Asian Salmon with Spinach and Brown Rice

This recipe for asian salmon with spinach and brown rice was modified from a recipe I found on a blog called “For the Love of Basil.”  My version uses brown rice instead of white, arrowroot instead of corn starch, and fresh spinach instead of frozen. I made these substitutions because I believe they are healthier and any little change I can make to a recipe to make it healthier is worth it.

Incidentally I also used white sesame seeds but only because I tend to have them on hand, unlike the black ones she uses, which I don’t think I’ve ever bought in my life.  As far as I know there is no difference in the nutritional value of black vs. white sesame seeds.

Oh yeah, and as usual I adjusted the prep time because limes don’t juice themselves and garlic doesn’t mince itself.

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Cook rice as directed. I cook mine in a rice cooker, and it takes about 60 minutes. (Or use previously frozen rice.)
  3. Sauté the garlic and pepper flakes with olive oil until garlic is lightly golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in maple syrup, tamari sauce, and lime juice and cook until it starts to bubble.
  5. Whisk arrowroot powder into 2 teaspoons of water until mixed thoroughly, then stir into the sauce. Cook until it is thick; about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Place salmon fillets on foil lined baking pan. Top each fillet with 1 teaspoon of sauce. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cooked through (still slightly pink in center).
  7. Meanwhile, add coconut oil to a non-stick pan and put on medium heat. When oil is shimmering add spinach and gently stir until wilted and giving off water. Remove from heat.
  8. Put about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rice in each bowl, top with 1/4 of the spinach, and then a salmon fillet. Remove the salmon skin as you put it in the bowl.
  9. Top each bowl with 1/4 of the remaining sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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Black Bean and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This meat-free dinner is adapted from a recipe my husband found on his favorite cycling podcast website. So you know it’s got to be good if it was developed with athletes in mind, right? Well, we made this and dug into it and thought we went to heaven.  The spicy smoky flavor of the black beans combined with the creamy sweet potato is a marriage of flavors that’s meant to be. I’m not kidding, try it and if you don’t see angels I will eat my cycling socks. Continue reading “Black Bean and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes”

How to make “Bowls”

“Bowls” are a newly popular concept, and for good reason. They are fresh, generally quick to put together, tasty, and relatively inexpensive.

Think Chipotle, SweetGreen, or pretty much any of the “healthy fast food” franchises popping up in malls across the country. Essentially it’s a pile of stuff in a bowl, with lettuce/greens on the bottom, and stuff on the top. Hm… sounds kind of familiar, right? Like a salad bar? Yep, exactly like a salad bar. The difference is in the marketing, and the proportions. it’s a little bit of salad with a lot of “stuff” arranged in a colorfully pretty selection of “wedges” around the edge.

Literally, it’s just a bowl of different wholesome, nicely flavored ingredients, that you then pour some sauce on and mix together, like… well… like a salad. Yeah.

Creamy Rice with Salmon

I got this rice with salmon (arroz con salmon) recipe from a food blog written by a Columbian woman.  I’m so sorry I’ve lost track of the url of that web site but I made a lot of changes to the recipe anyway, so it barely resembles the original.

I removed several ingredients, changed several others, and used leftovers to compile the dish instead of creating it from scratch.  It was surprisingly good!  I served it with sautéed beet greens but I recommend choosing a side veggie that’s more neutral in flavor, like broccoli or green beans.  The beet greens were good but the strong flavor overpowered the more subtle taste of the rice dish. Continue reading “Creamy Rice with Salmon”

BBQ Beef-Stuffed Potatoes (Slow Cooker)

I am in love with the simplicity and efficiency of this recipe for BBQ Beef-Stuffed Potatoes. Everything is made in one pot and then assembled in a very appealing way just before serving.  Plus it makes enough that you can reuse the finished ingredients in a variety of subsequent meals.

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Passive Time 8 hours
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Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; rub generously over roast.
  2. Coat a 5-6 qt slow cooker with olive oil. Place red onion slices in a layer in the bottom of cooker, then place roast on top of onions.
  3. Rub potatoes with oil and wrap each potato individually in parchment paper. Arrange on top of roast. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until tender.
  4. Unwrap potatoes; Cut each potato in half crosswise and split each half lengthwise, cutting to but not through the other side. Squeeze each potato half to open for stuffing. Shred roast with 2 forks, and stir to combine with onion mixture.
  5. Top each potato piece with 1/3 cup beef mixture, 1 tablespoon cheese, 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt. Then sprinkle with green onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Note: Each 1/2 potato makes one serving. Depending on how many people you are serving you can save the remaining potatoes and beef for later in the week.
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