Now that's a dinner, huh?
After the gut bustingly, starchily epic proportions of International Food Night, Greg and I were looking forward to a long day of digestion and healthy eating. Fortunately, I'd had the foresight to buy salmon fillets at the store, along with a bumper crop of swiss chard. We had a quarter bag of red potatoes in the pantry, which I was anxious to use up for the first time in....well....ever (damn those grocery stores, making me buy potatoes in bulk!).
With little starch, low-fat protein and omega 3's, and loads of vitamins A, K, and C, this is a great meal to fill you up in all the right ways, as well as to fuel your brain and body.
Did I mention it's also delicious? Score!
Pan Seared Salmon with Mushrooms and Swiss Chard (modified a bit from Cooking Light)
-4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
-1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
-1/4 teaspoon black pepper
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1 tablespoon thinly sliced shallots
-1 1/2 cups presliced mushrooms
-1 clove garlic, minced
-2 or more cups fresh swiss chard
-1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
-1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove fish from pan, and keep warm.
2. Add oil and shallots to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add mushrooms in a single layer; cook 2 minutes (do not stir). Cook an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add spinach; cook 30 seconds or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, rind, and juice. Serve over fish.
Herbed Potatoes (from me)
-6 red potatoes (medium-ish in size), cut into eighths (or quarters, if small potatoes)
-1-2 teaspoons olive oil, to your liking of oiliness
-1 large clove garlic, minced (about 1 1/2+ teaspoons...I like it garlicky!)
-1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
-1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
-1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, so potatoes are well coated. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, place potatoes in a single layer.
3. Stirring once or twice, bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.