Citrus Salmon with Ginger Pickled Onions – Serves 3

I’ll be last to admit that I used to screw up cooking salmon…  I only recently mastered this skill after watching a cooking play-by-play while running on the treadmill and watching Food Network.  Anyways, ever since I’ve experimented with various ways to cook salmon, and this is my latest creation that legitimately has the perfect ‘wow’ factor.

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I always tell clients to play up their diet with different proteins whether they are animal or plant-based.  For myself, I try to have fish twice/week and consume a Mediterranean style diet.  Fish is a high biological value (HBV) protein due to containing all essential amino acids.  Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids that are directly related to reduction of heart disease, increased immunity, improvement in mental function, and decreased bodily inflammation.

The new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines following the typical American 2000-calorie diet recommend to have at least 8 ounces fish/week  but the Mediterranean 2000-calorie diet recommend at least 15 ounces fish/week.  If you’re active, 65 years+, immunocompromised (cancer, pneumonia, etc.), and/or dealing with skin issues – eat more!

Ingredients:

  • 1.25# salmon filet; with the skin on 
  • 1 tsp ginger; ground
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 orange; juiced (save some for garnish)
  • 1 medium white onion; diced or minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatos; halved
  • 1 tbsp EVOO and enough to drizzle for cooking onions
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds; raw and shelled
  • 2-3 shakes of black pepper; ground
  • 2-3 shakes of red pepper; flakes
  • To reduce cleanup – have tinfoil on hand to create a cooking pan (it works)

Methodology:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat drizzle EVOO and cook white onions until caramelized or golden in color.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all the spices, garlic, white vinegar, EVOO, juice of an orange, cherry tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds.  
  4. Remove the onions from the pan when finished and add to the ingredients from step two.  Mix all ingredients then pour over the salmon in a shallow bowl to marinate for 5 minutes.
  5. Create a oval pan out of tinfoil to roast the salmon.  I used a round cooking pan to help me get the shape formed.
  6. Transfer the salmon and juice/onion mixture to the tinfoil makeshift pan (make sure the skin is facing the bottom side).
  7. Insert salmon into the oven for 20 minutes or until it appears to flake or has an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Remove the skin from the fish, garnish with citrus, and serve atop quinoa or rice.
  9. Time to feast!
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Perfect lunch… Thumbs up!

xxx – Sarah

PS – If you’re like me and you want quality lunches; allow the salmon to cool down then pack for lunch in a microwaveable container.  Remember cooked salmon can be kept for about 4 days.

Pulled Garlic Chicken and Onions – Serves 3

I am a foodie without a slow cooker…  Yes, I know, I have yet to get on the bandwagon, and when I do, y’all will certainly know.  To get the consistency of chicken from a slow cooker without actually having one is NOT impossible.

Chicken is a great source of lean protein and is readily absorbed by our body.  Like other animal based proteins chicken is a high biological value (HBV) protein.  Our bodies crave protein to keep our skin intact and our muscle fibers bound (also serves as a great post-workout meal or snack).  This is a great savory dish that allows you to get the protein you need and it can be paired with just about anything!  I opted to pair with asparagus and sweet potatoes… 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1.2-1.5 pounds, chicken breasts – thick slices
  • 1 tbsp., rosemary – minced
  • 2 tsp., garlic – minced
  • 1 medium-sized, yellow onion, thin slices
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp, paprika – granulated/ground (aka looks like salt but red in color)
  • To taste:  Salt (use at your own risk)
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Ooops… Photobombed by Master T!

Methodology:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and set up your ingredients.
  2. In a large pot or stockpot over medium heat add olive oil, onions, rosemary, and garlic then mix well.  Inhale the aromas for about 5-7 minutes or until the onions are slightly golden in color.
  3. Stir the chicken into the onions/oil piece by piece and follow with the paprika.  Mix the spices, onions, and chicken well for about 2-3 minutes.
  4.  Add the cover to the pot and put into the oven for about 25-30 minutes until the chicken is tender.  If you feel the chicken is too dry or not tender enough – drizzle in some olive oil.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and transfer to a bowl.
  6. Utilizing two forks – start to pull the chicken apart piece by piece.  If desired, this is the time to add some salt.
  7. Serve with sides or add to a sandwich…
  8. Happy, happy noms!

 

xxx – Sarah