The more I cook, and the busier life gets, I find more and more value in the quick & delicious things in life. If and when time allows, I love to spend time on a special meal, or even to spend all day making a mess out of my kitchen, whipping up one creations after another. But the reality is, those times are far and few between.
And I know many of you feel the same.
We want food to be 1) delicious, 2) quick, and 3) healthy. I am typically willing to compromise a bit on the “quick” factor to increase the healthfulness of a dish, but there’s no need to compromise here. You truly have the best of all 3 worlds.
You’re welcome in advance! 😉
Salmon with Red Pepper Pesto from Cooking Light
4 (6-ounce) fresh or frozen salmon fillets
3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/3 cup bottled roasted red bell peppers, rinsed, drained, and chopped
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
7 whole blanched almonds or walnuts
1 garlic clove
Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Coat pan with cooking spray. Arrange fish in pan; cook for 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
While the fish cooks, combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, bell peppers, tomato paste, olive oil, nuts, and garlic. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 309 calories; 14.8 g. fat; 107 mg. cholesterol; 506 mg. sodium; 2.4 g. carbohydrate; 0.6 g. fiber; 39.3 g. protein
Result: The red pepper pesto is a brilliant idea and I could see it going well on nearly any protein. If salmon isn’t your thing, try another fish or seafood, chicken, or even pork or beef. Very versatile flavors and consistency. Enjoy!
I almost talked myself out of a run last night. Mondays and Wednesdays are typically my rest days because of jam-packed days of work and then teaching. Seeing as yesterday was Columbus Day I was very tempted to kick back after dinner and walking Lily, but I headed out for a run. Despite the sun being long gone, the weather was absolutely perfect and I plowed through 3.01 miles in 28:52!! That’s SPEEDY for me! Just imagine how quick I could’ve been had I not had that small glass of wine with dinner before my run… 😉
I’m making one of Mr. Prevention’s favorite meals tonight: Biggest Loser “Fried” Chicken. He’s always complaining that I never make anything twice, and that is certainly not the case with this dish. While I don’t make it “often”, it’s a repeat in our house that both of us happily agree on!
And just because…Lily.