Well hello there!
How are you doing this morning? I hope you’re having a lovely week. For me, work has been busy, workouts have been sweaty and gritty, and I’ve been sleeping like a rock, so on the whole I’d say it’s been a good one so far! Today I’m looking forward to teaching my usual Wednesday spin class with my awesome group of early-bird cycling ladies, and relaxing after work with a couple of my magazines that arrived in the mail recently. It’s one of my favourite ways to unwind and relax at night after a long day.
Alrighty, time to talk about new things tried this Tuesday. Let’s get started!
1. Recipe of the Week: Ok, it’s been ages – well, 7 weeks actually, but who’s counting – since I posted a salmon recipe. That feels like a mighty long time and if you’re going into salmon withdrawal as I was recently, have no fear because my latest and greatest salmon dish is here!
This week we’re spicing things up with a little Indian flava in the form of Tandoori Salmon. Like curry powder, you can probably find tandoori spice packets at your grocery store. Also like curry powder, tandoori spice does not just consist of one spice. It’s a lovely mix of warm, earthy spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic, ginger, cayenne and chili powder. For a really bold flavour, these spices can be ground in their fresh form with a mortar and pestle, or you can just mix the already-ground forms together if you have them in spice jars at home. No time for that? Feel free to purchase a pre-mixed tandoori spice blend from your grocery store and use that instead. Brighter red ones will likely contain more paprika, cayenne, and chili powder whereas ones that are more orange-yellow in colour probably contain more turmeric. Either way, you can be sure that some fantastic flavour will result!
There’s nothing fancy going on here in the prep work – simply blend all the spices together in a resealable bag with plain yogurt, lime juice, and a few other mix-ins, and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour. When you’re ready to cook, throw the fillets under a hot oven broiler for about 7 minutes. That’s it! Done!
I served the salmon with rice and steamed veggies for dinner, but you could easily throw it on top of greens if it’s a lighter lunch you’re after. Better yet, make leftovers and enjoy it both ways!
2. Chipotle flavoured SeaSnax. I’ve talked a bit before about how delicious and fabulous seaweed is, especially the toasted form. There are many different types, but all are super low in calories, fat-free, and ridiculously packed with minerals like iodine, which we need for good health.
One thing to be careful of when shopping for seaweed snacks is added sugars and preservatives which are meant to prolong shelf life. I’ve noticed these sneaky ingredients on the labels of some of the cheaper packets in the grocery stores, but I’m pleased to announce that SeaSnax definitely get my approval! (Also making the list are these Stash teriyaki-flavoured ones.) They’re certified vegan, gluten free, and non-GMO, and contain only recognizable ingredients. For example, the Classic flavour contains seaweed, olive oil, and sea salt. That’s it!! I chose to try the chipotle ones, and the ingredients are exactly the same with the addition of organic ground chipotle spice.
The first thing I noticed about the sheets when pulling them out of the bag was that they were quite flimsy in comparison to traditional nori sheets and other toasted seaweed snacks I’ve tried in the past. After breaking them up into smaller squares (and making a big flaky mess on my kitchen counter), I arranged them in a bowl and went about my taste testing.
That chipotle flavour? Yep, it’s noticeable alright! I’m a big spice fan, but was very happy to have a beverage nearby to tame the heat! It clearly wasn’t too much to handle though, because I proceeded to eat half the package while waiting for my dinner to cook last night. The chipotle also didn’t overpower the natural taste of the seaweed either, which was nice because I kinda like it (as gross as a non-seaweed eater might think that is!)
I purchased the full sheets, but SeaSnax are also available in family-size packages, and small snack packs. In addition to the Classic and Chipotle ones, these also come in Toasted Onion and Raw varieties. I’m hoping to hunt them all down so I can compare. On this particular Tuesday, I didn’t have much time to do anything fancy with these snacks so I just ate them on their own, but I can’t wait to try the suggestion on the packet above – California rolls with rice, mango and avocado? Sign me up!
Ok, that’s all I’ve got! Before you go, tell me…
- Did you try anything new and exciting yesterday?
- Fill in the blank: Today I’m excited about __________________________.
- Any Recipe of the Week requests? Let me know what you’re craving and I’ll do my best to come up with a healthy and delicious version for you!