Because I pulled a switch last night and did Meatless Sunday, tonight I went with what I hope will be a "trainer-approved" meal, since I will be hitting the weights tomorrow.
Little did I know, when planning tonight's main event, that the kid was also going to have a big test of some sort tomorrow. Now, I completely trust his natural smarts, but because he thinks of salmon as "brain food" and feels smarter after eating it, this little boost of confidence can't hurt. And, as we all know, it actually is brain food - there are so many positive benefits to salmon, it would take me all night to list them. (OK - not really, I'm just lazy.)
Side note - tonight's fight with the kid included his begging for gum to chew while taking the test. This gem was obviously planted by his teacher, and despite the fact that my kid never really chews gum and I think it would distract him, he got pretty annoyed when I offered up my minty Extra instead of stopping for some kind of nasty sugary-grape-concoction.
Salmon with Balsamic Reduction
Source: Weight Watchers Four Ingredient, 10 Minute Recipes (Fall 2011)
Yes I just bought this. No, I can't resist a pretty cover picture calling me from the grocery check-out.
- 4 (6oz) salmon fillets
- 1.5 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/2 tsp salt (skip)
- 1/4 tsp pepper (skip)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with foil; coat with cooking spray. Place fillets, skin side down, on foil, sprinkle evenly with rosemary, salt and pepper. Drizzle fillets with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish reaches desired level of doneness.
- While salmon cooks, bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until vinegar is reduced to 2 tbsp. Drizzle balsamic reduction over salmon.
Per serving: 345 calories; 16.4g fat (3.6 sat; 8.1 mono; 3.5 poly); 36.4g protein; 8.3g carb; 87mg chol; 386mg sodium; 35mg calcium
We also had Rice Select Red Rice & Lentils (nominal sodium - I don't add the salt or butter) and steamed broccoli. I love Rice Select products, by the way. Not only do they taste good, but they come in kind of cool, easy-to-store canisters that seem to last forever. Here in the NEO, I think Miles Market has the most complete selection of Rice Select options. In case you are wondering.
So - let's bring it back to the "smells like feet" title that kicked off this post. When I was reducing the balsamic, it made the kitchen smell like sweaty feet. Seriously. So that was kind of unpleasant. However, the actual taste was pleasing, so we were all able to move past the foot odor issue. The kid did not like the rosemary and picked it off, but otherwise ate almost all of his salmon.
Three Forks: Tasty, healthy and as promised, super fast to prepare.