem to make some sort of salmon since it isn’t her favorite. So I grabbed a nice filet at the grocery and brought it home. There is a pasta dish I make sometimes that has pasta, Parmesan, peas and asparagus. It’s a nice little dish that is balanced between sweet green peas and the savory/pungent asparagus. It’s not too filling but satisfying.

I always keep frozen peas on hand and had some asparagus on deck with a few bags of near empty pasta. It’s not pretty, it’s not elegant nor fancy but this recipe makes a nice lighter dish with some good veggies and let’s salmon shine.

Ingredients:
Fresh Salmon
Frozen Peas
5-6 stalks of Asparagus
Grated Parmesean
Pasta of your choice
Kosher Salt and Pepper (I like a lot )
Milk cream or pasta water to loosen it up

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 and lightly season and oil your salmon and cook it until tender. About 15 minutes.
2. While the salmon is in the oven. Make your pasta and set aside some pasta water. Put the pasta back into the pot and lower the heat to it’s lowest level or turn it off. Stir in your vegetables and Parmesan cheese Taste and season.
3. Spoon the pasta into a bowl and break up the salmon and put it on top. It’s that easy.
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Salmon and Asparagus Foil Packets

Roasted Salmon and Asparagus Foil Packets

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Roasted Salmon and Asparagus Foil Packets
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Tonight I was looking for a healthy quick hitter. Love me some fresh salmon. Something about the orange color makes me feel like I am eating a super food and by all accounts it possibly is. Given we are now in full blown summer the vegetables are colorful and bountiful. I zipped into Whole Foods for some nice cuts of salmon and strolled through the vegetable section and couldn’t help grab a couple of bunches of asparagus that were standing beautifully in a small tray of water. Strong, crispy and green as Ireland. Done.. dinner was set.

I planned on grilling it but ran out of gas so I had to go with the oven. As I mentioned before when cooking salmon go 300 to 350 and cook it a little longer than scorching it which depletes it of those healthy fats. Foil on the bottom, minced garlic, salt and pepper with a squeeze of lemon and some Tajin Seasoning for some chili flavor minus the heat. I love heat but wanted to lighten up the seasoning to let the salmon shine on its own. This would be a super easy and healthy dinner for camping.

Ingredients:
Salmon Filet (fresh)
Asparagus
1 minced garlic
1 lemon
Tajin seasoning
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
Olive Oil

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 300-350 degrees. On a sheet of foil lay your trimmed asparagus down and top with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Lay your salmon on top of the asparagus and squeeze half a lemon on it. Top with seasoning and finally lay a lemon slice on top. Carefully fold your foil until the it is sealed and leak proof.
Roast in your oven for about 20 minutes. I had some brown rice left over so served mine on top of it.
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Roasted Salmon Garlic Broccoli Asparagus Pasta

Roasted Salmon Garlic Broccoli Asparagus Pasta

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Roasted Salmon Garlic Broccoli Asparagus Pasta
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Lame name but delivers on taste. I typically make a couple of runs to the grocery per week. My first run is typically Sunday afternoon. So prior to that run I have a lot of items left that need to be used and consumed.

On hand I had a bunch of asparagus, a little broccoli and half a head of garlic. I pulled out a salmon filet from the freezer and decided I would whip up a pasta dish. To be frank, nothing about any of the above ingredients excites Jill. So she took a bath following her treadmill time and I went to work.

This little comfort dish really turned out fantastic. The roasted veggies imparted a nuttiness, the Parmesan and salami give a salty savory flavor. The peas would pop with sweetness and finally the goat cheese gave it a tangy creaminess.
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Ingredients:
Salmon Filet
Bunch of Asparagus
About three small crowns of broccoli
6 cloves of roasted garlic
1 cup of peas
3 tbs of diced salami
2 cups of Pasta (Bow tie)
3 tbs of Goat Cheese
2-3 tbs of grated Parmesan
1 cup of pasta water
2 tsp Red Pepper chili flakes
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive oil
1 tbs of Black Pepper
3 tbs of Butter

Directions:
1. Dice up your asparagus and slice your broccoli. In a 400 degree oven cover the veggies with oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Also cut the top of the your garlic bulb off, drizzle olive oil and wrap in foil. Put that pan in the oven for about 20mins-30mins. IMG_9166

2. While the veggies are roasting, remove your peas from the freezer, prep your salmon filet with oil and a little salt. Dice up your salami finely.

