Salmon, salmon everywhere

I’ve been craving a good bagel and lox and since I couldn’t get that to happen I compromised and decided to buy some lox and use my Everything but the Bagel seasoning and sourdough to create a bagel feel.

I toasted my sourdough, shmeared some whipped cream cheese, sprinkled on the everything seasoning and layered on the lox. Let me tell you, it was not the same as a bagel (duh) but it was a filling and yummy lunch!

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I tried it with avocado (we had some ripening and in need of use) and loved it, but to be completely honest I did not enjoy this lox. I will probably be sticking with the TJ’s version. I’m super picky about flavors of fish, chicken…any meat. This was really fishy!

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I love having salmon once a week (hopefully we’ll work up to the twice a week), but in our small apartment it can really smoke it up when I pan cook it. I wanted an easier way to make it and decided to bake it and then put it on broil to create a little bit of a crisp on top. This salmon was so delicious!

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If you’re intimidated by making salmon in a pan I would highly recommend just throwing it in a 350 degree oven. For these two pieces it took about 12 minutes or so to cook and then I broiled it for a bit. I am already looking forward to next week’s salmon!

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What’s your favorite fish to eat? How do you cook it?

Fishapalooza

The title is not my best work, but sometimes something gets stuck in my head and I have to go for it…ya know?

We’ve been trying to up our fish game in this house and what I mean by that is just eating more fish. I pretty much eat vegetarian when we’re cooking at home and B has some chicken, but having a couple of servings of fish a week is really great for you.

We love salmon and have been enjoying the wild salmon from Sprout’s, ahi tuna, shrimp lettuce wraps, and even some sushi.

Blackened salmon has been the go to-I just love the spicy flavor and the crispy outside. You guys know we could eat roasted veggies everyday if you let us. I was totally inspired by Carly’s carrot fries and had to make some!

I will be completely honest and tell you that this ahi tuna did not turn out as great as we thought it would, but it still counted as another serving of fish 😉

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I did serve it with peanut sauce and don’t worry friends, I added a lot more broccoli to the plate after taking this pic!

If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough, I know I have posted about these lettuce wraps more than once. They are so delicious, fun, and easy! This is a great way to get in some seafood AND you could do it with salmon, seared ahi, whatever you prefer!

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Hunida’s blogs always leave me craving sushi so while at Sprout’s I saw some rolls and picked them up. Grocery store sushi can be hit or miss, but these were good and I would pick them up in a pinch!

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Fish is a pretty quick thing to cook up (it literally takes minutes) so I think it’s pretty good for a week day meal. I know the hubby and I have really been enjoying having fish back in our meals.

What’s your favorite kind of seafood? How do you like to prepare it?

Cooking with Jess ;)

Okay peeps it’s not that serious! I’m not making a cooking video or proclaiming myself a recipe blogger. Lord knows I am not that and let’s face it I am awful at creating recipes since my measurements involve eyeballing, pinches, and to your tastes a lot of the time.

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I do like to cook, but sometimes I forget! It’s a problem, I know.

I have picked it back up recently and have been making things other than breakfast burritos and cheese quesadillas (don’t get me wrong, I still make those).

For dinner one night I made an Indian spiced salmon and some roasted brussels sprouts. Honestly, I decided to make this because salmon and brussels sprouts were on sale and I had all the seasoning I needed at home.

Actually, my recipe decisions this week were all based on items that were on sale 🙂

Back to the salmon and brussels sprouts:

I would start with getting the brussels in the oven since they will take longer to prep and cook. The fish takes no time at all once it’s in the pan and very little prep time.

Preheat oven to 425-450. Grease a baking sheet. Chop up your brussels to bite size pieces.

Drizzle some EVOO, salt, pep, chili powder and any other seasoning you would like and mix together.

I take off my rings and do it with my hands because I feel like it coats the pieces better, but that might just be something I made up in my head.

Throw it in the oven for 30ish minutes until it is done to your preferred crispiness.

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You can either make your own curry spice blend (literally hundreds of recipes on they interwebs)

OR

You can buy a pre-made version.

