Monthly Archives: February 2010

Salmon with Balsamic and Roasted Potatoes

Typically, I really enjoy roasting my food as opposed to any other method of cooking, but for some reason I hadn’t ever tried roasting potatoes, a pretty standard vegetable to cook up in that way. A few days ago, in a pure food conundrum I realized I had some untouched salmon and a few red potatoes up for grabs. I’m so glad I chose to pluck them up from their little mesh bag! Roasted potatoes are my new favorite food. Even though it takes awhile to cook, the result is a slightly crispy exterior with a flaky potato cushion on the inside. The salmon was really good too, and once again, I had somehow missed a culinary staple. I love reducing liquids down into some sort of sauce but I had never done the standard-balsamic vinegar. All in all, this dinner really took very little effort on my part for such a nice looking (and healthful-bonus!) plate at the end.

Salmon

Brush some olive oil and sprinkle some salt on the top of a fillet and cook it however you normally cook your salmon. I just put mine in a foil pouch in the oven for about 15 mintues. I don’t even know if that’s a legitimate way to cook fish but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time?

In a saucepan, boil down some balsamic vinegar. I put about half a cup in and ended up with a few tablespoons.

Potatoes

Cut your favorite kind of small, round potato with a thin peel into 4 pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley and a bit of fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Roast on 425 for around half an hour.

Put the salmon on a bed of spinach and drizzle the reduced balsamic over top. Serve with the potatoes!

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Oatmeal and Cinnamon Apple Topping

A dear and tired friend of mine recently requested a recipe inspired by foods loaded with energy, something that college students always complain about lacking. When she googled “energy foods” all the classics came up including oatmeal and apples. I immediately thought of those little packets you can buy at the grocery with sweetened oatmeal and teeny little cubes that upon adding water might resemble the flavor of a long forgotten apple.

Whenever I have time in the morning (when I decide to get up with more than 5 minutes before the bus comes), I really do enjoy eating oatmeal. It keeps me full for longer and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have more energy than when I pop in a poptart or two. The ingredients I ended up tossing in do indeed include some brown sugar and butter which is probably frowned upon by some serious health foodies out there, but generally I’d say it’s pretty good for a morning start.

Apples

  • one sweet red apple (a whole one will make at least two servings)
  • one teaspoon vanilla
  • two teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • about a tablespoon of butter
  • a teaspoon or so of ground cinnamon

Chop the apple up into small cubic squares, roughly the same size. Throw them into a pot on medium heat with the vanilla, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.

Toss the apple mix with your oatmeal and you’re good to go! A breakfast of champions.

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