Date Night Dinner……….as I have said in recent posts……….I AM TRYING TO COOK HEALTHIER………..key word is trying…….
I know posting recipes like Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake really does not seem like I’m trying, but I swear I am.
So…….. fish…..especially Salmon. Salmon is high in protein and low in calories and saturated fat. Salmon is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which offers a wide range of health benefits. Salmon is very versatile and lends itself well to a variety of recipes and spice combinations.
When I was a kid my Mom and Grandma liked salmon patties, you know from the canned salmon, with the little bones and cartilage ……sorry but YUCK! If you are going to have salmon buy the real thing, and buy wild if at all possible. The tastes is so much better and you don’t have the pesticides, antibiotics and other dangerous chemicals that accumulate in their flesh when they are farm raised.
OK……. sermon is over! Having said all of that, I really like salmon….a lot!
Add to the salmon, spinach…….totally healthy……some shallot, garlic, red pepper flakes……spice for my hubby. Mix in a small amount of low fat cream cheese, and top with some parm………….baked until golden. Serve with some whole grain garlic pasta………..a meal worthy of any “Date Night”.
So if you are trying to do the healthy thing and still keep flavor, try Salmon Florentine.
- ½ pound fresh baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small shallot, chopped
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Pinch of red pepper flakes, more if you like spicy
- 1 ounce low fat cream cheese
- 1 ounce freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 skinless salmon fillets (6 oz each), rinsed and patted dry
- Heat oven to 375°. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot, sauté, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add spinach, tomatoes, pepper flakes and Italian seasoning; cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat; let cool about 15 minutes. Add cream cheese; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Place fillets in a cast iron skillet or a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the spinach mixture between the salmon fillets. Sprinkle on parmesan cheese. Bake 15 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with garlic spaghetti.