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Well Balanced

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The past two night’s dinners may have been less than stellar, (guess that’s what happens when you outsource your food), but I redeemed myself tonight with this balanced plate: salmon cakes, roasted sweet potato, and roasted asparagus, with a drizzle of Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce.

hpim3029Salmon cakes are just like, the easiest thing ever. I mix a 14oz can of salmon with an egg, and some add-ins. Tonight’s mix-ins were celery and Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce. I cook them on our griddle or non-stick skillet for about 3 minutes on each side. Presto.

We don’t really eat much meat, as you may have noticed. That’s for a variety of reasons, health, environmental, and not the least of which is economic. I would actually like to eat more fish, but it is so expensive, so I try to manage the best I can by eating canned salmon once a week or so. I don’t know where else I’d be able to get 14oz of wild caught salmon for less than $3. I think I may actually buy some fish next week, mostly because I’m growing a bit bored of salmon.

Did anyone else watch The Chopping Block tonight? I’m not sure if I really like it or not, but I’ll probably continue to watch, because Top Chef is over and I might go through reality cooking drama withdrawal.

Perfectly Portioned Plated

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Congratulations Matt!!

We found out my brother is actually graduating tomorrow! Unfortunately the decision was made on such short notice that we weren’t able to be there, but my mom, dad, brother and sister all made it down so the Davis family is well represented. 🙂

Tonight’s dinner reminds me of of these place mats we have hanging in the break room at my office. It’s a picture of a plate divided into quarters, filled half with veggies, 1/4 with lean protein and 1/4 with a starch. It kind of makes me laugh when I see it because it’s right on the fridge and I think I’m the only one who sees it because every one else goes out to eat nearly every day.

hpim2756My “lean protein” portion of the plate was a salmon cake. I mixed a 7oz can of wild boneless salmon, 1 eggs, 1/4 cup ground oatmeal, 1/2 tablespoon wasabi paste, 2 chopped scallions, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce and portioned into patties (I ended up making 3). I let them chill in the fridge about 30 minutes and then pan-fried them in olive oil for about 4 minutes on each side. Brent made a dipping sauce for the cakes from hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sriracha. Yum!

Our veggies and starch were sauteed broccoli and roasted potatoes because I really love potatoes. It was quick and easy, which made it easy for me to get to class on time, where I found out I did really well on my first exam! 🙂 I finished my lab early, which worked out well so I could make it to the gym for a run with Brent because it was too crowded when I tried to go earlier. Unfortunately my run was kind of a bust. I just felt physically crummy. Blah. But I’m over it because the plan for the rest of the evening looks like this along with the 2 hour Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice. 🙂

hpim2761I’ve missed red wine. I’ve cut it out the past few months because it inhibits iron absorption (along with black tea and coffee, but I can’t cut out everything :() and I’m trying to get my iron levels up, but it so delicious!

Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!! I have a bit of stuff to do, and some studying, but I’m hoping to do a fun baking project too! 🙂

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

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I loved this dinner. Like really loved it. Kind of weird considering it’s just a sandwich, but it was great. Last week while I was nibbling on some of the smoked salmon leftover from the Twice Baked Potatoes, I was really loving on the smoky flavor of it and then genius struck… Bacon is smoked. I miss BLTs. I should totally make a Smoked Salmon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwich. Yep. I really thought this had genius written all over it (not that I think too highly of myself or anything), and I was totally right.

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I really got the BLT-esque flavor from this sandwich, and Brent’s response was “Yeah I see what you were going for.” Something about this sandwich just really hit the spot. It only had 5 ingredients, but everything worked perfectly together. I just mixed a little bit of mayonnaise with the smoked salmon and layered that with some mixed greens and sliced tomato. The bread was, again, the Master Boule recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes. Someday I will buy this book and find out if all the rest of the recipes are equally as amazing. I’m sure they are. Check out a close up of those beautiful holes… and that crust. So delicious.

hpim2700The texture of this bread is outstanding. I am completely non-biased here. I do need to check the book out sometime to see if there are whole grain recipes in it, because, while I LOVE this bread, I feel like I should probably not eat so much refined flour. In the background are some mashed sweet potatoes, made by baking the sweet potato and then mashing it with a bit of Smart Balance, some salt and Garam Masala.

