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Crisp Salmon with Braised Red Cabbage and Mustard Sauce + GIVEAWAYS!


A quick post before we are en route back to Ohio. Vegas has been a blast, but a few days in Vegas is plenty. Between the smoke-filled casinos and my lack of blackjack luck, it’s time. We did get to eat at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill last night and wow, the food was fantastic!

I must say, however, I’m anxious to get back in the kitchen and eating lighter (and cheaper!) homemade fare.

This dish, in particular, would fit that bill perfectly. Would this recipe normally catch my eye? No. But it was talked so highly of (I can’t remember by who – please let me know if you’re reading this!), I had to give it a shot. And salmon is usually a sure bet in my house.

Not only do Mr. P and I go ga-ga for salmon, but Lily enjoys the salmon skin that makes her coat nice and shiny 🙂 I love how simple and healthy this dish turned out. Perfect weeknight dinner!

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking…I’ve gotta pack!






Crisp Salmon with Braised Red Cabbage and Mustard Sauce from Martha Stewart Living

2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 lb red cabbage (~1/2 small head), thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
1/2 tsp coarse salt
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
olive-oil cooking spray
4 salmon fillets (5 oz each), with skin
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp Dijon mustard


Heat oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add cabbage, 1/2 teaspoon salt, vinegar, and 1/2 cup water to pan; raise heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring, until cabbage begins to wilt and liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Transfer cabbage to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm.

Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat. Season skinless sides of fillets with pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place fillets, skin-sides down, in hot skillet. Cook, without turning, until skin is very crisp and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn fillets; cook until flesh is opaque, about 3 minutes. Transfer fillets to a plate, and loosely cover with foil. Keep skillet on stove with heat off.

Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel; place over medium-high heat. Add mustard and 1/2 cup water to skillet; when the water begins to bubble, whisk until smooth. Cook mixture until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Divide cabbage among four plates, and top with fillets. Drizzle mustard sauce over fillets. Season with pepper, and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings (about 2/3 cup cabbage with 1 filet)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 317 calories; 15 g. fat; 88 mg. cholesterol; 421 mg. sodium; 11 g. carbohydrate; 2.3 g. fiber; 31.3 g. protein

Result: The cabbage had a great vinegar taste (not overdone!) and the salmon with the dijon was the perfect balance. This meal comes together in about 20 minutes and is low in calories and carbohydrate. Mr. Prevention loved the salmon, but decided that he doesn’t care for cabbage. I loved the cabbage, however it didn’t reheat well :(. Definitely a great, light meal with beautiful color. Enjoy!


Today will be the final 2 giveaways in the celebration of my 1,000,000th view. Thanks for joining in the fun!

Food Should Taste Good and Coconut Secret have offered up some of their wonderful products for readers to win!

Food Should Taste Good makes very enticing chip flavors and varieties that are trans fat and cholesterol-free and use no GMO’s. They are also kosher and gluten-free! The sweet potato salt & vinegar variety is so unique and absolutely addicting!

ONE lucky reader will win FIVE 5.5 ounce bags of their choice of chips! To enter, please leave a comment with your favorite potato chip flavor!

The kind people of Coconut Secret are offer up one immensely popular ingredient among the blogosphere: coconut sugar!

ONE lucky reader will win their choice of TWO items off the Coconut Secret website! To enter, please leave a comment with what recipe you love coconut in best!

This giveaway will run through Tuesday, April 17th at 10pm EST. Winners will be selected at random and contacted via email. Open to US and Canada residents.

Back to regularly scheduled blogging (and cooking!) tomorrow.

See you in Ohio!

Be well,

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  1. Michele
    April 15, 2012 / 6:45 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Vegas!!! Safe travels home to you. Sweet potato chips sound AMAZING to me!

  2. Michele
    April 15, 2012 / 6:47 am

    I love coconut! Anything with coconut is AWESOME! But if I could only have one, it would be dark chocolate and coconut together in any recipe!

