Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Grilled Salmon with Mango Cilantro Salsa

I'm not sure what it is, but the combination of salmon, mango, and cilantro is DIVINE! It's mango season and grilling season! This is a great, healthy dinner.

Serves 2.
What you need:
 1 mango, peeled and chopped
1/2 T minced garlic
1/2 T minced jalapeno (more or less to taste)
1 T lime juice
1/8-1/4 C chopped cilantro
3 green onions, green part only, chopped

2 salmon filets, mine were skinless (scale-less?) and about 7 ounces
salt and pepper
1 t. olive oil

If possible, make salsa ahead of time. Peel and chop mango, getting as much flesh off the pit as possible. Mix first 6 ingredients in a bowl and put in the fridge to chill.

Rub salmon fillets with olive oil and a dash of salt at pepper. Let them warm up as you preheat the grill to medium heat. I have a thing about scales so I buy fillets without-but if your fish has scales, put it scale-side down. I cook it on foil so it doesn't fall through and because I lost the neat cedar planks I bought. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fish, but it should be pink and flake easily. I like my meat pretty well-cooked, and I'd say it took mine about 10 minutes per side.

Top cooked salmon with salsa and enjoy!

Suggested side: any veggie, especially one you can throw on the grill. Look, no dishes to wash! (Well, not too many)

Totally delicious. I could eat this just about every night. This time my mango salsa seemed to make more than the first time I made it; could possibly cover 3 salmon pieces.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Simple Roasted Vegetables

This recipe is meant to inspire you, not necessarily to be followed exactly! I've never made it the same way twice- just use the vegetables you have on hand. It is a delicious and healthy vegetable side to any dish.

What you need:
-1-2 t. olive oil
-variety of roasted vegetables: some good ones are: broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, zucchini, cubed squash, bell peppers.....

What to do:
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop all veggies into bite-size pieces. I just cut asparagus in half, though.
-Toss the vegetables, oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Heck, toss them right in the pan if you don't want to dirty a bowl! I'm extra lazy so I line the pan with aluminum foil.
-Spread veggies out in the pan and put in the oven. Stir around about every 10 minutes.
-I usually cook for about 40 minutes. It depends on how crisp/cooked you like your veggies.

Enjoy! Feel healthy!
I'm pretty sure this would be approved for any diet out there. :) It's hard to define nutrition information for it, because it just depends on the veggies you use. For weight watchers, using 1 sweet potato, 1.5 t. olive oil, and the veggies pictured above it is 2 points for 1/8 of the veggies on the pan.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Portabello Pizzas

This is a great snack or light meal when served with a salad or some veggies! Serves 2.

What you need:
-2 large portabello mushrooms
-2 T. pizza sauce
-1 oz. shredded mozzerella cheese
-fresh basil (optional but highly recommended)
-veggies of your choice-I used a bell pepper and pepperoncinis

What to do:
-Preheat oven to 375.
-Use a spoon to gently remove the gills from the mushrooms,and cut off the stem. Wash.
-Spray pan and both sides of mushroom with cooking spray. Cook for about 35 minutes, turning halfway through.
-When mushroom has reached desired doneness, remove from oven and turn it up to broil. Put 1 T of pizza sauce and half of cheese on each mushroom. Top with desired veggies.
-Put back in oven on top rack and cook for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove and top with chopped fresh basil. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info:
WW Points: 3
South Beach Friendly: Yes, all phases