Posts tagged ‘Salmon’

March 4, 2013

Clarity

If I learned anything this summer, it was the power of the mind. I have a tendency to push myself beyond my limits, often relying on rushing endorphins to power through above and beyond. The good news is that now, when I start to feel myself reaching my breaking point [insert headaches, fatigue, etc., here…] I force myself to slow down, take a deep breath and embrace some much needed downtime. This weekend, I rebooted and boy, did it feel good. Saturday I slept in, clocked 8 miles, hit up the grocery store and spent the day enjoying Mike’s company. Although we originally had a Broadway show ambition, we settled on a lazy afternoon full of goofing off and planning for some exciting stuff in the works. Ahem, we may not be city slickers for much longer. More on that to come! A delightful salmon dinner by moi later on made things all the more perfect. Gosh, I love the fish market near our apartment. So fresh!

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My guy was off early yesterday morning for work so I got things started off on the right foot with a solid gym pump. Bikini season is closer than you think, ya’ll! I’m determined to have fiercely lean, sculpted arms by then. Besides that, I had quite the productive “me” day. My lunches for the week were all prepped, as were my outfits (pressed, accessorized…the works.) A hair and facial mask were completed, followed by a gal pal gabfest for over an hour on the phone. I find it funny how rarely I actually talk on the phone nowadays. It’s all texting and I don’t like it. Would you agree? After hanging up, I chose a new book over television (win!) before whipping up a simple stir-fry dinner with spaghetti squash and tofu shirataki noodles. See you never, pasta! My makeup brushes were then cleaned for the first time in, well, too long and a fresh coat of pink polish was applied with some sparkly accents. Love! Before I knew it, I was hitting the sack early to get my beauty rest to tackle the week off recharged and bright-eyed. Yep, this was just the weekend I needed.
How do you prep for success? 

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

June 14, 2012

Salmon Black Bean Burger

Canned salmon has become one of my favorite protein sources. I often add it to a big bed of greens, make cold salmon salad with a spoonful of hummus, chopped celery and green onion (perfect on top of crackers and cucumber boats!) or sometimes even eat it as is with a drizzle of apple cider vinegar and a squeeze of lemon. It may seem strange but all I could think about after making pesto the other day was a burger of some sort (i.e. veggie or turkey), envisioning a generous dollop of the herb-aliciousness on top. So that’s precisely what I decided to make, naturally experimenting with a new creation. A black bean burger has been something I’ve wanted to tackle for some time now, however after a successful  weight training and ab sesh at the gym in the morning, I wanted more of a protein boost so turned to the last can of salmon in my pantry. What happened from there was tremendous. Let’s just say I gave myself a huge pat on the back after eating every last bite.

Ingredients
(Yields 2 patties)
5 oz. can of skinless & boneless pink salmon
1/3 cup black beans, slightly mashed
1 tablespoon chia/3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon onion, chopped
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
Juice from 1/4 lemon
Cayenne pepper (I used 1/2 teaspoon for a kick!) and salt to taste 

Start by combining the chia and water. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes, allowing it to form into a gel. In the meantime, chop up the onion and open/drain the cans of salmon and black beans. Be sure to rinse the beans before using a fork to mash them into a chunky consistency.

Once the chia is ready, mix together all the ingredients and form into two patties. Place the burgers in a olive oil-coated skillet or pan over medium heat. Cook until each side is lightly browned. I kept mine more cake-like but if you like it crispy, smoosh ’em down so they are thin and keep on cookin’!

So there you have it! Eggless, gluten and guilt-free burgers! Not your traditional recipe but healthy and divine. Like most things I create, this “salmon cake” concept can be altered easily. No flaxseed meal? Breadcrumbs or ground oats can be used. An egg can substitute the chia gel, too. Want more veggies in there? I bet chopped spinach or grated carrot would be fabulous, alongside fresh herbs. I might even try using a variety of beans and some portobello mushrooms next time. GO WILD! With a generous slather of pesto and a few slices creamy avocado, this burger was a great addition to my barbecue repertoire. That’s for sure!
Any fun, untraditional burger recipes to share? 

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

April 9, 2012

Eastergrams

Hey there! Hope you all had an amazing holiday weekend! Mine was low-key, full of seafood (as you’ll soon see…) and was pretty good fitness-wise, if I do say so myself. Saturday morning Amanda and I ran from her house down to the water, a 6-mile jog with a solid, average pace of 9:30. I stretched out yesterday morning with a power vinyasa yoga class, yet struggled the entire time with my balance. I was kind of off but I guess that’s what you get when you pick fitness over church…I’m a bad person. With my race now just days away (I can’t believe it…my 15-week training flew by!), I’ve been trying to load up on fuel. Here’s a look at some recent eats and foodie adventures.