  3. Christina
    April 15, 2012 / 7:31 am

    I love bbq chips. I haven’t tried food should taste good chips, but I’m sure my husband and I would love them.

  4. Christina
    April 15, 2012 / 7:32 am

    I don’t normally eat a lot of coconut, but I’d be willing to give it a try.

  5. bmk1112302
    April 15, 2012 / 7:40 am

    I was the one who recommended the salmon and cabbage recipe. I’m so glad you liked it! It will definitely be returning on our menu soon. Great pictures too.

    My favorite coconut recipe is a French coconut pie.

  6. Katie
    April 15, 2012 / 8:11 am

    I am a huge sweet potato chip fan!

  7. Katie
    April 15, 2012 / 8:13 am

    Not sure what I’d use the coconut sugar for yet! It looks coarser than normal granulated sugar, so maybe it would make a nice crispy crust when sprinkled on muffins. Yum!

  8. Julie
    April 15, 2012 / 8:17 am

    All dressed chips are my fav!

  9. Julie
    April 15, 2012 / 8:19 am

    I used coconut quite frequently in my baking.
    Macaroons are probably the best coconut dessert!

  10. Randi
    April 15, 2012 / 9:16 am

    I love jalapeno chips, but those sweet potato chips you were describing sound quite tasty.

  11. Lissa
    April 15, 2012 / 9:16 am

    I like spicy chips…something with jalapeno!

  12. Randi
    April 15, 2012 / 9:19 am

    My favorite use of coconut is either in thai coconut curries or when we lived in Hawaii they made chocolate howpia pies, which is a chocolate cream pie with a coconut meringue (the howpia) on top… so, so good.

  13. Lissa
    April 15, 2012 / 9:20 am

    I like coconut when it’s “hidden” (sugar, buttter, oil). KERF has a great recipe for making your own coconut butter!

  14. Jenn
    April 15, 2012 / 9:27 am

    I love coconut in almost anything. Pie, savory dishes,… rum… ๐Ÿ™‚ Our new thing is to put just a bit of coconut oil (we use the less processed kind with a slight coconut flavor) on a baked sweet potato and sprinkle a little turbinado sugar and some salt over it. Delicious! And strangely, really tasty for breakfast.

  15. Jenn
    April 15, 2012 / 9:28 am

    Also, I have to agree with the other commenters… spicy chips are the best! I also love Grippos. I bought their seasoning in the store and now I love it on popcorn.

  16. Alice
    April 15, 2012 / 9:37 am

    My favorite chips are salt and viegar – the more puckery (is that a word) the better!

    I love coconut in my mom’s 7-layer cookies at the holidays. Too many people that I bake for claim not to like it or I am certain I would use more of it. Maybe it is time to change thier minds…

  17. Laurie
    April 15, 2012 / 9:39 am

    My favorite of their chips is the works – they’re soo tasty!

  18. April 15, 2012 / 9:39 am

    My favorite chips are BBQ. Hands down!

    Also, I just wanted to say I’ve used that dijon before- it’s good, but I’m very picky… canNOT overdo it at all because it’s very very strong!

  19. Jessen
    April 15, 2012 / 9:55 am

    Salt and Vinegar Chips are my Fav, and if that flavor is combined with sweet potato – I’m-All-In =)

  20. Jessen
    April 15, 2012 / 9:58 am

    I’m not a Big fan of coconut, but I make coconut chicken with lime, peanut butter and tamari and it’s Delicious

  21. Katie
    April 15, 2012 / 10:14 am

    I love anything coconut! I like to use coconut flour when I bake and also coconut sprinkled on oatmeal is one of my favorite combos.

  22. April 15, 2012 / 10:20 am

    So jealous you went to Bobby Flay’s restaurant!! Have a safe trip home. My favorite chips of theirs is a toss up between the salt and vinegar and the salt and pepper. YUM!

