Thursday, January 2, 2014

Roasted Salmon with Roasted Vegetables or The First Work Day of The New Year


The first work day of the New Year has arrived and it isn't Monday. Sorry, but this really throws me off. I am a creature of habit and my brain isn't quite ready to handle this. The good news is that I've already passed hump day and I only have two days before the weekend. The bad news is I have so much to do.

I was kind of a slacker over the holidays. Not really though. In the last week we've entertained twice. In the last month we've had folks over 4 times. It feels good, but I'm tired and that is not a good way to start the new year. I need to start focusing. My brain need to clear out. I'm tired of the haze. 

Everyone is busy posting all their reader's favorites over the last year. Mine are always available on the side bar of the page. You can see that Texas Sheet Cake and my Cream Cheese Pound Cake are tops on the list. Then we can see oatmeal and that is one that can clear my heart. But I need fish to clear my brain. And so it is. Eat this fish, too. Get rid of the haze. Think clean, people. Not just your body, but let's get that mind clear, too! Well, I guess they are kind of linked in some way...


Manservant tells me that Deepak Chopra told him I'm supposed to rub my belly before I eat to determine how hungry I am. I'm supposed to rate my hunger on a 1-10 scale and then stop before I'm full. Well, we all know that. Jeez. Does this mean if I'm really hungry, I can eat fries and chips? I doubt it. Check what he says out here. Not bad ideas for a new year of positive thinking.

So, I guess this fish dish might work on Deepak's plan. I think it has most of the colors of the rainbow, but I admit I didn't count. The orange and fennel flavor is light and luscious. If you think you don't like fennel, I suggest trying it once. It is slightly sweet with a  hint of licorice and I love it. It is crisp and lively with a savory taste. Check it out. I want to keep those farmers in business!

Feel free to substitute a variety of veggies. I think leeks would be a good sub for the red onions and some cabbage would work if you don't like fennel. Carrots for tomatoes and you see where I'm going, right? Use what you have and like. This is a simple and quick entree to start a year of healthier eating. I'm rubbing my belly now...I think it feels like a 4. Better start cooking!

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Roasted Orange Salmon with Fennel
Serves 4

  • 2 small fennel bulbs sliced into thin wedges
  • Fennel fronds chopped
  • large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb salmon fillet
  • 1 orange zested and juiced

  • Heat oven to 400° F. In a roasting pan lined with parchment, toss the fennel, onion, garlic, tomatoes, salt and pepper and 2 t of oil. Roast for 20 minutes.

  • Move the vegetables to the sides of the pan; place the salmon in the center. Squeeze the orange halves over the salmon. Sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper, fennel fronds and zest. Drizzle with 1 t of olive oil.

  • Return the salmon to oven and roast until it is the same color throughout and flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. 

I served this with a farro pilaf seasoned with more orange juice and toasted walnuts. Feel free to use this recipe but substitute orange juice for the teriyaki, and leave out the ginger. Feel free to throw in some toasted walnuts and more orange zest.


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39 comments:

  1. Fennel is good stuff, and it combines particularly well with fish. Good looking dish - it looks like something I'd make! ;-) I always get thrown off my schedule (such as it is) with holidays. It'll take a week before I get back in the groove, I'm sure, but I'm had enough heavy eating to last me for awhile - time to eat lighter. At least a little. ;-)

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    1. I so totally agree. But today I'm making chocolate chip cookies because my son is coming home. I'll make a healthy dinner though! This was a good dish and need to make it again soon!

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  2. I haven't known what day it is all week! I keep checking my phone, so I know where you're coming from. This looks like a fabulous dish to start off the new year. I have to tell you how hard I laughed at your comment about New Years Eve, maybe it was all those Mr KR's drinks that have left you fuzzy! Good to know you had a great evening!

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  3. I love FENNEL! This is such a wonderful seafood recipe, Abbe, fuss-free and delicious!

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    1. I like the simplicity of it, too! And the fennel and orange really make this dish!

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  4. Abbe this sounds both delicious and so healthy! Somehow saying something seems 'healthy' almost makes it sound less than glorious which this recipe is. I've turned the New Year's corner on all the sweets, heavy foods and cocktails and am craving food like this. Delish!

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  5. I think you could be right, Nazneen! It was fun though! Today, I will try to gather myself! And on Monday, I shall call and plan a date with you!

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  6. I'm with you, Toni! I'm ready to make everything just a bit simpler! Let me know how you like this and thanks for stopping by!

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  7. What a fabulous way to start the year! Healthy and delicious. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I'm so happy you like fennel. It is not Manservant's favorite! BUT he eats it!

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  9. Looks so good and healthy–just the meal after all those holiday sweets! :)

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  10. What a great meal, Abbe! After all the holiday sugar overload, your light and healthy take on dinner is quite appealing.

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  11. I love your healthy and light recipe. Definitely the perfect way to start the New Year! Sorry to hear about your heavy work load...but weekend is here. Relax and enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. It snowed this weekend and was very cold, so I most definitely vedged!

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  12. I see why this recipe will clear your mind, and since I don't like fish, I'll settle for the oatmeal, a dish that makes me happy every time! I always end the year quite unfocused, there's always too much pressure. The rubbing of the belly and the fact that it's not monday the 1st made me laugh! Happy 2014 Abbe!

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    1. It is always nice to hear from you, Paula! Before dinner, Manservant came up rubbing his belly. Said it was a one!

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  13. With the new year and all, you know I could devour this every single day!

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    1. Oh Cquek, you are surrounded by great food! But this is pretty dang good!

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  14. I don't eat salmon enough, it's hard when your other half hates it.. but seeing recipes like this makes me want to tell him to deal with dinner himself because I want a big plateful of this roasted salmon, yum!

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    1. It's so hard when someone doesn't eat something. I know Manservant would love it if I threw a big piece of beef at him. But I don't! That's when going out to dinner is necessary!

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  15. I love salmon - in fact I had it last night and am having it again tonight. I will have to try this method for cooking it. I was just thinking how it's been too long since I've had fennel.

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    1. You will love this, Laura. And only minutes to prepare!

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  16. Happy New Year dear Abbe...this salmon dish looks fabulous, and simple to make. Indeed a perfect meal.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :D

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    1. Thanks Juliana! This is so simple and fresh, not to mention refreshing!

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  17. It's a beautiful dish Abbe - hope you had a wonderful New Year! Sounds like you have been busy. We have been too and am pleased to be back to a normal schedule - other than the working thing :) I'm going to try that rubbing my belly thing - I doubt it will work!

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    1. I think the idea is to be conscious of how you feel. Makes sense, if you can train yourself to do it!

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  18. My days are so off Abbe...is it the New Year yet? Well whatever; I'm craving food like this. Beautiful, healthful and the perfect start to a New Year!

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    1. I'm with you, Barb! Hope the move went well!

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  19. I love salmon, but I have never made it before. This looks fantastic! What a start to the New Year!

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    1. Cathleen, this is a great recipe to start with. Easy, and quick and the salmon is the star!

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  20. Doesn't fennel and salmon go so well together?
    I need to make more salmon dishes.

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    1. i do too, Dawn. And I'm going to use this recipe as my base.Perfect for cooking in the winter.

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  21. We seem to be definitely at the same wave length this week, Abbe
    with both of us posting salmon recipes :)
    Love the combination of flavors - salmon, orange and fennel go so well together.
    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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    1. They do work well together. Hope you had a great break, Daniela!

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  22. Happy New Year! We love roasted salmon and we love the flavors you paired it with. Nice recipe! Have a great day Abbe!

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