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Friday, November 18, 2011

Easy, Healthy Dinner

This was dinner last night: salmon along with fresh vegetables I had on hand. My husband's response: "That was very, very, very good." Hmmmm....I'll have to remember that.

This is an easy and healthy meal that you can complete in about 30 minutes. We're all getting busy with the approaching holidays, so it helps to have quick meal ideas on hand.

To begin, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Roast whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand by drizzling with olive oil and seasoning with salt and pepper. I had potatoes and asparagus and a zucchini.
Start cooking the vegetables in order of how long they'll need to cook; the potatoes needed about 25 minutes, the zucchini and asparagus about 8 minutes. Roasting is my absolute favorite way of cooking and eating fresh vegetables. It just brings out the sweetness of the vegetables and the roasting adds another layer of flavor.
The salmon recipe is super easy and delicious. Here's how I did it:

In a small saucepan, over med heat, combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and juice of one lemon. Bring just to boil, then keep warm.

Season two salmon filets (or however many you need) with salt and pepper. In a medium pan, heat olive oil till hot. Place salmon non-skin side down and sear till slightly browned. To pan, add sauce and about 1/4 cup soy sauce.

Finish cooking salmon in oven for 5-6 minutes, being careful not to over-cook. And voila! Delicious, healthy meal in less than 30 minutes.