Archive | May, 2012

Mustard and Orange Juice Salmon

22 May

I have mentioned often, how my husband loves spice, but I can’t take it. Since he has  started to enjoy salmon, I am trying to eat more spice as a compromise. Today I created this seasoning and both of us enjoyed it. He got enough spice, but not too much for this  spice wimp. Compromise and spice in life is a key for staying together over 30 years, and good wine won’t hurt either.

  • 2 tbs orange juice
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salmon file (about 1/2 pound per person)

Mix the first four ingredients together. Paste the salmon with the sauce. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, baste with more sauce and bake an other 10 minutes.

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Spinach Salad with Watermelon and Blueberries

21 May

There is only one word to describe this salad: refreshing. This salad is a powerhouse for nutrients. Watermelon has lycopene. Early research has suggested lycopenes may help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. Blueberries have  cancer fighting antioxidants and vitamin C. Most everyone knows that spinach has many health benefits. This salad is a win, win: good and good for you.

Dressing: Blend together

  • juice of fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • dash of sea salt

Salad

  • spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups of cubed watermelon
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumber
  • 2 tbs fresh mint chopped

Toss the spinach with the dressing. Arrange the spinach leaves on plates and top with rest of the ingredients.

Noodles and Salmon with Ponzu Sauce

17 May

My husband is like a child. I have to hide vegetables in his food for him to eat enough of them. His idea of balanced diet is carrot cake. He liked this pasta dish, and I was happy to get him to eat his carrots with salmon rather than cream cheese icing. This recipe idea came from Chef Peter Schott at The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA

Ponzu Sauce

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • juice of one fresh lime
  • 1 tbs of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp natural rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1 garlic glove pressed
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine all of the above ingredients and cook 3o minutes or until mix has been reduced to about 1 cup

Noodles

  • whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots

Cook the pasta according to the directions. Place the shredded carrots in a colander. Drain the noodles over the carrots; toss together. Pour the mix in plates.

Salmon

  • skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs low-sodium soy sauce

Mix the sauce together. Bake the salmon in 400 degree oven or grill basting while cooking. Place the salmon over the carrot/noodle mix and pour ponzu sauce over the fish and noodles.

Spicy Chicken Pizza

15 May

Since my smoked salmon pizza recipe got the thumbs up approval, I decided to try and other quick pizza. The men in my household are crazy for spice. The hotter the better. I really thought  I would burn them up with this one, but they thought it was perfect. Obviously I know nothing about eating spicy food. If you cook the chicken in advance, you can have this pizza on the table in 20 minutes.

  • 3 chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup spicy wing sauce
  • 2 sandwich wraps or tortilla shells
  • red onion thinly sliced
  • pickled or fresh jalapeño slices
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbs spicy wing sauce
  • shredded cheese, optional

Wrap the chicken and spicy sauce in foil and bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cut up the cooked chicken in small pieces in the sauce that it was cooked. Mix the BBQ sauce and 2 tbs of spicy sauce together. Brush the wraps with the sauce. Top the sauce with the cut up chicken, onion and jalapeños and with cheese if desired.  I keep my pizzas dairy free. Bake in 400 degree oven for 7-10 minutes.

Smoked Salmon Pizza

15 May

I have to make lunch for my son and husband couple times a week. I hate to fall into a rut and make the same thing every time. Last night when I was trying to decide what I would make today I decided to try smoked salmon quick pizza. I had sandwich wraps and smoked salmon in the fridge. The idea of making pizza popped in my head. I toasted the wrap in the oven for few minutes, spread some fat-free cream cheese on it. Finally, I topped the cream cheese with smoked salmon and sliced red onion. It was very tasty and quick. Now I have an other lunch idea in my folder.

  • 8 oz smoked salmon
  • 2 sandwich wraps or large tortilla shells
  • fat-free cream cheese
  • thinly sliced red onion

Asian Ginger Dressing

9 May
This dressing is so refreshing and healthy. I have been trying a lot of different ginger dressing recipes and asked sushi chefs what ingredients they use. This dressing is good on top of a salad or salmon.
    • 1/2 cup grated carrot
    • 1/2 of an apple cut up
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 2 tsp of chopped shallot
    • 1 tbs of olive oil
    • 2 tbs of rice vinegar
    • 2 tsp of honey
    • 2 tsp of low sodium soy sauce

1 tbs ginger
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or use hand food processor until well combined.

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