Monday, August 30, 2010

Paprika Salmon on a Bed of Wilted Spinach and Rice Pilaf

Salmon is a favorite food item that makes it on our meal plan almost every week. It is super easy to cook, can be made so many different ways and really absorbs the flavor of whatever spices you put on it. Salmon is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and research shows it is good for heart function, inflammation, depression, arthritis, and pregnant women. This yummy recipe brings out the flavors of smoked paprika, orange peel and cinnamon topped with a hint of brown sugar. Serve with Rice Pilaf and grilled zucchini slices. Delish!

*got this recipe from a a McCormick advertisement in a magazine.

Salmon Recipe
Serves: 8 Prep: 40 minutes Baking Time:  15 minutes

1/4 cup orange juice
2 TB plus 1 tsp olive oil, divided
2 tsp thyme, dried or 2 TB fresh
2 lbs salmon fillets
1 TB brown sugar
1 TB smoked paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp orange peel, grated
1/2 tsp salt
10 oz spinach leaves

1. Mix orange juice, 2 TB oil and 1 tsp thyme in a small bowl. Place salmon in a large ziplock bag or glass dish. Add marinade. Coat well. Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.
2. Mix sugar, smoked paprika, cinnamon, orange peel, salt and remaining 1 tsp thyme in a small bowl. Remove salmon from marinade.Rub mixture all over salmon.
3. Either preheat oven to 400*F or prepare BBQ grill to medium-high heat. Cook salmon 10-15 minutes in oven or 7 minutes on each side in BBQ until fish flakes easily with fork. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook Spinach for 2 minutes or until wilted. Serve with salmon. 

Rice Pilaf Recipe
Serves: 6 Prep: 10 minutes Cooking Time:  40 minutes

 1 cup brown rice 
2 cups vegetable broth or water
1 tsp oil 
1/2 small zucchini, cut into fourths
1/2 carrot, chopped 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp pepper

3. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes until vegetables have softened. Add rice, water/broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for approximately 40 minutes until water/broth has evaporated.


Plan and Prep Ahead 

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. 

~Marinate fish ahead of time. 
~Make rub mixture ahead of time and store in fridge until ready to use.


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~Try this marinade and rub mixture with chicken, pork or tofu.
~Add some nutmeg or powdered ginger to give it a little extra spice.
~Instead of orange juice and zest, try lemon juice and zest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was a good meal, company-good for sure. I made the spinach like Michele Obama's creamed spinach without the cream, also good with it. I love the smoked paprika! Delores


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