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Menu Making: Giada and EatBetterAmerica

I had a hard time coming up with ideas for dinner today so I put it out on Facebook and Bloop that I was trying to plan a menu and asked for people to chip in ideas.  I knew I wanted to make Momma’s Chili, but then I got recommendations for a few things from and from  At the grocery store, I got (among other things) brown rice, arugula, goat cheese, green lentils, mint, diced tomatoes, jalepeños, zucchini, pears, bananas, mushrooms, chocolate, etc.  I have all of the ingredients to make everything on my dinner menu, plus healthy snacks, breakfasts and lunches for later in the week. 

This week, we’re having all of the following:

The ‘healthified chicken skillet’ was pretty tasty.  Basically just cook chicken in a fry-pan with olive oil, salt and pepper then slice zucchini and cook in the same pan.  It was pretty tasty and came together really quickly.  Eat Better America was already linked above, so check it out–you can sort recipes by calorie count, prep time or meal type.  I like it so far.

I am really excited about the apples that Mr. and Mrs. Roomie picked up, though.  They went to an orchard today and brought home the first round of Honey Crisp apples.  Mrs. Roomie is looking around for an ‘Apple Crumble Pie’ recipe, but I’m not sure what she’s talking about so I can’t help her with that.  I just want to eat them straight-up and delicious.

I’m also excited to try a couple recipes up there.  Almost every one is new.  I’ve got 4 jalepeños to use… I haven’t quite decided if I’ll use them in the chili or if I’ll save them for the spicy Mexican dish on Friday.  I’m just excited to get cooking 😀

Tomorrow starts Phase 1, Week 2, Day 1 so I should go finish drinking my water and get some sleep 🙂

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Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon

This week, I am cooking a couple recipes from the “EatingWell” magazine that I borrowed from work.  I could not find a digital copy of this recipe online through EatingWell, however, their website is [here].  This recipe is for “Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon” from the September/October 2011 publication of EatingWell Magazine.  See page 35.

I didn’t have the exact ingredients so I just kind of used what I had on hand.  I visited the farmer’s market with my mom a couple weeks ago and picked up some salmon fresh.  It turns out that the fillet wasn’t big enough to feed everyone so I sent Mr. Roomie to the store for another fillet.  He got one that I usually get, but when I compared the two side-by-side and there was a distinct difference in color (and I assume flavor). 

Onto sprayed tinfoil the fillets went, and then they were brushed with the mustard/syrup/seasonings mixture and into the oven.  While they were cooking, I prepared a ‘broccoli rice medly’ from Lipton/Knorr sides and nuked some frozen veggies.  This is one of those nights where I was tempted to swing through a fast-food restaurant or order delivery due to time constraints.  I reminded myself that this meal takes the same amount of time to prepare as it does to wait for food, and it costs a whole lot less!  Only about $10 for the fish, $1 for the rice, $2 for the veggies, split 4 ways–a healthy, nutritious meal for less than $3 each! (there were lots of veggies left, for use in later meals)

When they were done, the salmon was perfect.  The broccoli rice medly complimented it well, but I’ll be switching to brown rice once we go through our stockpile.  I just ‘steamed’ the frozen veggies in the microwave, but I think next time I’ll boil the veggies so that there’s a consistency with the temperature.  Overall this meal took about 20 minutes from frozen to eating.  My roomies, Mr. Roomie, Mrs. Roomie and Rah-rah were all satisfied with this meal.  The only down-side that I can see, is that I was hungry within 2 hours of eating it. That’s where I think switching to brown rice will help.

Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon:
1 Tbsp maple syrup    
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard, whole-grain dijon, preferable    
1 Tbsp paprika, smoked paprika (regular paprika ok)
1/8 tsp table salt    
 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground    
 1 spray(s) cooking spray    
 2 fillet(s) skinless salmon filet, divided into 4 portions of about 4 oz. each    

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
3. Combine mustard, maple syrup, paprika, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Place salmon filets on the baking sheet. Coat Salmon evenly with mustard mixture. Bake about 8 – 12 minutes, until done.

If you try this meal, be sure to let me know how you liked it 🙂