Cue "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire.
Honestly, this week was full of lazy dinners. I had a decent amount of leftovers and Charlie was away all week so I kept my meals pretty low key. However, we ALL have those weeks so I want to share because I did stumble upon one recipe that's an absolute WINNER!
Monday: Tammy Sammy aka Salmon
S & P
Butter or dairy free alternative
I crafted this recipe all by myself (yes, I'm kinda proud). One common misconception about fish is that it's inconvenient and for all you busy folks out there let me debunk that real fast! I marinated my salmon for 20 minutes and it only took 10 minutes to bake. Let's compare that to chicken, chicken takes awhile to marinate (at least in my experience) and 20-25 minutes to cook.
Anyways, let me get to the point, here's the recipe.
Marinade: Salt and Pepper, Tamari 2 Tbsp. (this is a great alternative for soy sauce), Honey 1 Tbsp. I cover the salmon with salt and pepper, put it in a Ziploc and then pour in the liquids. I then seal and swoosh...just move the liquid around and then place in the fridge. Feel free to marinate overnight or for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425.
Remove from fridge, take the salmon out of the bag and place on a baking sheet covered in tinfoil. Then take butter (I used a dairy free butter) and place on top of the salmon along with sprigs of thyme. Bake Salmon for 10 (ish) minutes. It's really oven to oven but the goal is for the salmon to "flake".
While the salmon is cooking cut mango and avocado. Please be careful cutting mango. If you follow me on Instagram you'd know I had a mishap this week that resulted in a very creative bandaid. After playing medic, I served the salmon with rice. My favorite quick rice is the organic brown rice from Trader Joes. It takes 3 minutes in the microwave and I always get two meals from each bag.
Once the salmon is cooked, plate your rice and plop a tiny bit of butter on top. Then toss on your salmon and add the juicy mango and creamy avocado. I always add salt and pepper and then EAT UP!
Let me know if you try it. It was full of flavor and great texture. I can't wait to make it for Charlie when he gets back. Please feel free to DM me on instagram if you have any questions @sydlwoerner. I realize I'm not the best "recipe" writer and that's mostly because I don't measure and I'm working on writing down my creations instead of claiming, "oh, I'll remember."
Tuesday: Chicken and Carrots
Nothing special here. This was one of those, "Oh, crap I forgot about dinner!" days. No recipe to share but I'm trying to master roasted colorful carrots. I had the BEST roasted carrots a few years ago at a restaurant and I've been trying to replicate them since.
Next go around I think I need to cut the carrots to make two halves so the carrots aren't too thick. Stay tuned...hopefully I can get it!
Wednesday: Harvest Chili
Big Trader Joes find!! Again, like I mentioned, this was a lazy week of dinner. This Harvest Chili was delicious and hearty. I will definitely be purchasing again. It took a couple minutes to heat up in the microwave and then grub time.
I think this would be a great option to have in your fridge for lunches and last minute dinners...like me!
Thursday: Tuna Cake Salad
Tuna cakes are a go-to for me, lunch or dinner. Take any can of tuna and mix it with an egg, seasonings, a bit of flour or bread crumbs and you're ready to go. It takes a few minutes in a skillet and then plop it on a bed of greens massaged with olive oil and good ole S & P. I based this dinner off of the recipe below but only for structural reasons. Play around with seasonings and other veggies you have...you never know what you could come up with.
Here is the recipe I based my tuna cakes off of: Tuna Cakes
However, I added my own little flare to it. I mixed a bit of mayonnaise and Siete hot sauce: Chipotle . Once the two were well combined I drizzled it on top of the salad with the tuna cakes on top. I also sprinkled on hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are a great source of protein and don't get fooled by the name...there is no "high"!
Friday: Salad with BBQ Flavored Chicken
This was another Trader Joes find. I had plans to hangout with a friend on Friday so I didn't plan to make dinner, however our plans fell through. No worries though because this tasty salad saved my Friday hunger. I hadn't had this salad before but really enjoyed it! Trader Joes offers a lot of these pre-made salads and most of them are under $5...what a steal!
There ya have it folks! My five suppers from the week. I promise the recipes are much more exciting when Charlie is home so keep an eye out for next week's recipes! However, I do highly recommend you give the Salmon a try. I like to have fish at least once a week since it's such a lean protein with good healthy fats! If you have a Trader Joes near you then I suggest trying the Harvest Chili or one of their many salads.
Speaking of Trader Joes I have an entire grocery haul coming soon so stay connected because you won't want to miss it.