Monday, August 16, 2010

Beauteous Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce & Asparagus

I was craving salmon all day long but didn't want the usual boring grilled I usually go for in the summer. Hence I made up my own recipe using some ingredients in the fridge plus a few other additions I picked up at the grocery store. When my roommate came home from the gym and said "WOW, what smells so good?" I knew I did something right. Let's just say, it turned out absolutely delicious, soooo delicious that after the last bite I wished I had more. YUM.

-4 oz. salmon fillet
-2 TB plain greek yogurt
-1 tsp. yellow mustard
-1 tsp. dijon mustard (or another fancy variety of your choice)
-approximately 2 TB fresh dill
-a small bundle of asparagus (enough for one serving plus some leftovers)
-1 TB freshly grated parmesan cheese
-1 TB olive oil
-1 clove garlic, crushed
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-s & p

1. Preheat oven to 375. In the meantime, line a baking sheet with large sheet of tin foil. Prepare asparagus by removing the "stems" and keeping the tips (the yummy part).

2. Place salmon in the middle of the tray and add asparagus to each side of the fish. Drizzle olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper over the asparagus. In a small cup or bowl, mix together the lemon juice, yogurt, and mustards. Spread over the salmon, covering all the edges, then top with fresh dill.

3. Wrap everything up in foil so that it's completely covered (loosely). Bake for 20 minutes and serve immediately!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Oh-So Amazing Open Faced Turkey Burg

This classic BBQ burger makeover pairs wonderfully with my sinless sweet potato fries, or a small side salad! While everyone else is downing multiple double decker beef patties, enjoy your healthy remake with a smirk . . .

-1 container lean ground turkey
-1/2 c. red onion, minced
-1 egg
-2 TB olive oil
-2 TB oregano
-2 TB basil
-1 TB garlic powder
-1 TB Old Bay seasoning
-1 tsp. salt
-1 TB pepper
-2 whole wheat buns*, separated into 4 slices

*Use brown rice wraps or gluten free bread if you follow a gluten free diet, or just skip the bun completely!

1. Mash up turkey with your hands as if you were making meatballs, and combine all other ingredients. Mix well.

2. Separate into 4 generous burger shaped patties.

3. Heat your BBQ grill or George Foreman, and grill for 6 to 7 minutes on each side!

*Hot Tip: If you'd like, top your burger with a thin slice of mozzarella cheese and a sauce made up of plain low fat yogurt, dill and lemon as a substitute for fatty mayo!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Healthy Chickified "Yogurt Parfait"

Enjoy this as a post-dinner treat or afternoon snack to get you over that midday work hump. I usually eat this when I'm craving something sweet after a savory dinner, but don't have a craving (or any room) for ice cream, chocolate or anything heavy. Enjoy!

-1 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
-handful fresh blueberries*
-1/2 banana, sliced into little chunks
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-few walnut halves (about 5)*
-Few sprinkles of shredded coconut
-1/2 TB flaxseed oil (optional)

~Mix all the wet ingredients together. Drizzle on cinnamon and a few walnuts. Finally, sprinkle on a bit of shredded coconut to top off this tasty treat. Enjoy!

*May substitute blackberries or raspberries for blueberries, or use slivered almonds instead of walnuts