  23. Emily
    April 15, 2012 / 11:10 am

    Banana slices coated in yogurt + coconut and frozen is my favorite way to use coconut!

  24. Emily
    April 15, 2012 / 11:11 am

    My favorite kind of chips.. definitely sweet potato! although their jalapeno is a close second.

  25. Cellabella
    April 15, 2012 / 11:31 am

    I love cheddar flavor chips!

  26. Cellabella
    April 15, 2012 / 11:31 am

    And i love smoothies with coconut milk and cookies with coconut flakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Stephanie
    April 15, 2012 / 11:39 am

    I love salt and vinegar sweet potato chips!

  28. Stephanie
    April 15, 2012 / 11:40 am

    i like coconut in a lot of things, but I think my favorite is anything reminiscent of girl scout samoas. yum!

  29. Kellie
    April 15, 2012 / 11:40 am

    I love bbq flavored chips. They remind me of being a kid.

  30. Kellie
    April 15, 2012 / 11:41 am

    I like Coconut puddings and cookies. When I was a kid I didn’t like coconut but now I love it.

  31. April 15, 2012 / 11:48 am

    asking me to choose a favorite chip is like asking a mom to pick between her kids! The most I can narrow it down to is salt and vinegar or cracked black pepper. YUM.

  32. April 15, 2012 / 11:49 am

    Mesa Grill is my husband’s favorite restaurant in Vegas

  33. April 15, 2012 / 11:50 am

    I love coconut in my peanut butter to spread on toast and to mix with yogurt! love me some coconut

  34. Katie
    April 15, 2012 / 11:53 am

    I LOVE Food Should Taste Good chips! I’m almost out of my Multigrain ones right now. I tried a sea salt one that was absolutely delicious. Plus I love anything that includes sweet potatoes, so I would most definitely want to try that flavor as well.

  35. Katie
    April 15, 2012 / 11:55 am

    I have some unsweetened shredded coconut that I always throw on top of my oatmeal. Mixing oatmeal, some vanilla greek yogurt and mango, and then topping it with coconut. I may just have to have that for lunch now, haha.

  36. April 15, 2012 / 12:24 pm

    We love the Food Should Taste Good Chips and buy the multi-grain flavor on a regular basis. My hubby loves them with hummus.

  37. Hannah
    April 15, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    I love to make my own granola bars with coconut! I have tried your KIND bar recipe and it was delicious

  38. Alyssa
    April 15, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    My favorite chips are Dill and my favorite recipe with coconut in it is Coconut Cream Pie. Yum!

  39. Melissa
    April 15, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    My fave kind of chip is sour cream and onion.

  40. Melissa
    April 15, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    My fave way to use coconut is in the dessert Magic Bars!

  41. April 15, 2012 / 2:22 pm

    i love the colors in this dish – looks wonderful!

    my favorite chip flavor is either everything OR salt & vinegar. They’re both so good, I can’t choose ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Becca
    April 15, 2012 / 2:22 pm

    I love coconut in my yogurt, as well as in macaroons!

  43. Becca
    April 15, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    And my favorite flavor chip is probably the spicy Thai flavor from the Kettle brand. So good!

  44. April 15, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    I’ve never heard of coconut sugar, but it sounds really interesting (and tasty!)

    I love coconut in pretty much anything, muffins, pancakes, cookies, etc. I’ve been on a real coconut kick lately.

  45. April 15, 2012 / 2:58 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try to make macaroons with coconut! But I like some in my pancakes!

  46. April 15, 2012 / 3:26 pm

    Mmmm, this salmon looks so light and refreshing… and I love the TJ’s whole grain mustard! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My fav potato chip flavor is salt and vinegar… and my favorite coconut recipe is good ole coconut creme pie! I fix it for Zach’s dad every Christmas… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Safe travels home!

  47. April 15, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    Yum! This salmon will have to be made…and soon!

    I LOVE sweet potato chips. Mmmm….

