Simple Salmon

Simple Salmon

We eat salmon a lot at this house.  Everyone loves it, however we always stick with the same recipe – teriyaki salmon on the grill.  It’s great, but I really wanted to change it up. This time I wanted to bake it.  I wanted some strong flavors to come through so I decided to include some Dijon mustard, a little honey, and some breadcrumbs.  How can you go wrong with that?

The end result was pretty amazing and the family agreed.  This will be another “go to” recipe for salmon at this household.  Plus, it is super simple to prepare.

Simple Salmon

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 (4 oz.) Salmon Fillets (we buy Costco salmon, fresh and frozen)
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter, melted (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Honey
  • 4 Teaspoons of Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup of regular bread crumbs and/or Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup of homemade bread crumbs using crushed Multi-grain Crackers or any kind of Crackers

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a shallow baking pan with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, Dijon mustard, and honey.  In another bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs and parsley.  For the breadcrumbs, get creative and use what you have a home.  That’s what I did when I put this together.  The homemade crushed breadcrumbs really add a lot of extra flavor and texture.
  3. Brush each salmon fillet with the Dijon mixture.  Then place on the foil lined pan. Sprinkle each fillet with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake the salmon for 12-16 minutes in preheated oven. Season with salt and pepper. You can garnish with a lemon wedge if you prefer.

Enjoy!

Fresh Spinach and Bacon

Spinach

Looking for that last minute, quick, throw together, side dish?  This spinach dish is for you. On this particular night, I was looking for something different instead of the usual “go to” quick vegetables such as corn and peas.  I had some fresh spinach from Costco in the refrigerator.  It was time to use it as a side dish instead of doing the normal spinach salad.  I threw together this recipe in about 8 minutes which is exactly how long it takes to cook.

Wow, it was really good!  I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of cooked spinach, however I do like it when there are great flavors involved.  The combination of Rotel and bacon were a perfect fit.  The Rotel added some extra zing not to mention bacon is always a great addition to many dishes.  We LOVE bacon.  My 10 year old son even liked this spinach dish.

Another bonus about this dish…it only take 8 minutes! I would suggest making this dish when everything else is ready for the table. It is that quick and easy.

Ingredients:

  • 10-15 Ounces of fresh Spinach (Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach from Costco)
  • 1/2 Can of Rotel (original and strained)
  • 4-5 Slices of cooked Bacon (broken up in pieces)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Cloves of fresh Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste ( we prefer Sea Salt)

Directions:

  1. Heat Olive Oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Using a garlic press, add the fresh minced garlic to the oil.  Next add the Spinach.  It will shrink very quickly.
  2. Stir in the Rotel Tomatoes and Chilies. Then mix together the Bacon.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Stuffed Pork Chops

Stuffed Pork Chops

On this particular evening, I didn’t cook.  My husband and my 11-year-old daughter took care of everything.  They decided to use our Costco thick cut pork chops and stuff them. We’ve never stuffed pork chops at this house.  We usually buy them already stuffed from our local meat market, Kenricks, however this time they decided to make some Sievers stuffed chops home-made.

These pork chops are my favorite recipe of 2014 thus far! If you like gouda cheese, bacon, and spinach, then this recipe is a must. Wow, it was absolutely delicious.

Stuffed Pork Chops

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: average
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Ingredients:

  • 6 thick cut Pork chops (Costco pork chops are ideal)
  • 1/2 Pound of Smoked Gouda (shredded)
  • 8 slices of cooked Bacon (chopped)
  • 1 Cup of fresh Spinach (chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper for Taste (prefer Sea Salt)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Begin by preparing the stuffing.  Add the shredded gouda cheese, chopped bacon, and fresh chopped spinach to a medium Mel stuffing chopsbowl and mix together. Add salt and pepper for taste. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  3. Lay each chop flat on a cutting board. With a sharp knife held parallel to the cutting board, cut a pocket into the pork leaving three sides in tact. Stuff each chop with the mixture.  Sticks or small skewers can be used to keep stuffing together. Lightly salt and pepper each chop.
  4. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium to high heat. Brown pork chops on each side.  Then add them to the 9×13 baking dish.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until meat reaches correct internal temperature.

Stuffed chops before

Enjoy!

Summer Smoothies

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

We love smoothies in the summer time.  Heck, we like them all the time. There are so many different types of smoothie recipes out there, but this first one is my absolute favorite.  I always have all the ingredients in the kitchen. Yogurt is always in the fridge and Costco‘s Kirkland Frozen Three Berries or any other frozen berry variety. My best recommendation is to double the recipes.

The Banana Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt or any berry type
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of Costco’s Kirkland frozen three berries (any kind is fine)

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds to make 2 healthy servings.  Yummy!

Here is another great smoothie recipe based on ingredients we had at home…

The Banana Pineapple Smoothie

Banana Pineapple Smoothie

 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • Hand full of ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup of fresh pineapple or canned pineapple
  • 1 cup of orange/pineapple juice (or any variety)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds to make 2 healthy servings. Yummy!

The beautiful thing about smoothies is you can get creative, try different flavors, use what you have at home and enjoy!