Recipes that pique my interest almost always end up on our menu. Juice box salmon? I was totally intrigued. And I assumed the same as I usually do when it comes to unique recipes…it’ll be genius or a total bust.
Rest assured, this is genius. We loved this! Don’t tell Mr. Prevention there was mayonnaise in the Creamy Russian Dressing (duh) because he gobbled that UP! This was a quick meal, ready in 15 minutes flat. And seeing as I just lectured on omega 3 fatty acids last night…those are the nutritional star in this meal. And as of late, we have not been getting in the recommended two 4-ounce servings of fatty fish each week. But that will likely change with recipes like this in my arsenal.
1 pound salmon, skin on
8 oz Juice box lemonade
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 1/2 Tbsp ketchup
1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp onion salt
Preheat oven to 500 F. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper or foil. Sprinkle salmon with salt & pepper. Pour lemonade into pan. Place salmon in juice. Loosely place parchment paper or foil over salmon. Roast for 15 minutes.
While salmon is cooking, prepare Russian dressing. In a medium bowl, combine mayo, ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire, dill relish, & onion salt. Mix well & refrigerate until ready to serve. Yield: 3 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving, with dressing): 342 calories; 16 g. fat; 94 mg. cholesterol; 400 mg. sodium; 8.7 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 33.3 g. protein
Result: Simple & delicious! We savored every last bite of this meal. I served the salmon with roasted asparagus and salmon and dare I say it was the best meal we’ve had in awhile? I went there. So good! Make! Make! Make! Enjoy!
Price: The most expensive ingredient was the salmon. I opted for fresh wild sockeye salmon, coming in at $9.44. The lemonade I purchased was the 12 ounce bottle of Simply Lemonade (so good! so fresh!). While juice boxes are a cute idea (and practical if you have a kiddo), I saved a lot going a juice route that did not involve juice boxes (those things are expensive)! The remaining ingredients comprised just over $1 by my estimates. Cost per serving: $3.83.
I rarely post about articles I read, but this one is well worth the shout out.
An email came into my inbox yesterday with the subject, “Overweight dietitian says clients idenify with his struggles.” If that doesn’t hit home for me, I don’t know what would. It’s no secret that I am making strides to lose weight, and I do have weight to lose (about 30lbs). There have been times I have questioned my role as a dietitian because of my weight, but I have ultimately decided the same as the man in the article: my imperfections may be what allows others to relate to me and helps me build rapport with those I help. But of course I endeavor to reach and maintain and healthy weight.
Furthermore, the article makes a very important point about weight stating, “It’s easy to be dismissive if you’ve never fought against the complex cocktail of DNA, environment, health habits and dozens of other factors that makes fat cling to our bodies. Even when you’ve done everything right, you sometimes still come out on the gaining end. Going to school and learning all you can does not exempt you from the biological struggle. It doesn’t.” I agree with most of that statement and it is very applicable to my life-long (literally) battle of the bulge, with PCOS being the most recent ingredient that’s been added to my “complex cocktail”.
I wake-up and make good choices because it’s what I want to do, love to do, and have a passion to do. It’s never been about a size 6 or a bikini for me. I can do my job and be proud of what I teach because I walk the walk…and that isn’t measured by any number or biometric measure.
If you read the article (it’s short), I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Question: What’s your motivation for living healthfully?