Meal #3 of Eat Healthy for (Busy) People :
Ya know. Sometimes you want some healthy but also something that isn’t super fancy you just want to sink you teeth into. To me dipping bread into random deliciousness is a joy of life. It was time for a quick dinner and I was feeling like something that wasn’t complex just solid and good : bread-dipping good. So, I designed a dish to solve my problem. Salmon is low in calorie and super healthy. Add a smidge of marmalade, pepper and you have a lovely confrontation of savory on sweet fighting on a light and healthy battlefield. Grab some basic ingredients: broccoli, spinach, potatoes, mushrooms and use butter and milk to thicken. BAM! A sauce that is chunky and thick but liquid enough to dip and spread on bread. Hence, thick sauce was born. ( I am open to better names…)
Pepper-Marmalade Salmon with Mushroom-Potato Thick Sauce
How long ( in reality) : 35 Minutes ( including clean-up)
What it takes:
- Frozen(or not) Salmon
- Frozen Broccoli
- Frozen Spinach
- Can of Whole Potatoes
- Can of Mushrooms
- Salt, Pepper, Garlic
- Bread ( for dipping!)
Let’s cook and get back to work!
- Cover a baking pan with tin foil. Preheat the oven to 400
- Get out a pretty deep skillet or saucepan.
- Drop in half a large bag or a whole small bag of frozen broccoli and spinach. Put it on Medium heat.
- Open the cans of mushrooms and potatoes, drain them of excess liquid. Throw them in to the pan.
- Use a spatula or utensil of some sort to move the stuff around and mix it, if crush the potatoes occasionally.
- Sprinkle about 2 shakes of Salt, Pepper, and Garlic powder. Put in a spoon of butter, and 1 cup of milk.
- Cover, reduce heat. Mix it around occasionally to keep it mixed up. It should start thickening up after a few minutes.
- This is what the thick sauce should look like. Ya know. Thick and like sauce.
- Cut the Salmon into reasonable cuts ( I full Salmon fillet normally has 3 cuts or 2 HUGE cuts) . Put them in the pan.
- Paint about spoon of marmalade on each piece of salmon.
- Sprinkle on some pepper and garlic powder( Hmm..about 2 medium shakes? Meh, wing it. Just not a lot.)
- Throw it in the oven, set time for 12 minutes.
- About the time the timer goes off. Take the Salmon out of the oven ( use mitts or train yourself to love burns)
- Place a huge (serving) spoonful or generally generous helping of the broccoli/spinach/potato/mushroom sauce ( thick sauce) on the plate.
- Get a spatula up in that Salmon’s business and place it carefully on top of the thick sauce( there is probably a name for this kind of concoction but thick sauce sounded good)
Put some bread onto the plate for dripping in the thick sauce. ( I used a part of a baguette from the store but any self respecting bread will work.)
- Oh Snap. This bread is about to get dipped!
Nice, time to really enjoy some dipping and sweet/savory flavor play.
Mmm...that's gonna be good.
Now, Do some quick cleaning of dishes( takes me 5 minutes), perhaps grab a chewy bar ( my dessert of choice)
Damn, Feels good. Let’s get back to work.
About the Eat Healthy for (Busy) People Series
The Eat Healthy for (Busy) People series is my record ( and instructions) of how a insanely busy designer such as myself does not need to sacrifice good eating habits to get tons of stuff done.
These are simple and good-tasting recipes which I totally winged, so you can too!