Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patty's Day Dinner

I'm so sorry again, I've been so busy and unmotivated to blog for a while. Firstly i had lost my camera memory card. But I found another one, and I will beg for forgiveness by giving you an amazing dinner idea. I've given up meat for Lent so vegetarian meals are a must at my house, but I've been craving salmon so i had to run to the grocery store today after work and make some. conveniently my class was cancelled so i had tons of time to get stuff done-unfortunately, this recipe was stuck in my head and i could not concentrate on anything other than getting the recipe onto a plate! this is inspired by macaroni grill's and TGIF's salmon.

1/2 lb salmon (for two servings)
2 tblspoon soy sauce
1 tblspoon worchestaire sauce
2 tblspoon Eating Right Poppy Seed and Caramelized Onion Low Fat Salad Dressing (whatevs, use something that is sweet-honey, thousand island, honey mustard)

1. clean fish and marinate in mixture of sauces (i love condiments)
2. leave for 30 mins
3. heat fry pan with a little bit of oil (put aside the remaining marinade for topping)
4. fry/cook fish on one side for a good 7 mins
5. flip fish over and cook again for 5 more mins (make sure u cook for 7 mins at first, dont get anxious or else it will crumble ie. refer to figure 1)

Orzo Pasta with Spinach
1/2 onion diced
8 0z frozen spinach
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 can of cream of asparagus (or use a buillion chicken cube, or stock or something-i just had leftover soup)
1.5 cup orzo

1. saute onions in oil until light light brown
2. add spinach, cook together till kinda creamy (4-5 mins)
3. add chili powder and soup, create a really smooth cream (if using stock-mix in chili first... then add the stock with the orzo)
4. add orzo and 2 cups water
5. add some salt to taste and bring to boil
6. simmer covered until water evaporates

Walnut Topping
1.cut up a handful of walnuts
2. place remaining marinade in the fry pan u used for the fish and simma down
3. add 1 teaspoon butter and 1 tblspoon brown suga
4. add the walnuts
5. make a thick sauce

serve like the picture! serves two.. and u will have extra orzo for later. it was delish!!!
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