For dinner tonight, I whipped up a quick dinner that literally took me less than 15 minutes to make. I can really appreciate quick, easy dinners since my evenings are always crazy busy with evening classes and late night study sessions. We had pan-seared salmon, steamed broccoli, microwaved sweet potatoes, and a side salad topped with balsamic dressing and sliced nectarines! Super delicious, healthy and SIMPLE!
MICROWAVED SWEET POTATOES:
Ingredients: *3 sweet potatoes
Run each sweet potato under water, poke each 4 times with a fork, then put sweet potatoes in a bowl and place a wet paper towel on top. I pressed the “potato” button 3 times on my microwave since I had 3 sweet potatoes. This microwaved the potatoes for 11 minutes and 30 seconds. BEWARE! The sweet potatoes come out super hot! Let them cool for a couple minutes and then slice down the middle and enjoy! You can top with ghee, butter, honey, greek yogurt, anything your heart desires!
*1 floret of broccoli
So, to make sure the broccoli is perfectly cooked, here are a couple tips:
Tip 1: Get the steaming water hot and steamy first, before adding the broccoli to the steamer basket.
Tip 2: Set your timer for only 5 to 6 minutes. Smaller florets of young fresh broccoli may only need 5 minutes to cook, larger florets of more mature broccoli made need 6. I recommend starting with 5 and then testing the broccoli with a fork to see if it is cooked through. Remove from stovetop and enjoy!
PAN SEARED SALMON
* 4 (5-ounce) center-cut salmon fillets (about 1-inch-thick), skin on or off
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
* Bring the salmon to room temperature 10 minutes before cooking. * Warm a large nonstick skillet with oil over medium-low heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to medium-high. Place the salmon, skin-side up in the pan. Cook until golden brown on 1 side, about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over with a spatula, and cook until it feels firm to the touch and the skin is crisp if desired, about 3 minutes more.