After interning Thursday night, I met up with Mike and his dad for a lovely, impromptu dinner at the famous Sardi’s in Time Square. I got the Seafood Cobb Salad, which was delish and really hit the spot! The crab meat was so fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed the calamari, even though I have been too scared to of it in the past. Something about thoe tentacles freaked me out…

Because of the holiday, I got out of work early afternoon Friday and headed home with Mike. We hit the gym and later met up with my gal pal, Bre, and her boyfriend for a double date at one of my favorite restaurants, the Guilford Bistro. It’s always fun to go out with fellow foodies! 

I ordered my usual, the Mediterranean Salad with Grilled Salmon. I love how the peppery flavor of arugula and bitter endive complements the sweetness of roasted red peppers and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Three bottles of wine and too many football stories later, we proudly shut down the place. Bre and I were ecstatic how well our guys got along and guess what Mike and AJ? We’re already planning where we’re headed for our next date night!

Saturday was a lazy day. After my jog, I met with a friend for coffee and headed for an unsuccessful outlet shopping trip later in the afternoon with Mike. How adorable, I mean incredibly masculine and handsome, are his new Sperrys? Although I have two papers due this week, senior events for my sorority and an assortment of other things on my agenda, I got nothing accomplished. Oopsies…

With my sister not home this year for Easter, the dynamic was a little different. Like I mentioned, I went to yoga in the morning instead of church…I blame it on the fact that the Easter Bunny brought me new running shots and a yoga mat. After I got back, my parents and I did got in the spring cleaning mode, keeping busy before our stomachs began to rumble for brunch. Brunch was healthy and tasty, consisting of salmon with roasted brussels sprouts, onions and sweet potatoes. I guess I have started to rub off on them, huh? I’m off to tackle a paper or two due this week! Lots to catch up on, as you could imagine. Official race count down: 6 days. Let’s go!
What did you eat for your holiday meal this weekend? 

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

July 15, 2011

“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” Linda Grayson

Hey all! TGIF! Boy, has this week whizzed by! Here are some of my foodie highlights. 1) I had the privilege of attending a Chile 101 Boot Camp and family-style lunch at Rosa Mexicano (Union Square) on Tuesday, hosted by Culinary Advisor, Susana Trilling and Culinary Director, David Suarez. At the event I learned all about chili peppers from how to prepare them to the different types. Although I never considered myself to have a palate for spicy schtuff, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to taste-test and discovered I’m quite fond of the variety of flavors (smoky, fruity, hot, etc.)!

The restaurant’s atmosphere and food was fabulous…I can’t wait to go back! FYI the Guacamole en Molcajete is TO DIE FOR. 

2) After getting out of my internship, I met up with Laura and her friend, Steph, at Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar for dinner. I was still pretty full from my incredible lunch but ordered the Wild Smoked Salmon Salad (with mixed field greens, tomato, cucumber, capers and extra virgin olive oil dill dressing), which was delightful. Light but just the perfect portion, leaving room for…

Tuesday’s Ladies Night Out! AKA complimentary chocolate shots and Belgian chocolate covered strawberries!

Doesn’t get much better than that, huh?

Perfection. By the way, it was a sticky 98 degrees that day. Traveling on the subway and walking around was not the most pleasant experience but completely worth it, of course. 

3) I spent the night at Laura’s, giving me the opportunity to “sleep in” — which in my case is 7 AM. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill in her building’s gym before showering and grabbing some breakfast in a little place near my office. What did my favorite meal of the day include? An assortment of fruit (grapes, blackberries, blueberries, watermelon and honeydew), two hard boiled eggs, a plain Chobani yogurt and grande iced coffee from Starbucks. Great way to start off my day!

4) Lunch included a protein-packed salad (spinach, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, tofu, navy beans, chickpeas, edamame, pumpkin seeds and carrots with balsamic vinegar/olive oil) from Zeytinz Fine Food Market Place. I caught a few rays and people watched in Bryant Park while chowing down on my lunch break!

So there’s a look at my week through what I ate. I realized the other day that most of my pictures on my camera and phone are of food. Pathetic? I think not! Hopefully I’ll be able to cook something new and fun this weekend! (I’ve really been wanting to create my own gazpacho.) Although I love trying different fare in NYC, I miss the comfort of home cooked meals, not to mention having the time to prepare my own recipes.
Any quick, summery recipe suggestions? 

