Thursday, February 12, 2009

Orange Honey Salmon

I realized it had been a while since I've prepared fresh fish, so I picked up a beautiful piece of salmon at the store to prepare for the roomies. I didn't want to disguise the flavor of the fish, so I did a very light sauce to let it shine. This meal was simple and delicious. It only took about 30 minutes to prepare and I made it to my gym class in time- the perfect quick Monday night meal!

Orange Honey Salmon
1 1/2 pounds salmon, skin removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup honey
1 orange, juiced (about 1/4 cup juice)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat. Rub oil and salt and pepper on both sides of salmon. Cook in cast iron 3-4 minutes. Flip the salmon then place cast iron in the oven and cook additional 4 or so minutes until salmon flakes. In the meantime, combine honey and orange juice in a microwave-safe bowl and heat about 20 seconds. Brush over salmon while cooking in the oven, and then again when removed from the oven. Enjoy!

Basil Spinach Orzo
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups orzo
1 tablespoon butter
4 ounces fresh spinach
5 to 6 fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

Place broth and water in a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Cook orzo about 6 minutes; drain. Stir in butter, spinach, basil and salt and pepper and serve.

Orange Green Beans
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Zest and juice from one orange

Place green beans in boiling water and cook about 4 minutes. Drain and toss with butter, salt and pepper and orange juice and serve.

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