Off to get some shut eye. I have a long day tomorrow – 6am to 10pm!!

Poe-Tay-Toe

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Tonight’s dinner came courtesy of Cooking Light. I made Twice-Baked Salmon Potatoes. I loved these! I love potatoes. I love smoked salmon. Why hadn’t it ever occurred to me to make them a main dish? I want to stuff and twice-bake every potato I ever eat from now on. I may allow rare exceptions to that though. 🙂

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I loved the flavor of the horseradish in this recipe. I would add more green onion next time because I didn’t get a ton of their flavor, and truthfully, even though it was melted right on top, I didn’t really taste the cheese much.

A great feature of this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time up to the point of the second baking, which is what I did today, and then just stick them in the oven and dinner will be ready in less than 20 minutes. Brilliant. I love these kinds of recipes, and they’re a big help on nights when I have school.

I’m already brainstorming other twice-baked variations, like a Mexican one with black beans and salsa, or a Greek one with spinach and feta. Yum!

See you tomorrow for a “junk-food” Friday night dinner!

Quick & Easy

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Tonight’s dinner is probably going to become a regular. It was quick, easy, tasty, and very versatile. I made Wasabi Salmon Cakes. I made a few modifications based on what I had on hand. I used Nasoya Sandwich Spread instead of mayonnaise, and no red bell pepper in the cakes because I put some in my side salad instead. The recipe didn’t mention what size can of salmon to use. Mine was 14.5oz and I ended up using probably closer to half a cup of panko breadcrumbs. After forming the patties, I let them chill i the fridge for about an hour to firm up and let the flavors meld. I also pan-fried them in a little canola oil. I loved the crunchy crust.

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This made 6 pretty large cakes for us. We each had 2 and I froze two of them uncooked to use at a later time. Brent said he really liked the wasabi in them, but I guess I must be getting a cold because I could not really taste the wasabi. We (Brent) made a quick dipping sauce out of hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce and chili paste. These patties could be made to suite any meal because you can just switch up the add-ins to change the flavor.

DOGS ARE SMART

I just think my dogs are hilarious. We feed them when we get home from work everyday, which usually ends up because 5:15 or so. Because Larry eats so much quicker than Lucy, we need to seperate them while they eat so that Larry doesn’t start eating Lucy’s food. What works best is to feed Lucy outside on the patio, and Larry eats inside. Now obviously dogs cannot tell time, but I swear these dogs know when it is 5pm. Today I was milling around the kitchen around 5, when Lucy started freaking out and jumping at the patio door. Assuming she had to go outside, I opened the door, at which point she sat down promtly right outside the door next to her food bowl. Larry then ran next to his food bowl and sat there wagging his tail. Maybe its because I was bored, but I found this really funny.

A Few Good Meals

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I really need to work on my titles. Moving on to the food… I’m trying to post all my dinners, at least those that I make, because I thought it might encourage me to try new things and create more of my own recipes, and sometimes I just think the food looks pretty. 

SUMMER SALMON SALAD

This lovely, fiberiffic meal contains:

4oz Grilled Salmon
Romaine lettuce
Spinach
Lightly Steamed Broccoli
Carrots
Orange Cherry Tomatoes
Red Bell Pepper
Sliced Almonds
Green Peas
Annie’s Tuscan Vinaigrette

Tonight’s meal was another Cooking Light favorite, slightly modified

SPICY CUCUMBER NOODLE SALAD WITH EDAMAME

We made the recipe above minus the sprouts, added a red bell pepper, increased the cucumber, used soy mayonnaise instead of regular. I love soba noodles. Delicious. 

No baking tonight because I’m exhausted. I haven’t been sleeping well at all, so I’m thinking I will be cutting out caffeine for a while and see if that helps (although I don’t drink too much of it now).

I’m formulating a recipe for some cookies that will either be amazing… or nothing too impressive. You’ll probably see those tomorrow, and I’m going home to Chicago this coming weekend, and will be baking A TON of stuff to bring home with me, to give to friends and family. Stay tuned!