How are you doing this morning? I hope your week has been awesome so far. Mine seems to be flying by, which is great because I’ve got a fun long weekend coming up! More about that later though – we’ve got healthy recipes and new things to discuss!
1. Recipe of the Week. Please pardon my salmon obsession once again. I really couldn’t resist this week! Salmon is the star protein in my meals at least once per week, but it’s most often in canned or frozen form because I’m not made of money. Once in a while though, I like to treat myself to a gorgeous, rich, smooth piece of the fresh kind.
Because my mum is awesome, she still sends me Valentine’s Day presents. And because she knows me well (as all mums should), this Valentine’s Day I received a Sobey’s gift card. You might find this about as exciting as receiving a pair of socks at Christmas time, but to me, it’s almost as great as receiving a new Lululemon item or kitchen gadget. (Not quite as great, but still pretty darn good.) Somehow I managed not to spend that gift card until this past weekend. The items picked up during my grocery trip included the following:
Meals have been screaming spring here in my kitchen these days, and this Baked Salmon with Creamy Lemon Dill Pasta is a prime example. My ‘pasta’ was actually zucchini noodles, but I realize that not everyone has a spiralizer. This recipe would be perfect with actual whole grain noodles, and I’ve included instructions for that here.
The best thing about this recipe (apart from the fact that it contains my favourite fish, obviously) is that you can have it on the table in 25 minutes. While the salmon bakes, I spiralized my zucchini, mixed up my dill and lemon sauce, AND painted my nails. Now that my friends, is evidence of an easy-to-make dinner.
2. Alexia Foods All-Natural Sweet Potato Fries. A while back, one of my favourite bloggers, Mama Pea, posted several recipes that used Alexia Foods Sweet Potato Fries. At the time, I don’t think they were available in Canada, or at least not in the grocery stores that I frequent here in southern Ontario.
Here’s a look at the label:
Hmm, not bad at all! That’s a hefty amount of vitamin A in one serving, not to mention low in fat and sodium. But what did I do with them? Well, because I love sweet potatoes and the convenience of having them all pre-cut into fries, not a whole lot! I just whipped up a batch of my Chipotle ‘Mayo’ (which isn’t actually mayo – it’s a healthified Greek yogurt version but you’d never know the difference!) and used it as a dipper for my sweet potato fries during dinner yesterday night.
After about 20 minutes in the oven, they came out nice and crispy.
The verdict? Really, really tasty. Plain french fries bore me (not to mention the fact that they’re usually fried in grease and therefore I haven’t gone near them in years) but I loved the natural sweetness of the sweet potato mixed with the little bit of sea salt that comes on the fries. My only complaint is that they go really, really soggy if you put leftover ones in the fridge. Lesson learned. Next time, I’ll just eat them all!
I’m always an advocate of making your own food rather than buying the packaged kind, but when there’s a need for convenience (ie you’re starving after a long day at work, or you have kids to feed, or you just can.not.be.bothered to do any sort of food prep at all), I think these make a quick, clean, healthy, option.
So tell me…
- What are some of your go-to healthy convenience foods that you always keep on hand?
- Sweet potato fry fans: What are your favourite dippers? I loved the chipotle mayo with these, but I’m already thinking about an Indian curry dip for next time!