Forget Chicken. THIS is what's for dinner

Tuesday, May 3

I don't have the urge to cook very often. So when I do, husband is usually down on his knees first thing, thanking the heavens {so that I can hear} for this one precious and fleeting moment that will soon pass and leave in its wake a satisfied stomach that will have to wait another few weeks or so until it will be satisfied again. And then I tell him to shut it and get up and help me.
Anyway. One of those "precious and fleeting" moments happened last night, so THIS is what we had for dinner. And it's what you'll be having tonight too. No exceptions. If you read this, you are bound. By the all-powerful laws of blog reading/the laws of you have to do what I say or else. {Which was put into effect yesterday just so you know}
So. Are your healthy bums ready? Here we go. Presenting:
Balsamic-Glazed Salmon, Steamed Green Beans and Pine Nut Couscous with Chick Peas
Salmon, serving size for two:
* 2 (5 ounce) salmon fillets
* 1-1/4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon white wine
* 1 teaspoon honey
* 1 tablespoon and 2-1/4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
* 1-1/4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano {we didn't have any, so we just skipped this one}
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Coat a small saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook and stir garlic until soft, about 3 minutes. Mix in white wine, honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
3. Arrange salmon fillets on foil-lined baking sheet. Brush fillets with balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with oregano.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 14 minutes, or until flesh flakes easily with a fork. Brush fillets with remaining glaze, and season with salt and pepper. Use a spatula to transfer fillets to serving platter, leaving the skin {if any} behind on the foil.
The couscous is easy. Just follow the directions. I also added a can of garbanzo beans {chick peas} into ours for extra nutrition and texture. {my mudda taught me that one}
If you don't already have a ridiculously over-sized steamer for steaming fresh green beans or whatever else your little healthy heart desires ... then you should. All the cool kids are doing it now.
And voila! The finished product. And although it looks like I burned the bajeebies out of the salmon, I promise it's just the dark balsamic glaze that happened to blow our minds with flavor.
Perfect for a little post-workout feast. Or post sit-on-your-bum-and-do-nothing feast. Its whatever.

62 comments:

Juultje said...

yummy...am scrolling the web, I wanna get me one of those steamers...

Stacy said...

That does sound really delicious! I enjoy your blog, and get inspired here, too! Keep up the good work.
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coffeeandinspiration.com said...

ohmygosh! That looks amazing! I'm definitely trying this one. Delish!

Coffee & Inspiration

Domnika said...

Hi! I'm from Moldova ( I don't think that you know something about this country, 'cause it's very small) and I really like you blog. I want to say that you and your husband were created to be together. You two make a wonderful couple. I like your little surprises very much, and I really hope that my future husband will be as lovely as yours.
P.S, Sorry if I've made grammatical mistakes (my native language is romanian, that's why I could make some mistakes) Have a nice day... Waiting for new posts :)

Piril Maria said...

Yum yum. Looks delicious.
The photos are amazing. Wonderful that you share with us.





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Rissy said...

yummm!!!

I wish I had a steamer, but I have to buy those steam fresh bags. I mean they are delicious, but I know fresh veggies are better for ya.

Confession- I have never had couscous.... and I think this meal is beyond my cooking abilities. Sad.....

Guess I have to marry a guy that can cook ; )

CarissaExplainsItAll

Krista said...

I'm convinced. I need a steamer. It looks delish!

Krista
Lazy Saturdays

Mrs. C said...

Ooo I love this! Cannot wait to try! Check out my jewelry giveaway!!

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Sephira said...

It looks really tasty!!
Bon appetit

xx Seph

Courtney B said...

That's exactly what my husband does when I bake ;) Poor, deprived husbands.
And this meal looks freakin' amazing! I'll definitely be making it asap! (Not tonight because it's our anniversary and hubs is taking me out. That's the one exception to the rule. Take that. haha)

Stephanie and Such said...

Yummmy! That sounds good. Thanks for the idea, I am always looking for new things to try!!



xoxo
Stephanie&Such

Alicia G said...

That Near East Cous Cous is my life..my poor hubby is sick of it because I want to make it all the time :)

Alexandria said...

Looks delicious! I'll definitely have to try it :)

Viktoriya -On A Diet 'Till Lunch said...

Looks yummy. and I love the way you did the photos!

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Kori said...

Wow! This looks delicious! Hope you are having a great Tuesday honey! Kori xoxo

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kirtley@ the ink hotel said...

Yummy! That looks so good!


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Eclectic Flair said...

I would love to try this except I have zero of these ingredients at home, lol. In my defense, I finally picked up some milk yesterday so my refrigerator is not there just for show. :D

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i am so hungry now. i want to make this stat. and yes, a steamer is a MUST have.

Nuha said...

yumm! these are all my favorites :)

Who is G? said...

I'm very impressed. I thought when you said cooking you might have meant mac n cheese because that's what I usually mean :)

Rebecca Longtin said...

I was just wondering what to make for dinner tonight when I visited your blog! Now I have to make this. :)

Gal Meets Glam said...

good job! looks delicious :) you are so darling!

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AJD ∞ said...

You posted the perfect post today. I swear. I'm so tired of having the same glaze on my salmon. Thankyouthankyouthankyou. & now I need a steamer... Wah.

Sabrina Says said...

I had Salmon too!! With a spinach salad!

