Posts Tagged ‘almonds’

baked almond-honey salmon

In baking, brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, lunch, vegetarian on 06.13.11 at 11:58 pm

another cooking lesson with mom in her kitchen… except this time, i was teaching mom how to cook! :) i’ve been having fun taking mom & dad on some culinary adventures in clean eating & cultural cuisine. on a recent visit, mom had some fresh coho salmon fillets in the fridge and i thought it would be the perfect opportunity to channel my inner julia! and so it became a lesson on cooking en papillote

quoi? en papillote (french for ‘in parchment’) is a cooking technique where you bake food in a folded parchment paper bag (placed in a baking dish) and essentially steam the ingredients to lock-in the juicy flavours. although some may think it’s fancy-schmancy, it’s quite a simple way to prepare fish and poultry. perfect for an easy weeknight meal or weekend brunch-a-roo…

and check out that coho salmon… gorgeous, isn’t it?

almond-honey marinade:
combine & fold together the following ingredients in large prep bowl:
– 3 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
– 1/2 cup whole almonds (crushed in mortar & pestle)
– dash of ground nutmeg

baked coho salmon:
– pre-heat oven to 350F
– place 4 fillets of fresh coho salmon in almond-honey marinade, cover both sides evenly (using your hands to roll the salmon fillets in the marinade bowl)
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balsamic strawberry summer salad

In appetizers, brunch, culinary experiments, lunch, side dishes, spa food, vegetarian on 06.08.11 at 11:47 pm

and the strawberry extravaganza continues…

this easypeasy lunch was inspired by a spinach salad from a previous yumyumyummers recipe. lots of strawberries. organic mixed greens. some cottage cheese. some pantry staples. and a few minutes to pull together a light lunch after a lovely noonhour run in the fresh rain. pretty fab lunch, if you ask me. :)

the salad:
– organic mixed greens (including spinach leaves & radicchio)
– 1 cup fresh strawberries (hulled & sliced)
– 1/3 cup organic cherry tomatoes
– handful of whole, unsalted almonds
– 1/4 cup light cottage cheese (divided)

the dressing:
– 2 tsp balsamic vinegar (drizzled over salad)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns to taste

blackberry & sweet oatmeal breakfast parfait

In baking, breakfast, brekkie, brunch, culinary experiments, desserts, sweet treats, vegetarian on 05.22.11 at 11:14 am

dessert-for-breakfast? a new culinary movement, perhaps? many people enjoy breakfast-for-dinner because steak, eggs & hashbrowns make them happy at any meal of the day. so why not dessert-for-breakfast for those of us who like to kickstart our day with something sweet? love it.

inspired by fellow foodie blogger much a munch’s trifle dessert recipe, i figured the layered approach could work just as well for a breakfast parfait. easypeasy & so good. and it was the perfect pre-workout snack, along with a fruit smoothie, before my long run yesterday.

the parfait goodies:
– 1-2 squares baked sweet oatmeal (warmed)
– 2 tbsp fresh blackberries
– 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese

baked sweet oatmeal:
– the baked oatmeal takes about 10-15min to prep/bake. if you’re tight on time in the morning, you can save time by baking the oatmeal the night before. it keeps well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
– check out the previous yumyumyummers post for the recipe

food styling:
– in a small tumbler or glass (i used a stemless wine glass), start layering the parfait by adding a generous dollop of low-fat cottage cheese at the bottom
– add a layer of crumbled baked oatmeal, followed by fresh blackberries
– continue alternating layers of cottage cheese & baked oatmeal
– top w/ a small dollop cottage cheese & fresh blackberries
– double ingredient quantities & repeat food styling for 2 servings

good morning! :)

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