3. When the veggies are done. Lower the oven to 300 degrees. Remove the veggies from the pan and add your salmon and roast it for about 15 minutes. Remove it at medium rare. You will be putting it in with the pasta in a pan and it will cook a little more. IMG_9170

4. Cook your pasta in salty boiling pot of water. Cook it al dente so hat it retains a little chew to it. Scoop about 1 cup of the pasta water to use to thin out the pasta.

5. So now everything is cooked and chopped. Let’s put it all together. In a large skillet on medium low heat, melt the butter. Add the peas, diced roasted garlic and diced salami. IMG_9172

Stir in the goat cheese and red pepper flakes and pepper. Let the goat cheese melt down so that is can coat everything nicely. Now add your pasta and stir and coat well. At this point you will likely need to add a half cup of pasta water while stirring.

Now fold in the roasted asparagus and broccoli. IMG_9173

Finally gently fold in your flaked salmon followed by grated Parmesan cheese. You make need to add a little more pasta water to keep it shiny and moist. Serve and enjoy…

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Tahini Sauteed Kale

Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Tahini Sauteed Kale

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Tahini Sauteed Kale
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When I am in town and Jill has a late night I use it for Salmon and Indian food given we have a passion mismatch. So I also took the opportunity to play around with Kale. I love greens like collards, cabbage and mustard. Kale just hasn’t caught up with the stinky three just yet. The texture for me is a bit rubbery so I prefer sauteing to tenderize it a bit.

I poked around and found a recipe from a blog called myfitnesspal.com. I took that as my base because I really liked the idea of using Tahini with vinegar. Tahini is ground up sesames that make a paste. Most notably used in your favorite hummus. I love the tang it gives while also infusing a nuttiness to it. For me Salmon doesn’t need much help so a little balsamic vinegar reduction sounded like a sweet counterbalance to the vinegary sauteed kale.
Super easy, super healthy and pretty darn delicious.

Ingredients:
Salmon
Fresh caught Salmon Filets
1 tbs of grapeseed oil or coconut oil
4 tbs of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbs of Local Honey
1/2 tbs of Red Pepper Flakes

Kale
1 bunch of Kale (stems removed)
3 tbs of Tahini
2 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbs of GF Soy Sauce
1/4 cup of Chicken Stock
5 cloves of garlic
1 yellow onion (diced)
1 tbs of olive oil
Dash of cayenne pepper
Toasted Sesame Seeds to top
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Directions:
1. Start your Kale first by dicing your onion and by slicing your garlic (not minced). In medium heated pot add some oil and sweat those onions really well. Caramelize if you want. I was impatient but cooked them 10min until really soft. I then added the garlic slices and cooked them for another minute or two.

2. Whisk together the rest of the wet ingredients and pour them into the pot with the garlic and onion mixture. Let it reduce by half and then add your Kale pieces and let them wilt until tender to your tastes. I skipped the last step so my sauce was pretty thin. Flavor is amazing either way. IMG_9092

3. While your sauce is reducing. Salt and pepper your salmon filets. In medium-low pan with a 1 tbs of grapeseed oil carefully lay your filets (skin side down) in the pan. Move them around a bit to make sure they don’t stick. I like my salmon on the rare side because it is so buttery and silky. Here is the deal with Salmon, the beauty is in the fat because it imparts the flavor. If you cook salmon at high heat that fat leeches out into this sad white ooze. That said, the skin side has a lot of fat so this will happen at the base where the skin meets the pan. The point is to either go high heat and hit em quick to sear both sides or to go low and slow.

I flipped once I got a decent crust on the bottom and then but a slight sear on the top. I then poured in the balsamic honey mixture and let it thicken up. Basting the filet along the way. I did that for about 3 or 4 minutes.
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Ying-Yang Roasted Salmon and Asparagus

Ying-Yang Roasted Salmon and Asparagus

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ying-Yang Roasted Salmon and Asparagus
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The grocery store had these glorious cuts of salmon. The one I made tonight should have been for two but Jill had a meeting so I man handled it solo like Fred Flintstone. I was torn between going lemon herb, Cajun or Asian with this dish. Decided on an Asian dish that was sweet and spicy.

