Sesame Teriyaki Cod

I wanted to make a miso cod dish, but the hubby hates miso. So I’m doing my own spin.

4 pieces of cod. Marinate in a combo of 1 cup of the following – Mirin, sesame oil, teriyaki sauce, and olive oil, pluse salt and pepper to taste. I didn’t measure, but play it safe and don’t go heavy on the sesame oil. Pan fry 5 minutes on the first side and 4 minutes on the second side.
I played with rice pilaf and corn.
Everyone loved it!

Oven Roasted Salmon and Squash

I made this healthy delicious meal a few nights ago. The family loves salmon and this took less than 20 minutes to bake. I marinated the salmon in a few tablespoons of olive oil and added some salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder. I had a few more squash and zucchini left over from the farmers market, so I sliced them up thin, coated them in some olive oil with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and placed them around the salmon.

The oven was preheated to 400. The salmon and veggies cooked un just under 20 minutes. I flipped the squash around about half way through. Of course, you can use whatever veggies you like; I think asparagus or broccoli would be perfect. This large piece of salmon feed the 4 of us, but you could add more or less depending on your need. Perfect for a easy summer dinner!

Teriyaki Salmon and Cheesy Muffins

I hope everyone is doing the well. While I have been cooking, it has mostly been quick and easy things. Between the Pandemic and all the other horrible things happening recently, I have not really been in the right state of mind to cook or write, but I am slowly starting to dip my toe back in, so here is something I made the other night that was super easy and I thought I would share.

I found this teriyaki marinade at the store last week. I usually tend to make my own concoction or different Asian sauces, but this looked like a good one. Low sodium and pretty straightforward ingredients; garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, soy sauce, onion, and vinegar.

I bought this pretty salmon that was on sale at the store. I saw an interesting fact about fresh salmon- when you get it, just should smell like watermelon. Just a hint of it. It is true! Next time you get some salmon, try it out. It should not smell fishy. I marinaded the salmon for about 15 minutes. Rebecca made some cheesy mini muffins -the kind from Jim and Nicks, which you can find on the baking aisle with the cake mixes and such.

The salmon cooked the same time as the muffins, about 15 minutes. These were on the thick side, so 12-15 minutes is usually the range. The oven was at 425. I added a side of broccoli to complete the meal!

Honey Soy Sesame Salmon

Started with a combo of my standard Asian Marinade line up. I never really measure this, but I always taste as I go to make sure it is not too sweet or not too salty. Even if you don’t have all of these, any combo would work. I used mostly honey then a little bit of the others with a splash of rice vinegar at the end. I did not end up using the sesame seeds.
I brushed the salmon with the marinade. I also chopped up some squash, asparagus, red onion, mushrooms, red pepper, and a zucchini and mixed in some of the marinade .
Cooked about 12 minutes.
Cooked skin side down first for about 6 minutes, then flipped and cooked on the flesh side for about more 3 minutes.

EASY and FAST Pandemic Meals

Here are a few meals I have made over the last few days. Hope they inspire you to cook at home!

Bacon Burger with a runny egg on top!
Spaghetti and Meatballs but this time I just used frozen meatballs. No shame in that at all! Plus one of my favorites, mozzarella bruschetta. I sliced an Italian loaf of bread in medium sized pieces and slathered on olive oil on each piece and topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella. I put that in the oven on the second rack halfway through the pasta baking. It about 8-10. The oven was at 350.
I chopped up 3 tomatoes, some fresh basil, and mixed it with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic glaze with a bit of salt and pepper. Topped the cheese toast with the tomato mixture and topped with more balsamic drizzle and basil.
Jambalaya- I made this for the hubby for his lunch. I sliced one chicken thigh and cooked it in a cast iron pan. Then I added 2 pieces of sliced Andouille sausages until they were heated through. Lastly I added the shrimp and cooked it for about 2 minutes per side. Then I added the meat to a cooked box of Jambalaya Rice mix. Pretty easy to throw together. I had a few bites to taste test 😉
Becca’s favorite- Shake and Bake Pork Chops. I always try to have a box in my pantry. Always a classic!