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Day 27: Piquant Poached Salmon with Veggies

Worst feeling ever when you realize you’ve ruined your overnight oats. Well there goes breakfast! Not going to lie, I still ate it. First, I realized I forgot to add the chia seeds, so it was rather runny. Second, my fresh oats, bought a week and a half ago at the farmer’s market, have gone bad. Well, bad enough that they are not good for overnight oats. Perhaps they will be ok for toasting for granola, or cooked for traditional oatmeal. It tasted very yeasty.

For lunch I made a wrap with half a leftover bbq chicken breast (sliced), some romain lettuce (fresh from MIL’s garden), leftover lentil and cauliflower taco filling, sliced avocado and diced cherry tomatoes. I spread some hummus on the homemade whole wheat tortilla before wrapping it all up.
I may be biased, but it was delicious!

For dinner my husband brought home salmon, courtesy of my MIL (thank you!). I have a go to recipe for poached salmon I’ve been using for years. It’s from The Best of Bridge series cookbooks. I can’t seem to find the original recipe from them online but it’s in the “That’s Trump” book. Anyways, I changed some stuff around so here’s my recipe:

Poached Salmon with Piquant Sauce and Veggies
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

For the salmon:
1/2lb salmon filet, bones and skin removed
1/2 lemon, sliced (reserve the zest)
1 tsp chicken bullion (I didn’t have any but found a box of Lipton chicken noodle soup mix in the cupboard. I just sorted out the noodles from the soup base and used that)

For the sauce:
3 tbsp mayonnaise (you could sub plain Greek yogurt and I think that would taste just as good and maybe even more healthy and clean. I used Hellmann’s)
2 tbsp Dijon (I used peppercorn Dijon)
1 tsp dried dill
Zest from lemon

First boil 3 cups of water in a large to medium pan. Add the lemons and bouillon and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on. Add salmon fillet and poach on low for 8 minutes (until flakey). While that’s going on you can whip up be sauce by throwing it all in a bowl and mixing it. The recipe in the book calls for capers and their juice but I didn’t have any. So add a tsp, chopped capers and a tsp of juice, if you want, but it’s not necessary.

For sides, I boiled some fresh farmer’s market carrots in some water with chicken bullion (Lipton soup mix) until tender and sautéed some spinach, red pepper and cherry tomatoes in some butter (not margarine) with a pinch of salt and pepper. This was the final product:

20140710-221744-80264969.jpgIt received rave reviews. Well one to be exact. Two, if you count myself, which I don’t because of course I like it: I’ve been making it for years! Try it and tell me what you think.

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Day 26: Farmer’s Markets and Bbq – That’s What Summer Is Made Of

I am so spoiled. Today I went to the farmers market and I was saddened because I will have to buy my strawberries from the supermarket. Talk about first world problems. I splurged and got the farm fresh eggs. At $5 a carton they are no steal but I wasn’t making two stops. I had already left my poor sick baby at home with his dad and I knew I didn’t have much time before I got a frantic call for my nipples. After waiting in line for half an hour for what better be the best damn tomatoes I’ve ever had, I ran though the rest of the market grabbing honey, beets, sugar peas, and carrots. Have I mentioned I love farmer’s markets? I even grabbed a shot of locally made vodka on my way out (thank you BC for allowing liquor sales at markets!).

I washed all my veggies and roasted off my beets for a salad I’m making tomorrow. My mother in law gave us some goodies from her garden including a zucchini, which I cut in half and tossed in olive oil and salt and pepper with a sweet potato I cut in rounds. We grilled those babies up and served them with bbq chicken breasts. What a summer staple the bbq. I don’t know how we lived without it. Oh ya, I remember, we ate out a lot!

20140710-080358-29038866.jpgBy the way, the tomatoes are amazing!

For a late night “treat” I decided I was going to make a cookie dough Greek yogurt. Using this simple recipe I whipped it up in no time. Well, I must say, it’s no cookie dough. And, if your not a fan of peanut butter cookies, you won’t like this. It is really rich and I would only make a little next time. It just wasn’t my thing. I will continue to hunt for the perfect clean eating, healthy dessert.

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Day 25: Where’s All My Money?

Got my chocolate fix in today. Made these overnight oats. I used Hershey’s natural cocoa powder because, frankly, cacao powder kinda scares me. Ok, not really, but for that price and I don’t know if I will actually like it- I just can’t take that gamble right now. Eating clean is taxing on your wallet.

It’s also taxing on your kitchen. I’ve never done so many dishes in my life before I started this clean eating experiment. On the one hand, at least I’m getting good use of the blender we received for our wedding. On the other hand, there never seems to be enough time in the day. Between finding new recipes to try, prepping, eating, cleaning and playing with my son, I’m finding it hard to get my work done.

For lunch I threw together a salad of spinach, tomato, avocado, feta and two fried eggs in a basic balsamic vinegarette. By the time I got to eat it, it had taken on a weird texture.

For dinner I returned to the cauliflower lentil tacos. I managed to get 12 tortillas out of the recipe this time but they were smaller and more misshapen. I think I will stick to eight next time. But I have plenty left over for lunch tomorrow.

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