The flavors were great, especially the asparagus. Roasting mellowed the heat of the jalapenos a bit which allowed the flavors to harmonize. Sweet, Spicy, Tangy, Salty and Healthy.

Ingredients:

Salmon filets
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbs of fresh grated ginger
1 tbs of Sriracha
¼ cup of Soy
½ cup of Red Wine
Juice of half of lemon
2 glugs of olive oil
2 tbs of Brown sugar
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Asparagus (trimmed bottoms)
Olive oil
Kosher Salt
Pepper
Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
1 tbs of grated ginger
1 tbs of cut fresh basil
1 jalapeno seeded and diced
1 tbs of Sriracha
1 tbs of Sugar
2 glugs of Worcestershire sauce
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Directions:
Game plan… roast the asparagus for 25-30mins and while it roasts make your sauces and prep salmon for second half of roasting. #multitasking

1. Preheat oven to 350. Trim asparagus and cover with olive oil salt and pepper. Roast for 25 mins.
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2. Make the Sauce for the Salmon. Combine everything in a small pot and simmer until reduced. 10mins and remove from heat.

3. Make your sauce for the asparagus. (starting with lemon juice and include the last 7 ingredients).

4. Oil a dish and lay your washed and dried salmon skin down. Slowly cover with about half of the sauce.

5. Lower the heat to 250 degrees. Remove the asparagus and add the sauce to it and put it back into the oven with the salmon. IMG_8880

6. Bake for about 20 -30mins depending upon the size of your filet (medium rare). Top with the extra sauce about every 10mins.

Cedar Plank Salmon

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Salmon gets a bad rap. Candidly growing up having those canned salmon croquettes definitely stunted the salmon cause for those of us growing up in the 70/80s. Coming home from school or practice and opening the door to smell of pier 47 was instant dred. Northern Pacific coast people wouldn’t understand our landlocked middle america seafood plight. Let’s just say ketchup was the only reason those babies made it down.

Somehow despite my salmon beginnings I ended up liking it a lot when it is properly honored protein (fresh). When cooked well…low and slow to medium – medium rare it just works. If you ever see “white stuff” seeping from your filet you are cooking it too hot. Think of that fat as tears.

I bought some cedar planks and sprinkle several types of spices on top and eat it for lunch by itself or in a salad or sandwich. Love the stuff. Light and easy.

Garlic Lemon Roasted Salmon and Asparagus with Sweet Peas

Garlic Lemon Roasted Salmon and Asparagus with Sweet Peas
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Picked up some nice cuts of fresh Salmon which I love. I am on the 21day body makeover over so I cant have gluten, dairy or even honey or fruit. So I went the lemon garlic Dijon route. Jill isnt following this as strictly as me and she isn’t a fan of salmon like I am so I decided to make a little pasta for her to make a salad and I also added some Parmesan for her.

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Now I have prepared salmon incorrectly but learned how to prepare it much better to highlight the greatness of that incredible fish. You really need to to go slowly. If your salmon is oozing white stuff you are desecrating the fish. It’s telling you that your heat is too high and too long. You can sear it and leave it raw inside or go lower and slower like roasting bacon.
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Ingredients:
2 Salmon filets
2 gloves of pressed garlic
2 tbs of olive oil
1 lemon juiced
1 tbs of Dijon
1 tbs of White wine.
5 green onions
Asparagus
Frozen Peas

Directions:
1. Whisk together your oil, Dijon, garlic, onions, wine and lemon juice .
Preheat your oven to 350. Line a baking sheet and dip your filets into the dressing coating all sides. Place the filets on the baking sheet and then spoon the mixture on top.
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2. I use the same pan for roasting asparagus. and I poured the mixture on top of it as well.

3. Now we are cooking this for about 13 or 14 minutes which keeps the asparagus on the raw / crispy side. If you like yours more tender then put just the asparagus into the over for 15mins. alone before putting your salmon on the baking sheet and cooking it.

4. Heat your peas up in microwave or on stop top. For Jill I cooked some pasta.
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Or mix it up like this.
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