You're such a good little wifey! I just love your writing style, always get a good laugh in at the start of my day!

Sabrina Says

Alivia said...

It looks so yummy-- and you look so cute, haha! :)

Laura said...

Looks delicious!

wildchild said...

holy moly. look at you go, making fancy dinners for your husband :)

Heidi said...

Recently came across your blog and I dig it - you and your hubs are adorable and I LOVE your style!! I'm thinking of dying my hair red and I keep going back to the picture of when you went ombre. I don't think I can hold out much longer!!

Heidi
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Sist and Sist said...

looks delish!

kelseywilliams said...

you are so hilarious and awesome. nothing awkward about it. :)

Leiann Marie said...

Ummm that looks AMAZING! I made something similar last night and posted it on my blog, check it out! :)

xoxo
Swoonsville Blog

Elise said...

This looks awesome!

Ramsey said...

Immona go ahead and stash this in my trying to cook healthy and stop eating out box. One day our skinny selves are going to catch up with our fat eating habbits. Tonight: Salmon croquettes on a bed of baby spinach with garlic potatoes. It's a start.

Belly B said...

You've convinced me to get a steamer. It looks so good! :)

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Chris loves Julia said...

My hubby is a huge foodie. (I know, I am so lucky I don't have to cook.) He would drool over this meal, I might just have to forward it to him.


Chris Loves Julia

Karri said...

Mnn...couscous. garbanzos. Yum. fresh steamed beans. my mouth is watering. no salmon for me, though. not a fish/meat eater.

{Trulie Scrumptious} said...

YUM-O!! I'm so glad I'm bound to eating this because, well, let's face it. it looks DELICIOUS! (thanks for making us be bound to something super yummy)

BL said...

This sounds so good, I think I will make it for dinner! I have a hard time being motivated to cook for my fiance too, so thanks for the inspiration.

Here's my super easy tiramisu recipe if you ever feel really motivated in the kitchen! -
http://birdsongartblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/sometimes-i-can-fake-being-domestic.html

La Petite Olga said...

And now I'm hungry!!

xx Olga
La Petite Olga

Teresa said...

What?....what?...where am I? Oh. I must have fainted. I must have been overcome by such a rare and wonderful occasion as this. I am SO proud. ;) XOXOXOX

leigh said...

Yum. That couscous is to die for!
Love, Leigh

Chloe said...

Yummmmm! Now to find all of those lovely ingredients in England.

C x
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Maria said...

Oooh this looks delicious.

cebence said...

Hey! First of all, nice too meet you :) I read your blog on regular basis (quite funny you are xD) and I love it!

That being said, I wanted to ask what did you do to make this photos look so vintage? btw, maybe from time to time you two can tell us something about the camera and effects that you use, cause they are really good :)

Thanks ahead :)

Haley K said...

oh Sydney, that looks delish! I'm drooling just thinking about balsamic glaze on that salmon... :) I'm adding this to the list of things-to-cook once out kitchen remodel is finished! eeeeee i'm so excited!

Dana said...

I love that you had inspiration to cook. That's the best time to whip up something delish!

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Steffys Pros and Cons said...

mmm looks yummy, i hope husband thanked you :)

<3 steffy
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Allyce Cripe said...

YUM! Looks delish! I need to get one of those steamers!! My husband is a sucker for steamed veggies!

Heather said...

wow! your dinners are so fancy! My husband is lucky if I make him pastaroni!

katie [the bright life] said...

So I'm about to make dinner but I thought I'd check my fave blogs first...coincidence that I was totally planning to make salmon and couscous?!? I think not. Rock on.

Kelsey said...

that looks delish!! make sure to check out what i'm wearing for wardrobe wednesday!!! xoxo

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Heather Pranitis said...

Sounds very yummy and absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing and I'll be trying it out this weekend.

thegirlbehindthebook said...

Yum! I'm always looking for something new to do with salmon, and you inspired me to pick up some couscous today :)

Carolyn said...

mmm cous cous!

Claire M. said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will try this on weekend. I'm sure my family will love this.

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fromblank said...

nom, nom. looks delicious. i had salmon the other night with my girls.


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Katie W... said...

I wasn't sure if I had the right blog since you always talk about NOT cooking, but I love that you shared this! It looks SO good!!! I'm definitely trying this, and looking for a steamer ASAP.

Meghan Johnson said...

that looks great! You have inspired me to create my own blog! Check it out! http://mjcrossroads.blogspot.com/

It's just a work in progress, but I am excited about it :)

Fresh Out said...

Maybe someone already shared this, but if you don't have a fresh spice, you can just use half of a dry spice. :)

Leslie
www.freshoutoflemons.com

Miss Celeste said...

yeah...way too lazy

haha but one day...one day

something i LOVE doing that CRAZY easy...

1 package of pillsbury crescent rolls
turkey pepperoni (or normal- turkey is less fattening)

roll the pepperoni in it and cook it for like 9-11 min (my oven gets it done in 7 haha)

and thats it! then you can dip it in pizza sauce if you'd like.

they're DANG good!

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Nicole said...

So I made this meal last night and it was so very yummy! I am a beginner cooker and I successful made this without burning it or myself & the best part is hubby ate it too!!! Thanks for a simple, yet yummy recipe!

Dianne said...

I just made balsamic grilled chicken with caramelized green beans and quinoa the other day- talk about mind blowing flavor!

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