  48. April 15, 2012 / 3:45 pm

    I LOVE smoothies made with coconut milk…especially those with chocolate, peanut butter, and espresso powder! It adds an amazing flavor!!!!

  49. Meryl
    April 15, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    I like coconut in macaroons, immersed in dark chocolate. My favorite potato chip is plain.

  50. Louis
    April 15, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    Macaroons for the coconut. BBQ flavor for the chips.

  51. Lore
    April 15, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    Sea salt and cracked pepper, yummy!!!!

  52. Carrie S
    April 15, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    I love the plain Sweet Potato chips and the BBQ flavor sweet potato chips. Those things are tasty!!

  53. Jenn
    April 15, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    My favorite chip flavor is Sour Cream & Onion.

  54. Jenn
    April 15, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    I love coconut in macaroons or any kind of dessert really.

  55. amy marantino
    April 15, 2012 / 5:23 pm

    i like Salt and Vinegar Chips

  56. amy marantino
    April 15, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    i like coconut in smoothies

  57. Stephanie
    April 15, 2012 / 6:44 pm

    ANY cheese chip is my favorite! But Food Should Taste Good’s sweet potato is coming in at a close second!

  58. Catherine
    April 15, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Hands down salt and vinegar potato chips ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Catherine
    April 15, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    I LOVE coconut in those delicious girlscout cookies.

  60. April 15, 2012 / 8:18 pm

    My favorite potato chip flavor is honey BBQ. (I LOVE Mesa Grill-I’m so jealous you just ate there!)

  61. April 15, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    I love making coconut cake-that’s got to be my favorite coconut recipe, though I do love Thai food with coconut milk!

  62. Sarah
    April 15, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    My favourite chip flava is salt&vinegar…or Ketchup! A true Canadian delight!!

    I also love using coconut for nanaimo bars!

    So jealous of your weekend getaway!

  63. Kathryn
    April 15, 2012 / 8:59 pm

    I love cheese flavored chips.

  64. Jordan D
    April 15, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    I love multigrain tortilla chips!

  65. Jordan D
    April 15, 2012 / 9:45 pm

    I love using coconut in my coconut date nut balls that I make for the holidays. So good.

  66. Amy D.
    April 15, 2012 / 10:33 pm

    For the Food Should Taste Good contest: hands down those Sweet Potato chips are the best chips on earth! In fact, they are the only kind I bother buying now that I have tried them (although one day I would like to try the salt ‘n vinegar.)

  67. Teri
    April 15, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    I love salt and vinegar chips, and the ones from Food Should Taste Good sound amazing!

  68. Amy D.
    April 15, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    For the Coconut Secret contest: My favorite dish with coconut is Coconut Tofu…think of a vegetarian version of those crispy coconut shrimp appetizers they have in restaurants and you get the idea. The coconut tofu cubes are mixed with sauteed scallion and cubed cantaloupe – delicious!

  69. Teri
    April 15, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    There is an amazing granola recipe that I have been making that includes toasted coconut. Delish!

  70. Colette
    April 15, 2012 / 11:31 pm

    I love sweet potato chips! SO. GOOD.

  71. Lauren
    April 16, 2012 / 12:59 am

    My favorite coconut recipe is a french coconut pie. Or maybe coconut cake? Hrm. No, def the pie.

  72. jenn
    April 16, 2012 / 5:55 am

    I’m definitely a sweet potato kinda’ girl ๐Ÿ˜‰

  73. jenn
    April 16, 2012 / 5:58 am

    Coconut is delicious with anything. If I had to choose one I would say my favorite is my own little frozen concoction of whole almonds rolled in mashed bananas…dipped in dark chocolate…rolled in coconut. To.die.for!

