Nutritious America’s new website is launching tomorrow, after months and months and months of work! You, our wonderful clients, friends, family, and even hopefully some newbies, will all be seeing it for the first time and this – this will be the first ever blog post. That is a lot of pressure.
I hemmed and hawed about this post. What should I write about? Should it be a health tip? Or something absolutely brilliant? Or a video? or…or…or…
I made dinner to clear my head.
I cook to calm down.
I had no special meal idea in mind, I was just looking to distract myself for a bit of time and also it was dinner time, so I had to eat.
I agonized about “what’s for dinner” for about 30 seconds, and executed this dish in about 15 minutes. It was delicious, crazy-healthy, and super satisfying.
Oh. Geez. This is it, isn’t it? The first post should be about exactly what happened in the kitchen tonight. It should be this yummy dinner as an ode to simple healthy living.
I am determined to share how simple and fantastic it is to get in your kitchen and cook. It is therapeutic, I promise. So will you come along on the ride? I’ll share recipes and wellness tips and I hope you will ask questions and comment and be a part of this little wellness wonderland we have built.
So tonight my dinner inspiration came from a few very specific cravings:
- A backyard
- Smoky grilled goodness
- Omega 3’s
Here are the reasons:
- It was a glorious warm day today. On warm days I love the idea of sitting in a quiet, peaceful backyard. This proves to be quite difficult as I live in an apartment building in NYC.
- When I think of a backyard I think of the smell of smoky grilled goodness
- I needed some “boost-my-mood-food” because – new website = stresssssssssss! Well nothing boosts your mood like a rockin dose of Omega 3’s! (that’s in the salmon folks)
I ate 2 kebabs as is, no frills no additions. It was just that kind of night.
I hope you make this recipe!
- ¼ cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of orange zest
- 1 teaspoon of smoked Spanish paprika
- ½ teaspoon of chili powder
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- ½ pound of wild salmon, skinned and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 zucchini, cut into large chunks
- ½ red onion, cut into large chunks
- 5 small purple potatoes, cut in half
- Soak bamboo skewers in water for 15 minutes
- Boil potatoes until a fork inserted into potato comes out easily (about 5 minutes)
- Combine all ingredients for marinade, mix well (start w/ the orange juice and the honey, whisk to break down honey, then add all spices)
- Skewer all kebab ingredients, always begin and end with the protein (salmon)
- Brush or drizzle marinade on kebabs, allow to sit for a few minutes
- Cook on a hot grill pan or outdoor grill. On grill pan it takes 4 minutes per side
These Kebabs are delicious over a bed of quinoa or steamed greens.
They are a great next day lunch, either eat as is or take off the kebab, toss w/ some salad greens and dress lightly w/ olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Kebabs are a great way to stretch protein, this meal cost me about $8.00 and was enough for 2 people (the most expensive part was the salmon)
If you haven’t tried Spanish smoked paprika drop everything and run to the store to find some. Especially if you have the “backyard blues.”
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