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Panko Crusted Dijon Salmon. April 29, 2015

Filed under: Dinner,Seafood — Jessica @ 4:42 pm
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You may have noticed that there was no meal plan post this week, sorry about that. It is actually written, but unedited in my drafts, but it seems kind of late now. I accidentally discovered the final season of Sons of Anarchy was on Hulu and Netflix on Sunday night and that is pretty much all I have done in my free time since then. We finished the season last night, so hopefully the rest of the week is more productive. It wasn’t a very exciting meal plan anyways. I am trying to use up some of the leftovers in our freezer.

So on to the recipe. One of my favorite blogs,, recently did a video featuring a Blue Apron meal she prepared. There wasn’t an actual recipe but the idea was simple enough, coat some salmon in dijon mustard, coat in panko bread crumbs and crisp it up in a skillet. I tried it out and we both really loved it. Tiff is not always a fan of salmon filets and she has already asked if I could make this again. Simple everyday ingredients come together to create something that I would be excited to order in a restaurant. It is kind of like a grown up version of a fish filet- but much healthier and tastier. I think this could most definitely convert one of those people who “don’t like salmon”.


Panko Crusted Dijon Salmon

serves 4


4 salmon filets

Salt & Pepper to taste

4 TBLS Dijon Mustard

1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

3 TBLS Olive Oil

1. Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet. Salt & Pepper both sides of salmon filets.

2. Put panko bread crumbs in shallow dish

3. Spread 1/2 TBLS of dijon mustard on one side of salmon, lay mustard side down in panko and press down.

4. Slater other side of filet with 1/2 TBLS dijon and flip over. Press into panko. Repeat with remaining 3 filets.

5. Add to pan with hot oil and cook 4-5 minutes per side, until crispy and salmon is cooked.


6. Enjoy!



5 Ingredient 15 Minute Tilapia. March 11, 2015

Filed under: Dinner,Seafood — Jessica @ 7:00 am
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This is a great recipe for when you really have no plan and you want some real food really fast. I always have all of the ingredients in the house and the fish can be thawed within minutes or even cooked from frozen (with a few extra minutes in the pan). It is delicious and tasty enough for those people who “don’t like” fish.



serves 2

2 Tilapia filets (thawed)

2 Tbls Butter

2 Cloves Garlic- halved butterfly style

Old Bay seasoning

Fresh Lemon

1. Melt butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and add garlic cloves. Cook for about 4 or 5 minutes. The garlic will flavor the butter. Remove garlic cloves.


2. Sprinkle both sides of Tilapia liberally with Old Bay seasoning. Place Tilapia in Butter, turn heat back up to medium.

3. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side until fish is white and flakes easily.

4. Plate fish and squeeze a lemon wedge over it.

5. Enjoy!



Creamy Dijon Salmon with Fresh Dill. February 19, 2015

Filed under: Dinner,Seafood — Jessica @ 9:45 am
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I don’t have a lot of tricks up my sleeve when it comes to salmon. I used to work for a caterer and they would always serve poached salmon with a cold mayo/garlic/dill sauce and I always loved that. Besides that, I usually just use a honey/soy sauce based marinade and call it good. Those two things worked for quite awhile but I was ready for something a little different last time salmon was on the menu. I did some recipe research and saw mustard paired with salmon over and over again. Taking that into consideration, I combined an old favorite and added a new twist. Creamy mayonaise, good dijon mustard, minced garlic and fresh dill make the perfect easy topping for baked salmon. Try this soon!


Creamy Dijon Salmon with Fresh Dill

Serves 2

2 salmon filets

2 Tbls of mayonaise

1 Tbls good dijon mustard

1 Tbls chopped fresh dill

1-2 cloves minced fresh garlic

salt & pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375º.

2. Lay salmon in baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper

3. Mix mayonaise, dijon, dill and garlic in small bowl.

4. Divide evenly between filets and spread over top of each.

5. Bake at 375º for about 20 minutes.

6. Enjoy!


Shrimp Tacos with Sesame Lime Slaw, Feta & Avacado. July 10, 2013

Filed under: Dinner,Seafood — Jessica @ 6:00 am
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There isn’t really too much to say about this recipe that isn’t already obvious from the title. They were delicious. They were both hearty and fresh at the same time. A great summer meal for sure!


Shrimp Tacos with Sesame Lime Slaw, Feta & Avocado

Serves 4

1 lb shrimp (fresh or frozen)

2 tsp Old Bay seasoning

8 corn tortillas

half head of cabbage (shredded)

medium red onion (finely chopped)

2 Tbls cider vinegar

3 Tbls sesame oil (seperated)

2 Tbls honey

salt & pepper to taste

2 limes (one cut into wedges)

2 avacadoes- diced

1 cup feta

1.Combine cabbage, red onion, 2 Tbls of sesame oil, juice from one lime, honey, apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper in medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat 1 Tbls of sesame oil in pan, add shrimp (tails removed) & Old Bay. Cook until done- this only takes a couple of minutes.

3. Top corn tortillas with shrimp, slaw, feta & diced avacado. Serve with additional lime wedges.

4. Enjoy!



Red Onion & Rosemary Salmon Patties with Siracha Aioli. July 3, 2013

Filed under: Dinner,Seafood — Jessica @ 6:00 am
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A trip to grandma’s house always results in a little “grocery shopping”. She loves to shop, but she does not particularly love to cook, so she is always looking to give away some of her extras. I always take the “weird” stuff that noone else really wants. One of these shopping trips yielded a can of salmon. I really had no idea what I was going to do with it. I didn’t actually end up doing anything with it. After about 2 yrs in my pantry, it expired and I threw it away. Despite knowing I wasted it before, I bought another can with a shelf life of about 2 yrs. That one also sat in my cupboard for quite awhile but I was determined to use it before it expired. Salmon Patties were born. They have evolved over the last couple of years and I finally have a recipe I stick with because they are tastey!


Red Onion & Rosemary Salmon Patties with Siracha Aioli

-Can of salmon (drained and flaked like tuna)

-2 TBLS mayonaise

-1 TBLS dijon mustard

-1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

-1 TBLS fresh chopped rosemary

-1 egg

-1/2 medium red onion (chopped)

– 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs

1. Preheat oven to 400*

2. Mix Everything Together

3. Form into 6 Patties

4. Brush with Olive Oil or Butter

5. Bake at 400* for 20 minutes, flipping half way thru cooking

6. Top with Siracha Aioli

7. Enjoy!

Siracha Aioli

1/4 cup mayonaise

pinch of Old Bay Seasoning

Siracha to taste

1. Mix together & use to top salmon patties


Simple Asian Inspired Marinade. April 5, 2013

Filed under: Chicken,Dinner,Seafood — Jessica @ 6:00 am
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So I thought it was about time to share another recipe. Unfortunately,  I have very few photos or notes of the food I have been cooking or baking the last few weeks (and there has been some good stuff). This is a marinade recipe I made up quite awhile ago and have used on pretty much everything. I have used it on chicken breasts and thighs, salmon, shrimp and even vegetables that were going on the grill. It was delicious on all of those things and would work well with pork too. I have grilled, baked, pan fried and used the foreman grill to cook food marinated in this mixture. It has only 5 ingredients, all of which I usually have in the house. This recipe makes enough marinade for about 1lb of meat or vegetables.

Asian Marinade

2 Tbls honey
1 tsp  sesame oil
1 Tbls chopped ginger
2 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce

1. Mix all ingredients
2. Marinate meat or veggies of choice for at least 1hr or up to 24hrs.
3. Cook marinated item as you wish.
4. Enjoy!