I've been in between homes for the last 3 weeks as I waited for my duplex lease to begin. Move in day is Friday, and I can't wait! In the meantime, I've been staying with friends who were kind enough to take me in. The best way I can think of to say thank you is by cooking for them.
Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon
This is a Cooking Light recipe that I pretty much don't deviate from. Tonight was an exception since they didn't have pineapple juice at Whole Foods (really?!), so I exchanged it for orange-- equally delicious!
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 (6-ounce) can pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
2 teaspoons canola oil
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Grated orange rind (optional)
PreparationCombine first 4 ingredients and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 15 minutes). Set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of salmon with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes. Turn fish over and place in oven; bake at 400° for 3 minutes. Remove from oven; brush 1 tablespoon sauce over each fillet. Return to oven, and cook 1 minute or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Sprinkle with orange rind, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
I love serving this salmon with another Cooking Light favorite in my household-- Herbed Basmati Rice. My roommate Rachel could easily eat the whole pot! (I could too :)) I like to use the fresh herbs I have on hand- tonight was fresh basil and oregano. Also, I like to really up the garlic amount to 4 or 5 cloves (we're definitely not garlic shy at my house!)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup uncooked basmati rice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup water
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
PreparationHeat olive oil in a medium skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add rice and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until rice is lightly toasted. Add 1 cup water, broth, and salt to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in onions, nuts, Parmesan cheese, basil, thyme, and pepper.
Finally to make this meal nice and balanced, I love serving it with steamed broccoli. In order to spice it up a bit, I go a bit heavy on the black pepper, add some orange zest that I've saved from the salmon, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese leftover from the rice never hurt anyone ;) Check out the final product of a labor of love-,
and my happy friend!