Honey Garlic Salmon – garlicky, sweet and sticky salmon with simple ingredients. Takes 20 mins, so good and great for tonight’s dinner.
Little G started school today and my life is back to normal. You know, the regular stay-at-home-mom normal. Waking up, preparing breakfast, getting the kid ready for school, send him to school and then wonder what should I be making for tonight’s dinner.
Today is one of those days, and will be the same for many more days for the rest of the school year. I went to the market and there are some amazing and fresh wild salmon available. Perhaps some garlic noodles with salmon tonight, with his favorite Parmesan roasted cauliflower. I have to say that our dinner has changed a lot with the growing little G.
While he likes Asian food such as rice and noodles, on any given days, his favorite food are still American-style dishes. Well, he is not like me, born and raised in Malaysia. He is an American! Good for him, but also good for me as I learn to make a variety of dishes now.
This honey garlic salmon is very simple, so easy to execute with very little ingredients; honey, garlic, and lemon are pretty much what you need, with the good old salt and black pepper. Start it on the skillet and finish it off with broiling in the oven (I love this extra step to char the surface of the food). A little extra two minutes make the dish so much more better. For busy moms, this honey garlic salmon recipe can be done on the skillet and equally tantalizing!
12 oz salmon, cut into 2-3 strips
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lemon, sliced into wedges
Season the surface of the salmon with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Mix the honey, water, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt together. Stir to combine well.
Heat up a skillet with the olive oil. Pan-fry the salmon until half done.
Add the garlic into the pan until slightly browned.
Add the honey mixture and lemon wedges into the skillet, reduce the sauce until it’s sticky.
Finish it off by broiling the salmon in the oven for 1 minute or until the surface becomes slightly charred (optional step).
Today, I’ve got a Thai Chicken Salad with amazing texture and flavors, but first, let’s talk about Mommy Guilt.
Now that the craziness from back to school had faded into the new normal, one of my big goals is to start working out again.
I’ve mentioned many times that since becoming a Mom more than ten years ago, I struggle with keeping any consistency with working out. I start programs with great enthusiasm. (Usually, it is something meant for someone in better shape.) A few weeks into working out, I become stressed for time, and my workout is the first thing to go.
And as terrible as it sounds, I feel guilty when I work out because I always feel like I should be doing something else. Cleaning the house, playing with the kids, making a homemade meal, or working.
The other thing I have going on is that I have the attention span of a toddler. I don’t mind working out; I just get bored quickly. Even changing routines once a month has been a problem for me. But yet, I KNOW I have to do something. With my crazy thyroid and a stressful summer, I’ve managed to put on more weight than I’d like to admit. And, sadly, I can no longer blame it on “Baby Weight”. Is there such a thing as Toddler Weight?
While I get mentally geared up, let’s share a salad that is perfect fuel for an intense workout. And speaking of intense, this Thai Chicken Salad is packed with flavor. I adore the color and texture.
1 tablespoon coconut oil (get a freecoconut oil with a Thrive Market Membership)*
1 small red onion, chopped fine
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pound boneless skinless chicken
4 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons fish sauce (Red Boat brand)
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated (or 2 drops Ginger Essential Oil)
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Honey, to taste
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups shredded Napa cabbage
1 red pepper, diced
3 carrots, grated
2 scallions, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup raw cashews, toasted and chopped
Heat coconut oil over medium high heat.
Add onion and garlic and cook for two minutes.
Add chicken and saute until browned and the chicken is fully cooked. Allow to cool and shred chicken
Make dressing by whisking together lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
Slowly whisk in olive oil until emulsified. Add honey to taste.
In a large bowl combine cabbage, red pepper, carrots, scallions, basil, cilantro and chicken.
Toss with dressing. Top with cashews and serve.
You can find complete recipes of this THAI CHICKEN SALAD WITH GINGER LIME DRESSING in wendypolisi.com
Easy healthy baked lemon chicken that is loaded with yummy flavor and you can make in a hurry with just a few simple ingredients.
Hellooooooo! Did you survive the weekend? I spent mine in Portland – my first time in Oregon and I l.o.v.e.d. it. I only wish I’d had more time to explore the city but the good news is that this was just a preview and we are planning a family trip to the Oregon Coast this summer which is a good thing because I NEED more marionberry ice cream.
I couldn’t tell you why but the entire time I was out of town I was craving lemon chicken. I keep a running list of recipe ideas in my phone and when we were on the train going from the airport to our hotel I added lemon chicken to my menu for this week and its been in the back of my mind ever since.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons butter
⅓ cup chicken broth
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste (I used 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper)
optional: fresh rosemary and lemon slices for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet or large casserole dish.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chicken and cook chicken 2-3 minutes on each side just until browned.
Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet.
In a small bowl whisk together chicken broth, lemon juice, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper.
Pour sauce over chicken.
Bake 20-30 minutes (closer to 20 for smaller chicken breasts, closer to 30 for larger) until chicken is cooked through.
Every 5-10 minutes spoon the sauce from the pan over the chicken.
Garnish with fresh rosemary and lemon slices if desired and serve.
It’s almost the middle of the week so today’s dish is a no fuss, simple, mid-week supper. If, like me, you always have a container full of roasted pumpkin in your fridge during autumn, you will have your dinner on the table in no time at all.
If you need to roast your pumpkin, you can always do a quick yoga session while your oven does its magic. That’s what I’ve been trying to do lately – incorporate small yoga sessions into any waiting time. I have a love/hate relationship with yoga. I know I need it as I have the flexibility of a small tank, but because I really suck at it, I tend to procrastinate.
My current strategy is to develop a yoga habit (certainly much better than my current chocolate one;)) by finding 20 minutes to practise each day. Waiting for your veggies to finish roasting is as good a time as any. Once you finish, you’ll be in a good mood and your dinner will be just minutes away. While many people enjoy pumpkin desserts, I’m a sucker for savoury dishes punctuated with this sweet vegetable.
Its caramelised goodness goes so well with the flavours of garlic, chilli, spinach, walnuts and lemon that even writing about this makes me salivate. It’s a marriage made in heaven and it’s kind of hard to describe so best make it yourself:).
200 g spaghetti (use gluten-free if you are gluten-intolerant)
3 tbsp / 45 ml olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, finely diced
2 cups of cubed butternut squash / pumpkin*
about 100 g spinach
½-1 tsp chilli flakes (depending on level of heat and your preference)
½ lemon, zest and juice
salt and pepper, to taste
30 g walnuts, finely chopped
Coat cubed butternut squash in 1 tbsp of olive oil and season with salt.
Bake in a hot oven (225º C / 435º F) for about 40-50 minutes, until butternut squash turns soft and gets lightly caramelised.
Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan.
Fry off garlic gently on a low-medium heat, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn.
Add chilli flakes and cook for another minute or two stirring frequently.
Cook spaghetti for a minute shorter than you would normally.
Mash half the butternut squash with a fork or potato masher (you can also use a food processor or blender for a smoother texture).
Put both mashed and whole butternut squash chunks into the pan with chilli and garlic.
Add drained pasta and washed spinach into the pan.
Incorporate them well into the pumpkin.
Taste and season with pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and additional salt and chilli if needed.
Serve immediately with chopped walnuts and lemon zest on top.
You can find complete recipes of this PUMPKIN SPINACH AND WALNUT SPAGHETTI in lazycatkitchen.com