Thursday, October 12, 2006

no time???

If you're like me and have no time to spend heaps of time preparing and cooking meals but want your family to eat healthy, here's an easy 30 minute dinner :)

BAKED FRESH ATLANTIC SALMON on a bed of rice with broccoli:
4 fillets of salmon
a drizzle of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
a sprinkle of dill (I prefer fresh dill)
*Preheat oven to 450, bake salmon covered in a shallow pan for 20 minutes or until flaky. Do not overcook. It doesn't take long for salmon to cook.

1 c. wild rice (if you like lots of rice then add another cup)
While salmon is cooking, rinse/wash rice and drain. In rice cooker, add water to your rice. Many rice recipes call for 1 c rice to 2 c water. Therefore, if you have 2 c rice, then 4 c water.

Broccoli, 1 head. Wash and clean broccoli (peel the skin off the stems). Cut florets and stem into nice bite sizes. In a steamer placed over the rice cooker, add broccoli and cover. While the rice cooks, the steam from the rice will steam your broccoli. My rice cooker can have the rice and broccoli ready in 15-20 minutes.

Serve salmon on a bed of wild rice and arrange broccoli on the side.

There you go--easy, fast, delicious. Not cumbersome and so worry-free. This is definitely not a labour intensive meal...provided you have a rice cooker. You can buy them at many home and kitchen stores. Ours was a wedding gift from one of my students and he purchased it at Canadian Tire. Rice cookers are fairly inexpensive, and save a whole lot of time. You don't need to be constantly checking your stove to see if you've burnt your rice! Trust me, I used to burn my rice all the time (not to mention, ruin my pots)!


ahappilymarriedmommy said...

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! I need to get me one of them rice cookers. Any particular brand you'd recommemd?

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