Mediterranean Heart Healthy One Pot Wonder White Fish Dinner

One Pot Fish Donner

This one pot fish is simmered on your stove top with flavorful mediterranean ingredients for a 20 minute healthy meal.

So, let’s just say that your sweetheart has what the doctors refer to as a heart “condition.” The love of my life had a massive heart attack in 2002 and one third of his heart tissue died. I am always trying to get him to eat more fish – especially Omega 3s  fatty acids – fish like salmon and cod.

I am making this for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day. I know, I know. A nice hunk of beef is more traditional, at least for American valentines. But, for a flavor-packed meal that is low carb and is heart healthy – c’mon, doesn’t that just scream I LOVE YOU and I want you to live a long, long time???

WARNING: This is a healthy low carb easy dinner, but all that reduced liquid is so yummy, you might want to have a baguette handy – to sop up the sauce. Just sayin’.

One Pot Fish Dinner

 — posted by Donna

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One Pot Wonder Blackberry Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

One Pot Wonder Blackberry Glazed Salmon

One Pot Wonder Blackberry Glazed Salmon and Asparagus – After

One pot blackberry glazed salmon and asparagus in 20 minutes or less. What’s better for dinner than that for dinner? I can’t think of a single thing.

I am always skeptical that “20 minute” recipes really aren’t. But. This one really is – and, in fact, is less than 20 minutes, because you put everything in the pan and then just simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.This really is a dish delivers on that “20 minutes” promise. So easy. And amazingly flavorful.

The idea came from Cook’s Illustrated. You use the asparagus spears like a “raft” to hold the pieces of salmon up out of the water. You pour a cup of water ( I used low sodium broth) into the pan and the asparagus boils while the salmon steams. Genius technique! But it seemed a little bland to me, so I added the blackberry glaze and then threw it under the broiler for just a few minutes to finish. Perfection!

You can even make this on a Wednesday night, just for example – not sayin’ this really happened – But. If you get home after 7:00 and The Hubs is starving and sitting at the table, fork in hand, glaring at you with stomach growling.

The blackberry glaze is a snap – just stir together blackberry preserves, olive oil, vinegar, smoked paprika, cumin and salt – and then spoon onto your salmon and throw it under the broiler. The sticky, sweet glaze with just a little kick will make up for all the impatient toe-tapping. Guaranteed.

Blackberry Glazed Salmon - Before

One Pot Wonder Blackberry Glazed Salmon and Asparagus – Before

— posted by Donna

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One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe

One Pot Pasta BEFORE

One Pot Wonder Pasta – BEFORE

Once in awhile a dish comes along and stuns you and makes you rethink the way you cook. This miracle throw-everything-in-a-pot pasta dish has done that for me.

You literally throw in all the ingredients for this dish – including the uncooked pasta – and then Flame On! You cook it all together and DO NOT DRAIN the pasta. You just cook it up and starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles. The other ingredients cook right along  with the pasta. The tastes and textures of this dish are shockingly good. And the “sauce” made by the starch from the pasta combining with the reduced vegetable broth is truly remarkable.

I started with the idea from a photo I saw in this months’s Martha Stewart Living magazine, but I added some things to make this recipe my own and that I think make the dish even better: some crumbled oregano leaves and a little olive oil for richness. And Oh Yes! – I used vegetable broth, not water and salt as called for in the recipe. I used regular vegetable broth, not a low-sodium version, and this was the perfect seasoning for the pasta.

I was so nervous about cooking the linguine right with the other ingredients, but I took a leap of faith. This dish is a revelation, and I’ll make it again and again.

NOTE: This recipe and new technique just scream out for experimentation by passionate cooks, so please feel free to tweak as desired, and come back and let us know your favorite version(s)!

Happy Meatless Monday, all!

One Pot Pasta AFTER

One Pot Wonder Pasta – AFTER

— posted by Donna

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