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

July 1, 2011

Cross It Off the Bucket List

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a fabulous week. Here’s a look at what’s been going on with me lately. As I mentioned in my last post, it was my sister’s graduation last weekend so I wanted to give you a quick glance at the celebratory festivities first and foremost. Congrats Kru! You made it!

The graduation was postponed Thursday evening due to the bad weather so we all woke up bright and early Friday for the rescheduled ceremony. Luckily, the rain held off for the Class of 2011 to march to Pomp and Circumstance and grab their diplomas!

Saturday was Kristen’s graduation party. The food (half of it being catered for convenience purposes) got rave reviews but the fruit salad in particular, the presentation courtesy of my father’s “famous” pineapple trick, was my personal favorite. I’m pretty sure half of that big bowl was consumed by yours truly, alone…my stomach is still thanking me for that.

Although I would have loved to help make a few dishes, I was quite busy catching up with visiting family members and enjoying some much-needed R&R so I contributed by making a simple punch. Two liters of raspberry lime seltzer + one 64-ounce Ocean Spray Light Cranberry Raspberry Juice + a bag of frozen raspberries + lime slices = perfection. For my over 21-year-old crowd, add some cranberry or raspberry flavored vodka and you have yourself a great cocktail. 

Before I knew it, it was Monday again and I was back on the train to New York. Tuesday was super exciting because I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Giada De Laurentiis! Words can’t even begin to describe…such an amazing experience. What did I ask? What did I learn? Find out soon at The Fit Stop. I’ll keep you posted!

I had to show you Tuesday’s romantic train ride dinner for one: Chicken & Avocado Salad (topped with Lentil & Couscous Salad) drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette from Pret A Manger! Can you tell I was ravenous? Every last bite was consumed and 5 miles were ran once I got home thanks to the boost in energy! After a very busy day in the office on Wednesday, I attended an Ed2010 event about the do’s and don’ts of interning. Really great stuff! A fellow intern, TK, and I ended up going to Havana afterwards for some Cuban cuisine. I got the Ensalada De Pollo A La Parilla (Grilled Chicken Salad) for an incredibly affordable $9.00. (Of course I took a photo but it didn’t turn out well, wahh!) TK and I couldn’t believe our bill was just over $20, not that we were complaining! We ended up crashing on another intern’s couch for the night after sitting in Bryant Park and chatting under the twinkling lights of the NYC skyline for a bit. Isn’t it funny how comfortable you feel right off the bat with someone who shares a lot in common with you? We both joked the entire night how we felt like we had known each other for years, rather than days.

The first month of my internship is now behind me and I cannot believe how fast it whizzed by. I have been learning so much, meeting incredible people I will be sure to stay in touch with in the future and even got to cross something off my bucket list! Someone PLEASE pinch me. After getting off the train yesterday morning and squeezing in a quick upper body workout at the gym, I relaxed poolside with Chelsea. We flipped through magazines, chatted about our week and bronzed our pasty bods. Sounds like one solid afternoon to me! At 5:30 we headed over to a favorite local restaurant of mine, The Guilford Bistro & Grille Cafe, for a mother/daughter dinner. How priceless is that picture?

I got the Montego Bay salad (arugula and fennel with balsamic vinaigrette) topped with grilled salmon and asked for some cucumbers and grilled asparagus to be thrown on there. Delicious!

A bottle of red and a bottle of white were polished off, four massive meals were enjoyed (with endless MMmmm’s! inserted here and there) and girly giggles were muffled by napkins, as we tried to not disturb other patrons enjoying the outside dining. Such a pleasant way to end the week before a long holiday weekend! Bring on the fireworks!
If you could meet one celeb who would it be? What would you ask them if you had the opportunity?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren 

May 24, 2011

Favorite Things, Round 2

After a seven hour shift on my feet, followed by a decent workout, I am pooped and turning in early. Don’t ya just love being in bed by 10 PM on a Monday evening? I know I do. Macbook + online shopping + Adele’s 21 CD (which has been blasting on repeat the last two weeks) = ideal. Woop, woop…am I one wild and crazy 21-year-old or what? Anyway, I have some new, favorite food obsessions I would like to share with you, all in which are pictured below. Not the most fun or intriguing of posts, but a necessary one to hopefully perk up some of your taste buds!

