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Maple Glazed Salmon with Tomato-Dill Couscous


When did yesterday get weird? Hmm.

During my morning cup of coffee, I decided to get on Twitter and thank my Illini basketball players for a fabulous season. Unfortunately, they were knocked out of the NCAA tournament after a very questionable call with just over 90 seconds left in the game. The guys were so classy with their tweets. It was hard to be sad — they played their hearts out. Of course, I was then running late as I don’t normally pause to catch up on Twitter in the mornings. Mistake #1 of many yesterday.

I got to work and I realized that my patients were booked on days I’m off work…AND double booked. How did this happen!?! I was in the middle of that fiasco when two {rather handsome} drug reps came in with some diabetes education materials. Before long, I was nearly running late for a meeting. The next thing I knew we were through our lunch rush and having lunch ourselves.


Then…in walked our GFS rep and I had some things to to talk about with him. By the time he left, I looked at the clock and it was going on 3pm. I sat down at my work computer and saw my appointment reminder for my 2pm dentist appointment. This is an appointment I’ve had for THREE months…it was the soonest appointment they had for new patients and it’s the only dentist I’ve heard great reviews about (I hate the dentist, to the great reviews part is important…). I called the dentist office and told a little white lie when I was told they don’t reschedule new patients after a no-show. “Emergencies” happen…forgetfulness happens. Oops. That just isn’t like me!

I skipped my boot camp class because I was running late for that, too. Instead I had to head to the store to get 20 pounds of lettuce. The joys of running a kitchen.


I got home, grabbed Lily to check the mail, and walked around to the front of the house to check for packages. And there…in a trap…was a LARGE animal. I took a picture and sent it to my father-in-law who shared that it was a possum. I called Mr. Prevention and all but demanded that he come home and do something with it. While the possum played dead/opened its mouth to bear its teeth, Lily was interested in making friends with the thing!

Mr. Prevention got home and despite dinner being almost ready, he headed out to buy a pellet gun. That’s a normal Monday night activity, right? My very cheap husband dropped over $150 on the stupid gun. I’m sure our neighbors are still talking…

Weird day…from start to finish.

Weirder yet? Mr. Prevention liked this meal…loved this meal. Couscous and all!



Maple Glazed Salmon with Tomato-Dill Couscous from Cooking Light (link no longer available)

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup uncooked couscous
1 cup + 2 Tbsp fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup red onion, diced
2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped

1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground ancho chile powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp kosher salt
4 (6 oz) salmon fillets
2 Tbsp maple syrup


Preheat broiler to 500 F.

Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan and heat until hot. Stir in couscous; sauté 1 minute. Add chicken broth and salt; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in tomatoes, onion, and dill.

Combine first 6 ingredients; rub spice mixture evenly over flesh side of fillets. Place fish on a pan coated with cooking spray; broil 6-9 minutes or until flaky and cooked through. Brush fillets evenly with syrup; broil 1 minute. Serve each salmon filet over 3/4 cup couscous mixture.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Information (per serving): 520 calories; 12.5 g. fat; 125 mg. cholesterol; 703 mg. sodium; 42.8 g. carbohydrate; 7.3 g. fiber; 54.5 g. protein9.3 g. sugar

Result: This meal was fantastic and very filling! I love the rub on the salmon — don’t skip it! The couscous was simple, but the red onion added the perfect touch. Because couscous cooks so quickly, this meal is ready in 20 minutes or less! Enjoy!


Work and my last “regular season” hockey game!

Be well,


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  1. Shannon
    March 26, 2013 / 10:10 am

    This looks amazing! I’m always looking for new ways to make salmon but whenever I find a recipe I like there’s either way too much salt or fat or calories, or all 3! Cannot wait to try it this way. Thanks for sharing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Biz
    March 26, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    I was in the living room having Tony taste something I was making when I looked on the t.v. and saw Illini had lost. I said “My friend Nicole is going to be upset about that!” He said “who’s Nicole?” I said “she’s my blog friend!” To which he replied again that my blog friends aren’t truly friends, but you and I know otherwise!

    Hope today is better!

    • Nicole, RD
      March 26, 2013 / 10:14 pm

      We are totally buds. Silly, Tony ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. JulieL
    March 27, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    Curious to know if you ever heard about you diabetes certification?

    • Nicole, RD
      March 27, 2013 / 5:09 pm

      Hey! I missed it by just a few points ๐Ÿ™ I announced awhile ago in a post…I was BUMMED! After doing some further research, the exam is very difficult compared to the CDE (I sat for the BC-ADM). I was just talking about it recently with some diabetes drug reps and they had heard similar horror stories (I swear, half the questions were on blood pressure meds…it was such a bad representation of diabetes knowledge). I felt like my studying was for nothing and that was disappointing. I am focusing my efforts to getting the hours of education I need to sit for the CDE and I hope that goes better ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for asking!!

      • JulieL
        March 29, 2013 / 8:33 am

        Sorry to hear about not passing…sounds like it was a tough exam. Sounds like a good plan to prepare for the CDE exam. I am writing the CNSC exam in a month and starting to freak out!

  4. Catherine
    March 28, 2013 / 3:51 am

    Love the recipe, Nicole. Pinning this to make sometime! Thanks!

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