If you’re not a curry person you can use cajun seasoning, taco seasoning, whatever fun spice blend you want.

Once you’ve decided and are ready to cook up your fish sprinkle on salt (unless your seasoning has salt) and seasoning and gently pat/rub it in. While I was seasoning my fish I had some chopped garlic and jalapeño sautéing up.

If you skip the garlic and jalapeño part just make sure your pan is well greased and hot before adding your fish. This will get the skin crispy and blacken the meat of the salmon when you flip.

Once the salmon is in the pan keep an eye on it. When the fish gets flaky, you are done cooking. Resist the urge to keep it on heat because you don’t want overcooked, dry salmon. THAT is actually the worst. Trust me, I know!

This fish ended up being perfectly spiced, crispy, flaky and juicy. The brussels sprouts were a little burnt (but that’s how I like it), and added a nice textural contrast to the fish.

This is something you can whip up on a week night especially if you have your brussels sprouts chopped up and ready to go.

This is how a “recipe” plays through my head when I am cooking. I figure out what flavors I am craving and play with seasonings to get what I want.

I hope you are have a light and breezy Monday and have yummy dinners to look forward to at the end of your day!

Random Eats

Welcome to another edition of random eats! This is just a compilation of meals I have had in the last couple of weeks and decided to snap a pic of 🙂 Enjoy!

Sourdough, ‘cado, smoked salmon, Everything but the Bagel Seasoning from TJ’s, and dill

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Bean and cheese quesadilla, orange bell pep, and pan made kale chips

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It doesn’t look like it, but there is sourdough and smashed ‘cado underneath this huge piece of egg, topped with dill. Steamed kale with a turmeric and almond butter dressing from TJ’s

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Butter and jam on sourdough to hold me over till my real breakfast 😀

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Not homemade, but a yummy cheeseburger from The Stand. Not pictured are the baby carrots eaten with this

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Breakfast for dinner situation with scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, and ground “beef” (soy), kale, and sweet potato fries from Alexia.

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Almond butter and cherry preserve sandwich on English muffin with plantain chips and baby carrots-the lunch of champions!

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Sourdough, hummus (I had no avocado-sad day), kale, egg over easy, and chili flakes

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Let me know what you have been eating lately in the comments below. I’ll see you guys Friday!

 

Urban Plates

Urban Plates is a lovely restaurant that serves real food, made fresh. It has a cafeteria style feel with the trays and lines. You’ve got lots of good options with salads, sandwiches, plates. If you go with a plate option you get to walk through and watch while your plate is made (again, like a cafeteria).

It can be as healthy (or not healthy) as you would like! They have some fun and interesting options (glass noodles and shiitake salad) for sides as well as the classics (mashed potatoes). The food is delicious and flavorful and has never disappointed.

I am a huge fan of their salmon-the spicy mustard sauce packs a nice punch! The brussels sprouts with turkey bacon and mashed potatoes were my sides of choice. Both were delicious and well made. You always get a nice slice of grilled bread on the side which is a nice touch!

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The hubs got the steak with chimichurri sauce and it was cooked to a perfect medium rare. He got the mozz and tomato salad plus the sesame broccolini (our fave)! I love broccoli, but I may love broccolini a little (way, way) more 😉

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They also have a display of desserts at the end of the line that look absolutely irresistible! We did manage to resist and got frozen yogurt instead, but I guarantee that we will be trying out dessert next time!

Blackened Salmon Sandwich

The first dish we decided to make from Plated was the (you guessed it) the blackened salmon sandwich. This dish combines my love of delicious carb (the bread) with anything blackened and seafood.

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I really loved the fact that this sandwich came with a salad (they call it a slaw) so no extra prep was needed for a side…in fact, I believe that most of the dishes we got comes with a side built in…already winning!

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The sandwich contained the salmon, remoulade made of capers, pickles, and mayo, and topped with dinosaur kale and fennel slaw for a fresh kick.

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It was definitely one of my favorite dishes we have made at home to date. It was savory and fresh and super filling. I enjoyed how well the flavors melded together and the buns held together nicely.

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This was a 5 star dish in my opinion and I would definitely pick this dish to make again!