Citrus Soy Salmon over Wilted Spinach and Honey Gingered Carrots

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If you were to find this meal in a fancy food magazine, on a cooking show, or in a trendy upscale restaurant it would be called ‘Roasted Salmon with a Citrus Soy Reduction’.  Sounds so complicated and fancy; but it’s really very simple and packed with flavor. And when paired with simple spinach and subtle sweet gingered carrots; it’s a knock-out meal. So, pull out the candles. We’re having a 5 star meal on a weeknight night! (Recipe Note: Yes, 1/8t of soy sauce is correct; it doesn’t take much. Increase it to 1/4t if you wish.)

Citrus Soy Salmon

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE PREP TIME :  MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher saltto taste
  • pepperto taste
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the salmon in the middle of the sheet and rub lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast salmon for 10-12 minutes.
  4. While salmon is roasting, prepare the sauce.
  5. In a medium sized pot (we’re looking for a wide bottom) bring the orange juice to a boil.
  6. Reduce to a simmer and let juice reduce to about 1/3 to 1/4 of a cup – this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient.
  7. Once reduced, remove from heat and add butter and soy sauce.
  8. Plate salmon and drizzle with the citrus soy ‘reduction’. Fancy!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 183g Calories 234 Fat 13.5 Carbs .5 Fiber 0 Protein 22.5

Honey Gingered Carrots

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE COOK TIME :  MINUTES PREP TIME :  MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon gingerfinely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups carrotspeeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup water
  • kosher saltto taste
  • pepperto taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a lidded pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add ginger and let cook for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add honey, carrots, and water. Return to a simmer, reduce to low, cover, and let cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 80g Calories 112 Fat 6 Carbs 15.5 Fiber 2 Protein .8

Wilted Spinach

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE COOK TIME :  MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 20 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • kosher saltto taste
  • pepperto taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat butter in a large bottomed, high sided pan.
  2. Add as much spinach to the pan as you can and toss. When it wilts, add more.
  3. Toss all until just wilted (not completely shriveled), remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 117g Calories 52 Fat 3.3 Carbs 4.1 Fiber 2.5 Protein 3.3.

NOTES

KID NOTE: The kids loved the meal, but chose to skip the sauce after giving it a taste test.

VEGETARIAN TIP: Instead of salmon, sear or roast strips of firm tofu.

GLUTEN MODIFICATIONS: Use tamari instead of soy sauce.

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