Bartlett pear slices with almond butter…a favorite snack of mine, which I picked up on thanks to a friend of mine (Amy). Take your morning toast up a notch by adding on this delightful combination (with a drizzle of honey or agave nectar). Can I hear an AMEN?

AVOCADOS ARE FINALLY REALLY IN SEASON! In other words, I’ve been avocado-happy, topping everything and anything with this glorious fruit…or is it a vegetable? Regardless, I love ’em, especially on my scrambled eggs in the morning. The past few I picked up from my local Stop & Shop have been flawless and divine.

You can’t go wrong with a humongous salad. Top it with avocado, tofu cubes, an assortment of fresh, colorful veggies, sesame seeds and a large dollop of hummus? Even better. Clean meal for a clean eatin’ gal. I’ll take it any day.

Here’s one of my favorite evening snacks when I’m plopped in front of the television, feeling the need to graze and craving something both salty and sweet: savory popcorn, popped on the stove. Making it yourself on the stovetop is a healthier alternative to sodium-filled, overly buttery microwavable bags, plus a lot tastier and versatile (you can mix in your favorite spices for a whole new take on this classic snack). Did I mention low-cal? Um, yes please? I’ve been making mine in extra virgin olive oil and seasoning with cinnamon with a quick drizzle of agave nectar for a sweet, dessert-like snack. Surprisingly very filling, might I add!

Although I would have loved to have had the opportunity to live in NYC this summer, being home has suited me well. Having home-cooked meals prepared for me has added to the overall appeal, I’m not going to lie. Cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for yourself day in and day out as an off-campus student can be taxing after a while! My father made the baked salmon pictured above for dinner last night with a side of corn on the cob and fiddleheads (below). Just a little bit of olive oil, sliced green peppers, parsley, onion and lemon made for pure perfection. I likey.

I had never tried fiddleheads before last night but can officially call myself a fan. My dad simply sautéed them in a little bit of olive oil, garlic and shallots. Yum, yum, yum! Welp, there ya have it. My recent favorite foodie trends I can’t get enough of the past few weeks.
What have you been loving lately?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

February 14, 2011

Wicked Weekend Wrap-Up

This Valentine’s Day weekend was absolutely fabulous, minus the fact I’m battling a bad head cold. I went home Friday afternoon, hung out with my family and went to my sister’s hockey game after making a delicious vegetable/tofu stir-fry over pasta for dinner. It was an exciting game against our biggest rival, tied 0-0 going into the last period! I can definitely see myself being a crazy hockey mom someday…I was cheering loudly as my dad hit the boards with his fist in outrage at every unfavorable call. It was fun, even though the nail-biter ended with a loss. The Lady Skating Tigers outplayed the darn Indians the entire game, which made the L a lot worse. Anyway, it was great to be home and see my family.

Picture courtesy of my Blackberry

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early for the Big Apple. For my birthday/Christmas, Mike got me Wicked tickets and planned a day in the city for us. It was a wonderful day, excluding my sneezing, scratchy throat and throbbing headache. We grabbed a quick lunch at 30 Rock, Mike’s old and future stomping grounds, before briskly making our way over to Broadway. The show was absolutely incredible. The music, costumes, set, etc., were out of this world! I’d see it again. And again. I’m pretty sure Mike liked it a lot, too, as much as a guy likes musicals…

Loving my new boots!

After the show, we walked a bit, eventually catching a cab when we got too cold down to Chelsea Market. We had some time before our dinner reservation so shopped a bit. How cool is the Anthropologie store front!?

Picture courtesy of my Blackberry

For dinner we went to Pastis, a cute French bistro in the meatpacking district that offers moderately priced, upscale cuisine. We sat at a romantic table for two in the corner and split a bottle of San Pelligrino (Mike snorted when I wanted sparkling water over a bottle of wine and then ordered a beer for masculinity purposes). I ordered the Seared Organic Salmon with Lentils, Frisée & Mushrooms in Mustard Sauce, Mike got the Cheeseburger, surprise, surprise. He is such an adventurous eater…The food was incredible, the dining area was upbeat and lively. All in all, fabulous meal. We concluded our night by stopping in the Brass Monkey for a drink. I ordered a cosmo for Sex & The City’s sake. It was strong but delish. We headed back home shortly after, exhausted from our fantastic day. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sprinkled with Lots of Love,
Lauren

