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Quick and Easy

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This week has turned into a busy one. A co-worker of mine had an emergency appendectomy so I have been covering for her at work from 9-5 each day through the end of the week. My meals have been pretty boring, mostly just repeats, like some stuffed shells from the freezer and some channa masala, this time with added spinach and half whole wheat naan.

HPIM3384I did try out some new items last night, which were convenient and saved me from pizza or fast food. Brent and I bought some salmon burgers to have on hand and we tried them last night on some whole wheat sandwich thins. I know everyone likes these sandwich thins, but I was pretty underwhelmed. I bought them because I needed something for the burgers and I was (gasp!) out of artisan bread dough. Convenient but bland.

HPIM3390The burgers were pretty ok. Again, nothing special but very convenient. I chopped some fresh dill and mixed with mayonnaise to top the burgers with and chopped a salad to go along side.  The whole meal took 8 minutes to make and when school and clinicals start up in the fall I’m sure most of my meals will be similar to this.

It’s almost the weekend. Brent and I are going to Cedar Point with some friends this weekend and I’m really excited! I haven’t been to an amusement park in a long time, and of course, I always love seeing my friends. Are you doing anything fun for your three day weekend?

Springy

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I hate winter. Most of it anyway. The first month is usually bearable. While it may be true that “it’s all my fault” that we live in Indiana, and I forced Brent to leave perfect, perpetually 72 degree weather in Los Angeles, I think the first month of spring after a particularly brutal winter usually makes up for it. There is no way I appreciated the sun living in LA as much as I have the past two weeks in Indiana.

In my pursuit of sunny, springy weather, I spent as much time as possible outside this weekend. That included making and eating Sunday’s dinner on the front porch. Brent’s not a huge fan of grilling (he claims it’s too much work for dinner for two) and he dislikes eating outside, but I disagree on both accounts and I got my way yesterday. Like Mara, I appreciate that grilled food is super simple to prepare.

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Last night’s dinner was a combo of sweet potatoes, squash and salmon for me (steak for Brent). The sweet potatoes were rubbed with a mix of canola oil, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, and salt. The squash got pretty much the same treatment. My salmon was marinated in a combination of sesame oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sriracha for about 30 minutes. Seafood is so tricky on the grill. I need to get one of those grill baskets or whatever they’re called. It only stuck a little bit this time though. It made for a delicious and colorful al fresco dinner.

hpim3275Off to deal with a Micro final, study for my Physio final tomorrow and write a final paper for Wednesday. I’m almost done with the semester! 🙂 I’m starting to really look forward to the summer!

Hot Potatoes

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Hey blog peeps. Today has been such a weird day. I have an an overall anxious feeling that I really can’t shake. I think it’s mostly due to school and everything, but as a result of my anxiety, I’ve been ready to chow down on anything and everything in sight. Brent called me “hanxious,” which we deemed to mean “hunger due to anxiety” and it seemed fitting. So I had a very hanxious day.

Of course, I feel pretty blah now that I’ve eaten my way through the afternoon and evening. So let’s backtrack to more exciting things. I finally had my orientation and started volunteering in the NICU yesterday. Loved it so much. I absolutely cannot wait to go back! My schedule there isn’t the most convenient (which Brent has pointed out on multiple occasions), so dinner is kind of tricky. I pick Brent up from work, drop him off and head straight there, from 5-8. So I’m trying to come up with a meal that can be eaten by him when he gets home, and me around 8:30.

Last night, we had Twice-Baked Salmon Potatoes, which worked out perfectly. I made them completely ahead of time and we each just reheated ours when we were ready for dinner. Gotta love that smoked salmon!If any of you have other meal ideas that would work for this schedule, let me know!

hpim3103Now I’m back from class and trying to de-anxify. Not a word, but wevs, I think you all know what I’m saying. I’ve got basketball to watch. Brent’s muttering over Purdue, meanwhile, Pitt’s busting my bracket as I type. “See” you all on Friday!!

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!