Every once in a while you have a recipe that you fall back on time, and time again……..such is Penne Salmon Pasta.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had recipes that I thought I would never see again………….I cannot thank my friend and co-worker……..or should I say miracle worker, Jeanne enough. She rescued my lost recipes from their Word Perfect prison. So, Tim and I were able to enjoy this yummy pasta dish………….and now I get to share it with all of you.
This dish has so many parts that are good for you. In addition to being super easy to prepare, it is also loaded with taste.
It has an Asian flare……….garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, and a touch of Sriracha for spice. The salmon gives you all those good Omega’s. Spinach is high in fiber with tons of vitamins and antioxidants. Add in the shiitake mushrooms for more fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Toss in enriched whole grain pasta, and a touch of green onion for garnish…………..it’s a healthy bowl full of bliss.
So, the next time you are craving a healthy pasta dish, give the Penne Salmon Pasta a try, your taste buds and your body will thank you!
3 green onions, separated into white & green parts each finely chopped
1tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
1 lb. salmon fillets cut in 1 by 1/4 in. strips
6oz. shiitake mushrooms
Cook penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Combine broth, oyster sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, Sriracha, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
Heat oil in a large nonstick wok over high heat.
Add garlic, white part of green onion, & ginger; sauté 15 seconds. Add salmon and mushrooms; cook stirring often 4-5 minutes or until salmon is cooked. Stir in cornstarch mixture along with spinach. Heat to boiling. Stir in penne heat 1 min. transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with green onion( green part)
Ahhh………the sweet smell of Spring. Today was the first day that makes me think we mayhave turned a corner, and that warmer weather is on the way. Of course, that would be on the last day of my Spring Break……..back to school tomorrow. It never fails that our Spring Break weather leaves much to be desired. But, I take solice in the fact that the school year is almost over, and Summer Break is close at hand.
So in a tribute to Spring………a Vegetable Sandwich with Dill Sauce. Dill always makes me think of Spring……..I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s just fresh, grassy, and green.
When I worked at the grocery store, the deli made a veggie sandwich that was really good, just several types of cheese, and a selection of fresh veggies. So this sandwich is a small tribute to that sandwich.
I think all sandwiches need some kind of sauce, wether is is just mayo, or something a little bit more adventurous ……….ya need some sauce!
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.
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.