My approach to cooking is fairly straightforward. I usually cook things I ate growing up, because otherwise something tastes "off" to me. Luckily for me, veggies, grains, fish, chicken, lamb were all a part of my mother's repertoire, and cookies were not.
I also tend to cook meals that are simple, quick to create and somewhat healthy. The last element of my approach is to refine a dish and then make variations of it. Today, SALMON!
Salmon is super easy to make. I purchase the wild-caught, frozen salmon filet from Trader Joe's.
- Defrost over night in the fridge and then lay it on a cookie sheet or baking dish lined with foil.
- Drizzle EVOO & sprinkle salt, pepper and one other spice (dried chives today, paprika on other days).
- Stick it in the oven for about ten minutes+.
- You'll know it's ready by looking at it or you can always cut in half and take a small bite. The salmon should flake and should be absolutely delicious.
- Tonight I switched it up by using an idea from a recipe from my Real Simple magazine. The recipe called for basting the fish in the last two minutes in two tbsp brown sugar and one tbsp soy sauce (which I mixed, prior to basting).
This was quite yummy!
I also like to add some sort of grain or starch to every meal (pasta, bread, rice, buckwheat, quinoa...etc). Today it was potatoes.
- I cubed the potatoes
- Sliced an onion
- Cut up some white mushrooms
- Fried it on high for a couple of minutes until it browned and then put it on low to finish the cooking process.
And of course, no meal is complete without a veggie. I didn't have enough veggies (or energy) for a salad so I cut up a tomato and an orange pepper.
If I can do it, so can you :). Good luck to you and Bon Appetit!