Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Dinner: Baked Salmon, Fresh Spinach, Grilled Corn, Crusty Bread
I always take a break from cooking after the holidays. Not because I'm tired of cooking, but because I have to stop eating and undo the damage I've done over the holidays. I usually try to adhere to Gwyneth Paltrow's Cleanse and Detox program but only make it the first 3 days....I mean the first three hours.
Why am I telling you this? Because I have just barely gotten into the swing of things. Last week I threw this meal together in less than 30 minutes, and you can too. In fact, if you don't pause to yell at your children or talk to your friends on the phone, you can probably do it in twenty.
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Assemble salmon. I buy the Atlantic salmon skinless boneless portions in Costco's freezer section. Thaw them (while still in wrappers) under warm water, unwrap and place in 9x13 pan. Mince 1 clove garlic, place it in ramekin or small bowl with 1/4 cup butter. Melt garlic butter mixture in microwave and then pour over salmon. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through. (I often bake the salmon for 10-12 minutes then broil it to brown the top...yummy.)
3. I usually have frozen baguettes in my freezer. After preheating the oven to 350, I pull one out, run it under water (it will seem weird to do this but putting moisture into the outer crust will give the loaf a chewy just baked texture). Throw it in the oven for 15 minutes. Wha-la--almost fresh crusty baguette.
4. Grab Trader Joe's Grilled Corn (freezer section) out of the freezer. Throw frozen corn in bowl with 2 Tblsp. water, a pat of butter and a dash of salt and microwave until done.
5. Rinse Fresh Young Spinach and place in pretty bowl.
That's all. I had the whole thing on the table in 30 minutes and everybody was happy. Danny and I turned ours into salads and were especially thrilled. Enjoy.