  74. April 16, 2012 / 8:51 am

    My favorite chips are the original pop chips

  75. April 16, 2012 / 8:53 am

    And for coconut try this it’s so good:
    Popcorn (plain)
    Spritzed with water
    Sprinkled with Splenda carob powder salt and shredded coconut

  76. Lisa Broadley
    April 16, 2012 / 9:07 am

    From Food Should Taste Good I would LOVE to try either Chooclate or olive!! YUM!!

  77. Lisa Broadley
    April 16, 2012 / 9:09 am

    I’ve never heard of coconut sugar!! Can you use it 1:1?? How about a coconut cream pie?? Would that be overkill?? I think I would try that!

  78. Melissa C.
    April 16, 2012 / 10:22 am

    Spicy Blue Cheese

  79. danamw
    April 16, 2012 / 10:23 am

    Coconut anything! Coffee perhaps.

  80. danamw
    April 16, 2012 / 10:24 am

    Sweet potato chips, please! Yummy.

  81. April 16, 2012 / 11:24 am

    I’ve never had coconut sugar but I’m very intrigued! Lately, I’ve been loving coconut milk in my smoothies for a tropical treat!

  82. Dani
    April 16, 2012 / 11:24 am

    Sweet potato chips are my hands down favorite (current obsession? Pop Chips sweet potato- YUM!

  83. Dani
    April 16, 2012 / 11:26 am

    Coconut ANYTHING works for me, although I have recently started playing with coconut flour and coconut butter as ingredients – I can’t say I have a favorite really as Im early on in the experiments, but I can say I have yet to try something coconut I haven’t liked ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Athena R
    April 16, 2012 / 12:13 pm

    My favorite potato chip flavor is anything cheesy and/or spicy.

  85. Athena R
    April 16, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    I love samoa bars….that coconut/caramel/chocolate combination is delicious.

  86. April 16, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    My favorite potato chip flavor is salt and vinegar!

  87. April 16, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    My favorite coconut recipe is coconut macaroons with chocolate chips.

  88. April 16, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    I like coconut in anything really. It goes well with sweet and savory so it’s pretty versatile. I like coconut milk in stews and curries.

  89. Megan
    April 16, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    I love the Food Should Taste Good chocolate flavor chips, they are so good!!

  90. Megan
    April 16, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    I love to use coconut in homemade granola bars

  91. Ilene
    April 16, 2012 / 5:50 pm

    The sweet potato salt and vinegar sounds great. As for the coconut….I love it in cookies.

  92. Kim
    April 16, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    Ooh, I love Cheddar and Sour Cream chips! And I looooove thumbdrop cookies that are rolled in coconut!

  93. Erin
    April 16, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    Congratulations on your awesome milestone, Nicole! I have been reading ever since I “discovered” your blog via the Oklahoma Nest Board.

    I really love cracked black pepper flavored chips, but my second favorite are sweet potato chips.

  94. Carol Adams
    April 16, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    Gotta love the Sweet Potato Chips!!!

  95. Carol Adams
    April 16, 2012 / 11:49 pm

    German Chocolate Cake with that wonderful pecan coconut icing!!!

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  97. Talar
    April 17, 2012 / 6:19 am

    I love coconut!! i’ve recently started using more coconut oil in my cooking, so i’m sure i would find a million uses for coconut sugar. i love any and all things coconut and i find myself adding it to lots of things, so i’m sure the same would happen with the coconut sugar. thanks for the giveaway!

  98. April 17, 2012 / 9:15 am

    My favorite chips are barbecue or salt and vinegar.

    My favorite recipe using coconut is coconut rice…it’s a family favorite. I even made some last night!

  99. Laura
    April 17, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    I love BBQ potato chips and have wanted to try the food tastes good brand. Thanks!

  100. michele
    April 17, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    I love sweet potato chips………if there’s dip I’m extra happy!

    I love coconut cake……the kind my grandmother used to make with the really fluffy icing and completely covered in coconut………..I want a piece now!

  101. manda
    April 17, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    I love coconut milk in curry!

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