December 12, 2010

Tomato and Basil Salmon

This may be one of my favorite dishes ever. I made it for my DZ family the other night and my little sisters are still raving about it. I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago when I cooked dinner for my boyfriend. Mouth still full, Mike said, “Oh my God, Laur. Why didn’t you take pictures of this for your blog. It’s so good.” Usually I think Mike eats my food because he feels bad, but this time I knew for a fact he wasn’t playing pity party because he ate every last bite. Success. Anyway, I couldn’t wait to have another opportunity to make this Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil recipe (Eating Well) because it was so delicious! I baked mine in the oven, but if you want to grill it like the recipe says, by all means do so! Sorry, but going outside in this weather to grill is not what I call fun…I put the salmon over quinoa and made Asparagus with Hazelnuts (FabulousFoods.com) as a side dish. This meal is perfect for entertaining because it is simple and not time consuming whatsoever. I was glad I made too much because this made great leftovers!


Ingredients
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 whole wild salmon fillet (roughly 1 1/2 lbs)
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (divided)
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced (wish I had the De Buyer Kobra Adjustable Slicer from my X-mas list)
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Mash the minced garlic and 3/4 tsp kosher salt on a cutting board (using the side of a knife or spoon) into a paste. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the oil and half of the basil.

Check the salmon for bones, remove if necessary, and place the fish skin-side down on the foil. Spread the garlic mixture over the fillet.

Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and the remaining salt. Place in the oven for about 20-30 minutes (4 to 6 minutes per half-inch of thickness,) or until the fish easily flakes when separated with a fork.

Before serving, sprinkle the rest the fresh basil on top of the fish. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Again, I put the salmon over quinoa (drizzled with olive oil,) but rice or couscous would also be great. This meal was absolutely fantastic. The tomatoes get crunchy on top of the salmon, but keep the fish nice and moist. I really enjoyed the asparagus recipe with hazelnut and balsamic. It was a great side dish to pair with the seafood.

All in all, great last meal of the semester with the best friends any girl could ever ask for. YAY!

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

November 1, 2010

Umi Sushi and Tapas

Taylor and I were suffering from a bit of cabin fever yesterday so, spur of the moment, ventured into West Hartford to shop around, grab some dinner and visit her aunt. A month or so ago, we met her family at The Cheese Cake Factory and were intrigued by the sushi restaurant next door. This time around we couldn’t walk by without trying it out.

Umi Sushi and Tapas was Connecticut’s first Kaiten, or “Conveyor Belt,” sushi restaurant. Its innovative serving provides a fun atmosphere and presents fresh, specialty rolls that are simply out of this world. How does it work? There are 4 different colored plates that indicate different pricing, as their logo illustrates. You simply take whatever you want from the conveyor belt, stacking up your plates in the meantime. When you are done with your meal, the waitress counts your plates and hands you the check!

My favorite? The Halloween Special (pictured above): eel and sweet potato topped with salmon and tobiko. To die for! I’m not lying when I say it melted in my mouth. If you’re ever in the Hartford area you have to check this place out. If you’re not from my neck of the woods, do a little research for Kaiten sushi restaurants in your area. It was a blast…and super tasty. What a treat!

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

September 23, 2010

Fish in a Flash

I love Martha Stewart. I follow her on Twitter, I browse her website daily and I read her blog. To be even more creepy and blatantly honest, a bullet point on my Bucket List is “Meet Martha Stewart.” If I could work for her some day, that would fabulous.

Anyway, I decided I was in the mood for a tasty salmon dish, yet was too exhausted to slave over an arduous meal. After picking up two Wild Alaskan Salmon fillets at my local Big Y, I stumbled upon this Martha recipe. It was easy, quick and delicious. I have been super busy lately (between school and sorority stuff, the Homecoming parade is this weekend ahh!) that I feel like I have been neglecting my amazing boyfriend, so I invited him over to taste-test and of course enjoy some valuable time together.


Ingredients for Soy Glazed Salmon

(This recipe makes 4, I cut it in half for my dinner for 2!)

1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons dry white wine, or water
2 pounds salmon fillet
Lemon wedges, for serving


Start off by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Make the glaze in a small bowl by combining the brown sugar, olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and white wine.

With the skin side down, place salmon fillets on a baking sheet

(I put down aluminum foil in attempt to do less dishes…learned this trick from Amy.)

Drizzle the glaze evenly over the fish and place it in the oven.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, basting with the glaze every few minutes. While this was cooking I threw some rice pilaf on the stove for a side dish!

There ya have it folks! It was quite tasty and so simple. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Aww! He’s going to kill me when he sees this..oops!

Sprinkled with Love,

Lauren