Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Asian Salmon in Foil

New Recipe Wednesday

I am somewhat sad. This is the 4th and last in my series on Salmon Recipes for the month of August. I never really liked or even ate fish much growing up, but as an adult I have truely embraced it. So many different ways to prepare it and sooo good for you. This recipe is another awesome one so I'm going to get right to it.


1/4 cup honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp sriracha
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 lbs salmon or what ever size fillets per person you like
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp sesame seeds (I don't always use these, only when I have them on hand)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil

In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, sriracha and pepper to taste.

Place salmon onto the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over salmon. Seal the salmon in the foil.

Bake in oven 10-20 minutes depending on number of fillets you are cooking.

Serve garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

For a treat, save some of the honey mixture. Lay some asparagus on a baking sheet and spoon honey mixture over. Place in oven for 5-10 minutes. Serve with salmon.

Let me know how you enjoyed my salmon recipes. Remember when looking for salmon at the store, seek out the wild caught. Better for you and so much yummier tasting.

You'll want to check back in on me in September for New Recipe Wednesday. It has been a long time in coming but I will start my series on cooking for 2. Combined with freezer meals. If I tell you this now, I'll have to blog about it right? Motivation for me. :)



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Veggies

New Recipe Wednesday

This is the 3rd recipe of 4 in my Salmon Series for the month of August. I hope you have been enjoying them so far. Don't let the Roasted Root Veggies scare you. At first I thought, no way! But boy I was glad I tried this. I actually cook beets as a side dish now. Yum!

4 med carrots, coarsely chopped
2 small beets, peeled and coarsely chopped (warning, beets will stain your hands and clothing so take cautionary acts)
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
4- 4 oz skinless salmon fillets
1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
chopped green onion as garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a baking pan combine carrots, beets, half the oil and half the salt. Cut a large piece of foil.  Place salmon on foil. Sprinkle salmon with remaining salt and pepper. Seal salmon in the foil.  Place on baking sheet or in a baking dish. Put both the veggies and the salmon in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until salmon is just flaky.

Makes 4 servings. 392 calories per serving.

Wild caught salmon is only available certain times during the year. Typically June, July and August. May also be available in some areas in the winter also. It may cost a little more but it is soooo much better tasting and better for you than farm raised. Farm raised salmon will have antibiotics and PCB's (those are carcinogens, yikes!) 



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Salmon Bake ala Jessica

Did you try last weeks recipe? Ancho Grilled Salmon If not you'll want to before you try my second salmon recipe in the series for August. Delicious!!

Salmon Bake ala Jessica is great for a night you don't have much time or are just plain tired from chasing the kids all day. Again, I cannot stress enough how wonderful and better for you wild caught salmon is. The only bad thing is, it is only available certain times of the year. June, July and August and for a few months in the winter. So stock up, cut these babies in serving sizes of your choice and freeze.

What you'll need:

4 skin on salmon fillets
2 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 cup Zesty Italian Dressing

Heat oven to 375 degrees

Place salmon skin side down in a 13x9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Combine remaining ingredients; spoon over salmon.

Bake 15 -20 minutes depending on how hot your oven is.

Thanks Jessica for sharing this recipe with me!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ancho Grilled Salmon

New Recipe Wednesday

Wild caught salmon is only available certain times during the year. Typically June, July and August. May also be available in some areas in the winter also. It may cost a little more but it is soooo much better tasting and better for you than farm raised. Farm raised salmon will have antibiotics and PCB's (those are carcinogens, yikes!) We found wild caught salmon at our local grocery store and at Costco. These babies are big. When I bring mine home I cut them into serving sizes I prefer and place them into freezer baggies. This way you have just the right amount to feed your family. Whether it be 2, 4, 5 or more mouths to feed.

So, I have taken the month of August to give you my tastiest and easiest Salmon Recipes. Here is the first of four.

Ancho Grilled Salmon

2 med sweet potatoes
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ancho chili pepper or chili powder
Olive oil cooking spray
4 -5 to 6 oz skinless wild caught salmon fillets (cut the salmon into the serving size of your choice)

Preheat broiler or grill. Scrub potatoes. Halve lengthwise; cut in 1/4" slices. Place on greased rack of unheated broiler pan Or on foil if grilling. In bowl combine sugar, salt, cumin and chili pepper. Coat potatoes with cooking spray; sprinkle both sides with half the spice mixture. Broil 4" from heat or on grill for 10 minutes or until tender, turn once.

Rinse Salmon, pat dry. Lay on large piece of foil. Sprinkle with remaining spice. Seal salmon inside the foil. Bake on grill or in oven for 10 minutes or until flaky. Don't overcook. This salmon is to yummy to eat it dry.



Monday, August 3, 2015

Paneling Art

I love crafts and DIY projects that cost little to nothing. This won't surprise you but several years ago when my husband had gone out of town on a business trip, I wanted to see what was behind the paneling in the family. Man, did I hate that dark paneling. It had to go. I quickly found out there wasn't anything behind this 3/4 inch think tongue in groove paneling. I am sure back in the day this stuff was the cat's meow. But in my lifetime, uh no. My hubby now says he's afraid to leave town as he doesn't know what I will do next. HA! We sold half of the paneling that some guy quickly purchased from Craigslist. Now I am wishing I had kept ALL of it. It really comes in handy. As you know I used it for the serving tray. And here it is again. Those that have pallets may use pallets. I choose my old paneling. I selected my pieces and used my big girl tools to cut them. I went with 16X16 end square size.

I then cut some thin plywood (yes, from my stash) to mount the paneling on.

Now use some construction adhesive and glue them on. I taped them together to make sure the tongue in groove was settled together. 

After making sure this had dried well I took them outside to sand off all that dark stain.

Now I had to decide what would be my design. And then which one would I choose. I printed these off of images I found on the internet. 

I went with "A" and made a stencil. I happened to have stencil material in my stash. Have you figured it out yet? I have alot of stash. :) Trace it on. Cut it out. Easy peasy!

Now get out the craft paint of your choice and stencil away! I had a spouncer that is basically a round foam piece on the end of a handle that I use to stencil. Less is more remember when applying paint. You don't want it to bleed under your stencil. AND be sure to tape your stencil in place so it doesn't move.

I couldn't just leave it like this. I wanted to add a Bible verse. This would make the perfect gift for my nephew, Nathan. His confirmation was coming and I would trace his verse on this for his gift. Print it out how you think it will fit on the wood and where you want it. 

Now, turn your paper over and take a pencil and draw over the words. Make sure you get it good and think.

Tape it in position on the paneling and trace over the words using pressure.

Take a peek. You should be able to see the lettering enough that now you can take a sharpie and trace the tracing. 

I put two small screws on the back and wrapped picture hanging wire around them as a way to hang it. 

Even though the invitations said no gifts....who can go to a celebration like this and not commemorate it. 

God bless you Nathan!

Love, Aunt Linda

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